Thefts at Vancouver International Airport: arrested 60-year-old female suspect may be part of crime ring

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      A series of thefts at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has led to the arrest of a female suspect. 

      The Richmond RCMP YVR Detachment has been deploying plainclothes investigators to conduct surveillance of thefts at Vancouver International Airport that have been occurring since March of this year.

      Just before 10 a.m. on April 17, Richmond RCMP YVR Detachment officers observed a female suspect allegedly stealing a purse from a passenger in the international arrivals terminal of YVR.

      Officers arrested the suspect, who is a 60-year-old foreign national believed to be part of an organized group of thieves who travel from airport to airport.

      Miriam Fajardo, who appeared in Richmond Provincial Court on April 18, has been charged with theft of $5,000 or under and willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer. Her next court appearance is on Tuesday (April 23).

      RCMP are considering a number of other cases of theft that may be connected to Fajardo and several other law-enforcement agencies, assisting the investigation, are also interested in the accused.

      Richmond RCMP YVR operations officer Insp. Keith Bramhill stated in a news release that suspects who conduct these types of crime usually work in teams and use techniques to divert attention away from their actions of stealing valuables from others.

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