Elderly male injured during robbery involving distraction techniques

Richmond, BC – Richmond RCMP are investigating after an elderly male was robbed by a female who allegedly used distraction techniques to make off with his jewelry. At approximately 1:50 pm on September 25, 2020, Richmond RCMP were called to the 10300 block of Hall Avenue, after a woman allegedly took a wrist watch from an unsuspecting elderly male before making-off in a nearby vehicle.

The victim stated the female suspect exited a vehicle, approached him and asked him for the time. She then allegedly handed him a gold coloured necklace and ring, before removing the victim’s watch from his wrist, pushing him to the ground, and running back to the vehicle. The vehicle then sped away from the scene, leaving the victim suffering minor injuries.


The suspect is described only as a heavy set, South Asian female, wearing a green coloured sweater. The suspect vehicle was described as a powder blue coloured Volkswagen Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). The driver of the vehicle was described only as a South Asian male.

Information obtained by the investigating frontline officers suggests these suspects may have been in the neighbourhood earlier in the week as well. The investigation continues, and police are asking residents in the area to review their home surveillance recordings in hopes they may have captured the suspects or their vehicle on video.

Corporal Ian Henderson of the Richmond RCMP says distraction-type robberies like this one are becoming more common. We want to remind the public to be wary of people who approach you on the street, then place jewelry on you or try to get you to hold something for them. They may be trying to focus your attention on something else while they steal your belongings, he says. 

If someone approaches you in this manner, walk away immediately, get yourself to a safe place and report the incident to police, says Henderson.

Anyone who may have information on this matter is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Richmond RCMP

File # 2020-26160

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