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Several Wallets Stolen in String of Distraction Thefts

Residents are reminded to be careful while out shopping after several recent reports of women having their wallets stolen.

At least six such thefts have been reported, all occurring on February 10 at various retail shops around the city. In most cases the wallets were removed from open purses either left unattended in shopping carts or while owners were carrying them. Suspects working together either bumped into the victims or created a distraction to allow the theft.

In all cases the victims’ debit or credit cards were used at other nearby businesses a short time after the theft.


The male suspect is described as being in his 40s, heavy set, medium height with olive skin and a beard which was dark on the sides and white around his mouth and chin. He was wearing a dark winter jacket, grey track pants, a black toque and black shoes.

The female suspect was described as possibly Middle Eastern, 35 to 45 years and wearing a tan jacket, grey winter hat with a large pompom, grey pants, black shoes and a black purse.

They were driving a grey Mazda hatchback.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Dale Hunt at 519-824-1212, ext. 7437, email him at dhunt@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips. 

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