Hunter shopping centres targeted by criminal racket

Police are investigating an organised criminal group operating in the Lake Macquarie and Hunter region.

Between June and July 2018, police believe an organised group comprising of men and women, have targeted retail and fast-food outlets at shopping centres in Charlestown, Swansea, Morisset and Wyee.

The offenders are operating in pairs, and are targeting young female employees.

The offenders appear very confident and become argumentative with the employees to confuse and trick them out of cash.

Police have been told a silver Holden Commodore bearing Victorian registration plates, has been seen in the vicinity at the time the offences have been committed.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/