Scammer takes retailer goods

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A WOMAN using a stolen credit card scammed electrical goods valued at almost $20,000 from a retailer in Mentone, Wednesday 17 August.

The woman originally asked to buy two TV sets from Seconds World, 4pm. Police said CCTV footage showed her “pretending” to insert a card into the register and manually keying in a card number.

The woman then left saying her car was not big enough to fit in the TVs. She returned later with two men saying she would also like to buy three more TVs, washer/dryer and hairdryer.

CCTV footage shows the woman attempting to “pay” six times with the stolen card before the transaction could be authorised and processed. Police said she again pretended to insert the card while manually keying in a card number.

Her accomplices – who arrived riding motorbikes towing Coles’ promotional signs – loaded the goods into a hired Bunnings utility and a red Holden Commodore and drove away.

The store manager was contacted by his bank manager next day and told the credit card had been stolen.

The woman is described as Maori or Indian in appearance, long black hair, chubby build, wearing a green camo cap, long sleeve white top with a no-sleeve black puffer jacket and white runners.

The men were 35-45 years old, one Caucasian, bald, large build, wearing a Dry Rider motorbike jacket with dark-coloured pants and brown runners.

The other had short black hair, large build, wearing dark clothing.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 24 August 2016

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