Bitcoin Scam Sparks Attempted Robbery At Annapolis Gas Station: Police


The Anne Arundel County Police Department said a Bitcoin scam ended in an attempted robbery Monday outside the Wawa and Exxon on Buschs Frontage Road in Annapolis. (Shutterstock)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - A Bitcoin scam ended in an attempted robbery Monday in Annapolis, police said.

Officers said they were called to the Wawa at 321 Buschs Frontage Road around 8:55 a.m.

Authorities said a high-ranking Wawa employee got a phone call around 3:30 a.m. from a male claiming to represent Wawa. 

The male told the female employee the company had an overdue bill that needed to be paid, police said.

Officers said the male instructed the employee to use money from the store's safe and deposit it into a Bitcoin machine at the Exxon gas station next door. 

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is not traceable, so criminals use it to make anonymous transactions.

Before making the Bitcoin deposit, authorities said the Exxon worker told the Wawa employee that it was likely a scam.

The Wawa employee left the Exxon without making the deposit, police said.

Officers said an unknown male approached the Wawa employee walking back to her store, grabbed her arm and tried to steal the money from her. 

Authorities said the victim was able to hold onto the money and escape before the suspect fled.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department is still looking for the suspect.

Officers described him as a heavy-set white man in his 40s who wore a black hooded sweatshirt.

Authorities asked anybody with information to call (410) 222-6145. Tipsters can stay anonymous by dialing (410) 222-4700.

This map shows the area where police said the attempted robbery happened.

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