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article imageToronto Police tell residents to watch out for distraction thefts

By KJ Mullins     Jan 28, 2010 in Crime
Toronto Police are advising citizens to be aware of a recent increase in distraction-type thefts. It appears a gang of criminals are working Toronto stores.
According to a press release the suspects are targeting convenience and cellular stores. The thefts take place during the afternoon and early evening.
The suspects enter the store and distract the store employees by buying lottery tickets. The suspect then asks the employee to check their previous tickets for them. While the employee is distracted by the first suspect or in some cases two suspects others remove merchandise from storage areas.
Police describe the suspects as:
1) male, brown, 30−35, 5’6”−5’8”, medium build with curly, black short hair.
2) male, brown, 30−35, 5’5”−5’7”, thin build, with curly black short hair.
3) female, white, 20−25, 5’4”−5’5”, long, dark hair with a Russian accent. She was last seen
wearing a hat and/or a head scarf and long skirt.
If you have information about this case please contact Toronto Police at 416-808-1300. You can also call Crime Stops to leave an anonymous tip at 416-222-TIPS.
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