Thief who allegedly targeted women on dating sites nabbed by police in Port aux Basques

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Donald John Cameron can now add St. John’s to the list of cities in which he has been charged with theft and fraud.

Sources say Cameron was arrested late Monday night at or near the ferry terminal in Port aux Basques. Court documents show he has been charged with possessing stolen goods, fraud under $5,000 and car theft.

The fraud charge is for allegedly stealing a camera belonging to Mary-Lee MacInnis, his ex-fiancée, and selling it to Utsab Basu.

MacInnis and Basu were subjects in a CBC Investigates story in October, where they detailed their dealings with Cameron.

“This is the best day of my life,” MacInnis told CBC on Tuesday morning.

She alleges he fled her home in Sudbury, Ont., after stealing her camera, credit cards and cash. The couple was engaged to be married — MacInnis says he also stole the rings, which she paid for. She estimates the total value of items she’s missing exceeds $15,000.

In several phone calls in October, Cameron denied the allegations against him and said he has never been arrested for theft or fraud.

But CBC Investigates uncovered dozens of charges against Cameron in at least nine Canadian cities. They range from a wide array of theft and fraud under $5,000, to identity theft and assault.

He has been convicted in at least four cities in Ontario — London, Kingston, North Bay and Oshawa — and has gone on the lam on at least five occasions.

His full criminal record is not yet known.

He made a brief appearance in Corner Brook provincial court on Tuesday morning. He will remain in custody until a bail hearing on Friday in St. John’s.

Read the full story over at CBC News.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.