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Policing Appealing for Information on Thefts From Festivals

Police are appealing for information and help to identify a person of interest related to two separate thefts of money from two popular summer festivals.

On August 3rd, 2012, over $9,000 in cash was taken from the Vancouver Pride Society office leading up to the 2012 Pride Parade. The subsequent investigation into the theft has revealed that a female volunteer for the Pride Society had access to the funds.

On September 3rd, 2011, the same woman is believed have volunteered her services during the Vancouver Taiwanese Festival where it was later discovered that $3,000 in cash went missing from a tent that held the personal belongings of other volunteers.

After speaking with staff from both the Pride Festival Society and Vancouver Taiwanese Festival, investigators believe that it is the same woman who had access to the stolen money. Follow-up with both festivals has determined that the volunteer provided false information about her name and all efforts to identify the woman, who is considered a person of interest, have been exhausted. The Vancouver Police now need the public’s help.

The woman is described as white, 35 to 40 years old, 5’4″ tall, with a heavy build and dark wavy shoulder-length hair.

Anyone with information about this person of interest or the thefts is asked to call Vancouver Police General Investigative Unit at (604) 717-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.