An alarming pattern of wallet thefts have police in Durham concerned seniors are being targeted in a fairly well-planned and ongoing group of heists.
Investigators have pointed to a similar strategy being used for over 19 different incidents of wallets being stolen from seniors in the past several months.
The strategy involves a female suspect approaching and distracting a senior citizen, before stealing their wallet from their unattended purse and disappearing before being noticed.
The suspect has been targeting senior women in their 70s or 80s who are shopping alone at various retail outlets between Bowmanville and Pickering.
The woman regularly approaches the victims and asks for assistance in reading product labels or magazine titles, often while speaking in a foreign language.
Officers have received several descriptions of the suspect, leading them to believe it is possible multiple female suspects could be involved in the heists.
The suspects are generally described as female, ranging from five-feet three-inches to five-feet seven-inches tall.
Durham Regional Police are reminding shoppers to be aware of any personal belongings while shopping and to safeguard their wallets and purses.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police or Durham Regional Crimestoppers.