Warning to be wary on streets

POLICE are urging residents to be wary of people selling goods out the back of cars and vans in the Emerald area.

A local man was approached by two young men earlier this week in the Woolworths car park trying to sell him a movie projector out of the back of a white Hiace van.

He said he was wary of the pair, as they had NSW number plates and “took off pretty quickly” when he rejected the offer.

“Whether it was stolen stuff or not, I don’t know, maybe it’s all legitimate,” he said.

Emerald officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said the Emerald station had heard reports of a pair selling goods and they had been checked by police.

“The property has been legitimised and not found to be stolen,” he said.

Sen Sgt Reeves said police warned anyone buying goods out of the back of vehicles to be “very cautious” and to contact police if they had any doubts.

He said more often than not the goods were bought cheaply overseas and sold cheaper than recommended retail prices in Australia.

“Anybody can sell anything but you just have to use your common sense in these situations,” he said. “If the deal sounds too good to be true - it usually is. It could also be stolen property.”

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