Police look to identify suspect in multiple downtown Kingston thefts

Kingston Police are looking to identify a suspect involved in a series of thefts from stores in the downtown core throughout January 2024.

The first theft took place on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, when, at approximately 5:45 p.m., the suspect entered a downtown retail outlet and proceeded to select multiple items. Those items were then concealed in a black bag the suspect was carrying, before the suspect went to a self-checkout area in the store and “pretended to scan and pay for the items,” police detailed.

“The items, however, were not paid for and, prior to exiting the premises, the suspect was stopped by store security, who recovered the concealed items,” Kingston Police said in a press release on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024.

A few days later, the same suspect entered a downtown LCBO location at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. The suspect selected “multiple bottles of alcohol, which were then concealed in a black bag that they were carrying,” police said. The suspect then proceeded past the checkout area, making no attempts to pay of the liquor before exiting the store, according to Kingston Police. This is the second theft from a downtown LCBO location that police released information on on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024.

Then, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, the suspect entered yet another store in downtown Kingston, where they selected multiple items and concealed those items in a black tote bag, police said.

“Store employees attempted to tell the suspect that they would be required to pay for these items, however, this individual ignored these requests and left the store without making any attempts to pay for the merchandise,” Kingston Police said in the press release.

Police described the suspect as being Caucasian and in their mid-twenties to early thirties, with blond hair worn in a messy bun. At the time of each of the incidents outlined above, the suspect was wearing a black jacket with a fur-trimmed hood, a long grey and white scarf, blue jeans, and brown boots. The suspect was also carrying a black tote bag during each of the incidents, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Sergeant Jason Cahill via email at [email protected].

Those with information who prefer not to disclose their identity can call the Kingston Police general number (613-549-4660 ext. 0) and request to remain anonymous.

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