Jewelry Thefts Targeting the Elderly
If you have elderly parents that live in Toronto, you may want to pass this along to them.
Toronto police think three different theft investigations are all connected and they all target the elderly.
The first incident happened on May 14 when a a man was approached by three women while he was waiting in his car. His wife had gone inside a drug store on Leslie Street at the time. They asked the man if he wanted to buy some jewelry. That's when one of the women reached into the car and put a gold chain on the man's neck. When she went to remove it, she took the one that was already on him as well. Another woman did the same thing with a bracelet.
The same technique was used on a woman inside her car on Victoria Park Avenue on May 16. That time it was a man and a woman that approached her car, telling her his mother had passed away a year ago and wanted the woman to pray with him. The victim was robbed of two gold bangles.
Also on May 16, a blind man was also approached by a man and a woman, telling him the same story about his mother passing away, and he wanted to give the victim a present. The woman put a gold chain on the man's neck and when she removed it, she took his as well.
Police are warning residents to be careful when anyone approaches you trying to sell jewelry or tries to put a piece on you.