Police warning the public about distraction thefts

North Vancouver

2023-03-13 14:54 HAP

Dossier nº 23-4178

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The North Vancouver RCMP are warning the public about two recent cases of distraction thefts that have raised concern.

On January 26th, 2023, a woman was sitting in her vehicle at the Capilano Mall parking lot when a male approached her diverting her attention to a supposed flat tire. As she exited her vehicle to check on her tire, a second male entered her vehicle and took her wallet. The victim confronted the males' but they both took off running. The victim could only provide a description of the first male, who is described as a foreign male.

On March 3rd, 2023, a woman was loading her groceries into her vehicle at the Walmart parking lot, located at 925 Marine Drive. A male approached her, diverting her attention to her vehicle’s brakes. It is alleged that this was a distraction attempt while the male’s accomplice stole her wallet from her vehicle. A short time later, $1,600 was withdrawn from her bank accounts and $14,000 was racked up on her credit cards. The male suspect is described as having darker skin, approximately 40-50 years old, black hair, wearing a dark coloured hoodie and jeans.

In both of these instances, the target location was a parking lot and the victim’s attention was directed while the suspect(s) stole the victims’ purse, wallet or cash, said Cst. Mansoor Sahak of the North Vancouver RCMP. The suspects appear to be targeting vulnerable people due to their age and that’s a concern for us. Our investigators are making every effort to track the suspects, but we also rely on the community to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

How to Protect Yourself

Diffusé par :

Gend. Mansoor Sahak

Agent des relations avec les m├ędias
GRC de North Vancouver
147, 14e Rue Est, North Vancouver (C.-B.) V7L 2N4
Bureau : 604-985-1311
Cellulaire : 778-228-1619

Courriel : mansoor.sahak@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Site Web : nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (en anglais seulement)

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