A man who scammed seniors on North Shore and other Lower Mainland municipalities was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison.
Donald Robert Quinnell plead guilty to 22 counts of fraud for offences committed in North Vancouver, Vancouver, West Vancouver and Port Moody.
Quinnell was arrested by Vancouver Police Department on September 12 last year on an unrelated Canada-wide warrant, and was later charged for series of thefts and frauds targeting seniors across the Lower Mainland.
The charges against him were for wallet and credit card thefts, and frauds committed using the stolen credit cards.
He committed several offences in North Vancouver, presenting himself to the victims as a well dressed, well mannered man, in his 40s or 50s.
He approached lone elderly people under the pretense of needing or offering help, and often targeted seniors in grocery store parking lots or outside their homes. In some cases, he would claim he was locked out of his car and needed help, or he would offer to carry groceries for seniors.
Once he had their trust, he would works his way into their car or home and then quietly steal their wallets, purses and other valuables.
“We’re happy to let our senior community members in particular know that their community is a little safer today,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries of North Vancouver RCMP.