A con artist who has preyed upon the elderly in Langley and other Fraser Valley communities has struck again.
This time, one potential victim wasn’t fooled, said North Vancouver RCMP, who reported two more incidents in that community on Monday, Sept. 9.
This time, they said, the male suspect had a female companion.
In both instances, police said the man was believed to be Donald Robert Quinnell.
Back in 2014, Quinnell was arrested for using a baby to help steal from elderly victims across the Fraser Valley, including in Langley.
During Seniors Week in Langley, there were eight “distraction thefts” where a man and a woman targeted elderly women out grocery shopping.
They would approach the victim, carrying their baby and ask for water for an overheated car or for water to heat a baby bottle to gain entrance.
Police say Quinnell has since resurfaced, and is wanted for at least 10 offences in North Vancouver, as well as an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for breach of probation.
In the first of Monday’s incidents, an elderly man thwarted the suspect’s efforts to enter his residence by refusing to allow him in, and the suspect left without committing a theft.
The man reported seeing the suspect enter a blue, four-door vehicle which had a female sitting in the passenger seat.
A second older man was not so fortunate.
A man and a woman claimed they had locked their keys in their car while at the Safeway parking lot in Westview Mall.
The male suspect said there was ice cream in their car that was melting, and that they needed the man’s help.
He claimed to be the man’s neighbour, and convinced him to give them a ride to their house, which he said was across the street from the man’s.
Some time later, the victim discovered his credit cards had been stolen from his wallet.
The male is described as:
6 feet 1 inch tall
Short, brown hair
52 years old
Light to medium complexion
May be wearing glasses and/or ball cap
His female companion is described as:
30-40 years old
Shoulder length blonde hair
The vehicle is described as:
Anyone who sees these suspects, or who witnesses anything suspicious that seems to fit the profile of this crime, is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.
Anyone who may have been a victim is asked to call their local police department to report it.
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