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Monday July 22nd, 2013

Posted at 2:28pm

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Map of where the incidents took place

Windsor Police have released an update to a story over the weekend where a number of elderly citizens had items stolen from them while sitting on front porches, while out walking and other cases.

Police say a total of eight incidents have taken place over the past several days.

Windsor Police have learned that similar occurrences have been reported in Amherstburg and Leamington.

In 6 of the Windsor cases, jewelry including bracelets and necklaces have been reported stolen from the victims. The suspects in these matters attempt to sell the victims jewelry. They place necklaces (costume jewelry) around the victims necks and are able to remove necklaces from the victims without them knowing.

Investigators feel that the suspects may be using some type of cutting tool that enables them to quickly remove the jewelry from the unsuspecting victims. It is usually not till some time later, after the suspects have left, that the victims realize they are missing their jewelry. As the fake jewelry goes on, the real jewelry is taken from the victims.

The suspects are described as being very “touchy feely”. Often hugging or kissing the victims. One suspect approached a victim and indicated that she needed water to take her medication. The victim provided her with water and the suspect thanked him for his kindness. She hugged him and told him she wanted him to have a necklace. The suspect was able to get a necklace off of the victim. In another incident, a male and female suspect approached a couple and indicated that they needed money for a sick relative. They tried to sell the couple some gold from inside their vehicle. The couple indicated that they did not want to purchase any jewelry. The victims gave the couple a small amount of cash to “help” out.

In return, the suspects thanked the victims, again hugging them and offering a free necklace for their kindness. As the fake necklace went on the victim, the suspect was able to remove the victims real gold necklace.

In one incident, a victim purchased what he thought was real gold rings and necklaces. He handed over several hundred dollars and later learned that what he purchased was fake jewelry.

In another incident, the suspects offered to sell rings to a potential victim but he was adamant that he wanted nothing to do with it and he walked away without going near the suspects.

Police say the suspect is described as an Arabic male with olive skin, aged approximately 40-years-old, 185-190 lbs, 5’6″ tall. He has black short hair, is well trimmed with a clean trimmed beard. Police say he’s wearing a light coloured button up short sleeve shirt and grey pants.

There are 2 or 3 females involved as well. They have been described as being White, Pakistani, or Arabic. The female suspects are 40-50 years of age wearing flashy scarves on their heads. All suspects speak with an accent that is described as being Spanish or Arabic.

Several vehicles have been reported as being involved. The latest suspect vehicle information includes a gold Toyota, a black Ford, a grey Ford, and a silver newer model Ford. Police are not able to confirm earlier reports that a cream coloured Escalade was involved in the Amherstburg incident.

Thefts have ranged in the area of $500.00 to $2500.00

Police are asking anyone with any information in relation to these incidents to call (519)-255-6700 ex 4830 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers to (519)-258-TIPS (8477)

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