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Posted on: February 22, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Traveling Thieves Targeting Vulnerable Community Members

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant David Aldrich

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In the month of February, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in jewelry thefts with similar circumstances. In most cases, vehicles occupied by at least two subjects, will approach patrons in public parking lots and either ask for directions or attempt to sale jewelry. When the patron approaches the vehicle, the occupants will use sleight of hand techniques to remove the unsuspecting victim’s jewelry, typically leaving behind fake jewelry. If the victims resist, or fight back, force is used to remove the jewelry.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to stay vigilant and report suspicious activity.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Valley Crimestoppers at (760) 341–7867.

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