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Thieves targeting seniors in downtown area

Police say a little girl left inside a parked car during extreme heat in Edmonton has died in hospital.
Police say a little girl left inside a parked car during extreme heat in Edmonton has died in hospital.

Edmonton – A group of thieves has been swarming seniors and stealing their jewellery.

Two incidents have been reported to police in recent days in which seniors have been targeted in the downtown area.

Police say on Thursday, May 16 two people, a male and female, allegedly approached a 97-year-old man who was sitting outside a long-term care facility near 110 Avenue and 76 Street.

The male reportedly removed a ring from the elderly man’s finger. The ring is worth $1,000. The suspect then replaced it with a metal ring of no value.

The suspects left the scene in a vehicle driven by another male suspect.

The incident happened at around 6:30 p.m.

The next day, Friday, May 17, two females walked up to a 77-year-old woman at 103A Avenue and 96 Street. The suspects reportedly began talking to the elderly woman about jewellery. They then placed necklaces and rings on the elderly woman, before running to a waiting vehicle which had two males inside.

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When the elderly woman got home she realized a necklace and bracelet she was wearing were missing. The jewellery is valued at $5,000.

The incident happened at around 3 p.m.

The victim describes the get-away vehicle as a four door, older, grey or silver Toyota Corolla.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the Edmonton non-emergency complaint line at (780) 423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-8477.

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