Arrests made after several purses stolen from "older women" in Burlington, Oakville

 

The Halton Regional Police arrested and laid charges against one male and two females in relation to multiple identity fraud incidents that police say occurred during January and February of this year. 

A total of six purse thefts occurred in the City of Burlington and Town of Oakville from grocery stores targeting older adult females,” according to Halton Police. “The victim’s financial cards were used following the thefts to purchase items from retail stores as well as gift cards from local merchants.”

The estimated total loss is over $2,500, according to police.

Charged

Myriam Celis Munoz (female, 68 years old)

  • Theft Under $5,000, two counts
  • Fraud Under $5,000, five counts
  • Personation with Intent, four counts
  • Fraudulent Use of a credit card, four counts
  • Possession of Property Obtained by crime, three counts

Luz Dary Garcia Celis (female, 51 years old)

  • Theft Under $5,000, two counts
  • Fraud Under $5,000, six counts
  • Personation with Intent, five counts
  • Fraudulent Use of a credit card, five counts
  • Possession of Property Obtained by crime, four counts

Carlos Andres Guiterrez Bernal (male, 22 years old)

  • One charge of: Fraud Under $5,000.

All three accused were held for a bail hearing on Monday (Feb. 24).

Shoppers are reminded to pay close attention to their surroundings and keep a close eye on their valuables,” added police. “Purses should be kept on your person at all times. Do not leave items such as purses and cell phones unattended in grocery carts while shopping.”

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