March 18, 2019 4:59 pm

$15K withdrawn from accounts of Fergus, Ont., woman after distraction theft: OPP

Wellington County OPP are looking for three suspects following a distraction theft in Fergus, Ont.


Wellington County OPP say they are looking for three suspects following a distraction theft in which an 82-year-old woman allegedly had her wallet stolen in Fergus, Ont., and $15,000 withdrawn from her bank accounts.

According to a police news release, the woman’s wallet was stolen on Feb. 20 in a parking lot on St. David Street North.

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Police said the three suspects watched while the woman entered her PIN during a credit card purchase at a store.

The three suspects then allegedly distracted the woman outside by telling her she had a flat tire and stole her wallet when she wasn’t looking.

The victim was contacted the next day by her financial institution and told that $15,000 was taken from her accounts.

Police have released surveillance photos of the suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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