Traders warned over cash scam

Darlington and Stockton Times: CASH SCAM: Man police are hunting in connection with a cash scam in Middlesbrough CASH SCAM: Man police are hunting in connection with a cash scam in Middlesbrough

RETAILERS are being warned to be on their guard after a couple of scams in Middlesbrough town centre saw staff duped by men attempting to seek change.

The two men entered a store on Tuesday, July 1 and asked the sales assistant to change £100 in £20 notes, spreading the cash to show the assistant.The other male then distracted the shop assistant leaving the first to put only £40 of the £100 into the open till.

The assistant didn’t have time to stop him putting the cash directly in the till and it wasn’t until the cash was counted at the end of the day the scam was realised.

Cleveland Police have release CCTV images after the pair pulled off the scam twice in the town centre.

One of the men is described as being Eastern European, mid to late 30’s, 5ft 6ins tall, with a broad build. He has short dark brown hair with a distinctive point at the front making his fringe look ‘M’ shaped. He also has a large tattoo in the outside of his left arm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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7:06pm Thu 3 Jul 14

behonest says...

Eastern Europeans - surely not? This is another reason why we need to regain control of our borders. We can then deport anyone convicted of crimes like this. We have enough thieves of our own, without having to keep our borders open to any that want to come from Eastern Europe.
Eastern Europeans - surely not? This is another reason why we need to regain control of our borders. We can then deport anyone convicted of crimes like this. We have enough thieves of our own, without having to keep our borders open to any that want to come from Eastern Europe. behonest
  • Score: 10

9:42pm Thu 3 Jul 14

DarloXman says...

Yes, more of the immigration that Mr Milliband describes as making the UK better!

Other recently reported Eastern European perpetrated crime in Boro/Darlington -
- cash stolen from OAPs at ATM machine Boro
- elderly gentleman had wallet stolen outside toilets in M&S Darlington
- Romanian wanted for attempted rape in Boro

That is just what has been publicised - how much more is happening? Reasons to be very concerned!
Yes, more of the immigration that Mr Milliband describes as making the UK better! Other recently reported Eastern European perpetrated crime in Boro/Darlington - - cash stolen from OAPs at ATM machine Boro - elderly gentleman had wallet stolen outside toilets in M&S Darlington - Romanian wanted for attempted rape in Boro That is just what has been publicised - how much more is happening? Reasons to be very concerned! DarloXman
  • Score: 7

5:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

RealLivin says...

According to posts else where over the last few months only racist xenophobic's want border control, and and we should let all in and welcome them with open arms, perhaps they should put themselves in these victims shoes. No not all immigrants are bad but how do we know who is good or bad if we dont have control over who comes in.
According to posts else where over the last few months only racist xenophobic's want border control, and and we should let all in and welcome them with open arms, perhaps they should put themselves in these victims shoes. No not all immigrants are bad but how do we know who is good or bad if we dont have control over who comes in. RealLivin
  • Score: 2
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