Police are appealing for information following two incidents within Middlesbrough today, Monday 19th January.
The first incident took place at around 12.50pm at William Hill on Ormesby Road, followed by another at McColls Newsagents on Normanby High Street around 25 minutes later at 1.15pm.
During both incidents a man asked staff to hand over cash so that he could exchange them for notes containing specific serial numbers. He then attempted to steal cash without the staff member realising, however, whilst he did not manage to steal any cash from William Hill, he managed to steal £80 from the newsagents.
Police are linking both incidents and officers have arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of robbery and attempted theft and he is currently in custody.
Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to contact DC Gez Wraith from Middlesbrough Volume Crime Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.