Credit card machines stolen from businesses during distraction burglaries

Police are investigating three incidents in Southsea and Eastleigh. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary
Police are investigating three incidents in Southsea and Eastleigh. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary
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POLICE want to speak this man in connection with three burglaries at Hampshire businesses.

A man and a woman distracted the receptionist at the Concorde Club in Stoneham Lane in Eastleigh between 5pm and 8pm on November 6.

While the receptionist was distracted another man reached ove the counter and stole the credit card machine, leaving a similar machine in its place.

The stolen machine was then used to obtain fraudulent refunds worth £7,000.

A similar method was used twice at the Royal Beach Hotel in St Helens Parade in Southsea.

The two incidents took place between 9pm and 10.50pm on November 6 and between 3.10pm and 4pm on November 16.

No money was transferred in these cases.

Hampshire Constabulary has urged businesses to make sure their credit card machines are safeguarded when the reception area is unattended.

If you have any information about any of the incidents call police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44170433391.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.