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MORE THAN 40 CHARGES LAID FOLLOWING DISTRACTION THEFTS

Posted on Wednesday April 11, 2018

 

Investigators with the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have arrested six people and laid 41 charges after a series of distraction thefts across the Greater Toronto Area.

In a recent incident that occurred on February 26, 2018, the victim was shopping at a grocery store on  Markham Road in the City of Markham. While she was looking at items, a man came up to her and asked her a question, causing her to be distracted from her purse in her cart.  While she was distracted, a woman approached her shopping cart, looked inside her purse and grabbed her wallet from inside. The victim didn’t notice that her wallet was gone until she went to pay for her groceries. The suspects then used the victim’s cards at other locations.

Investigators were able to identify the suspects and they have been charged with multiple offences. York Regional Police are urging any additional victims of this type of theft to come forward.

Charged:

  • Oana TATARUS, 29, of Toronto  
  • Ribana GALATANU, 43, of Markham 
  • Ioana IORDACHE, 33, of Toronto,
  • Isaura DURBALA, 27, of Markham
  • Suraj BRATIANU, 41, of North York
  • Marian SFETCU, 29, of Markham

Charges include:

  • Theft Under $5,000
  • Fraud Under $5,000
  • Use of Credit Card
  • Shoplifting Under $5,000

York Regional Police is reminding residents to be cautious and protect themselves by following these safety tips:

  • Keep your personal items within eyesight while shopping and never turn your back on them in public
  • Keep all zippers closed and pockets buttoned
  • If you have purchased a big-ticket electronic item, do not leave it in your car and return shopping.  Arrange to pick up these items as you complete your shopping
  • Always be alert and be aware of the actions people around you 
  • Call police immediately if you witness any suspicious people or activity. We will respond to these calls
  • Criminals are opportunists. Don’t give them the opportunity to make you a victim of crime 

Anyone with information on these incidents or if you have been a victim, contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541,or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com