Confidence fraudster still at it
2019-09-11 13:48 PDT
File # 2019-25260
Update to previous release:
North Vancouver RCMP is again alerting the public to ongoing confidence frauds targeting the elderly in North Vancouver. Two more incidents were reported in North Vancouver on Monday, September 9, and this time the male suspect was with a female companion.
Police believe the suspect in these cases is Donald Robert Quinnell, and in order to further their investigation are again asking for public assistance in locating him. Mr. Quinnell is arrestable for at least 10 offences in North Vancouver, and on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for Breach of Probation.
In one 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, 4-door vehicle which had a female sitting in the passenger seat.
A second elderly male 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 feigned knowing the man, claiming to be his neighbour, and convinced him to give them a ride to their house, which he said was across the street from the man’s. Unfortunately, the man failed to notice that at some point during their interactions the suspect had accessed the man's wallet and stolen his credit cards.
The male is described as:
- Male Caucasian
- 6 feet 1 inch tall
- 190 pounds
- Short, brown hair
- Brown eyes
- 52 years old
- Light to medium complexion
- May be wearing glasses and/or ball cap
- Well dressed/groomed
His female companion is described as:
- Female Caucasian
- 30-40 years old
- Shoulder length blonde hair
- Blue top
- Dark jeans
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.
Sgt. Peter DeVriesMedia Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
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