POLICE – 93-year-old woman robbed on street in necklace switcheroo

A 93-year-old had her expensive necklace stolen while she was waiting at a bus stop near Columbia Street and 10th Avenue, police reported today (May 17, 2018).

The woman reported to Kamloops RCMP that while waiting for a bus, a car stopped near her.  A female got out of the vehicle and started to talk to her in a foreign language.  The woman had a cheap necklace in her hand and kept motioning toward the senior that she wanted to put the necklace on her.

The senior told her that she did not want the necklace but the woman placed it on her anyway and while doing so she took the senior’s expensive necklace off of her.  After the woman got the expensive necklace, she left the cheap necklace around the senior’s neck and jumped back into the car.

A man was driving the car and there appeared to be a child or a small adult in the back seat of the car, police said.

The only description obtained was that both the woman and the male driver had dark hair and dark complexions.  The vehicle was an older dark-coloured model.

“This is the only theft of this kind that has been reported to the Kamloops RCMP,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

“However, should this situation happen to you, be very firm and say no to having the person put any jewelry on you.  If they persist, yell loudly to get the attention of people around you.  If you have a cell phone, call the police.”

Anyone within information about the theft is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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