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Sleight of Hand Theft Lands in Barrie

Sleight of Hand Theft Lands in Barrie
July 27th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police is warning the public about a new sleight of hand theft that has now targeted a victim in the Barrie area.

On Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at approximately 2:30 pm the victim was approached in a parking lot at Anne Street and Vespra Street, in the City of Barrie, by a vehicle with a male driver and two (2) female passengers. The female in the passenger’s seat asked the victim for directions to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, and before the an answer could be provided the female placed a gold ring onto the victim's finger. 

The suspect continued to place jewelry on the victim while continuing to ask for directions to the hospital.  Swiftly she jumped back in the waiting vehicle and left heading east on Vespra Street.  The victim did not realize the female suspect had removed all of her valuable jewelry in a sleight of hand distraction theft until some time later.

Description:

  • Female, white
  • 5'8", heavy build
  • Wearing a bandana and long dress both in a flower print 

Limited descriptors were observed of the other two (2) suspects however the male driver appeared to be white with a dark complexion and thin build and the female in the back seat appeared to be in her early 20's.  The trio were driving a silver vehicle, possibly a Pontiac Sunfire. 

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and would like anyone in the area that may have surveillance video of the suspects or vehicle to please contact Constable M. Carlson at 705-725-7025 ext. 2691 or mcarlson@barriepolice.ca . Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at P3 Tips.

This type of theft has swept other major cities country wide and through much of Europe with suspects confusing victims, entering into their personal space and leaving in as much of a hurry as they arrived.  Often times police services see our elderly or senior citizens as victims however this crime can effect anyone at any age.  

Here are some tips to protect against this type of sleight of hand theft:

  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.

Occurrence #: BA18037015

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180