CCTV: Do you recognise these people? police hunt gang after shops scammed out of cash

CCTV: Do you recognise these people? police hunt gang after cash stolen from shops

CCTV: Do you recognise these people? police hunt gang after cash stolen from shops

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POLICE are hunting a gang who stole cash from several shops across Dorset.

Officers have released CCTV images of the people they want to after offenders stole cash from shops in Weymouth and Winterbourne Abbas, in a number of separate incidents.

Three incidents happened some time between 8pm and 8.30pm on Friday August 1 at Londis on Westham Road, the Rock and Fudge shop on The Esplanade and at Tesco Express on Dorchester Road. Two further incidents happened some time between 7pm and 8pm on Saturday August 2at the Post Office on Chickerell Road and at Bride Valley Motors in Winterbourne Abbas.

The offenders have been identified as a group of three men and one woman, working together and separately, who use confusion tactics to steal cash from the shops.

They enter the shop and ask a member of staff to change £200 worth of £20 notes for £200 in £10 or £5 notes. When they are given the money in the new denomination, they remove some of the notes by sleight of hand then tell the shop staff they have changed their minds and would like the original £200 back.

They are given the full amount in £20 notes for the bundle of £10 or £5 notes, not realising some money has been taken out. Police Constable Julian Dingle, of Weymouth police, said: “Each crime follows the same pattern. Although the individual offenders vary, we believe they are working together.

“I urge anyone who recognises any of the people pictured to come forward.

“Anyone with information regarding this scam or the offenders involved is asked to speak with the police in confidence.

“I urge all shop staff to be vigilant and not to change large amounts of cash into different denominations. Anyone who has concerns about suspicious behaviour should call 101.”

No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting crime number C:14:D:31691. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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1:19pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Townee says...

Why would any shop change that amount of money for someone they don't know. The money could be fake and now we know it's a con.
Why would any shop change that amount of money for someone they don't know. The money could be fake and now we know it's a con. Townee
  • Score: 26

1:27pm Fri 22 Aug 14

burgerboy says...

Townee wrote:
Why would any shop change that amount of money for someone they don't know. The money could be fake and now we know it's a con.
Any shopkeeper that stupidly falls for this old scam deserves to lose their money.
Also this took place over three weeks ago, you don't think they are daft enough to still be in the area,they have long gone........
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Why would any shop change that amount of money for someone they don't know. The money could be fake and now we know it's a con.[/p][/quote]Any shopkeeper that stupidly falls for this old scam deserves to lose their money. Also this took place over three weeks ago, you don't think they are daft enough to still be in the area,they have long gone........ burgerboy
  • Score: 25

2:15pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Vikki27 says...

burgerboy wrote:
Townee wrote:
Why would any shop change that amount of money for someone they don't know. The money could be fake and now we know it's a con.
Any shopkeeper that stupidly falls for this old scam deserves to lose their money.
Also this took place over three weeks ago, you don't think they are daft enough to still be in the area,they have long gone........
Well that's cold-hearted, don't you think? I'm sure you have a lovely view up there on your high horse but your arrogance makes you no less vulnerable to a convincing con. It's easy to sit behind your computer and think you would never be foolish enough to fall for a trick like this, but that is merely hindsight bias. Of course it seems obvious after you've read a news story but you cannot definitively say you would never fall for this or any other scam, given the right circumstances.

I really hate the way the internet has made everyone so much less tolerant of each other and so inclined to petty nastiness. It's very sad.

Moving on, I really hope they catch these con-artists. Nobody, EVER, deserves to be conned or robbed of their hard-earned money.
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Why would any shop change that amount of money for someone they don't know. The money could be fake and now we know it's a con.[/p][/quote]Any shopkeeper that stupidly falls for this old scam deserves to lose their money. Also this took place over three weeks ago, you don't think they are daft enough to still be in the area,they have long gone........[/p][/quote]Well that's cold-hearted, don't you think? I'm sure you have a lovely view up there on your high horse but your arrogance makes you no less vulnerable to a convincing con. It's easy to sit behind your computer and think you would never be foolish enough to fall for a trick like this, but that is merely hindsight bias. Of course it seems obvious after you've read a news story but you cannot definitively say you would never fall for this or any other scam, given the right circumstances. I really hate the way the internet has made everyone so much less tolerant of each other and so inclined to petty nastiness. It's very sad. Moving on, I really hope they catch these con-artists. Nobody, EVER, deserves to be conned or robbed of their hard-earned money. Vikki27
  • Score: 2

2:25pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Sir Beachy-Head says...

They all look Romanian. Rare to see the men so fat at that age but the womens faces, hair and clothes give them away.

Cash scams are almost always Romanians. Come on Nigel, kick em out.
They all look Romanian. Rare to see the men so fat at that age but the womens faces, hair and clothes give them away. Cash scams are almost always Romanians. Come on Nigel, kick em out. Sir Beachy-Head
  • Score: 44

4:52pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ProudofBoscombe says...

burgerboy wrote:
Townee wrote:
Why would any shop change that amount of money for someone they don't know. The money could be fake and now we know it's a con.
Any shopkeeper that stupidly falls for this old scam deserves to lose their money.
Also this took place over three weeks ago, you don't think they are daft enough to still be in the area,they have long gone........
My mate who works for a supermarket chain tells me this lot were at it in Bmth before Christmas, so they do stick around.

And it'll be you who will end up paying for this by way of higher prices.
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Why would any shop change that amount of money for someone they don't know. The money could be fake and now we know it's a con.[/p][/quote]Any shopkeeper that stupidly falls for this old scam deserves to lose their money. Also this took place over three weeks ago, you don't think they are daft enough to still be in the area,they have long gone........[/p][/quote]My mate who works for a supermarket chain tells me this lot were at it in Bmth before Christmas, so they do stick around. And it'll be you who will end up paying for this by way of higher prices. ProudofBoscombe
  • Score: 6

5:37pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Solentcherry says...

So a stranger walks into your shop and asks you to change £200 of cash into smaller notes. You say, " yes mate, no problem" and hand it over. !!!!!?????
I must be missing something here, did they even make a purchase?.
Also in a lot of these CCTV crime features in the Echo, the incident happened weeks ago, as in this case. Why so long?
So a stranger walks into your shop and asks you to change £200 of cash into smaller notes. You say, " yes mate, no problem" and hand it over. !!!!!????? I must be missing something here, did they even make a purchase?. Also in a lot of these CCTV crime features in the Echo, the incident happened weeks ago, as in this case. Why so long? Solentcherry
  • Score: 10

6:00pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Mr G_SCS says...

Try asking the Border Agency
Try asking the Border Agency Mr G_SCS
  • Score: 10

6:50pm Fri 22 Aug 14

afcdibby says...

Solentcherry wrote:
So a stranger walks into your shop and asks you to change £200 of cash into smaller notes. You say, " yes mate, no problem" and hand it over. !!!!!?????
I must be missing something here, did they even make a purchase?.
Also in a lot of these CCTV crime features in the Echo, the incident happened weeks ago, as in this case. Why so long?
Exactly. A simple response from the cashier should be, "I'm sorry we don't keep that amount of money in the till".
[quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: So a stranger walks into your shop and asks you to change £200 of cash into smaller notes. You say, " yes mate, no problem" and hand it over. !!!!!????? I must be missing something here, did they even make a purchase?. Also in a lot of these CCTV crime features in the Echo, the incident happened weeks ago, as in this case. Why so long?[/p][/quote]Exactly. A simple response from the cashier should be, "I'm sorry we don't keep that amount of money in the till". afcdibby
  • Score: 6

8:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

They look like Imigrants to me.
They look like Imigrants to me. cromwell9
  • Score: 10

8:51pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Bob49 says...

Sir Beachy-Head wrote:
They all look Romanian. Rare to see the men so fat at that age but the womens faces, hair and clothes give them away.

Cash scams are almost always Romanians. Come on Nigel, kick em out.
rather amateur when compared to Mr Farages sleight of hand £2m in expenses from Europe

as Nigel's slogan goes

Ukip - IKlaim
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy-Head[/bold] wrote: They all look Romanian. Rare to see the men so fat at that age but the womens faces, hair and clothes give them away. Cash scams are almost always Romanians. Come on Nigel, kick em out.[/p][/quote]rather amateur when compared to Mr Farages sleight of hand £2m in expenses from Europe as Nigel's slogan goes Ukip - IKlaim Bob49
  • Score: -1

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