August 21, 2018 10:49 am
Updated: August 21, 2018 1:25 pm

Toronto police warn residents about alleged series of ‘distraction thefts’ targeting seniors

A Toronto Police Service cruiser.

Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Toronto police say they’re investigating several alleged “distraction thefts” of jewelry from senior citizens in the north end of the city.

They say an unknown driver and two women have allegedly been approaching seniors on the street in residential neighbourhoods.

Investigators say the two women then place jewelry on the victim, removing their existing jewelry in the process.

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They say in some cases, one woman will embrace the victim and remove the jewelry.

Police say that if the victim realizes their jewelry is being removed, the suspects will resort to violence, pushing the victims to the ground.

They didn’t say how many of the thefts allegedly took place, but say that similar incidents have been reported throughout the city.

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