After thefts in St. Catharines, Niagara Police warn online sellers to be leery of potential buyers

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Published December 8, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Niagara Police are warning St. Catharines residents to be wary of potential customers in online “buy and sell” marketplaces.

So far, there have been thefts at a housing complex in the Manchester Avenue and Carleton Street area of St. Catharines for the potential “sale.”

At the moment, the sales are mostly around Apple iPhones or Apple Watches which the suspect say the are interested in buying. Once the victim arrives, the items they are selling is snatched from their hands and the suspect sprints away. So far, all the items have been for sale on Facebook Market Place and Kijiji.

However, Niagara Police also warn that some victims who insist on doing the transaction from the safety of their on homes are also having sales items stolen from them at the first opportunity.

The police believe that at least three to four males suspects are working together, always well concealed because of cold weather or COVID-19 safety protocols.

In the case of the St. Catharines housing complex where these thefts have mostly occurred, the police added the suspects must be very familiar with the property since they have been able to avoid detection and camera footage.

As a result, there are minimal descriptions of the suspects. However, no victims have been hurt in the snatch-and-dash crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 1 District detectives at 905-688-4111, extension 1024233.

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