Kelowna thief using online classified ads to dupe victims

Alleged theft victims listed jewellery on Castanet and wound up empty handed.

  • Mar. 19, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Kelowna Mounties fear there could be more victims of a male who poses as buyer of Jewellery who sets up a meet with seller then steals the jewellery

Kelowna RCMP have recently responded to several 911 calls from distressed persons who reported they were victimized by a very tall white male who stole their rings right off their fingers.

“The unsuspecting victims had advertised their jewellery for sale on Castanet,” said Sgt. Brad Swecera, in a press release.

“The suspect contacts the seller with intent to purchase and arranges for meet to purchase item during the daytime. Once meet is set the suspect shows interest in inspecting the prior to purchase and while closely inspecting her quickly grabs the jewellery from seller and runs away.”

The suspect is described as being tall six-feet to six-feet-six ,

He’s caucasian, wearing grey top, jeans , runners, wearing baseball cap and sunglasses with some facial growth.

Investigators caution the public to be vigilant and cautious when selling items to unknown persons and to take extra care to ensure buyer is legitimate and take precautions if meeting a prospective buyer.

These theft investigations are ongoing and police are asking anyone with any information regarding this suspect or thefts to contact their local police, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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