Shopkeepers warned over scam

PUBLISHED: 09:45 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:45 08 November 2013


Businesses in the Exmouth and Budleigh area are being advised to be vigilant after a ‘ringing the changes’ scam was reported in Devon.

Police say the offence occurred in Dartmouth on October 26 at 3pm, when two men entered a food store.

One man approached the till to buy a can of drink with cash, and during the transaction, asked for a large amount of £10 notes to be changed into £20 notes.

This was refused but the man reached into the till, took a large quantity of £20 notes and asked the till operator again to change the notes.

He quickly returned the notes but CCTV shows a sleight of hand and a quantity of notes were pocketed by the male.

The men are described as being in their 30s and Eastern European. One man was approximately 5ft 8ins tall, of chunky build with short black hair and fairly bushy eyebrows, and the other man was shorter, with a beard and moustache and short dark hair.

Businesses have been advised to tell their staff to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity promptly to the police on 101.

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