Police CCTV image of the person suspected of a deception offence in Lismore.
Police CCTV image of the person suspected of a deception offence in Lismore.

Con artist short changes shops

POLICE are chasing a con artist who attempted to dupe a local business out of money by claiming he received the wrong change.

The man entered a Lismore business on Monday afternoon and handed over a large denomination note while buying a product.

When he received the change he quickly pocketed some of the money and then attempted to convince staff he had been short-changed.

The shop staff challenged the man’s claims and he then produced the missing money by saying he had found it on a nearby display.

“This is something we haven’t seen a lot of,” said Senior Constable Michael Hogan, the Richmond Area Command crime prevention officer.

“But from what we’ve seen on the CCTV it looks like this may be a regular occurrence. Some people aren’t aware of how good and how well-trained people like this can be. The movement of the hand is so quick.

“Staff in shops need to be aware of this and count the money back to customers and have good shop security.”


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