Vancouver police want the public to be on the lookout for “distraction thieves.”
These crooks approach people, hanging fake jewelry on them, trying to sell it, and then use sleight-of-hand to lift real jewelry off their victims.
The VPD says they’ve been told that a group of them are on their way here.
They have targeted elderly men and women in Asian, South Asian and Italian communities.
Police are warning people to conceal any jewelry, and if approached, to draw attention to what’s happening and call police.
The VPD are looking for three people wanted for these kinds of thefts.
Vasile Oinescu, 25, Ion Mustata, 31, and Floarea Ghiocel, 41, have outstanding warrants.