Friday, 8 July 2011

Gaming Thefts Pictures Issued



By Ben Aulakh

Police have issued pictures of three men they would like to speak to about the thefts of hundreds of pounds from pub gaming machines across Nottinghamshire.

The men, believed to be of Eastern European origin, are being sought in connection with 13 incidents across the county.

The individuals have been seen in pubs in Woodborough, Calverton, Keyworth, Cotgrave, Hucknall, Rainworth, Beeston and Linby, in the hours prior to the burglaries.

Detectives believe these are the three males shown in the CCTV images and are appealing to the public to help identify them.

Anyone who recognises the possible suspects, believes they have seen them or has any other information about their identities should telephone Detective Sergeant Richard Monk on 0300 300 99 99, extension 811 6633.

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police are also keen to stress however that a number of other burglaries have been thwarted by officers alerting licensees, while other attempts have been disturbed, with the offenders abandoning cash.

Anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity in progress or believes the pictured men are in the vicinity should telephone 999.

The force’s business crime unit has also issued advice to licensees to help them prevent falling victim to the burglaries.

The advice includes ensuring that alarm systems are working, that windows are closed at night and to consider buying or renting specially designed ‘security skirts’ for gaming machines.

Licensees should also liaise with police licensing officers for further crime prevention advice, and consider signing up to www.nottsbusinesswatch.co.uk, which will ensure they receive alerts about crimes and scams.

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