Help identify South Asian suspects in a distraction theft in Surrey

SURREY RCMP are asking for help to identify the suspects in a distraction theft that occurred in Whalley.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., on Wednesday, June 30, an elderly female was outside of her home in the 9900-block of 128 Street, when a silver Mercedes SUV stopped in front of the residence. The vehicle had three occupants, a man, a woman, and a small child in the back seat. The woman inside the vehicle stated it was her birthday and asked for a hug, when the elderly woman complied with the request, she had her personal jewelry stolen.

A home security camera captured a photo of the Mercedes SUV, and investigators are asking for help to identify the suspects involved (see photo).

The driver is described as a middle-aged South Asian man, with a beard. The passenger, who allegedly stole the victim’s jewelry, is described as a middle-aged South Asian woman.

“A distraction theft often involves a request for close personal contact, like a hug. The perpetrators of these types of thefts are very good at persuading victims to get close, often using tactics that make a person feel obligated to comply,” said Sgt. Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, on Friday. “It is in these moments of a casual embrace, when the thieves will take the person’s valuables and often replace them with fakes. We are recommending that individuals avoid close personal contact with people they do not know.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or