Cash con at Costa Coffee

Latest from Northumbria Police.
Latest from Northumbria Police.

Police are urging shop workers in Northumberland to be extra cautious after a man conned a shop out of cash.

At around 4pm on Thursday, October 1, a man and woman went into Costa Coffee, Berwick, asking to change a large amount of cash into smaller denominations. The cashier assisted and it was later discovered that cash had been stolen.

The man is described as a Eastern European man, 5ft 6 - 5ft 8 inches tall and aged in his mid 40’s. He had a tanned complex, dark hair and was wearing a patterned shirt. He spoke with a foreign accent.

The woman is described as Eastern European, aged in her early 40’s with a tanned complexion, dark hair and of large build.

Enquiries into the theft are ongoing and police are appealing for anyone in the area who has any information to help to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Berwick Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Garrick said: “Staff working in banks, post offices and retail premises need to be aware that there are criminals who travel around the area looking to confuse staff members by asking to change large amounts of money.

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

“I’d ask all local businesses to be vigilant and turn down any request to swap large amounts of money over the counter and report any suspicious behaviour or incidents to police on 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”