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Distraction Theft Alert,
Woman wanted,
Downtown core

Broadcast time: 12:00
Monday, December 3, 2018

14 Division

Case #: 2018-2057864

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a series of distraction theft investigations.

Over the past few weeks officers have responded to numerous calls for distraction thefts in the area bounded by College Street, Bathurst Street, Dundas Street West and Dufferin Street.

It is reported that:

- in all cases a 40-50 year-old woman approaches elderly women

- the victims have all been walking in the neighbourhood

- the suspect engages them in conversation

- she talks about religion, her sick mother or asks for directions

- she gives them a gift of a necklace that she places around their necks

- she removes the victim's jewelry in the process

She is described as white, with an olive complexion, 5'1", with a medium build and long dark hair. She has been seen getting out of a vehicle driven by another person, returning to the vehicle after the interaction and leaving.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Leena Patel-Asner, 14 Division