Appeal as public sold 'fake TVs' at Straiton from back of van
Police are appealing for information after a member of the public was sold a fake TV by two men from the back of a white van at Straiton.
The £200 TV failed to work and the matter was reported to police.
The two sellers are described as white, in their early 20s with an Irish accent and the white van they were using had Irish number plates.
The men are believed to have been in an area near the Asda store at Straiton, Loanhead, between March 13 and 18.
Police said when the TVs failed to work, one of the men was contacted and said it was stolen and so police could not be contacted. But police stressed that this is not the case and officers would encourage anyone to come forward and report the incident.
In a statement released this afternoon, police said: “Officers are looking to hear from any member of the public that has been offered a TV for sale from two Irish males in the Straiton area of Loanhead and particularly those that have given money in exchange for a TV and since found it to be a dummy TV.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident 2255 of 13th March 2021. Alternatively, anyone wishing to report their information anonymously can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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