Police search for duo in South Keys distraction theft

Ottawa Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two people wanted in connection with a distraction theft incident last month in South Keys.

Police say a woman was returning to her car between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on April 3rd when she was approached by a man who told her she had a flat tire on the rear passenger side of her car.

The man, who is described as white and possibly of Italian descent, between 45 and 60 years old and speaking poor English, had a small compressor with him and offered to put air in her tire.

The tire was slashed so he could not fill it back up.

He walked away, leaving the compressor behind and said he would return soon.

That's when the woman noticed her purse was missing.

Police say another woman tried to use the victim's debit card at a nearby bank machine a short time later.

She is described as being of Middle Eastern descent, 5'3" to 5'5", of average build with long brown hair.

Last month police reported several similar incidents. It's not clear if they are linked.

Police are reminding residents that if they are in a similar situation they should keep an eye on their property and contact police if they believe the person involved is trying to rob them.

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