Three suspects are facing more than 100 fraud-related charges after numerous distraction thefts were identified during an investigation by the DRPS.
According to police, the initiative – dubbed Project Lucid – was undertaken after numerous incidents of distraction thefts were reported in Durham Region during the months of August and September.
With the assistance of the Calgary Police Service, Peel Regional Police and other community partners, numerous suspects were identified and three were arrested in the GTA.
Three suspects were arrested at Pearson International Airport on Sunday (Oct. 27).
“Distraction techniques were used to obtain credit cards and PIN numbers were also observed by looking over the shoulder of an unsuspecting victim,” reads a media release from police.
“As a precaution, try to carry cash and debit/credit cards separately, keep your purse closed and always be aware of your surroundings while using a point of sale terminal and an ATM, and while approaching your vehicle.”
Persida Corciu, 43, Andrei Preda, 33 and Petrache Dadaci, 48, all of no fixed address face a total of 114 fraud-related charges.
“They were all in possession of Romanian passports,” the media release reads.
The charges include theft of credit card, possess identity information, fraud under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime and identity fraud.
All three were held for bail hearings.