A CONMAN tricked a victim into buying an i-pad which turned out to be a bag of potatoes.
Police in Batley are now asking people to contact them if they are approached by anyone selling electrical goods on the streets.
The i-pad/potato sale happened on October 24 when a 31-year old man was tricked out of £200 when he paid for an i-pad that turned out to be a bag of potatoes.
The victim was on Dark Lane at around 4pm when he was approached by a man who offered him the i-pad. A price of £200 was agreed and the men drove to a nearby cash machine on Commercial Street where the £200 was exchanged for a black laptop bag that the victim believed contained the i-pad.
It was not until after the victim left the area and opened the bag, that he discovered it contained some potatoes.
The suspect was a chubby white man in his forties who had dark blonde hair and an Irish accent.
Police are urging people not to give money to strangers for goods that they have not checked or even seen.
PC Teresa McCarter of the Batley NPT said: “It should be common sense to check that you are getting what you pay for but, as a similar incident to this one in Birstall took place in the summer, we are warning people to be wary of accepting deals that seem to be too good to be true.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0845 6060606.