Jewelry thefts in Delta

An elderly woman who had a large multi-diamond ring stolen from her finger is the latest victim in a series of so-called distraction thefts occurring across B.C.’s Lower Mainland.

Delta police say the woman was flagged down last week by a man and a woman in a grey vehicle who asked for directions.

The female suspect got out of the car and as she spoke with the elderly woman, she placed a piece of jewelry in her hand while removing the woman’s ring and watch.

Police say the two suspects, who are described as being dark-skinned and between 45 and 55 years old, then drove away.

Police say similar instances, where con artists use the art of distraction to target seniors and rob them of their jewelry, have been occurring throughout the Lower Mainland in the past few months.

Vancouver police issued a similar warning two weeks ago, advising people to conceal valuable jewelry under their clothing to avoid being targeted.