Montreal police looking for victims of a pickpocketing ring
Global News : Monday, October 22, 2012 5:01 PM
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Montreal – Police made four arrests in north Montreal in September – all related to a wave of pickpocketing robberies targeting the elderly.
The arrested suspects are two men and two women: Filip Stan, 26, Ionel Caldararu, 22, Uneria Miclescu, 22, and Mariana Sirbu, 24, who appeared on charges of robbery, theft of less than $5000, concealment and conspiracy to commit theft in 12 incidents.
To date, there have been 50 incidents connected to this pickpocketing ring, and the police anticipate further arrests.
The network targeted their victims on the street or at a bus stop, acting alone, in pairs or even as a group.
They approached their target and offered jewellery (often fake), putting the items directly in the neck or arm of the victim.
While the person was distracted, they then stole the victim’s own more valuable jewellery or take other possessions.
Often the victims were unaware they had been robbed, although occasionally, the suspects were less discreet and would tear off the victim’s jewellery.
Police have good reason to believe that others may have been victims of these suspects.
They are asking those who may have been targeted or who may have witnessed such an incident to contact the local police or 9-1-1.
In light of these burglaries, Montreal police have suggested four tips to protect yourself.
1. Beware of strangers who may try to distract you with jewellery, a road map, a flat tire, etc.
2. Always keep your purse in front of you, rather than to the side or slightly behind, so that it is in view at all times.
3. Beware of jostling or crowding around you. This is often a diversion used by thieves.
4. When you enter a shop, don’t flaunt your money. Be discreet, as people may be watching you.
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