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**UPDATE - Person Identified - West Vancouver Police seek public's assistance with distraction theft investigation

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2019-Aug-22

Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy

604.925.7348

19-10116

West Vancouver – WVPD are asking for the public’s assistance with an investigation involving a thief who appears to be targeting seniors.  

The first incident took place on August 20th, at approximately 1:30pm. A 94 year-old female victim was approached by a man while in a common hallway of her apartment building in the 1300 blk of Clyde Ave. The man engaged her in conversation and when the victim was distracted, he managed to steal her wallet.

The second incident took place on August 20th, at approximately 3:30pm in the same apartment building. An 84 year-old female victim was approached by a man who convinced her to let him into her apartment. Once inside the apartment, the man was able to steal the victim’s wallet.

The third incident took place on August 20th, at approximately 4:45pm in the 500 blk of Water’s Edge Cres. A resident noticed a suspicious man inside the building who was attempting to talk to residents. The man left the area after being confronted.

After contacting their respective banks, the victims discovered that their stolen debit and credit cards had been used in multiple fraudulent transactions. The total financial loss is still yet to be determined. 

*A person of interest has been identified thanks to assistance from media and the public. 

The investigation is ongoing.