Sussex police have issued a warning to shops today of a new trick leading to staff giving away too much change.
Officers have received two reports in the Hastings and St Leonards area recently, of customers conning shops out of extra change using sleight of hand to confuse staff operating their tills.
The suspects use quick handling or distractions to confuse the shop assistant, leading to the criminals walking away with much more change than is needed.
The first incident was reported to police on the 13 January when a man entered a business on John Macadam Way. The man was reported to walk away with nearly £50 after confusing the shop worker through exchanging unnecessarily large amounts of money.
The conman was described as a white, overweight dark-haired individual of an eastern European heritage.
The second incident took place yesterday evening at a garage on Bexhill Road.
Two men were involved; one man brought a few items while the other distracted the shop assistant when exchanging the money.
The incident led to the two men walking away with £68 between them.
Inspector Dan Russell said: “The people who carry out these types of change scams aim to completely confuse the cashier by constantly asking for different denominations of change with the goal of leaving the shop with more money than they came in with.”
Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects should contact Sussex police, or can call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.