A distraction theft in Bradford was targeting an elderly couple. South Simcoe Police say it happened on Monday around noon at a grocery store on Langford Boulevard.
Police say one suspect posed as a Good Samaritan by helping bag and load groceries for the couple. The second suspect loitered in line closely behind the woman and watched her enter the PIN for her debit card.
Once in the parking lot, the first suspect insisted on helping with the groceries. Then he distracted the victims by waving cash at them and stole the woman’s wallet from her purse on the front seat.
The unsuspecting couple did not notice the wallet was stolen until the next day. By then, several fraudulent transactions had taken place in Bradford.
The suspects are described as:
SUSPECT #1 – Male, 30’s medium brown complexion, stocky build, 5′ 7″, short black hair, burgundy shirt and denim jeans.
SUSPECT #2 – Male, 30’s, thin build, medium brown complexion, black, plastic rim eyeglasses, grey/blue sweatshirt with white long neck string and blue jeans.
Anyone who recognizes these men or has information regarding this theft is asked to contact South Simcoe Police Service at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave anonymous tips online .
Distraction thieves work in teams and often approach victims in stores and parking lots with an offer of assistance for a variety of false pretenses – claiming you dropped cash, your tire is flat or your vehicle has been damaged. While you are distracted, an accomplice steals your purse, items from your vehicle or the vehicle itself.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Protect your personal space.
Don’t let yourself be distracted.
Keep your purse or wallet with you at all times.
Shield the keypad while entering your PIN.
Don’t leave purchases in plain sight in your vehicle. Lock them in the trunk.
Have your keys ready – don’t spend time fumbling for them.