42 Division would like to advise community members of a Distraction Theft trend that has been occurring in our division, as well as in the G.T.A.
Citizens walking in the community are being approached by suspect(s), usually a lone female , who suddenly places a costume jewellery necklace around their neck causing the victim to be surprised, shocked and distracted. At this time, the suspect then removes the victim’s own, real gold necklace and flees. In most cases, the victim does not realize that the suspect has stolen their gold necklace and has left the costume jewellery in its place until much later. On several occasions, the suspect was observed in close proximity to a vehicle with a male driver.
Residents are reminded to always be aware of your surroundings and if approached by anyone, to be very cautious and not let them into your personal space.
Call the police at 911 if you see this crime taking place or 416 808-2222 if you see anything else that seems at all suspicious. We really do encourage people to call us as often times we can intervene before a crime actually occurs.
PC Gary Gomez