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COVINGTON, La. - Police are searching for a man and a woman who are believed to be involved in a robbery scam that was pulled off at a convenience store in Covington in late January and again about a week later in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

According to Police Chief Tim Lentz, the scams involve a male subject posing as the store's general manager and calling each of them to say that a female assistant would be coming by later in the day to retrieve money for various reasons.

In the case of the Covington store, the man called to say that an employee would be coming by to pick up money for another store and to drop off a key.

In the case of the Hattiesburg robbery, the man called to say that one of the company's trucks had broken down. He inquired as to how much cash was on hand at the store and said that his assistant would be by shortly to retrieve the cash.

In both cases, a female, posing as an assistant, went into the stores and walked out with money.

The Covington Police Dept. was able to get surveillance images of both the man and the woman from the Hattiesburg incident and is asking the public's assistance in identifying them.

In the case of the Hattiesburg robbery, the male suspect is believed to have come in to the store before making phone calls and pretending to fill out an application for employment as well as asking for the manager's name and phone number.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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