CCTV image of Portsmouth fraudster released

WANTED The suspect
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THIS man is wanted by police for committing a fraud which cost a shopkeeper hundreds of pounds.

The conman struck at Gemini News in London Road, North End.

He entered the store and asked for £400 to be added to his pre-paid credit card.

The unsuspecting shop owner topped up the card as requested.

But then the man made the excuse that he had left some money in his car, and said he was popping out to get it.

He left the shop – but then disappeared.

The store owner’s suspicions were aroused when the man did not return to the store and he tried to cancel the subscription.

However by this time the money on the pre-paid card had already been spent and the store owner was left £400 out of pocket.

PC James Scott is investigating the incident, which happened at about 2.40pm on January 9.

He has now released this CCTV image of the suspect in the hope of bringing him to justice and is urging anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.

PC Scott said: ‘Do you know this man in the CCTV?

‘Police need to speak with him in connection with a fraud incident whereby an innocent shopkeeper has been targeted, resulting in him losing a large amount of money.

‘Have you also been subject to a similar method of fraud?’

The suspect is white, aged about 30, and stocky with short, brown hair.

He wore a grey knitted jumper and spoke with a local accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC James Scott on 101 quoting crime reference number 44120017085.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.