A FORRES publican has refused to comment on reports that thousands of pounds of loose change stored in jars and bottles was stolen from his private premises at the weekend.
Grampian Police confirmd they were investigating a break-in from a property near the Victoria Hotel in Forres, with reports claiming that the cash taken in the raid, was made up of loose change.
However, proprietor Jock Benzies said he was unable to comment on the reports which have appeared since.
Meantime, police say that the incident happned sometime between 7pm and 11.15pm on Friday evening (January 18), from the premises which are located on Nairn Road near to it’s roundabout junction with St Catherines Road.
“As a result of the theft a quantity of cash in coin denominations valued at a five figure sum was stolen,” said a police spokesman, with media reports suggesting that up to £10,000 could have been stolen.
Grampian Police are keen to trace a man and a light coloured four door car which was seen in the vicinity at the time.
The man is described as white, slim build, approximately 5’ 10” in height, aged in his 20’s or 30’s, short dark hair, clean shaven, local accent and wearing a dark coloured waist length lightweight jacket.
Investigating Officer, Brian Milne said: “This is a most unusual crime for the town which was carried out on a busy thoroughfare.”
He added that any local businesses or banks, who may be suspicious of persons trying to change or deposit large quantities of coinage should contact Grampian Police.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.