RICHMOND (NEWS1130) – Distraction thefts are up in Richmond and RCMP say they are disturbing.
RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley says thieves are slashing tires outside ATM machines, then following drivers.

“While the victim is driving away, they will stop the victim and tell them they have a flat tire and then they offer to help,” she explains. “When the driver gets out a second suspect comes out and steals their money – So yes, it’s horrible!”

Turley says one victim was pushed to the ground while she was mugged and another was followed home to a garage. She says parking lots around banks are busy places so if people see anything suspicious they are asked to call police.

“If they find themselves in this situation, if they fear for their safety by all means please call 911,” she advises.

“We have noticed that we do have a number of them that have occurred. We want people to be aware of this, and we would just like the community to be vigilant of these criminals that are posing as Good Samaritans.”

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Richmond RCMP at (604)278-1212, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.