Halton Police are searching for two suspects following a distraction theft incident that occurred in Burlington.
According to police, on June 10, 2019 the victim was shopping at an LCBO in Burlington.
Two suspects were in line behind the victim and managed to observe his personal identification number as he attempted to pay.
The suspects followed the victim to the parking lot, and engaged him in conversation about dropping some cash while at the store.
The male suspect then put the “found” money into the victim’s wallet and walked away.
Police say the victim returned home and discovered that his financial cards had been stolen.
The victim then contacted police.
Police say the suspects immediately used the financial cards in the Halton and Peels region to make cash advances and retail purchases.
The loss is estimated to be $13,000.
The first suspect is described as a male between the ages of 30 and 55 with an olive complexion. Police say the suspect is around 5’6” and 5’7” and 180 pounds. The suspect, according to police, has a medium build, a black beard, and was wearing a purple t-shirt, jeans, and a tan baseball cap.
The second suspect is also described as a male between the ages of 35 and 40 with an olive complexion. Police say the suspect is around 5’8” and 5’9”, and 220 pounds. Police also note that the suspect has a heavy build, glasses, and was wearing black pants, a blue and white stripped t-shirt, and light blue baseball cap.
Anyone who is able to identify the two suspects, or has any other 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 to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Halton Police are warning the public about an increase in the number of shoulder surfing/distraction-style thefts in the region.
As a result, police are also reminding the public to make efforts to protect their (PIN) Personal Identification Number for their financial cards when making payments and using Automated Teller Machines.
“Several different suspects have been approaching victims in retail parking lots and using some method of distraction theft to engage the victim in conversation such as: returning money the victim allegedly dropped, looking for the hospital or some vehicle mechanical issue,” reads a recent Halton Police news release. “The suspects then either pick pocket the victim’s financial cards or steal their wallets from their vehicles while the victim is distracted. When the theft is completed, the suspects then have the victim’s financial cards with the matching Personal Identification Number and proceed to make fraudulent purchases using the stolen financial cards.”
Photos are courtesy of Halton Police.