In a series of tragic events, York Regional Police are warning citizens to be careful when speaking to strangers after recent 'jewelry distraction thefts' have started to occur throughout the city of Markham. In regards to this warning, police have released information on a current theft case where a nun was robbed. Police state that they responded to an incident where a nun approached a car after the suspects asked her to pray for their dying family member before they robbed her.
York Regional Police report that on June 18, 2019, at around 1:30 PM a nun was in the area of Risebrough Circut when a black SUV pulled up next to her and waved her over to the vehicle.
The suspects informed the nun that a member of their family was dying and they would like her to pray with them. When the nun approached the vehicle, it is reported that the suspects put a chain around the victim's neck stating that it was a thank you gift. As the SUV drove away, the victim quickly realized that her gold necklace was gone.
Police state that there are two suspects who are part of these jewelry thefts. The woman is described as being in her thirties, with long dirty-blonde hair and a heavy build. During the time of the incident, she was wearing a white-flowered long-sleeve shirt.
The second suspect is described as a male with tanned skin and short black hair that is currently buzzed. He also has a short black beard. Police have released a video of the incident.
However, this isn't the first time that an incident like this has happened in the city, warns York Regional Police. Police state that there are other incidents that have been reported in this area where these suspects engage in conversation with victims. During these conversations, they place a necklace or bracelet on the victim, while removing a valuable piece of jewelry without the victim being aware until the suspects have left.
York Regional Police are now warning citizens to be cautious when engaging in conversation with strangers. They state that citizens should consider concealing their valuable jewelry when out in public, or hiding your jewelry and only putting it on once you have reached your destination.
Police are also telling citizens that if they spot any suspicious people, or suspicious activity to contact police immediately.
If you have any additional information on this case, you can contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.