Peel Police – Peel Police Reminds Residents of Distraction Thefts

Peel – Investigators from the 21 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau would like to remind people of distraction thefts that have been occurring the Region of Peel.

There have been several incidents where victims have been approached by a female suspect who engages the victim in conversation or attempts to embrace them. While distracted, the victim’s jewellery is stolen or switched with fake items.

The female suspect is in the company of a second female or a male accomplice, who waits in a nearby vehicle. The vehicle utilized varies in colour and model.

These incidents are occurring in the Brampton, Mississauga and neighbouring cities. Police cannot confirm that it is the same group, however the methods are similar.

Investigators are reminding residents to be cautious if approached by a stranger, and to ensure you keep your personal property secure, and out of sight, at all times.

If you have been a victim of this type of occurrence, please report the incident to the nearest Peel Police Division or Community Station.  A list of locations is available at www.peelpolice.on.ca.

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Anyone who has any information regarding this type of theft is urged to contact their local Police Division at (905) 453-3311.  Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca  or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.

For media inquiries, please contact the on-duty Media Relations Officer at (905) 453-2121, ext. 4027.

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