Kingston Police property crime detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two men and one woman who have been committing thefts from vehicles in Kingston’s west- end, and then using stolen credit and debit cards at local convenience stores to commit frauds.
One specific incident occurred on Grandtrunk Avenue, off of Waterloo Drive, overnight on June 19, 2020, where a resident’s wallet with payment cards and cell phone were stolen from his parked vehicle. That same evening, a neighbour’s exterior video camera recorded two males and a female walking through the neighbourhood trying vehicle door handles. They had gym and shopping bags with them that appeared to be quite full.
Kingston Police say that a short time later, this same trio was observed using the resident’s debit card that was in the stolen wallet to make small tap payments at gas stations located at Taylor Kidd Boulevard and Centennial Drive. They may also be involved in other thefts that detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Graedon Schaule at [email protected] or 613-549-4660 ext. 6272. Tips can also be provided anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number at 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to remain anonymous. Please provide the occurrence numbers 20-21720 and 20-21767 when doing so.
“This is a good reminder to the community to keep your vehicle doors locked at all times, remove any items of value from inside, and conceal common items like sunglasses, spare change, garage door openers, device charge cords, etc. that are easy targets for thieves,” said Kingston Police in a press release. “Many of these are preventable where the vehicles were left unlocked, and most are difficult to solve with little to no evidence for investigators to work with in the majority of circumstances. Do your part in the prevention of property crime and be sure to always lock your vehicle.”
According to Kingston Police, there were 69 filed occurrences of theft from vehicles during the month of June and 494 reports for the first half of 2020.