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Police issue scam warning after large quantities of cigarettes stolen

Staff working at filling stations and supermarkets are being warned to look out for a scam which has seen a large amount of cigarettes stolen in the north Wales region over the last few days.

Police say shop assistants who deal with cigarette sales should be be aware of a scam, after large quantities of cigarettes were stolen between Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th September, at various supermarkets and filling stations across the North Wales Police area.

On each occasion, offenders have entered the store, tried to purchase multiple packs of cigarettes, placed them in a bag and offered to pay with a card that has been declined.

By distracting the member of staff they have then managed to leave with the cigarettes.

Inspector Owain Llewellyn said:

“The offences have been committed by either one or two males, who are described as being generally scruffy, but always with a shoulder bag and always using a card which is declined. Where appropriate shop workers should not hand over goods until full payment has been received”

Anyone who may have information relating to the offences is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 RC17135390. Alternatively contact us by webchat: Link