Crime Briefs: 'Foreign' Short Change Artists, DWI Sentences ({{commentsTotal}})

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The Western Prefecture has issued a warning regarding a number of con artists who use a distracting short change approach to cheat cashiers at retailers.

Said to be dark-complexioned and English-speaking, the individuals typically tender a large bill - 200 or 500 euros - to pay for purchases, said the prefecture's Andrei Taratuhin on Kuku Raadio. They then change their mind in midstream when the cashier has already given change.

Cases have been reported in Tallinn, Tartu County, Pärnu, Haapsalu and even on Saaremaa. No arrests have been made and there are no suspects yet.  


Harju County Court has sentenced a man to real prison time for repeat DWI offenses, reported on Wednesday.

The man, described as 41 years old and an unemployed citizen of the Russian Federation, got a two-year prison sentence, with eight months lopped off immediately due to the fact that the case was administered under expedited procedure. 

But a suspended sentence for one of the previous offenses was also activated, bringing the total imprisonment to two years, eight months.


A 27-year-old convicted of repeatedly driving under the influence of drugs received six months in prison and his Ford Escort was confiscated by Harju County Court Wednesday.

An aggravating factor was that he stole the mirrors off a BMW in a shopping center parking lot, worth 300 euros. He will have to compensate the damage to the owner.