PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Police would like to warn the public about a recent spike in distraction thefts in our community.
Over the past 24 hours, the Prince George RCMP received three reports from the public of personal belongings being stolen while victims were being distracted by an accomplice.
During the evening of Tuesday April 2, 2019, Prince George RCMP frontline officers responded to a theft report from the Roll-a-Dome facility near the intersection of Highways 97 and 16 in Prince George. Officers learned that an adult male and adult female entered the business and stole a backpack. One suspect distracted the victim while the other stole the backpack.
The same evening, Prince George RCMP frontline officers responded to two separate reports from the public that advised their purses were stolen while they were in large retail stores in Prince George. In both cases, the victims were distracted by one suspect while another stole their purse from a shopping cart. An adult male and an adult female were suspects in both cases and are believed to be responsible for all three thefts.
An adult female was arrested by police following the third incident. She was released on a Promise to Appear for court later this spring. The male suspect has not yet been located or identified. The investigations are continuing.
Police would like to remind the public to keep valuables with them at all times when shopping and whenever possible, place the purse strap over your head and across your body. This will reduce the chances of being a victim of this type of crime.
If you have any information about these thefts, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Released by Prince George RCMP.
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