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Vancouver phoney cops tourist scam results in 3 arrests

09/22/2014 07:21 EDT | Updated 11/22/2014 05:59 EST
The Vancouver Police Department says it is recommending charges of theft and impersonating a police officer against three men who allegedly conned tourists in downtown Vancouver.

On Friday, police issued a warning after six thefts were reported, in which Asian tourists appeared to have been targeted.

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Sgt. Randy Fincham said that the scam involved two men with fake badges posing as police officers and an Asian man posing as a victim, who would encourage the tourists to co-operate with the fake officers.

The tourists would hand over their wallets and passports to the phoney cops and, after a few minutes, get their items back—only realizing later their money was missing.

"They were predominately after people's cash, people's credit card information and allegedly they were using some form of sleight-of-hand to remove cash from a wallet or credit card information before returning it," Fincham said.

On Sunday afternoon, police arrested three suspects in the area of Broughton and Robson streets.

"We arrested two men — one of those men in his 40s, and one in his 30s. We believe they're from Quebec...not local.  A third man that was arrested was an Asian man in his 40s. He is a Vancouver resident, and he is quite well-known to police," Fincham said.

From Wednesday until the time of the arrests, 13 similar incidents were reported to the VPD.

Fincham said there could be more victims, and they are encouraged to contact police.

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