Sunshine Coast RCMP are investigating what they describe as “a troubling series of events that involve a local man targeting primarily women and seniors in Gibsons and Sechelt.”
According to a release from RCMP, the man approaches someone and starts up a conversation and usually offers to "help" the victim or "get them a deal."
He then asks to be paid up front, but does not return to complete the offer of assistance or bring the money back.
RCMP said he targets women, approaching them and asking for a ride, to borrow cigarettes, money or their cell phone, and has even asked to stay in someone’s homes under the guise that he is homeless.
RCMP said in one incident, a woman locked her keys in her car and the man asked for $80 to arrange a tow truck to unlock her car. He never returned with either the money or a tow truck.
"We as a community are giving – most residents are always eager to lend a hand to someone in need and this individual is exploiting that kindness and it must stop," said Staff Sgt. Poppy Hallam in a release.
The man is described as in his late 40s, missing most of his front teeth, 6-2 with a medium build, a bald or shaved head and blue eyes.
Local RCMP said they have identified the man, and believe there may be additional victims who have not reported the incidents to police.
They are asking anyone who has been defrauded or been the victim of any other criminal activity involving this man to contact Sunshine Coast RCMP at 604-885-2266 and reference file 2019-6360.