Kawartha Lakes police warn Lindsay retailers of distraction-style thefts

Suspect steals lottery tickets after payment card is declined

Lottery ticket

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service has issued a warning to Lindsay retailers after an increase in distraction-style thefts taking place at cash registers.

According to police, several retailers have recently fallen victim to a suspect attempting to pay for multiple items, including lottery tickets, with a debit or credit card.

When the suspect’s card is declined, the suspect advises store clerks he will return with another method of payment. Leaving some items at the cash register, the suspect then departs the store with lottery tickets concealed in his clothing.

Police are advising retailers to be extra-vigilant when presented with a similar scenario, and to telephone police immediately if they believe their business has been the victim of a theft.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service is asking that anyone with information about these incidents to contact Sergeant Dave Murtha at dmurtha@klps.ca or 705-324-5252.

You can also provide information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.khcs.ca.