Saanich police are looking for two suspects after they allegedly showed up at a 90-year-old woman’s home dressed as Mounties and demanded money.
According to police, on the morning of July 11, the elderly woman received an anonymous phone call from a con-artist claiming to be her grandchild.
Saanich police said the call is a typical type of scam, but the situation escalated to out of the ordinary from there.
The man on the other line allegedly told the woman her son was in trouble with the police, they needed money immediately to help him get out of trouble, and if she didn’t comply, she could be arrested too. Police said the elderly woman ended the phone call, but worried about her son, tried to call back. A woman answered her call who transferred her to a line that just kept ringing.
Twenty minutes later, two men arrived at her front door.
Police said the suspects allegedly identified themselves as RCMP officers, wearing police-style pants with a bronze stripe on the legs and red jacket similar to the RCMP serge and told the 90-year-old woman they were going to arrest her for not complying with their demands.
Police said the 90-year-old boldly demanded identification from the suspects, but they weren’t able to show her any, and the elderly woman then closed the door.
One suspect is described as an Asian male around 5’9″-5’10” (175 cm to 178 cm) in height with a tall, thinner build. The second suspect is described as a white man possibly in his 40s with a medium build. Both were wearing police-style pants with a bronze strip on the legs and a red jacket similar to the RCMP serge.
Police are asking if anyone has any information about these suspects to call the Saanich police at 250-475-4321 or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you wish to remain anonymous.