Hamilton police are warning the public about distraction thefts targeting seniors.
Last Thursday a 72 year old woman was approached by two women speaking another language. As they talked, the pair wrapped the victim's hands in gold chains and put two gold rings in her hands.
During the process the victim says her gold bracelet was removed from her wrist and taken by the pair. A green or beige unknown van then drove up and the two females got in and fled the scene. One of the women is described as having a medium build and brown skin.
Then on Friday, a 67 year old man was sitting on a bench near Charlton Ave E. and John St when he was approached by a woman who appeared to be emotional over the death of her father. She was carrying numerous gold plated necklaces and bracelets she claimed belonged to her father. She began placing them over the man's head saying she couldn't keep them.
She also handed the man a small baggy with more necklaces and bracelets. After the distraction, the woman then left in an awaiting vehicle believed to be driven by a man.
When the victim went home, he noticed he was missing the gold necklace he was wearing at the time of the incident.
The woman is described as white in her 50s, with black hair, short, chubby, noticeable gold in her teeth, and speaks with an undetermined accent.
She was wearing a black dress and wearing a number of gold chains and necklaces.