Another distraction theft suspect nabbed

Investigators have arrested an additional distraction theft suspect in connection to Project Lucid.

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, officers arrested a suspect who was involved in numerous distraction thefts throughout Durham Region spanning from December 2018 to June 2019. The suspect was a part of an international crime ring involving over 70 suspects. They worked in groups targeting elderly citizens, looking over their shoulder to obtain debit and credit card PIN numbers. They would then cause a distraction to steal the debit/credit cards. These cards would be used to make purchases and withdraw cash

The suspect is Elvis Stoian, age 43, of No Fixed Address is facing numerous charges including: Theft of Credit Card; Possess Identity Information; Use of Credit Card; Fraud Under $5,000; Possess Property Obtained by Crime and Identity Fraud. He was held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with new information about this incident is asked to contact East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1606.

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