Shop caught out by scam change plea

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POLICE are appealing for help to track down the thieves responsible for the theft of more than £200 from a sandwich shop.

Two raiders struck at Subway in Tynemouth’s Front Street, between 5.20pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday, May 16.

They asked a staff member for change, then created a distraction by amending the type of notes they wanted the money to be exchanged for and asking for it to be counted again.

They are believed to have got away with around £250.

Officers believe the same two men attempted to do the same thing at the nearby Co-op, but staff there were not taken in.

Detective Inspector Neil Brotherton, of North Tyneside CID, said: “All staff need to be aware that there are criminals who travel around looking to confuse staff members by asking to change large amounts of money.

“When they do this, they try and distract the member of staff by changing the type of notes, asking for it back and generally causing confusion, all the while trying to make off with cash.

“I’d ask all businesses to be vigilant and report any suspicious incidents to police.

“Inquiries into these incidents are ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.”