Sleight of Hand Theft 

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are searching for two suspects after a sleight of hand theft in Bradford.

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019 around 12:00 p.m., the 71-year-old male victim was walking to the entrance of a Holland Street West grocery store. A man in a dark coloured van parked near the entrance called the victim over to ask for directions to the hospital. The victim complied. Before leaving, a female suspect reached out in a motion like she was going to put a necklace around the victim’s neck. The victim declined the supposed gift and the suspects quickly drove off. A few minutes later, the victim realized the gold necklace he was wearing was missing.

The male suspect is described as:

Olive complexion

Slim build

Wearing black hat

The female suspect is described as:

Olive complexion

Heavy build

black scarf over her hair

Vehicle description:

Dark coloured passenger van

We want our citizens to protect themselves against sleight of hand thefts. This type of theft preys on the helpful nature of our residents and the victims are often seniors.

Here are some tips:

1. If you wear jewelry in public, conceal valuable items under your clothing.

2. Don’t allow anyone you don’t know into your personal space.

3. Tell the person that you are not interested and for them to leave you alone.

4. Draw attention to the situation by calling for help.

5. Call police and report the crime immediately.

Fraud 

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are warning the public about a gift card fraud after a Bradford man was sent on a spending spree.

The 53-year-old man told police that he received an email from what he thought was an online payment company indicating his account had been compromised.

A phone number was provided for the victim to call to reset his password.

The man said he called the number and was told to purchase Google Play gift cards in order for his password verification to be processed.

The victim complied with that request and then four more requests for gift card purchases totalling several thousand dollars.

The victim believed all his money would be reimbursed and his password would be re-established.

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the man attended the South Division to report the incident fearing it was a scam after being asked to purchase even more gift cards.

He had already cancelled his credit card.

This is the second incident of this nature reported to us this week. Scammers continue to come up with new ways to victimize the public. Be warned.

Companies do not ask for gift cards for payment or to reset passwords. This is a huge red flag. If it happens to you, hang up and report the incident to police.

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 80 calls for service.

 

 





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