73-year-old victim of persistent pickpocket feels like she lost everything

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

A woman who preyed on seniors — lifting their wallets after ostensibly asking them to help her — is still on the loose and one of her victims wants that to change.

"I felt like I lost everything," said Jane, who asked her last name not be used because the thief may have noted where she lives.

"It was traumatic."

Jane, 73, said the thief asked for help in getting a package of bed sheets off a shelf at Wal-Mart at Mountain Plaza Mall one day last month. As Jane reached for the item, the stranger told her not to worry, that she would get help from someone else.

In that time, however, the woman had unzipped Jane's purse and removed her wallet.

She made off with $200 in cash, credit and debit cards, personal identification and a safe deposit box key.

"She was slick as could be," said Jane, who noted her wallet was later found by police in a dumpster. "I ran down the aisle and up another aisle and she was nowhere in sight.

"If I had know she had taken my wallet I would have run her down with my cart."

Jane said she remembers the woman's accent, but did not notice the male accomplice who police say has been working with her.

Along with Mountain Plaza Mall, police said the woman has targetted shoppers, usually seniors, at Value Village on Fennell Avenue, Sobeys and Zellers in the Ancaster Meadowlands, Metro on Upper James and possibly the Metro at University Plaza in Dundas.

The suspect is described as a white female between 30 and 50 years old, with an eastern European accent, possibly Hungarian. She has a slim to medium build and was seen wearing glasses and earrings, and her black curly hair was usually worn in a ponytail.

"She seems to prey on seniors," said Jane. "I don't know if it's because she thinks we're trusting or she thinks we're stupid."

The Mountain senior said she wants to see the woman's face plastered all over the place until someone turns her in.

"Someone knows her," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Hamilton at 905-546- 8927 or Crime Stoppers at 905-522- 8477.

73-year-old victim of persistent pickpocket feels like she lost everything

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

A woman who preyed on seniors — lifting their wallets after ostensibly asking them to help her — is still on the loose and one of her victims wants that to change.

"I felt like I lost everything," said Jane, who asked her last name not be used because the thief may have noted where she lives.

"It was traumatic."

Jane, 73, said the thief asked for help in getting a package of bed sheets off a shelf at Wal-Mart at Mountain Plaza Mall one day last month. As Jane reached for the item, the stranger told her not to worry, that she would get help from someone else.

In that time, however, the woman had unzipped Jane's purse and removed her wallet.

She made off with $200 in cash, credit and debit cards, personal identification and a safe deposit box key.

"She was slick as could be," said Jane, who noted her wallet was later found by police in a dumpster. "I ran down the aisle and up another aisle and she was nowhere in sight.

"If I had know she had taken my wallet I would have run her down with my cart."

Jane said she remembers the woman's accent, but did not notice the male accomplice who police say has been working with her.

Along with Mountain Plaza Mall, police said the woman has targetted shoppers, usually seniors, at Value Village on Fennell Avenue, Sobeys and Zellers in the Ancaster Meadowlands, Metro on Upper James and possibly the Metro at University Plaza in Dundas.

The suspect is described as a white female between 30 and 50 years old, with an eastern European accent, possibly Hungarian. She has a slim to medium build and was seen wearing glasses and earrings, and her black curly hair was usually worn in a ponytail.

"She seems to prey on seniors," said Jane. "I don't know if it's because she thinks we're trusting or she thinks we're stupid."

The Mountain senior said she wants to see the woman's face plastered all over the place until someone turns her in.

"Someone knows her," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Hamilton at 905-546- 8927 or Crime Stoppers at 905-522- 8477.

73-year-old victim of persistent pickpocket feels like she lost everything

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

A woman who preyed on seniors — lifting their wallets after ostensibly asking them to help her — is still on the loose and one of her victims wants that to change.

"I felt like I lost everything," said Jane, who asked her last name not be used because the thief may have noted where she lives.

"It was traumatic."

Jane, 73, said the thief asked for help in getting a package of bed sheets off a shelf at Wal-Mart at Mountain Plaza Mall one day last month. As Jane reached for the item, the stranger told her not to worry, that she would get help from someone else.

In that time, however, the woman had unzipped Jane's purse and removed her wallet.

She made off with $200 in cash, credit and debit cards, personal identification and a safe deposit box key.

"She was slick as could be," said Jane, who noted her wallet was later found by police in a dumpster. "I ran down the aisle and up another aisle and she was nowhere in sight.

"If I had know she had taken my wallet I would have run her down with my cart."

Jane said she remembers the woman's accent, but did not notice the male accomplice who police say has been working with her.

Along with Mountain Plaza Mall, police said the woman has targetted shoppers, usually seniors, at Value Village on Fennell Avenue, Sobeys and Zellers in the Ancaster Meadowlands, Metro on Upper James and possibly the Metro at University Plaza in Dundas.

The suspect is described as a white female between 30 and 50 years old, with an eastern European accent, possibly Hungarian. She has a slim to medium build and was seen wearing glasses and earrings, and her black curly hair was usually worn in a ponytail.

"She seems to prey on seniors," said Jane. "I don't know if it's because she thinks we're trusting or she thinks we're stupid."

The Mountain senior said she wants to see the woman's face plastered all over the place until someone turns her in.

"Someone knows her," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Hamilton at 905-546- 8927 or Crime Stoppers at 905-522- 8477.