Langley thief slips away with hundreds in cash


A brazen distraction theft saw a Langley man lose $700 from right in front of his eyes.

On Sept. 20, the victim had just finished a transaction at a currency exchange and had received $1,500 in cash, said Cpl. Holly Marks, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

The victim kept the cash in his hand while buying a coffee immediately afterwards. The man in line behind the victim struck up a conversation, said Marks.

The man in line said he was from another country, and eventually asked to hold the cash to look closer and feel the differences between Canadian and overseas money.

The suspect handed back the cash and the victim went on with ordering his drink.

It wasn’t until after the suspect left the store without ordering anything that the victim felt uneasy, Marks said. He took his money out of his wallet, counted it, and found $700, almost half the cash, was missing.

The suspect in the incident is described as a Hispanic man in his mid 30s, standing 5’6” and weighing 200 to 250 pounds, with a thin moustache, black spiky hair and dark brown eyes. He was wearing dark rimmed glasses, a yellow shirt, and possibly jeans.

Police are warning the public about distraction thefts and about handling cash in public.

Be aware of your surroundings and discreet with your wallet contents, Marks said. 

Do not count your cash in the open, and be aware of your surroundings when withdrawing cash from an ATM. If you see anything suspicious, cancel the transaction and leave immediately. If followed, go to a crowded, well-lit area an call the police.

When using an enclosed ATM requiring your card to open the door, avoid letting strangers follow you inside.

Don’t allow yourself to be distracted, Marks said.

If you have information on the suspect in this investigation, call the Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200, or to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Slippery roads didn’t deter runners in the 11th annual Fort Langley marathon

Most registered runners and walkers still came out, despite ice from an overnight snowfall.

Langley street named after the late Hugh Davis

The street is near the family homestead that’s still a working farm.

Vancouver Giants fall with only 10 second left against Victoria

A Langley hockey team dropped a 4-3 game on the Island, before returing home to play Red Deer today.

Freezing temperatures expected in Lower Mainland

Snowfall warning ends, but surge or icy air to continue

Ball hockey fundraiser to honour Langley man lost to cancer

Annual tournament at UBC aims to raise $45,000 this year

Langley welcomes the Year of the Dog

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year gala was a feast for the senses.

VIDEO: Protesters rally for affordable housing ahead of B.C. budget

Residents call on province to keep locals housed

Update: Highway 97C reopened following multi-vehicle incident

Highway 97C is closed to eastbound traffic near Pennask Summit following an incident Sunday afternon

#Metoo movement causing confusion in many men, fear of missteps with women: experts

Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has angered men

Liberals to dig deeper, aim higher on gender equality in 2018 federal budget

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the budget would include measures to boost women in the workforce

Late-winter snow storm blankets Lower Mainland

Some areas got up to half a foot of snow

Body of missing skier found

Man’s truck found in Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s parking lot covered in ‘several days’ snow’

Most Read