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Airport purse theft suspect charged

By Martin van den Hemel

Published 11:58 PDT, Thu April 25, 2019

A 60-year-old woman has been charged with nine counts relating to what investigators are calling a theft ring operating out of airports.

Miriam Fajardo is a foreign national who is facing six counts of theft under $5,000, one count of obstructing a police officer and two counts related to identity documents.

Fajardo was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on April 17, and the charges relate to incidents that took place between March 2 and April 19, at or near Vancouver International Airport.

Police are continuing to investigate, and a number of other law enforcement agencies are interested in Fajardo, and have been assisting Richmond RCMP in the investigation.

Plainclothes teams from the airport’s RCMP detachment have been conducting surveillance on these types of crimes at Vancouver airport since March. A surveillance team observed the suspect allegedly stealing a purse from a passenger in the international arrivals terminal at Vancouver International Airport.

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