BUSINESSES in Gawler and the wider Barossa region have been targeted by a series of ‘sleight-of-hand’ offences, involving the theft of large sums of money.
On Thursday, two men obtained money by deception at several Angaston businesses, before moving on to a hotel at Murray Street, Nuriootpa, and then, at 9.15am, pocketing a large sum of cash at a Renmark business.
Police believe the same men were involved in similar incidents in the Gawler area on Tuesday, June 21.
Through sleight-of-hand and distraction, the men confused staff and obtained more cash than they changed.
On a number of occasions they exchanged $2000 in $100 notes.
The men are believed to have spoken with a German accent, and are aged in their early to mid 20s, are of Mediterranean appearance, are short with skinny builds and have light brown, short hair.
One man was wearing a black, matching Adidas tracksuit with blue writing/pattern.
The other was wearing a black hooded Adidas jumper and blue jeans, with both wearing black Adidas baseball caps.
Police remind businesses to be vigilant and exercise caution when people are asking for change of large sums of cash.
“It is recommended staff refer people seeking to change large amounts of cash to banks, where there are appropriate cash-handling procedures in place,” a police statement read.
Anyone with information about the offences, or the identity of the two men, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000 or crimestopperssa.com.au).
All information can be provided anonymously and will be treated in the strictest confidence.