Toronto police sound alarm over string of thefts targeting vulnerable seniors

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Toronto police are asking seniors to be very careful, after a series of thefts in North Scarborough.

Over the past few weeks, officers say people in vehicles have been pulling up next to elderly people, offering rides or fake jewelry.

If the senior accepts a ride home, the thieves will make an excuse to come inside, like asking to use their washroom.

Once they gain access to the home, officers say they’ll steal jewelry or other belongings.

In one instance, a woman was pushed to the ground after a thief tried to steal her necklace.

One of the other incidents involved a suspect aggressively taking rings and a necklace off of an elderly woman.

Police say these crimes usually involve multiple people, but are very similar in nature. In every recent incident, the person entering homes and stealing jewelry was a woman.

A photo of the suspect vehicle in one of these incidents has been released.

Investigators think the seniors are targeted due to their vulnerable state.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).

Photo courtesy of Toronto police

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