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Friday, 24 July 2015

Public Safety Alert: Distraction Theft, Police believe there may be other victims

Please note, the Toronto Police Service has released a Public Safety Alert following this recent incident of distraction theft:
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a distraction theft that targeted an 85-year-old woman.

It is reported that:
  • on Thursday, July 23, 2015, an 85-year-old woman was gardening in her front yard in The Queensway and Park Lawn Road area
  • an older-model brown car stopped on the road near the woman
  • the car was driven by a man and had a woman in the back seat
  • the woman in the back seat motioned the gardening woman to come closer and asked her for directions
  • the woman approached the car and leaned into it, while giving directions and the woman in the car slid a gold-coloured ring into her blouse pocket
  • the woman tried to return the ring to the woman in the car and, while doing so, the woman in the car grabbed her by the hand and attempted to remove her diamond ring
  • nothing was obtained and the car fled the scene

The driver was described as a white man, 24-26, with a mustache and black hair.

The passenger in the back seat was described as a white woman, 60-70, with black, short, curly hair.

Similar Distraction Thefts have been taking place across the Greater Toronto Area. The suspect(s) in these crimes distract the victims by giving them worthless jewelry while stealing expensive jewelry, such as rings and necklaces, from the fingers and necks of the victims.

Police believe there may be other victims.

Anyone with information can contact the Police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.
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If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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