In this week’s column, police warn about staying vigilant when using cash machines and ask for readers’ help in tracking down a suspected thief.
Cash Machine Device Discovered
During the afternoon of Saturday, June 15, a tracking device was discovered attached to the cash machine at the Tesco store in Market Deeping.
A shopper notified security officers at the store, who removed it from the slot where cards are inserted.
Our advice is this – be vigilant when using any cash machine.
The devices which thieves use to read your card details will generally be obvious, and stick out of the slot in an awkward way.
If you discover a machine that has an unusual appearance, either notify someone in the bank or contact police.
Hazardous Bottle Discovered
A resident discovered a bottle hanging from a tree in her front garden in Rutland Road, Stamford on Tuesday June 18.
The bottle had been adapted, and contained what is thought to have been decorator’s white spirit.
A handle had been fashioned from twisted paper, and the bottle filled with screwed up paper soaked in the white spirit.
This was an unusual and isolated incident but caused concern to the resident, who brought the device to the police station. The bottle will now be subject to forensic examination.
If you have any information call 101. The incident number is 272 of June 18.
Hedge Trimmers Stolen from van
A workman discovered two Stihl hedge trimmers worth £1,500 had been stolen from his flat-bed van during the after of Monday this week.
The man was working at the back of a property in High Street, Market Deeping when the thief struck.
If you have any information call 101. The incident number is 253 of June 24.
A home in Spalding Road, Bourne was broken into during the day on Monday. It is thought that the thief forced open a bathroom window before stealing £30 from a jar as well as 40in television.
If you have any information call 101. The incident number is 343 of June 24.
Police are appealing for information following incidents at McColls and Sainsbury’s in Bourne, on Saturday. The man, pictured above, bought a drink at each store, then handed over quantities of bank notes to the cashiers, asking for them to be changed into other denominations. He did this repeatedly until one cashier became completely confused and handed over £50 more to the man than he had. If you can help call 101, quoting crime reference 32130024273. The investigating officer is PC 1388 Putnam.