File #2018-12889

Date of Crime

- November 29, 2018


Port Alberni

Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving the following crime:

Three unknown suspects have been defrauding businesses of product by manipulating their purchases through the point of sale terminals.

The suspects used a stolen credit card to make their purchases of several items from a local auto parts store. The suspects entered the store on Wednesday November 28th and made a large purchase using a credit card. The same suspect returned to the store the following day and purchased several more items. This one store was defrauded of over $5500.

This has occurred to other retail outlets and the suspects distract the merchants temporarily while they manually enter the credit card number. This practice often generates a printed receipt requiring a signature from the customer.

Anyone with information on this, or any other crime, is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at
250-723-2424 or Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at:
• by phone: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
• online:
• by SMS: Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)