Store steps up hunt for card thief
OWNERS of the Spar Supermarket in Murwillumbah are calling on the public to dob in a credit card scammer who robbed them of more than $2000.
Yad Singh followed a story in the Tweed Daily News about two weeks ago, where an alleged meat thief was reported to police by readers after her photo appeared in the newspaper.
And he was hoping for the same outcome when he released CCTV footage of the alleged credit card con-artist to the newspaper yesterday.
“We just need some advertising of him so someone can recognise him and dob him in,” Mr Singh said.
“We think he's a local.
“We want this guy caught.”
At least eight Murwillumbah businesses were targeted during May and June, resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars and police have revealed the elusive scammer has struck again.
Murwillumbah Sergeant Bill Henry is urging all businesses to be a vigilant as possible at the point of sale.
“There have been some more cases reported,” Sgt Henry said, since the two involving family-run businesses Murwillumbah Cellars and Spar Supermarket in Murwillumbah.
“We think he's from this area.
“We're warning all businesses to be very cautious when handling card transactions.
“Police want to speak with the man captured on Spar Supermarket's in-store cameras regarding these thefts.”
Another Murwillumbah business owner, who did not want to be named for fear of repercussions, said they were among the second or possibly third wave of thefts which hit town a few weeks ago.
“We were lucky because we had already been warned by the guys from Spar,” the owner said.
“Being small businesses we all look after each other.”
The owner said it is so important other business people make sure all there staff are on alert for stolen credit cards.
It is unknown whether the offender is working alone or in a gang, but police have two theories as to how the thief pulls off the scams, crime prevention officer Senior Constable Andrew Eppelstun said.
“At the point of sale, it is apparent our local offender either enters a legitimate card into the manual card swipe facility, then cancels and re-enters a fraudulent card,” Snr Const Eppelstun said.
“Or he simply does a sleight of hand and swipes the stolen card and then presents a legitimate one for signing purposes.
He urged owners to be alert for customers who act in an unusual way or make unusual requests in an attempt to fluster staff.