The Vancouver Police Department is warning seniors to be wary of people snatching their debit cards.
Police say the suspects watch seniors punch in their debit PIN numbers and then one will distract them while the other takes the card.
One of the suspects will make contact with the victim, chatting with them, and sometimes hugging them, as their accomplice secretly removed the victim’s wallet from their bag, walker, or jacket pocket.
Constable Jason Doucette says seniors have to be alert when purchasing goods.
“That’s why we’re asking people to look out for one another, number one. Protect your personal space. If you’re punching your PIN into a keypad, and you feel someone is looking over your shoulder, it’s very reasonable to turn around and ask for a bit of privacy.”
He adds there were three reported thefts between March 2 and 3.
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The suspects are described as white men with darker skin, both about 5’10 and one being 25 to 30 years old while the other is 30 to 40 years old.
Anyone with information is asked to contact VPD or Crime Stoppers.