Lothian and Borders Police are urging shop workers to be on their guard after two incidents in Peebles and one in Selkirk where men tried to buy goods using forged £20 notes.
The first incident happened last Thursday afternoon and involved a man described as as white, slim build, 25-26 years of age, approx 5’5’, dark hair, wearing a grey hooded top, blue or black baseball cap, blue jeans and white trainers, entered a shop in Peebles and presented a Clydesdale Bank £20 note to pay for goods valued at £2.25. On checking the note, the shop assistant identified it as a fake and the man left the shop and ran off in the direction of Tweed Green.
The next day, another male has entered a takeaway in Selkirk and went to buy a bottle of juice with a Bank of Scotland £20 note. The shop assistant became suspicious due to the note’s texture and colour. and on checking further she identified it as fake. Again, this man left the shop without buying anything after being confronted. The maN is described as 25-30 years, 5ft 8ins, skinny build with short fair hair. He was wearing denim jeans and a jacket which had three coloured horizontal stripes on it (dark blue, light blue and white).
The most recent incident took place on Tuesday this week when a man went into a charity shop in Peebles and tried to buy an item for £3.50 with a forged Bank of England £20 note. When the shop assistant realised it was forged she made the man aware and he replaced it with a legitimate note to buy the goods.
A police spokesman said: “We would urge shop assistants to check all notes very carefully and if they suspect the note to be fake, they should record the value of the note, the bank type and the serial number, and contact police immediately.”
The man in the most recent incident is described as stocky build, balding on top, medium height and in the company of a female with a buggy and a young boy aged around eight years old.
Anyone who has information should contact Peebles police station on 01721 720637 or Hawick police station on 01450 375051.