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[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Distraction Thefts, Police believe there may be other victims

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Distraction Thefts, Police believe there may be other victims

Friday, August 14, 2015 – 1:58 PM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of Distraction Thefts targeting seniors.

It is reported that:

– on Friday, June 5, 2015, a 64-year-old woman was in front of her home in the Dupont Street/Ossignton Avenue area

– a white four-door car stopped beside the woman and the driver motioned for her to come closer

– the occupants of the vehicle asked the woman for directions to the highway

– one of the passengers asked the woman to try on a necklace

– when the woman declined, the passenger proceeded to place a necklace and a ring on the woman

– as the passenger put the new jewelry on the woman, they removed her existing jewelry

– the car then drove away

The driver was described as 30-35, with a thin build, round face, and short hair.

The front passenger is described as a woman, 25-30, with a thin build and brown hair.

The rear passenger is described as a woman, 25, with a thin build and short hair.

It is also reported that:

– on Saturday, June 27, 2015, a 78-year-old man was outside his home in the Bellwoods Avenue/Queen Street West area

– a grey vehicle stopped beside the man and a female passenger asked him for directions to the highway

– the passenger told the man he reminded her of her father and she wanted to give him something

– the passenger placed rings in the man’s hand and a necklace around his neck

– as the passenger placed new jewelry on the man, she removed his existing jewelry

– the vehicle drove away

There is no description available for the driver.

The passenger is described as a brown woman in her early-mid 40s.

There was a five-year-old girl in the back seat.

It is also reported that:

– on Thursday, July 9, 2015, an 85-year-old woman was in the Hallam Street/Gladstone Avenue area

– a blue four-door car pulled up beside her

– the passenger said, “Hi mom,” to which the woman replied, “I am not your mother.”

– the passenger reached out of the vehicle and grabbed the woman’s hand

– the passenger removed all the rings from the woman’s hand

– when the woman demanded her rings back, the passenger placed four new rings into the woman’s purse pocket

– the car drove away

The driver is described as a man with brown or olive complexion, 24-25, with a tall, thin build, and short, straight dark-brown hair

The passenger is described as a woman with brown or olive complexion, mid-20s, with a thin build, and straight shoulder-length brown hair

It is also reported that:

– on Saturday, July 25, 2015, an 80-year-old woman was in the Afton Avenue/Beaconsfield Avenue area

– a grey or green vehicle stopped beside her

– the passenger exited the vehicle and asked the woman to have a seat

– the woman sat on a ledge as the passenger told her about her mother who was sick in hospital

– the passenger placed jewelry on the woman and removed her existing jewelry

– the passenger then returned to the vehicle and it drove away

The driver is described as a brown man.

The passenger is described as a brown woman, early-mid 30s, 5’5″, with a heavy build, wearing a brown head scarf.

It is also reported that:

– on Saturday, August 4, 2015, a 60-year-old man was in front of his home in the Dundas Street West/Claremont Street area

– a silver or grey car stopped beside him

– a passenger approached the man asking for directions to a hospital

– another passenger pointed a handgun towards the man

– the passenger who asked for directions removed the man’s jewelry using lubricant and gave him new jewelry

– the passenger kissed the man on the cheek before returning to the car and drove away

The driver and two passengers are described as brown men, 20-30, with medium builds.

The passenger who asked for directions is described as a brown woman, 20-30, 5’6″, with a medium build and short brown hair.

It is also reported that:

– on Friday, August 7, 2015, a 79-year-old woman was in front of her home in the Gladstone Avenue/Waterloo Avenue

– a woman approached her fence and shouted for her to come over, asking for directions to the hospital

– the woman hugged her and placed new jewelry on her while removing her existing jewelry

– the woman got into the back seat of a dark grey car and drove away

The woman is described as white, 5’1″, with a medium build, and short brown hair.

There is no description for the driver.

Similar Distraction Thefts have been taking place across the Greater Toronto Area. The suspects in these crimes distract the victims by giving them worthless jewelry while stealing expensive jewelry, such as rings and necklaces.

The suspects appear to targeting victims who speak little or no English.

Police believe there may be other victims.

The public is reminded to keep vigilant for these suspects in their neighbourhoods and to report any suspicious behaviour to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.>.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Iris Fleckeisen, 14 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

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