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Police warn public after recent distraction style thefts targeting seniors

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  • The Edmonton Police Service is alerting the public following recent reports of distraction style jewelry thefts that appear to be targeting seniors.

    On Thursday, March 7, 2019, an 86-year-old female was in the parking lot of a business in the area of 124 Avenue and 153 Street when she was reportedly approached by an unknown male and female in a black Dodge Durango. While speaking to the complainant, the female suspect reportedly placed fake gold rings on the woman’s fingers and a fake gold necklace around her neck, removing the wedding ring and necklace that she was wearing in the process. The suspects then allegedly drove away.

    On Sunday, March 10, 2019, a similar incident reportedly took place in the parking lot of a grocery store in the area of 173 Street and Stony Plain Road. A 75-year-old male reported that while attempting to exit his vehicle he was blocked by an unknown female. The female then reportedly placed fake gold jewelry on his hands and wrists, removed his gold watch and quickly left the parking lot with an unknown male in a black SUV.

    Investigators believe the two incidents in west Edmonton are linked and may involve the same suspects. In each incident the suspects are described as an adult male and female with a dark skin tone, dark hair and heavy accents that may be Eastern European or Middle Eastern. The female was also described as wearing a full length dress and a head scarf and both suspects reportedly drove rental vehicles that officers believe they may be switching regularly.

    Detectives continue to actively investigate these incidents and believe the suspects are likely travelling across Alberta committing similar thefts. As a result, officers are concerned there may be additional complainants in Edmonton and are encouraging them to come forward.

    Photos of the fake jewelry used by the suspects are included below.

     

     

    Police are also warning the public, in particular seniors, to be aware of their surroundings when in parking lots and to be extra vigilant if approached by strangers who are trying to give away or sell something. Citizens are advised to look around when approaching theirs vehicles and, if they notice suspicious individuals approaching, change direction and proceed to the nearest public area.

    Anyone who believes they may have been victimized is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

     


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    Celebrate all things feline on ‘Caturday’, June 1st!

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  • Edmonton’s International Cat Festival is BACK and better than ever, with even more activities and programming and YEG’s very own Instagram-famous Adventure Cat!

    The festival is the only event of its kind and is a massive celebration of cats, cat culture and cat people, created to raise money to help cats in need. The event was the first of its kind in Canada when it began in 2014, and today is the only event of its kind in Alberta.

    100% of ‘purr-ceeds’ from this year’s Edmonton International Cat Festival will be donated to 5 cat rescues: Little Cats Lost, Zoe’s Animal Rescue, SAFE Team Rescue, GEARS, and A Pet’s Pantry.

    Since 2014, the Edmonton Cat Festival has donated $81,000 to rescues helping improve the welfare of homeless cats, helping them find forever homes, and managing the wild cat population in the region.

    Activities you (and your cat of course!) can take part in include cat board games, paint-your-cat portrait sessions, kitty play pens, kitten mazes, mock cat show judging, a pop-up cat-themed escape room, cat yoga, giant cat puzzle challenges, cat LEGO, robo-cats, cat photo contest, a cat scavenger hunt and cat-themed Instagrammable Wall!

    50 cat vendors will also be on hand and you can take in some cat presentations including ‘Meowtains, Meowdeling and Meowdest Instagram Success: How I Made my Cat Semi-Internet Famous’ and ‘Good Night, Moon: How to Process Grief and Honour Our Pets Who’ve Passed On’.

    Click here for a full list of activities and programs.

    There will even be meet & greets with Edmonton’s own celebrity cat Suki the Adventure Cat(@sukiicat), who has over 1.4 MILLION FOLLOWERS WORLDWIDE! The Edmonton-based cat and her fur-pawrent will be doing two meet & greets with fans at the festival, along with an on-stage interview.

    Suki the Adventure Cat

    The 5th Edmonton International Cat Festival takes place in downtown Edmonton at the MacEwan Robbins Health Learning Centre 10910 104 Avenue, Saturday June 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Remember, 100% of proceeds from the event go to local cat rescues. This year’s goal is to take the total donated since 2014 from $81,000 up to $100,000!

    Tickets are $15 in advance (get them online here), $20 at the door.
    Kids 12 and under = FREE!

    Stay up to date on festival news and information and enjoy these photos from years’ past!

    Even more great photos can be seen here!


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    RCMP Investigating Armed Robbery in Wabamun

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  • Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Enoch RCMP are investigating an armed robbery at the Lakeside Liquor store in Wabamun, Alberta.

    On April 17 just after noon, a man entered the store and demanded money from the till. The man was carrying a knife and had his face covered with a mask. He obtained an undisclosed amount of money and left on foot.  No one was injured.

    The suspect is described as:

    • Caucasian
    • Approximately 6’4”
    • Thicker body size but not fat
    • Wearing a red and black plaid jacket over a black shirt with yellow and red on it
    • light coloured ball cap with a dark brim
    • black pants with a stripe down the side
    • white shoes
    • Approximately 30 yrs. old
    • Has a deep voice

    If you have any information about this investigation, please call the Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7267, or call your local police detachment.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.  


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