DETECTIVES have released CCTV images of men they are trying to trace in connection with a case of fraud involving a 15-year-old boy – which saw him hand over cash for a mobile phone and computer only to be handed two soft drinks and a piece of cardboard.
Leicestershire Police handed the CCTV images to the Mail in a bid to get witnesses to come forward following the incident in Market Street, Ashby.
The teenager was approached in the street by two men and offered the chance to buy an iPhone 5S and an Apple iMac computer.
The youngster jumped at the chance but, when he returned with his cash, he was handed a rucksack only to later find that he had been duped.
PC Paul Hicks spoke to the Mail about the efforts to find the men who are responsible.
He said: “From inquiries we’ve conducted locally, we’ve located CCTV images of two men we wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.
“If you recognise them or have any information about the incidents please contact us.”
A spokesman for the force said: “The incident took place sometime between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday, March 11 in Market Street when the victim as approached by a man who asked him if he wanted to buy an Apple iPhone 5S and an Apple iMac computer.
“The victim was shown the items and agreed to purchase the computer.
“He then met the seller who was with another man on Lower Church Street in a small saloon-type car.
The victim gave the men cash who in return handed the victim a rucksack.
“When the victim later opened the rucksack it contained two bottles of soft drink and some cardboard.”
Anyone with information is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.