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Appeal After Deceptions

Appeal After Deceptions

Police appeal for information regarding theft and attempted deceptions

Warrnambool Police are encouraging locals to be aware of scams, after a male who visited the area last week attempted a number of deceptions.

Senior Sergeant Shane Keogh said a 42-year-old male known as Shane Hicks visited Warrnambool last week, and stole a 2017 BMW 325I Coupe (1JR8UL) by showing the victim a false electronic deposit on his phone.

"Using an alias by the name of Higgs, he's answered an advertisement on Gumtree for the 2017 BMW and said to the victim he couldn't pay on his phone at that stage" Snr Sgt Keogh said.

"What he's done is he's pulled up an electronic receipt on his phone and sent it to the victim, they have handed over the keys and off he's gone with the 2017 BMW"

"Further he's then gone around town and tried to deceive a few of the motels, one he tried to stay at for a month, again tried the same ruse showing a false deposit to the tune of $7,500"

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"They clued onto him and notified Police, so we are asking motel owners and people who use social media or sites such as Gumtree to keep an eye out for this person".

The man is believed to be aged in his 40s, around 178cm tall, with short brown hair and a medium build.

Anyone with information or who has been contacted by the man, is being asked to contact Detective Senior Constable Verity at Warrnambool CIU or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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