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Gold necklace stolen off woman’s neck in Guelph distraction theft

Anyone with information is asked to contact Guelph police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Matt Carty / Global Guelph

Guelph police say a woman had her necklace forcefully stolen off her neck on Thursday in the city’s south end.

It happened in the area of Rickson Avenue and McCurdy Road at around noon.

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The woman was walking when she was approached by another woman who was the passenger in a black SUV, possibly a Dodge.

Police said the suspect got out of the SUV and told the woman she wanted to give her a gift, which was a fake gold necklace.

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The suspect allegedly placed the necklace on the woman’s neck but unclipped a real gold necklace and pushed the victim to the ground.

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The suspect got back in the SUV, which was last seen on McCurdy Road heading towards Edinburgh Road South, police said.

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The victim was taken to Guelph General Hospital for injuries she suffered in the incident.

The suspect is described as an approximately 50-year-old South Asian with brown hair. The driver of the SUV is described as a South Asian man

Anyone with information is asked to contact Guelph police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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A similar theft happened in April in the parking lot of a plaza on Eramosa Road.

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In that incident, a 60-year-old man had his watch and gold chain stolen off of him while the suspect replaced it with fake jewellery.

A suspect was also seen leaving in a black SUV, but police said it’s unknown if the two investigations are connected.

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