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Police Seeking Three Women Following a Distraction Theft

Police Seeking Three Women Following a Distraction Theft
January 11th, 2018 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying three women following a distraction theft at Joe's No Frills.

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, just before 1:00 p.m., three women entered Joe’s No Frills located at 165 Wellington Street, in the City of Barrie. One of the women approached the victim and distracted her while the other woman removed her wallet from her purse, which had been sitting in the shopping cart,  and placed it into a newspaper she had been carrying and walked away.

The suspects attempted to make a fraudulent transaction with the victim’s credit card at a nearby bank machine. The transaction was declined as a result of the victim quickly cancelling her credit cards.

The vehicle the suspects were travelling in was a 2011 or newer, grey four-door, Ford focus.

The investigation is ongoing

Suspects are described as;

Suspect 1:

  • Female, white (20 to 30 yrs.)
  • Described as European decent
  • Thin build
  • Dark hair
  • Wearing a purple wool hat, black jacket, black “Adidas” pants, and pink/purple shoes and carrying a “Coach” purse

Suspect 2:           

  • Female, white (30 to 40 yrs.)
  • Described as European decent
  • Heavy build
  • Wearing a grey Gatsby style hat, grey long neck sweater, black tights, and grey boots and carrying a grey purse

Suspect 3:           

  • Female, white (20 to 30 yrs.)
  • Described as European decent
  • Thin build
  • Dark hair
  • Wearing a black wool hat, black long jacket and carrying a “Coach” purse

The Barrie Police are reminding residents to be cautious and follow the safety tips provided to protect themselves;

  • Keep your personal items within eyesight while shopping and never turn your back on them 
  • Use handbags or purses that have a zipper or a secure flap, and carry it close to your body. Keep all zippers and pockets closed

  • If someone requests your assistance, or accidentally bumps into you, or spills something on you, be alert and be aware of those people around you
  • If you are approached in a parking lot by someone claiming your tire is flat, your vehicle is damaged, or you have dropped money on the ground, immediately retrieve your purse or wallet, turn off your vehicle and take your keys out of the ignition. This may be a ploy to distract you in order to steal your purse and possibly your vehicle

Criminals are opportunists and have several techniques and distractions they will use, and they will alter their methods to avoid being caught.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Hemington of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext. 2763, khemington@barriepolice.ca or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip at www.tipsubmit.com

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence # BA18001358



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