Fraudster Getting More Brazen

RCMP warn against a local fraudster, make arrest in Canadian Tire theft.

  • Mar. 21, 2016 3:00 p.m.

A middle aged man is still preying on the kindness of Cranbrook residents and getting more brazen in his method.

On March 9th Cranbrook RCMP were approached by a citizen who advised he was scammed out of $50.  A man had approached him near the Cranbrook Mall saying he had just come to Cranbrook by ambulance and needed money in order to get back home.

The concerned citizen handed over the $50 after the male said he would meet him a week later and pay him back. The Cranbrook citizen went to the allotted meeting point but the man never showed.

On March 21st, 2016 Cranbrook RCMP were again alerted to a man scamming people out of money. This time an elderly male had just returned to his vehicle and opened his door to get in.

The suspect then jumped into the back seat of the car and proceeded to give the senior and his wife a sob story about not having any money.  Although the male made no threats, the couple was concerned thinking this man might attack them if they did not do what he wanted. The pair gave the suspect $100 and then drove him to King Street.

Cranbrook RCMP are seeking this male in order to proceed with possible charges of Fraud/ False Pretenses.   If anyone in the public has had similar incidents the Cranbrook RCMP would like to be notified.

Theft at Cranbrook Canadian Tire

On March 19, 2016, Cranbrook RCMP received a call to the local Canadian Tire Store for a complaint of a suspicious person.  The 23 year old male was standing outside the Garden Center with merchandise still wrapped in the security wire. On police attendance the male was no longer there.  Police seized items at the location which had been stolen from the business.

On further investigation a suspect was identified and arrested for Theft Under $5000 and Mischief.  Peter Justin TRICKETT, a 23 year old resident of Kimberley, appeared by phone before a Justice of the Peace and was remanded into custody to appear before a Judge on Monday, March 21 at 2pm.

The Cranbrook RCMP was impressed with the information provided to them by the employees of the local Canadian Tire Store.  “Without the assistance of staff from the Canadian Tire store and their efforts to help RCMP identify the suspect, this crime may have been left unsolved,” said Cst. Katie Forgeron.