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Police warn of ‘distraction thefts’ in the city

Over the last 24 hours, the Prince George RCMP have received three reports from the public of personal belongings being stolen while victims were being distracted by an accomplice.

Tuesday evening Prince George RCMP 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 a man and a woman entered the business and stole a backpack.  One suspect distracted the victim while the other stole the backpack.

The same evening, 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.  A man and a woman were suspects in both cases and are believed to be responsible for all three thefts.

A woman was arrested by police following the third incident.  She was released on a promise to appear for court later this spring.  The man 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 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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