Gold Chain Distraction Theft Arrest

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 10:55 a.m. June 18, 2015
Updated: 10:59 a.m. June 18, 2015

A husband and wife are facing several charges related to a distraction theft in 42 Division.

Three women huddled closely together, one holds a gold chain
A still image from the reenactment of a distraction theft where two women approach a senior trying to remove her necklace

It’s alleged that a man and woman approached a 75-year-old woman in a parking lot in the  Finch Ave. E. and Warden Ave. area on June 14. A woman grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her towards the vehicle with a man and little boy inside.

The woman placed two fake gold chains around the elderly woman’s neck, then engaged the victim in conversation to distract her before removing the woman’s valuable gold chains. They then left, driving away.

Detective Ken Lee said distraction robberies are becoming more prevalent in the city.

“Suspects in most cases are organized and identify elderly and vulnerable victims,” he said. “These citizens are known to wear valuable gold and it is for this reason that they are targeted by individuals seeking to commit these crimes. The suspects attempt to, and or successfully place fake gold jewelry such as necklaces or rings on unsuspecting victims. The suspects then confuse the victim with conversation. They then remove and or forcibly remove the victim’s own gold jewelry leaving the worthless jewelry behind with the victim.”

A couple were arrested a short time later by  42 Division Major Crime Unit (MCU) members.

A further investigation into the accused revealed they are alleged to have committed a fraud in the Durham Region.

Comisaru Miclescu and Claudia Miclescu, both 31, of Scarborough, were arrested. They are each charged with:

  • Robbery
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Fraud - Under ($5000)
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime

Detective Ken Lee said police believe there may be more victims and he’s asking them to contact the Division’s MCU at 416-808-4206 or by e-mail at Major.Crime.Unit@torontopolice.on.ca.

They can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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