Pinjarra: police hunt for alleged ‘sleight of hand’ customer

Pinjarra: police hunt for alleged ‘sleight of hand’ customer

POLICE are on the hunt for an apparent scammer they’ve dubbed the ‘confidence trickster’.

Police claim the man visits busy retail outlets in Pinjarra to perform a ‘sleight of hand’ trick that leaves the store out of pocket $50.

Police believe the man enters the store and hands over $50 to purchase a small item. He then hands over a smaller note, requesting the original $50 back.

Police claim he conceals the $50 and engages the staff member in conversation and asks for his $50 back, showing his empty wallet to prove the note was not returned.

The staff member then hands over another $50 note.

At one of the stores the offender was seen leaving in a grey Ford Falcon motor vehicle with a number plate WEND1E or similar. Police believe the number plate is false.

The customer was described as being a light skinned male of large build with short light brown and greying hair, a full beard and in his late 40s to late 50s.

Anyone who recognises the man or has information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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