Fraud Suspect

A downtown Victoria jeweller was defrauded of nearly $100,000 last week, and VicPD are asking the public for help to identify the suspect.

Police say that on October 29 a man entered the jewelry store and selected two high-end watches for purchase. He then left and returned with a bank draft to purchase the items.

The bank draft itself was legitimate, but the suspect had acquired it through a scheme where he fraudulently transferred funds from a customer’s account using false ID.

Police say the value of the watches was just under $100,000, and the loss is being taken by the jewelry store.

The suspect is described as a darker-skinned man with a heavy-set build. He had short dark brown hair, which was thinning at the crown, and brown eyes.

He was wearing a dark non-medical mask, and a dark brown beard with grey flecks was seen sticking out from below the mask.

At the time of the fraud he also wore a black buttoned-up cardigan sweater, a white dress shirt open at the collar, a white t-shirt, black shoes, and he had silver aviator-style sunglasses tucked into the sweater.

The suspect also wore a hand or finger cast on his left hand.

Police say that the suspect was on the BC Ferries sailing at 7 p.m. on October 29 from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen.

The suspect was in the company of another man, who is described as taller and of a slimmer build than the suspect above. The second man was wearing dark coloured clothing. A photograph of this second suspect is below.

Police are asking the public for help identifying either of the two men, and are also hoping to identify locations they may have travelled to, or a vehicle they may have used.

Anyone with information on the men or the incident is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line Report Desk at (250) 995-7654, extension 1.

Those who wish to report information anonymously can call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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