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Distraction thefts in Nairn spark warning and appeal for information from Police Scotland

By Philip Murray

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DISTRACTION thefts in Nairn's town centre have sparked a police warning.

Officers have urged people to be on their guard following a spate of incidents yesterday, and has urged anyone with information to come forward.

The thefts are believed to have involved the same man, who visited three shops in Nairn and tricked staff into leaving their tills unattended before stealing cash and leaving the stores.

The incidents all happened on Thursday between 1.30pm and 2.15pm.

The man is described as being in his early 30s, around 6ft tall and of slim to average build. He has short black hair and stubble.

He was wearing a baseball cap, a dark coloured top with a black band across the chest and was carrying a small rucksack. He spoke with an English accent.

Constable Lewis MacLeod said: "The man appeared very plausible and was successful in stealing hundreds of pounds from three retail outlets in Nairn between about 1.30-2.15pm.

"I would like to appeal to anyone who may have any information regarding this individual to contact Police Scotland using 101 and quoting reference NM/1333/1. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"I would also ask business owners and staff in Nairn and elsewhere to be vigilant and report any suspected suspicious activity to police.

"If you are needed to leave a till unattended for any period of time, please make sure it is being watched by a colleague in your absence."

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