Conman who has operated in Hampshire

Conman who has operated in Hampshire and Dorset sought From Salisbury Journal

Officers have released a CCTV image of the man they believe has struck at cafs, shops and pubs several times in the county and in neighbouring Dorset, pocketing hundreds of pounds.

Over the past 12 months he is thought to have stolen at least eight times in Hampshire and at least three times in Dorset each time getting away with up to 30.

Investigations suggest that he started targeting small businesses a year ago in Brokenhurst, but since then he has ventured to Winchester, Ringwood, Lymington and into Dorset.

Each time he goes to pay for a cheap item using a large denomination note such as a 50 note and then confusing the sales assistant by claiming he hasn’t received the right change.

Small businesses across the region are being warned to look out for this man and if they think they have fallen victim to him, report it immediately in a bid to help them catch him before he cheap jerseys strikes again. He is described as white and in his 40s.

PC Stephanie Rudland said: “We believe this man is committing multiple thefts at various pubs, shops and cafs in the Hampshire and Dorset border areas. We need to hear from anyone who can help identify him.