Thunder Bay Police Seek Assistance to Bust Theft and Fraud Crooks

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Thunder Bay Police Service Crime Update - Image depositphotos.com
Thunder Bay Police Service Crime Update - Image depositphotos.com

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects linked to an ongoing fraud and theft investigation.

Thunder Bay Police have shared image of fraud and theft suspects
Thunder Bay Police have shared image of fraud and theft suspects

The investigation began after police received a complaint that a debit card was stolen on Feb. 14, 2019. The complainant indicated the theft had occurred at the Walmart Pharmacy located at 1101 Arthur Street West around the noon hour of that same day.

The victim cancelled their debit card an hour after the theft, but the investigation revealed fraudulent purchases had already been made at the Canadian Tire located at 1221 West Arthur Street between 12:25 and 12:30 p.m.

Through the course of the investigation, and after reviewing the fraudulent transactions, police found video surveillance of three male suspects linked to this case.

Police are now releasing a still image from that video surveillance footage.

A description of each suspect follows:

Suspect No. 1
• Male, unknown race
• Approximately 30 years old
• Short dark hair
• Wearing three-quarter length jacket, dark baseball cap, blue jeans, dark shoes, possibly a scarf

Suspect No. 2
• Male, unknown race
• Approximately 5’8” tall
• Groomed facial hair – beard and mustache
• Wearing black baseball cap with white lettering on the front, long green winter coat with fur on the hood, blue jeans with a dark patch on right knee, dark shoes, white earbuds

Suspect No. 3
• Male, unknown race
• Approximately 6’2” tall
• Groomed facial hair – beard and moustache
• Wearing dark winter coat, dark baseball cap, dark Nike pants, dark shoes
• Carried a small purse-like bag over his shoulder

Police would like to remind the public to be extra vigilant when using credit or debit cards. Would-be fraudsters could be on the lookout for your pin numbers, and may approach you with a clever story in an effort to prompt you to reach for your wallet. Such schemes may involve the scam artist showing you a $20 bill he or she claims you dropped, only to attempt to take your card while you check your wallet.

If you have any information that could assist investigators please call police at 684-1200, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at www.p3tips.com.