Wednesday, July 24, 2024

OPP looking for suspects in Carleton Place distraction theft

Photo supplied by OPP

Lanark OPP are investigating a distraction theft in Carleton Place, and have released a photo of two of the suspects.

Police say a woman called the OPP on February 20, 2024, shortly after 2:30 p.m. to report that her purse had been stolen from her car while parked at a grocery store on McNeely Avenue. The victim was reportedly preparing to drive away when two women approached her, one indicating she had dropped change under the victim’s car. The victim got out and recovered the change.

While this was happening, a witness reportedly saw a man open the front passenger door of the victim’s car, remove something and walk away. That man got into a grey hatchback, potentially a Honda CRV, with the two female accomplices and drove north on McNeely Avenue. It was after this that a good Samaritan approached the victim, and she realized her purse had been taken.

Surveillance video has revealed the two women and the man were travelling together before and after the theft. The woman who created the distraction is described as being in her 40s with shoulder length dark hair. The man is described only as being in his 40s.

OPP say they have obscured the face of one of the women as she may be protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Her clothing could still help lead to her identity.

Anyone with information should contact the Lanark OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also leave anonymous tips online at

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