Release Date: November 22nd, 2018 - 11:50am
Originator: D/Sergeant Ron Hansen, Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 Ext. 2315
Contact: D/Constable Derek Gray, Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 Ext. 2344
The Halton Regional Police Service has received approximately 130 reports of purse thefts since the beginning of November 2017. In these occurrences the suspects targeted female, older adults whose purses and/or wallets were stolen from their shopping carts while they were distracted in some fashion.
On November 20th 2018 Nicole Wereszczynska (24-yrs) of Mississauga was arrested by members of Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau for a wallet theft that occurred on October 24th 2018 at Food Basics.
Halton Regional Police were assisted by our Retail loss prevention partners using the 'Retail C.O.P.' (Cameras on Patrol) program in identifying the accused.
Nicole Wereszczynska was released on a Promise to Appear in Milton Court on December 19th 2018 for one count of theft under $5000.
Halton Regional Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the other male in the image who was with the accused and is involved in this wallet theft. (Image attached).
Halton Regional Police are reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings and stay alert for distraction type thefts when shopping in the grocery stores, malls and other retail business.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents or other purse thefts is asked to contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau - Vulnerable Persons and Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See something, Hear something, Say something" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting "Tip201" with your message to 274637 (crimes).
Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.