Canada Elderly widower loses cherished memento in latest distraction theft

15:37  17 may  2018
15:37  17 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Canada unexpectedly loses jobs in April as part-time hiring falls

  Canada unexpectedly loses jobs in April as part-time hiring falls Canada unexpectedly loses jobs in April as part-time hiring fallsThe decline of 1,100 jobs was well short of economists' forecasts for an increase of 17,400. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent, as expected. The participation rate edged down to 65.4 percent from 65.5 percent, though the total size of the labor force increased.

The incident is one of a rash of " distraction thefts " over the past month that Ottawa police are warning the public about. Then, the widower discovered what really happened.

Doug Drew, 85, was enjoying the sun on his front lawn this past Mother's Day when two women plying him with cheap jewelry took a precious memento — a gold necklace honouring his granddaughter, who died at 13 years old, and his late wife — right off his neck.

a man wearing glasses: A precious pendant belonging to 85-year-old Doug Drew was stolen off his neck this past Sunday, and Ottawa police say it's one of a growing number of reported thefts by distraction.© Stu Mills/CBC A precious pendant belonging to 85-year-old Doug Drew was stolen off his neck this past Sunday, and Ottawa police say it's one of a growing number of reported thefts by distraction.

Doug Drew, 85, was enjoying the sun on his front lawn this past Mother's Day when two women plying him with cheap jewelry took a precious memento — a gold necklace honouring his granddaughter, who died at 13 years old, and his late wife — right off his neck.

The incident is one of a rash of "distraction thefts" over the past month that Ottawa police are warning the public about.

There are many versions of the scam, but in recent cases strangers working in concert typically offer the victim some low-value jewelry or trinket, and capitalize on the moment of distraction to steal something of greater value.

‘Internal theft’ of data on 60,000 customers of Ontario’s private 407 freeway could be linked to PC party recruitment

  ‘Internal theft’ of data on 60,000 customers of Ontario’s private 407 freeway could be linked to PC party recruitment ‘Internal theft’ of data on 60,000 customers of Ontario’s private 407 freeway could be linked to PC party recruitmentLocal police and federal and provincial privacy agencies have also been notified of the breach, which the firm first learned about last week, said Kevin Sack, a spokesman for the 407 ETR Concession Company.

Did you know about Elderly widower loses cherished memento in latest distraction theft .

Elderly widower loses cherished memento in latest distraction theft . • Kanata. • 12h. Theft is cowardice. I hope these two scumbags get genital warts.

And, as in Drew's case, the thieves frequently target the elderly and vulnerable, and often in broad daylight.

"I forgot the old adage, 'beware of strangers bearing gifts,'" Drew said in an interview this week.

a man standing in a room: Drew and his late wife, Bev, were some of the first residents to move into a then-new subdivision on Navaho Drive in 1959.© Stu Mills/CBC Drew and his late wife, Bev, were some of the first residents to move into a then-new subdivision on Navaho Drive in 1959.

Thieves tried to give him jewelry, called it 'tradition'

It all began when the driver of a black SUV pulled up alongside Drew's curb in Nepean and beckoned him to come over.

Drew requires supplemental oxygen, and a long plastic supply hose keeps him tethered to the device inside his home. So, thinking the woman in the SUV needed directions, he explained his oxygen supply line wouldn't reach her vehicle, and invited her onto his lawn instead.

Teenage son murders father after argument over Ferrari: Crown

  Teenage son murders father after argument over Ferrari: Crown Teenage son murders father after argument over Ferrari: CrownA Vancouver teen murdered his elderly father after getting into an argument with him over the purchase of a Ferrari, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Elderly widower loses cherished memento in latest distraction theft . CBC. Forager teaches urbanites the secrets of sourcing food in the wild.

Elderly widower loses cherished memento in latest distraction theft . CBC. Forager teaches urbanites the secrets of sourcing food in the wild.

"She came up, pressed a gold ring into my hand, along with a gold chain," Drew recalled, adding that she spoke with a heavy European accent. "To honour my father, it is tradition. Please take it," he said she told him.

When Drew politely protested, a younger teenaged accomplice — Drew guessed her to be the first woman's daughter — stepped out of the vehicle and walked up to them.

"She joined the chant of, 'Oh, it's tradition, Please take it,'" Drew said.

a person sitting in front of a laptop: When Drew's 13-year-old granddaughter Melissa died of leukemia years ago, he had a memorial pendant made that also honoured his late wife.© Stu Mills/CBC When Drew's 13-year-old granddaughter Melissa died of leukemia years ago, he had a memorial pendant made that also honoured his late wife.

'She even gave me a kiss'

Then, while the younger woman immobilized his right arm by wrapping it up in another gold chain, the older woman retreated behind him to place a third strand around his neck, all while thanking Drew for the privilege of allowing her to keep the tradition alive.

"She even gave me a kiss on the cheek," he said.

Man at centre of Ontario PC data-theft controversy speaks out, says he is being unfairly vilified

  Man at centre of Ontario PC data-theft controversy speaks out, says he is being unfairly vilified Man at centre of Ontario PC data-theft controversy speaks out, says he is being unfairly vilifiedA former Progressive Conservative organizer at the heart of Ontario’s data-theft political controversy says he’s been unfairly vilified by the party and the media, and did nothing wrong or illegal in his work for Tory candidates.

She later apologized and said Hogg should be proud of his grades. Related: Parkland student talks about battle with Laura Ingraham. Elderly widower loses cherished memento in latest distraction theft .

An elderly woman in Mentor is the most recent victim of a credit card thief after her purse was stolen while she was shopping. Her credit card was used in

And then they were gone.

Bemused, the elderly man spent the next 10 minutes disentangling himself from what turned out to be dollar store costume chains.

Then, the widower discovered what really happened.

'Looked at it as my wife cradling her granddaughter'

When his 13-year-old granddaughter Melissa lost her battle with leukemia years ago, Doug Drew's life was shattered. Heartbroken, he responded with an act of personal, heartfelt creativity.

Here I thought Melissa was safe in the arms of her grandmother. And they're gone now.' - Doug Drew

Drew took an inexpensive lapel pin of a guardian angel embracing a baby to a local jeweler, where goldsmiths made a mould of the angel. Then they took his late wife Bev's engagement ring, melted it down, and turned it into an angel pendant using the mould taken from the pin.

"I always looked at it as my wife cradling her granddaughter," he said, his eyes filling with tears.

Until it was stolen from him on Sunday, Drew had worn the memento on a chain around his neck every day for the past 16 years. The unique, personalized creation cost him $450 in 2002, but its loss has cost him an emotional fortune.

Trial set for Halifax cop accused of assaulting homeless man

  Trial set for Halifax cop accused of assaulting homeless man Const. Laurence Gary Basso, 37, is charged with assault causing bodily harm, public mischief and breach of trust related to an incident Feb. 25 at the Metro Turning Point shelter. His two-day trial was scheduled Tuesday in Halifax provincial court for Nov. 26-27.Basso was charged last month following an investigation by Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team, the agency that investigates serious incidents involving police.SIRT director Felix Cacchione has said the incident at the Barrington Street shelter was captured on video surveillance, and the agency doesn't believe there was provocation.

Source : bit.ly/2rax8cJ She Gives Garbage Man Cupcake on Her Birthday. But She'll Never Forget What Happens Weeks Later We have a lot of positive Teen's Upset After Losing Wallet In Arcade Only To Have Older Stranger Drop Off Mysterious Note Karden

Elderly widower loses cherished memento in latest distraction theft . Edit CBC 17 May 2018.

'They're gone now'

"Here I thought Melissa was safe in the arms of her grandmother," he said. "And they're gone now."

Drew and his wife moved into their then-new Navaho Drive home in 1959, when the roads were still made of mud and most of the land around it was a farmer's pasture.

The theft hasn't changed his feelings about the neighbourhood, developed over nearly 60 years of living there. Apart from the death of his wife, he calls his front-yard mugging-by-distraction the worst thing to happen since he moved in.

"It's a good neighbourhood," he said.

Doug had a jeweler make a mould of a guardian angel lapel pin, and recast it with gold from his late wife's engagement ring.© Stu Mills/CBC Doug had a jeweler make a mould of a guardian angel lapel pin, and recast it with gold from his late wife's engagement ring.

Police seeing more distraction thefts

Ottawa police say catching the culprits and recovering what was taken will be difficult.

"It's very difficult. It's not a very structured kind of theft; this can be done anywhere," said Const. Chuck Benoit, a police spokesperson. One team could work in Montreal one day, Toronto the next, and then move onto Ottawa-Gatineau.

The incident involving Drew was the fifth theft by distraction reported to Ottawa police in recent weeks, including a very similar case just a week prior on nearby Maitland Avenue.

"There's an article that's attractive, and these people are using this item to distract you for the short period of time needed to make a theft," Benoit said.

The other factor is the increased vulnerability in public places, where people tend to let down their guard because they assume places like front yards are safe.

Typically, the victim is unaware they've been robbed until it's too late.

"We're seeing more of these thefts, with an older crowd being victims," Benoit said.

Dem lawmaker to Melania: Your husband separating immigrant children from their parents is not a 'Be Best' policy .
Dem lawmaker to Melania: Your husband separating immigrant children from their parents is not a 'Be Best' policyIn an early Saturday tweet, Lieu appealed to the first lady about the issue, saying her husband's directive is not in line with her "Be Best" anti-bullying initiative.

Source: http://ca.pressfrom.com/news/canada/-75022-elderly-widower-loses-cherished-memento-in-latest-distraction-theft/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!