Possible fraudsters caught on CCTV
BALLINA detectives are investigating a spate of stealing and fraud offences that recently occurred in the Ballina, Lismore and Tweed Heads areas.
Two offenders have been identified for the New South Wales offences and have been linked to a large number of similar offences in the southern Queensland area.
Richmond Local Area Command Investigations Manager detective sergeant Bernadette Ingram said the offenders had been stealing wallets and handbags from unlocked offices in hospitals, TAFE's and medical centres.
"They have then used stolen credit cards to purchase items of property and gift cards from shops in the Northern Rivers area," she said.
Det Sgt Ingram said police want to remind the public to secure their handbags, wallets and other valuables while in these locations and to remain vigilant and keep a lookout for persons loitering in the office areas of hospitals and/or medical centres.
"Additionally we would like to remind shop keepers to carefully check the signatures of credit card transactions and to contact police or the credit card company for assistance if the signature does not match the credit card."
Anyone with information in relation to the identity of these persons or their current whereabouts should contact Ballina detectives office on 02 66818699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.