Niagara Regional Police are asking for public assistance in identifying a suspect in a financial elder abuse case.
On February 17, 2017 police say an elderly man in St. Catharines received a phone call from a woman claiming to be his niece, asking for financial help. When told he could not help her, the woman began to cry and the victim then agreed to get her the money.
The woman advised that a man would come by and pick up the money. A short time later the male suspect (attached picture below) went to his house, collected an envelope of money and left on foot.
A few minutes later, the victim received a second phone call from the same woman, again asking for money. The victim then attended his local bank and made a withdrawal.
The same man returned a second time to collect another envelope of cash and again walked away on foot. See the video footage below:
Of note, both the male and female suspects and the victim speak Polish.
The suspect is described as:
- 5’8″ tall
- medium toned skin
- black short hair with dark eyes
- wearing black clothing.
A vehicle (see photo below) that police believe is related to the incident is described as a newer GMC Sierra crew cab (4dr) pick-up truck, black with a tonneau cover, chrome bars and after-market spoked rims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steve Vandenbos, Central Fraud (905) 688-4111 Badge 9123
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