Plea as conmen strike at Long Stratton

Shop owners and businesses are being urged to be vigilant after staff at a building society were conned out of hundreds of pounds.The incident took place at the sub-branch of Halifax Building Society, based within Howards Estate Agents, in The Street, Long Stratton.

Shop owners and businesses are being urged to be vigilant after staff at a building society were conned out of hundreds of pounds.

The incident took place at the sub-branch of Halifax Building Society, based within Howards Estate Agents, in The Street, Long Stratton.

Two men entered the branch shortly after 3.10pm on Wednesday, handed over £800 in £20 notes and asked the cashier to change them into £10 notes.

The cashier did so and upon receipt of the £10 notes one of the offenders said he wanted them in “US Dollars”.

Advice was given on how they could obtain US dollars. The £10 notes were given back to the cashier who returned the £800 in £20 notes to the offenders.

It was later discovered that £340 in £10 notes had been taken.

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One of the offenders was described as Asian with short dark hair and was clean shaven. He wore a black leather jacket.

The other man was also described as Asian with dark hair brushed backwards and clean shaven. He wore jeans with a white mark on the left back pocket and a brown suede jacket.

Both men are believed to have been aged between 25 and 35.

Investigators would like to hear from any businesses which may have been targeted in a similar manner or anyone with information on the conmen's identity.

Contact Sgt Terry at Long Stratton police on 0845 456 4567.