Thieves got away with hundreds of pounds by pretending to sell computers at a car boot sale that many people from Cheltenham visit each week.
On Sunday 2nd July at about 10am a man was at the ‘car-booter’ at Hempsted, Gloucester where he was approached by another man who offered him a MacBook Pro. Convinced that this was genuine the man agreed to buy the computer but said that he did not have enough money with him. The “salesman” offered to take him home to get the money, and led him to a silver car where another man was waiting. At his address, he handed over the money in exchange for a black satchel which he assumed contained the computer but instead it was cardboard and two bottles of drink. The offenders are described as of eastern European appearance. One was aged about 30, stocky build and with a beard. He was wearing shorts and a white top.
The other was slimmer than the first and was wearing shorts and a blue top.
In a separate incident at the same location earlier a man was offered a MacBook Pro and an iPhone 7. Again, the man said that he did not have enough cash so was driven to a cash machine where he withdrew the money and handed it to the offenders. In return, they gave him a laptop bag which he subsequently found contained two bottles of drink. The offenders are described as two white males aged 25-30 years old and wearing black T-shirts and shorts. They had either Scottish or Irish accents. One was about 5ft 2ins, medium to chunky build with very short hair. The other was about 5ft 7ins medium build with short dark hair. They were driving a blue Vauxhall Astra car. Detective Inspector John Wood said:
“We urge people to be very careful when offered goods in suspicious circumstances such as these, and if there are any concerns regarding the goods being sold, encourage people to report this to the police. “
There are some very unscrupulous people out there, and we know that at least two people were taken in by this criminality yesterday and there may be others. “We would like to hear from anyone who may have suffered a similar fate at Hempsted yesterday or who has any information about these incidents including any other vehicle details and individuals involved in this type of crime.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 quoting incidents 158 and 196 of 2 July.