Chilliwack RCMP have arrested a man they believe has been preying on residents who were trying to help him.
Donald Robert Quinnell is facing multiple fraud charges after numerous complaints of a man appearing at their door and asking for money.
According to police the man allegedly asked for a ride to the hospital, money for an ambulance, or assistance to retrieve an impounded vehicle. During the discussions, RCMP allege, he would also steal other items from the victims.
“We are pleased to announce that Mr. Quinnell was arrested in relation to these incidents,” said Cst. Ashley St. Germaine. “This man is believed to have committed many of these incidents during the holiday season, thus taking advantage of the public’s generosity during that time of giving.”
Donald Quinnell has been charged with multiple counts of Fraud under $5,000, Theft under $5,000 and Identity theft. He is currently remanded in custody to appear in court later this month.
The Chilliwack RCMP wants to encourage the public to be on guard when receiving calls or visits from strangers and report any suspicious activity. Chilliwack RCMP can be reached at 604-792-4611 or, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).