Release Date: May 13th, 2020 - 3:28pm
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
The Halton Regional Police Service is seeking the public's assistance in identifying three suspects responsible for distraction thefts in the City of Bulington and the Town of Oakville.
Between May 4th to May 7th 2020, there have been four incidents where a group of thieves targeted elderly females shopping in retail spaces. Suspects obtained the victims personal identification numbers of their financial cards as they observed them at these retail locations. As the victims returned to their vehicles in the parking lots, these suspects distracted them in order to steal their credit cards.
Subsequently, these suspects used the stolen credit cards for cash withdrawals and retail purchases.
These thefts occurred at a Walmart in the City of Burlington and the Longo's and Metro grocery stores in Oakville on May 4th. Another theft occurred at a Shoppers Drug Mart in the City of Burlington on May 7th.
The estimated loss to the victims is projected to be over $5,000.
Investigators from the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau are looking for the following suspects:
Suspect One is described as male, white, 25-30 years old, 5'9 to 5'10, medium build 170-180 lbs, wearing black shoes, blue jeans, blue coat, Toronto Blue jays baseball cap and dark rimmed glasses.
Suspect Two is described as male, olive complexion, 25-30 years old, 5'9 to 5'10, medium build 170-180 lbs, wearing black shoes, pants and jackets and a white baseball hat with writing on the cap
Suspect Three is described as male, white, 25-30 5'10-5'11, medium build, 170-180 lbs, wearing white/ blue shoes, blue jeans, blue coat, white sweater with hood and a camo-green Toronto Maple Leafs cap. All suspects were wearing surgical masks. (Suspect Photos attached)
Suspects were last seen driving a older model Grey or Silver Ford Edge. Vehicle is likely a 2010-2015 year model. No licence plate was obtained.
The public is reminded to reduce their risk when shopping and only bring your driver's licence, health card and a few financial cards. All identity documents should be left securely at home. Don't let your belongings out of sight and become distracted while shopping.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau - Seniors Liaison Team 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
Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.