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Police catch money-swap trick man

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Police have charged a man in relation to a number of stealing offences throughout Queensland, including the Far North.

It will be alleged a man attended businesses, including banks, in Maryborough, Gympie, Agnes Wates, Browns Plains, Mackay, Port Douglas, and Mossman between July 4 and yesterday.

It will be alleged he approaches a teller or counter staff to exchange ten $100 notes to $50 notes.

He then asks for a different denomination of notes or confuses the staff member in some way.

While the staff member is distracted he removes some of the $100 and all the $50 notes and leaves the business.

Police stopped a vehicle north of Mareeba about 9.30am yesterday,  and the officer recognised the man as wanted for questioning in relation to the above matters.

A 50-year-old Romanian National has been charged with nine counts of stealing and three counts of attempted stealing and is expected to appear at the Mareeba Magistrates Court today (July 14).