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Identity thief targets jewelry stores to obtain credit

Halton Region (September 4, 2019) – An identity thief attempted to obtain credit by targeting jewelry stores in Halton Region in late July, police say. The authorities are seeking information about the unidentified woman in the released surveillance images.

On July 25, a woman, thought to be between 20 and 30 years old, tried to open fraudulent credit accounts with a fake ID. The alleged identity thief was caught on surveillance camera in Michael Hill Jewelry at Mapleview Mall in Burlington and at People’s Jewellers at Oakville Place in Oakville. The police suspect that the woman might have approached other retailers around the same time period as well. The police released the pictures of her caught on the surveillance cameras hoping to gain information about the female suspect from the public. The accused woman is still unidentified.

Halton police are warning against ongoing identity theft in the region and warn shoppers to be cautious when using their credit cards. They encourage victims of identity theft to reach out to the police. Halton police’s fraud unit can be reached at 905-825-4747 ext. 2468 or 905-825-4747 ext. 2410. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca.