Halifax Regional Police have arrested a Sackville man in connection with a number of thefts from local businesses in Halifax.
Over the last several days, members of HRP/RCMP Integrated General Investigation Section have been investigating a number of thefts from various businesses. The items stolen included musical instruments, clothing, sports paraphernalia and home décor items. These items were then placed for sale on an online classified site.
A 27-year-old male suspect was identified through the course the investigation, and he was arrested this afternoon by Sackville RCMP on an unrelated matter. He is currently in police custody and faces multiple theft, possession and breach of probation charges.
Police remind citizens of the importance of taking precautions when purchasing items through online classified ad websites. Keep in mind that if police determine an item you’ve purchased is stolen, the item will be returned to its rightful owner, leaving you without the item and the money you paid for it.
Police routinely receive complaints from citizens about scams on local websites, including selling counterfeit or stolen merchandise, the buyer not receiving the items or receiving a product that is of inferior value/quality or is not what it is supposed to be. As well, in some instances personal and/or financial information could be compromised, which could lead to identity theft.
To reduce your risk of becoming a victim of an online scam:
- Ensure that all transactions take place locally and in person
- When buying or selling, meet in person to see the product and exchange money
- Meet in well-lit public places with many people around, like a coffee shop or grocery store parking lot
- Do not give out personal or banking information over the phone or the internet
- Tell a friend or family member where you are going or take them along with you
- If you own a cell phone, take it with you
- Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.
If you believe you’ve purchased a stolen item, please contact police at 490-5016. If you believe you are a victim of an online scam, please report it to the HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit at 490-1985 or online at https://www.halifax.ca/police/NonDispatch/index.html.