CCTV released after cashback thefts
22 Jan 2015 16:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police investigating reports of cashback thefts in North Tyneside have released CCTV images of people they need to speak to.
The thefts have taken place in supermarkets in the Benton, Killingworth and Whitley Bay areas after customers who have requested cashback from self service tills have accidentally left the cash behind - and it's been stolen.
Police investigating the reports have released CCTV images of people they need to speak to who it's believed may be able to help with the enquiries into the unsolved crimes.
And they are reminding people to ensure they are vigilant when using self service checkouts.
The appeal comes during Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling suspected thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.
Neighbourhood Inspector Ray Smith said: "Often offences such as this are opportunist, people see the cash lying unattended and they think it's okay to take it. They may not even realise they are committing a crime.
"But it's a theft because that cash belongs to someone else - and it's a crime that does get reported to police and we will investigate. People need to recognise they are committing an offence and this could have an impact on their life. If you see cash in a self service machine hand it in to staff straight away.
"It's equally important that people using self service checkouts take a few moments to make sure they have everything - their shopping, any wallets or purses, as well as change and cashback they have requested.
"Some of these victims have lost a large amount of cash which has caused them some distress so it's important to check you have all of your belongings.
"We've received a number of reports in the area about cashback money being stolen and we're asking for the public's help to trace people who we believe may be able to help us with these unsolved crimes."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of North Tyneside Area Command Intelligence Unit, quoting the reference number. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.