Hunt to solve post office scam

CCTV images of the two men police want to trace.
CCTV images of the two men police want to trace.
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THESE men could help solve a scam which led to hundreds of pounds in cash being stolen from a Post Office cashier.

Police want to speak to these people in connection with the incident, which happened at the counter in McColls, in Oakerside Drive, Peterlee.

Two men went into the store and one asked the cashier to exchange £900 in £20 notes for £10 notes, which was done.

However, upon receiving the money, the customer decided he wanted his money changed into Euros instead, which could not be carried out as there was not enough in stock.

He then changed his mind again and said he wanted his money changed back to £20 notes, handing back a quantity of cash and taking his £900 before both men left the store.

The cashier then realised only £500 had been handed back to her.

Police would like to speak to the two men in the photographs as part of their inquiries into the theft.

The first man is aged about 40, 5ft 7in tall, stocky and Asian or Eastern European in appearance, with a dark complexion and short black receding hair.

He was wearing a black jacket, bright blue t-shirt and spoke with a foreign accent.

The second man is aged about 35, 5ft 8in tall, of medium build, and was also Asian or Eastern European in appearance with a dark complexion and short dark hair.

He was wearing a black jacket over a grey V-necked T-shirt, black trousers, white trainers and also spoke with a foreign accent.

The incident happened at about 3.40pm on Monday, November 28 but these images have just been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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