|Halton Region, ON||172 - 177 cm (5'6" - 5'8" ft)|
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Halton Regional Police Service detectives are urging seniors to be cautious if they are approached by a man and woman in their mid-30s to early 40s claiming to be lost and looking for the hospital.
The suspects are targeting elderly patrons of grocery and retail stores, and distracting their victims by asking them to point out directions on a map which they place over the victim’s wallet or purse, thereby giving the thieves an opportunity to steal the property unobserved.
The female suspect is described as Caucasian, in her mid 30s to 40s, slim build, between 5’7 and 5’8” tall with long dark hair and a European accent. The male suspect is described as Caucasian, in his mid 30s to 40s, approximately 5’6 to 5’8” tall with dark hair and a European accent.
Detectives have determined that the suspects have targeted at least six different victims since August 6, 2011. The pair appear to be operating primarily in the Oakville and Burlington areas, and targeting seniors who are shopping alone. They have approached victims both inside the retail location and outside in the parking lot just prior to the victim departing.
“Unfortunately, this is another variation of a crime targeting our elderly population under the guise of someone in distress and asking the senior for help – in this case, needing directions to the hospital,” said Cst. Wendy Moraghan, Elder Services Coordinator. “Seniors can help police by being extremely cautious when approached by a stranger asking for assistance. Direct them to a store clerk instead, and ensure your personal property is protected and in your sight at all times.“
The Halton Regional Police Service Regional Fraud Unit is continuing its investigation into this case and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying these individuals. If you or an elderly relative has fallen prey to this scenario, or if you have any information related to the investigation please contact Detective Brad Murray at (905) 825-4747 Ext 8982 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
If you have any information on this case, please call Regional Investigative Services at 905-825-4747 ext. 5082 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).