Polaris area thief believed to target college students

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Authorities are searching for a man who has been scamming students in the Polaris area, and for his victims.

Columbus Police say 49-year-old Mark G. Hayes is targeting college students.

He tells them he can help them get a good deal on electronics, promises them discounted prices on laptops in exchange for cash. He then takes their money and doesn’t provide the laptops.

Police say he has a long criminal record and currently has a warrant out for theft by deception.

They are not sure how many victims he has had, but believe he has used the scam on multiple people.

Family of the suspect told CPD they believe he is out of the state already, and possibly in Georgia.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Beard at 614-645-2077.

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