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He spent $10 at a Centralia restaurant, but received $130 in return. Now, police are looking for a suspect

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A man left a Centralia restaurant on Saturday with $130 that wasn’t his, according to Centralia police.

Police are now looking for the man, described as white, who was last seen wearing a black jacket, a hat and camouflage-style pants, Sgt. Patricia Finch said Sunday.

Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, the man had spent $10 at Coconuts Island Grill in the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia. The server returned to give the man his change, but mistakenly gave him a separate amount of money that totaled $130.

Despite expecting a much smaller amount of change, police think the man knowingly accepted the larger amount and left the restaurant.

Coconuts Island Grill opened in September, according to the Chronicle in Centralia.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Centralia police at 360-330-7860.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.

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