POLICE have warned motorists in Tadley to be on their guard, following a scam-type distraction theft from a vehicle at a supermarket in the town.
According to Hampshire Constabulary, on Tuesday September 9, police were notified of a suspected distraction theft from a vehicle at Sainsbury's, in Mulford's Hill.
Police are investigating whether this incident is linked to two other scams, including on the same day at Morrisons in Worting Road, Basingstoke, where a man was asked by a group if he would take them to get petrol, and in return for gold.
The man refused and drove away.
Then on Wednesday, September 16, in a similar scam, a man was seen at the Festival Place car park in Basingstoke, flagging down motorists. He said he had run out of petrol and would offer gold in return for money.
Previous similar scams, which according to police can be connected to organised crime gangs, have seen highly polished copper made to look like gold, and offered in return for cash.
Anyone spotted anyone acting suspiciously in this manner at the roadside, should be immediately reported to police and after taking down the registration number of the vehicle.
Contact Hampshire police on the non emergency number, 101, quoting reference 44150311783.