POLICE are warning North Shore residents to be on the alert after a string of crimes in which thieves targeted people they knew were carrying large amounts of cash.
There have been at least three similar cases of theft and one case of robbery in North Vancouver and West Vancouver since July, according to WVPD Const. Lisa Schmidtke, all of which involved the victims being followed from currency exchange shops. Investigators believe they could be linked.
Police on the North Shore caught on to the bandits' M.O. after a man and woman were robbed in a quiet residential West Vancouver neighbourhood last Friday afternoon.
Two men took an undisclosed amount of cash from the couple in the rear lane of the 1100-block of Fulton Avenue around 2: 45 p.m., according to West Vancouver police. Once they had the loot, the suspects fled to a vehicle with a female driver.
Luckily no one was hurt in the incident, police said. No descriptions of the suspects have been released.
Police are warning residents to take extra caution if they are going to be handling large amounts of cash. Anyone with information is asked contact the WVPD at 604-925-7300.