04/18/2013 02:53 EDT | Updated 06/17/2013 05:12 EDT

Hugging Thief: Edmonton Police Warns About Woman Who's Using Affection To Steal From Seniors

EDMONTON - Edmonton police are warning elderly women to be wary of a con artist looking for sympathy and a hug.

They say the female thief has been approaching seniors in parking lots and either asking them for directions to a hospital or offering to sell or give away a gold chain.

Police say the woman then asks for a hug, kisses her victims on both cheeks and when she`s gone, so are the necklaces the women are wearing.

Police describe the woman as dark-skinned, heavyset, and in her late 40s.

She's about five-foot-four, has shoulder length hair and speaks with an accent.

She usually leaves in a white vehicle with Ontario plates, driven by a man aged about 40.

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