Ottawa police tweeted out a release yesterday afternoon that warns the public about a theft scam targeting motorists. If you drive, you’re urged to protect the valuables in your car and to please report any suspicious activity you see.
From the Ottawa Police website:
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.
Stay safe, watch your surroundings, and make sure you keep any valuables in your car hidden and out of sight!
See the original tweet and release below…