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OPP report - Police investigating distraction theft in Essex

Submitted to EFP

On Sunday, November 8, 2020 approximately 3:45pm the victim just happened to be outside on Harvey Street in the Town of Essex when a white GMC Terrain stopped near her driveway. The female passenger called out for assistance in locating a local dentist claiming to be from Dubai and unfamiliar with the area. The victim entered into conversation, trying to be helpful when the female passenger exited the vehicle an attempted to gift the victim a piece of jewelry as thanks for her help.


The victim declined but the female moved to place a necklace on the victim and after doing so returned to the passenger side of the vehicle which then left the area. The victim returned to her residence and the necklace began to fall off. She then realized that her own necklace, a 96 year old family heir loom, had been removed.


The suspect was wearing a mask but is described as female, short, with an accent, approximately 50.


The driver is described as dark hair, black moustache.


Police are asking that anyone that may have been approached please report the incident to 1-888-310-1122 and those with video camera surveillance systems please review for any suspect information.


It is important to educate seniors and vulnerable persons about this type of incident as the thieves rely on the trust of the victim. The suspects are often polite and well spoken as not to draw attention to themselves.


Anyone with information regarding this or any other incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.catchcrooks.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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