Police in Swansea are appealing for information after a man was tricked out of more than £500 in the city centre, by a ‘ginger man with an Irish accent’.
The incident happened at around 1.30pm on Tuesday May 19 when the 25-year-old victim was approached by a man who was offering an Apple laptop and phone for sale.
After testing out the equipment he agreed to hand over £550 for the items which were contained in a rucksack. When he later checked the rucksack he found that it only contained two bottles of Cherryade and some cardboard.
The suspect is described as being white, aged 24-30, 5ft 10ins-6ft 2ins in height, with short ginger spikey hair and blue eyes.
He spoke with an Irish accent and wore a dark blue coloured raincoat, denim jeans and a round neck top which had blue, yellow and white horizontal stripes. He made off in a dark blue estate car which was parked in the Quadrant multi-storey car park.
Detective Constable Sharon Price of Swansea CID said: “We are appealing to anyone who saw the suspect in the city centre or who has been approached in similar circumstances to contact the police.
“Our advice to anyone who is offered to buy items in such circumstances is to politely decline. If the offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 1500175992.