Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Robbers sought after Heysham Post Office scam



Police are appealing for information after two men stole £250 from Heysham Post Office last month.

The offence took place around 11.50am on Friday 15th June when the men entered McColl’s store on Oxcliffe Road and headed straight to the Post Office section.

One of the men approached the till with £480 in £20 notes and has asked the cashier to change the notes for £10 notes which they duly did and handed the cash back to man.

At this point a second man has appeared and the first man picked up the cash and handed the money back to the cashier, removing a section of the cash with his other hand.

The second man then explained to the cashier that they wanted the cash to be sent to Spain so when his friend withdraws the cash from Spain its in £10 notes.

The cashier explained that this would need to be done in the form of a money transfer and the second man asked for a form to take away and asked that the £10 notes be changed back to £20 notes.

Believing that £480 in £10 notes was on the counter, the cashier did this - when in reality, £250 had been taken out.

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they want to speak with in connection with the offence.

The first man is described as being around 35 years old with receding ginger hair. He was wearing a beige jacket with a black t-shirt underneath and spoke in an Eastern European accent, possibly Polish.

The second man is also believed to be around 35 years old with shoulder length black, greasy hair. He was wearing a grey t-shirt with a white logo covering the front and is also thought to be Eastern European, possibly Turkish.

PC Thomas Draper said: “I believe this is a professional scam and that the offenders have likely committed the same offence elsewhere. I would appeal to anybody that recognises either of these men or with any information about this offence to come forward.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

• People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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