Police warns residents of ‘distraction thefts’

By Jessie Weisner
March 14, 2019 - 9:36am Updated: March 14, 2019 - 7:15pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB -- The Medicine Hat Police Service say they received information that an organized, traveling criminal group may be in the Medicine Hat area.

The group allegedly attempts ‘distraction thefts’ to steal valuable items.

Some of the potential circumstances include targeting jewelry stores and second hand stores. Two people may enter the store, one would ask to see a piece of jewelry and use sleight of hand or distraction techniques to conceal it, while the other counts or shows a large amount of cash.

People may be targeted in parking lots or roadways. Someone may approach offering to sell a high priced piece of jewelry for a fraction of the price due to needing gas money. The jewelry turns out to be fake and worthless.

They may people targeting people in parking lots, using distraction to steal items such as purses, phones and other valuables.

If anyone has information, regarding these types of occurrences, please contact the Medicine Hat Police Service at, 403-529-8481 or by email at CIT@mhps.ca

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