Chilliwack RCMP are seeking assistance from the public to identify a suspect, while warning Greendale residents to remain vigilant for an alleged fraud artist recently soliciting for money in their region.
On Feb. 9 at approximately 6 a.m. a home owner in the 42000 block of South Sumas Road answered a knock on the door made by a woman who asked to use the owner’s phone and for money to buy medication for her child. After utilizing the home owner’s telephone to complete a call the woman left without obtaining cash.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. the same morning a farm hand working in the 42000 block of Yale Road was approached by woman who asked him if she could use his telephone and for money to purchase medication for her child. After using the telephone and being given cash by the employee the woman drove away on Yale Road. A Samsung tablet was later discovered missing by the farm owner.
“When the telephone numbers dialed by the woman were checked by the telephone owners the numbers came back as random digits. We believe the same woman is involved in both of the events,” said Cst. Brad Rendall of Chilliwack RCMP.
The woman is described to police by witnesses as Caucasian, approximately 165 cm (5’5”) in height, a ‘chubby’ build with straight brown hair driving a silver coloured Pontiac Montana.
“RCMP are reminding everyone that scam artists are convincing and prey on the kindness of their victim. If approached at home by anyone soliciting the use of your telephone or to enter your residence we urge you to call the police. If that person’s matter is dire they will be happy to see us,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.
Police encourage anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should they wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).