Nov 29, 2012 – We have now identified the suspect referred to below as Richard Earl Rupert. Rupert is wanted Canada-wide with several warrants out for his arrest in Ontario. He is responsible for victimizing the elderly from Ontario throughout Canada to the Lower Mainland. He seeks out and befriends senior citizens and identifies himself as a distant relative (usually a nephew) or as building management. He then convinces the unsuspecting victim to provide him with money for travel, car repairs or leads them to believe they are paying their rent.
Please contact the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411 with any further information.
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The New Westminster Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in identifying a prolific con artist who is victimizing elderly females in our community.
On November 21, 2012, the suspect male befriended an elderly female victim. He pretended to be her son and followed her home and into her suite. He then stole $240 cash that was in her wallet and fled the area.
The same type of incident occurred on January 2, 2012 where a male convinced an elderly female to take out $1,600 from her bank account. We believe that the same male is responsible for both thefts.
If you have any information regarding the identity of the male in these photos, please call the NWPD at 604-525-5411.
– White male, 5’4″/5’6″, 140-160lbs, blonde/grey hair with receding hairline, hazel eyes, chiselled cheekbones, ruddy complexion (reddish skin)
– Usually wears light coloured denim jeans, all black shoes and zip up hoodie/track suit top; also appears to be wearing large ring on left ring finger; said to regularly wear heavy cologne