Richard Earl Rupert was wanted across Canada on a laundry list of theft and fraud charges, including in Langley, before being arrested in Vancouver on Aug. 21.
Rupert has been dubbed the Nephew Bandit for his habit of impersonating the relatives of his elderly victims.
It is alleged that those include Langley’s Louise Naef. Naef told her story to the media in April, after she met a man outside the Walnut Grove IGA.
He spun a story about being the relative of out-of-town friends, getting information from her by asking her to “guess” which friend.
He then mentioned car trouble that would cost $1,800 to fix. Could Naef help him out, if he promised to get the money back to her the very next day?
Naef said at the time she was angry with herself for being conned, but decided she had to go public to warn others.
Rupert has been arrested on a long list of warrants from B.C., Alberta, and Ontario. They include:
• Two counts of fraud, Langley RCMP
• Five counts of fraud, Vancouver Police Department
• Fraud, Victoria Police Department
• Fraud, New Westminster Police Department
• Fraud, White Rock RCMP
• Fraud, personation and theft, Durham Regional Police Service
• Fraud, Niagara Regional Police
• Fraud, London Police Service
• Fraud, Medicine Hat Police Service
• Two counts of fraud and two counts of theft under $5,000, Hamilton Police Services
• Fraud, Waterloo Regional Police Service
• Two counts of fraud and one count of personation, Ottawa Police Service
• Robbery, B&E and three counts of attempted fraud, Toronto Police Service
In April, Langley police said that Rupert had seemingly been avoiding capture for years by largely living off the grid and constantly moving around throughout Canada and in recent years, in B.C.
He has been featured on America’s Most Wanted and W5 – Investigative Reports.
He was spotted when he checked in to a Vancouver hospital under the name of Jerry Whitehead, and an hospital staff member recognized him from a wanted poster and called police.
“Last night’s arrest brings relief to both his victims and police agencies across Canada as an elusive predator has now been put behind bars,” said Sgt. Randy Fincham of the VPD.
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