Charleston police searching for man accused of stealing money from children’s museum

The man in this surveillance photo is suspected of stealing nearly $150 from the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry. Provided

Charleston police are searching for a man who they say swindled nearly $150 from the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.

Officers responded Tuesday to the museum, located at 25 Ann St., for a report of flim-flam. The suspect allegedly attempted a small purchase from the gift shop and in the process requested change for large bills he was carrying, according to a police report.

He went on to divert the cashier and confuse him or her with hand movements and placement of the bills on the counter, the release states. At the end of the day, that cashier’s register was short $146. The transaction was caught on tape.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male who has a dark mustache and was wearing a blue shirt, plaid shorts and sandals. He is also suspected of running a similar flim-flam in Mount Pleasant, according to the report.

Anyone with information is asked to call Charleston police Investigator Kursh at 720-3913 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughton.