SHOPPERS in South Tyneside are being asked to be vigilant when using self-service tills at supermarkets.
The warning comes after two recent incidents where cashback was stolen from the tills at two South Shields supermarkets after being left behind.
The first happened at just after 12.20pm on Friday, when £20 was left at Morrisons, in Ocean Road.
Another £30 was left by a customer at Asda, in Coronation Street, just after 3.05pm on Saturday.
South Shields Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith said: “I would urge customers to remember to take all their items with them when using these tills, including any change or cash back, as left behind it can present an opportunity to thieves.
“I’d also like to remind people that they are stealing by helping themselves to this money.
“It is not a victimless crime, and you are causing financial loss to another person.
“Those committing this offence also face being arrested and charged with theft and ending up with a criminal record.
“We will continue to work closely with Shopwatch schemes, supermarket staff and security to deter thieves, target offenders and will use CCTV systems to apprehend them.”