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Number of purse thefts at grocery stores

Web posted on March 27, 2020

Some time between 3pm and 4pm on February 28th, 2020, a 66 year old Guelph female was shopping at a grocery store located near the intersection of Paisley Road and Elmira Road South in the City of Guelph. While shopping, the female was being followed by an unknown person who waited for an opportune moment to snatch her purse. They then left the store and got in to a grey vehicle waiting in the parking lot. The purse can be described as a black leather satchel style bag containing a wallet, car keys, house keys, cell phone and various pieces of personal documentation and identification.

At 3:04pm, on the same date, an adult female reported to the assistant manager of a grocery store located near the intersection of Edinburgh Road South and Stone Road West in the City of Guelph that she just had her purse stolen. The circumstances of this incident were very similar to the above mentioned theft. The purse can be described as a black and white checkered cloth bag containing a Samsung smartphone, a check book, credit cards and various pieces of personal documentation and identification. The vehicle in this incident can be described as a silver Nissan sedan with damage to the bottom right corner of the driver side door and a loose bumper.

The Guelph Police Service has been made aware of numerous similar incidents recently taking place in nearby regions. Most incidents involved more mature females being targeted while grocery shopping with their purses or wallets eventually being stolen.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Graeme Adams at (519) 824-1212 ext. 7419, email him at gadams@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

The Guelph Police Service would like to remind the public to always secure your valuables, especially while in public areas.


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