Posted on 10th December 2013
The Glossop ShopWatch scheme helped to stop an offender in their tracks as they attempted to pay for goods with counterfeit notes.
An officer was alerted by Marks and Spencers staff in Glossop as a man tried to hand over a fraudulent £50 note to pay for goods on Thursday, December 5.
Staff at the store became suspicious to the incident which took place around 12.30pm and passed on the offender’s description to other stores using the radio scheme.
Tesco service station heard the description over the ShopWatch radio and raised alarms with PC Sean Moss that he had been in the shop, as a result the suspected offender was found and arrested.
PC Moss from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This incident is a great way to highlight the benefits of the ShopWatch radio scheme, in that not only can retailers alert police directly, they can also speak to each other and warn of suspicious individuals or incidents.”
Sergeant Trevor Steed who leads the policing team for the area added: “It is significant that the fake notes had been treated with a chemical that gave the notes a false reading from the UV note checkers, suggesting that they were genuine.
“I would urge retailers to remain vigilant and to use extreme caution when dealing with unusual currency, especially if high valued notes are being used to purchase low-priced goods.
“If shop workers suspect anything at all they are perfectly within their rights to refuse to accept a note and ask the purchaser to exchange it at any of the many local banks.”
ShopWatch links retailers via radios to each other and police, allowing them to share information on suspicious behaviour or incidents of crime immediately.
To find out more about the scheme contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.