Update: January 17, 2022 – Following a tip from the public, both individuals were arrested on January 14. They were each charged with one count of theft under $5,000 and were remanded into custody pending a future court appearance. The RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance. The investigation is ongoing.
The Codiac Regional RCMP is seeking the public's help to identify two suspects following a series of thefts in the area of Moncton, N.B.
Since November 2021, police have received over 10 reports of purses being stolen, mostly in grocery stores and convenience stores in the Moncton region. Through the investigation, police have determined that many of the thefts share similarities and are believed to be connected.
In most instances, one individual distracted a customer while the other individual stole the purse or wallet out of their shopping cart, and proceeded to make fraudulent transactions using the victim's bankcards.
"You can help deter these types of thefts by always keeping your purse within your line of sight and never leaving it unattended," says S/Sgt. Dave MacDonnell with the Codiac Regional RCMP. "You should also check your financial activity on a monthly basis for any inconsistencies."
Anyone with information about the thefts, or who recognizes the individuals in the photo, is asked to call the Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.