Shopkeeper is victim of scam

Police want to speak to this man after an eleborate scam left a shop till down by �30.
Police want to speak to this man after an eleborate scam left a shop till down by �30.

POLICE are appealing for information after a Fleetwood shopkeeper appeared to be caught up in an elaborate confidence scam.

Confusion over the purchase of a 30p newspaper ended with the One Stop Shop on Lord Street being left £30 short.

Now police would like to speak this man who they believe may be able to help them with their inquiries.

PC Gemma Sandham, community beat manager for the area said: “The circumstances around exactly how this happened are unclear at this stage and so I would be keen to speak to the man pictured in the CCTV or to anyone who may have any information that they think could help.”

A man entered the shop at around 4.35pm on December 16 to buy a 30p newspaper. He handed the assistant a £20 note and received £19.70 change.

The man then asked for the assistant to swap some change he had for a £10 note.

The shop assistant handed the man a £10 note in return for the change, then after counting the change into the till, he handed the man a further £10 note.

At this point the customer produced a further 30p change, gave it to the cashier as payment for the paper and asked for his original £20 note, which the assistant agreed to.

The shop supervisor overheard some of the conversation and asked the man to stay in the store while the tills were counted but he refused and left the store.

On cashing up, the supervisor realised the till was £30 down on what should have been there.

Anyone with information can contact police by calling the new non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.