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Police appeal after ‘ringing the changes’ scam in Alnwick

Latest from Northumbria Police.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a ‘ringing the changes’ incident at a store in Alnwick.

At around 3pm on Thursday, March 20, three men went into Argos in Willowburn Avenue in Alnwick. One of the men approached the till to buy a television and handed over the money to pay for the TV to the cashier.

Before the cashier entered the money into the till the man requested the cash be handed back for him to check the amount. He counted the money back to the cashier, but before he handed it over, concealed a quantity of the notes in his palm, not handing over the full amount.

The cashier then put the money into the till believing it to be the full amount.The man then left the store with the two men he had gone in with, the TV and concealed money. The scam is known as ‘ringing the changes’.

The men are believed to be eastern European. The first man who attended the till is described as 30 years old, 5ft 10inches tall, normal build, short dark hair, dark complexion, wearing a dark jacket.

The second man is described as around 30 years old, 6ft tall, average build, short dark hair, dark complexion, wearing a brown blazer type coat.The third man is also described as around 30 years old, average build, short dark hair, dark complexion and wearing a bright red jacket.

Officers are carrying out inquiries and are urging anyone who was in the store and saw the men, or may know who they are to contact them. Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 571 200314 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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