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Media Release

Release Date: February 25th, 2020 - 4:35pm

Originator: Detective, Jared McLeod, 30 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2385

Contact: D/Constable, Derek Gray, 30 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2344

Location: Burlington


Arrests made in series of Oakville and Burlington Identity Frauds

​The Halton Regional Police have arrested and laid charges against one male and two females in relation to multiple identity fraud incidents which occurred during January and February of this year. 

A total of six purse thefts occurred in the City of Burlington and Town of Oakville from grocery stores targeting older adult females.  The victim's financial cards were used following the thefts to purchase items from retail stores as well as gift cards from local merchants.  The estimated total loss is over $2,500.

Investigation by the Burlington and Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau has led to the charges against the following individuals;

Myriam Celis MUNOZ (female, 68 years old)

  • Theft Under $5,000, two counts
  • Fraud Under $5,000, five counts
  • Personation with Intent, four counts
  • Fraudulent Use of a credit card, four counts
  • Possession of Property Obtained by crime, three counts

Luz Dary GARCIA CELIS (female, 51 years old)

  • Theft Under $5,000, two counts
  • Fraud Under $5,000, six counts
  • Personation with Intent, five counts
  • Fraudulent Use of a credit card, five counts
  • Possession of Property Obtained by crime, four counts

Carlos Andres GUITERREZ BERNAL (male, 22 years old)

  • One charge of: Fraud Under $5,000.

All three accused were held for a bail hearing on the 24th of February 2020.

Shoppers are reminded to pay close attention to their surroundings and keep a close eye on their valuables. Purses should be kept on your person at all times. Do not leave items such as purses and cell phones unattended in grocery carts while shopping.

Any fraudulent activity on your financial cards should be reported immediately to your bank and to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Older Adult Abuse Investigator at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.  "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.