Elderly Targeted By Friendly Thieves

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Windsor police have a warning for the public after some overly friendly thieves targeted two elderly victims.

In the first incident last Sunday, an 80-year-old man was walking in the Niagara St. and Louis Ave. area when a woman approached him from a dark-coloured SUV parked on the street. She asked him if he spoke Italian and when he said he did, she asked him for directions to the hospital. When he told her how to get there, she insisted he have a gold necklace and a ring. At first he refused, but the woman insisted placing the ring on his finger and the necklace around his neck. When he got back home, he realized his own 18-karat gold chain with a gold cross and square medallion of the Madonna was missing.

Police describe the suspect as a white woman in her mid-30s wearing a handkerchief on her head. There were two men with her at the time. One white man appeared to be about 40-years-old and clean shaven. The second was in his late 30s.

In a similar incident later that evening in the 700-block of Church St., a 71-year-old woman was walking when a man seated in a black minivan asked for directions to the hospital. As she approached the vehicle, the side sliding door opened and she could see a woman seated inside. After she gave them directions, and refused a necklace, the woman forced her head down and tried to put the necklace around her neck. When the victim pulled away, she could see her own necklace and pendant on the car seat. She grabbed it, and the suspects sped off.

Police say the female suspect was between 40 and 45-years of age, 5’5″ with black curly hair and heavy build. Two men in their 40s who appeared Arabic were with her. Both had short black hair. One was wearing a black suit while the other wore a white shirt with a flower print.

Anyone with information should call the Windsor Police Target Base Unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4350 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477 (TIPS). Tips can also be submitted on Facebook and at www.catchcrooks.com.