Richmond RCMP warn of distraction theft scheme

Richmond, Public Alert

2023-05-02 12:54 PDT

Richmond RCMP is actively investigating a distraction theft technique that has presented in our community recently.

The scheme involves a coordinated effort by thieves to target a victim entering and departing financial institution after making a cash withdrawal.

While the victim is driving away, they are flagged down by a suspect who advises them that their vehicle is damaged in some way and/or making an unusual noise. After exiting their vehicle to survey the apparent damage or to locate the source of the noise, an accomplice(s) removes the victim’s purse from the vehicle while they are distracted.

Richmond RCMP is warning the community of this particular distraction technique. This technique is not novel but appears to be a variation of prior distraction techniques.

Having the knowledge and awareness of this type of scheme is important for the Richmond community. If you believe that you a potential target in this type of distraction scheme and it is occurring in real-time, contact the police immediately and/or drive in a safe manner directly to your local police detachment, says Corporal Dennis Hwang, Communications Officer, Richmond RCMP.

Released by:

Cpl. Dennis Hwang
Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-5189


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