Po­lice seek pub­lic’s help in fraud case

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

Mon­treal po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s help in iden­ti­fy­ing and lo­cat­ing a sus­pect in a string of frauds at re­tail stores across the is­land.

The man usu­ally claims to be a sales­per­son for a large store that sells fur­ni­ture, elec­tron­ics or food, the po­lice said in a press re­lease is­sued on Tues­day. He ap­proaches his vic­tims inside or out­side the busi­ness where he says he works. He tells the vic­tim the store is hav­ing a large sale or a flash sale and in­vites the vic­tim to fol­low him through the store to check out the dis­counted items. The sus­pect greets em­ploy­ees who work in the store as though he knows them.

The sus­pect asks the vic­tim to pay him in cash af­ter sup­pos­edly check­ing on the avail­able quan­ti­ties of the items on sale at the back of the store, the po­lice said. The sus­pect tells the vic­tim to drive their car to the back of the store to pick up the item they think they’ve just pur­chased. The sus­pect, how­ever, takes off with the cash.

The sus­pect has asked for be­tween $260 and $980 per item. He has de­frauded vic­tims of more than $5,000, Mon­treal po­lice say.

The man, whom the po­lice say has been very ac­tive for months, is white, about 35 years old and stands about 5-foot-5. He has brown hair and brown eyes and a thick beard. He speaks French with a Span­ish ac­cent. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify or lo­cate the sus­pect is asked to phone In­foCrime Mon­tréal at 514-393-1133.


Po­lice are look­ing for a sus­pect in a se­ries of fraud in­ci­dents at re­tail stores across the city.

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