Police warning about a theft scam targeting motorists

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(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service would like to warn the public of a theft scam targeting motorists and urges them to protect their valuables in their vehicles and report suspicious activity.

On August 8, 2017, at approximately 2:30pm, a woman parked her vehicle at a financial institution in the area of Carling Avenue and Croydon Avenue. While inside the institution, she observed a man looking at her. The man then entered a red Dodge Caravan being driven by a female.

When the woman left the business in her vehicle, the red Caravan pulled in front of her. She also saw a red Toyota Matrix pull up behind her.

The woman was able to get away from both suspicious vehicles by making U-turns. As she was driving, a sensor in her vehicle advised her that a tire was low on pressure. Upon closer inspection, it was noticed that the tire had been slashed.

The victim was able to obtain a license plate number. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Det. Rob Griffin of the West Criminal Investigations at 613-236-1222, ext. 2666. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.