Thief targets male senior in money distraction theft in West Vancouver

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      While several distraction thefts involving jewellery have taken place in East and South Vancouver, a different kind of distraction theft occurred in West Vancouver.

      Around 1 p.m. on June 29, a senior was in the parking lot of the Caulfeild Village Shopping Centre. A male approached him and claimed that the senior had dropped some cash that he wanted to return to him.

      When the senior opened his wallet, the suspect managed to remove a debit card without the victim being aware of what was happening.

      The victim later received notification from his bank that suspicious transactions were taking place on his account, which were then reported to police.

      Investigators believe that the suspect may have watched the victim enter the PIN of his debit card during a transaction at a store just before the theft took place.  

      The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male who is about 30 to 40 years old with short black hair. At the time of the theft, he was wearing glasses, a white button-up shirt, and a tie.

      Investigators believe that this suspect may be connected to another similar theft in the same area about one year ago.

      Anyone who can identify this suspect or had relevant information is asked to contact West Vancouver Police or Crime Stoppers.

      Meanwhile several distraction thefts that targeted female seniors with jewellery have been taking place over the past few months in Vancouver.

      After six distraction thefts involving jewellery took place in March in South Vancouver, police arrested 41-year-old Elena Ghiocel and 31-year-old Constantin Miclescu. On June 17, Ghoicel was found guilty of theft $5,000 or under. 

      However more recently on July 20, a 77-year-old woman was robbed of jewellery she was wearing in her own backyard during a distraction theft that took place in the Cedar Cottage neighbourhood in East Vancouver. 

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