If you thought the era of brazen, out-in-the-open robbery was a thing of the past, think again. Recently, it was reported that a con man stole £40,000 from the safe of a supermarket in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester and simply walked out of the store without being noticed. This shocking act of theft was committed with skill and a highly refined sense of timing, ac-cording to sources. When asked to describe the robbery, an informed representative stated, “...He apparently wore a glove, knew the code for the safe, punched it in and was able to empty it. At one point a senior member of the Asda staff walked past while he was in the ki-osk and even spoke to him, but he just kept up the pretense as cool as you like.”
So, who was this man, and how was he able to successfully pull off what should have been an incredibly difficult task? The fact that the individual’s identity and whereabouts are still unknown is bad enough, and yet, perhaps even more troubling is the fact that no explanation currently exists as to how he knew the code for the safe within the bureau de change.
Whether or not this suspect will be caught is, of course, important, but this story also provides us with a far more interesting revelation, that being the idea that many of our preconceptions regarding the security and, ultimately, legitimacy of neighborhood bureau de change locations are, perhaps, incorrect. Given the fact that the world of currency exchange has recently been rocked by allegations of counterfeit currency selling in the UK in a separate, unrelated incident, many individuals have begun to ask themselves whether or not their desire to exchange large sums of money for international travel or business at their local ex-change venue is, indeed, the right idea.
This is not to say, of course, that sweeping reform or oversight is needed, but rather that specific problems have emerged in recent months that do need to be addressed by those in a position to remedy them. In time, such direct action will help ensure that the future of cur-rency exchange is not fraught with underhanded, illegitimate dealings and accusations of illegal behavior.
More information about this specific act of theft is likely to be provided in upcoming weeks as police continue their search for the culprit in question.