There’s A Leather Jacket Bandit Scam Artist On The Loose In St. Vegas
Source – St. Albert RCMP would like to warn the community of a scam artist who is busy at work talking people out of their hard-earned dollars. The scam artist is approaching people in various parking lots in St. Albert including Staples, Rona and Rosedale. He stays in his vehicle, holding a map and asking for directions to the airport. He strikes up a conversation with his target and states he needs money to help him get home to Italy. He shows documents to support his story and offers gifts of leather jackets and suits as a thank you for loaning him money. He explains he is a fashion designer who cannot take the samples of clothing home with him. The suspect is well-rehearsed and very convincing allowing him to be easily believed. Although the scammer has targeted various age groups, it would appear he is focusing on our seniors.
The suspect is described as
- Mid 30’
- tanned skin
- slight to average build
- 5’8″ to 5’9″
- Black hair, short with receding hairline
- Shortly trimmed beard; but scruffy
- Italian accent
- Wearing a silver chronograph watch
Suspect was last known to be driving a Nissan S.U.V., black in color (possibly a Rogue) with a gray interior.
This “fake leather jacket” scam and variations of same has been circulating in various cities and has been around for a few years. If you think you have spotted a scam or have been targeted by a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency. There are other agencies that can be contacted for advice or to make a report such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center who can be reached via email at www.antifraudcentre.ca or 1-888-495-8501.
If you have information about this incident, please call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).
Living in the greatest city in the world means some will try to exploit our greatest resource: wealthy people. They’re our oil, and I sit back and let this happen to us. I feel like its part of my responsibilities to keep this city great, like Bruce Wayne and Gotham (basically I’m Batman…nbd but kbd), so I’m all ears whenever there’s any sort of chaos surrounding our town. This guy rolls in from who the hell cares while the Merchants are on the road like a goddamn coward and tries to take advantage of our good local citizens? Our friends? Our families? Our neighbours?! Well not on my watch. No sir. And if Tommy DeVito aka the leather jacket bandit over here thinks he can just roll into our town slinging knockoffs to our seniors I have news for him: No one – and I mean no one – comes into our house, and pushes us around. Better hope you finds the airport soon, paisano, ‘cus the T8N’s looking for ya #keepstvegasgreatagain
PS – Jays in 3