Police looking for man who stole money from individual with vision loss

5/6/2015

​CNIB responds to robbery incident at Pete’s Frootique

On Wednesday, May 6, Halifax Regional Police announced they were requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole money from a woman who is legally blind at Pete’s Frootique in Halifax.

On May 1, at 6:40 p.m., the woman was shopping in the store when a man approached her cart and stole her purse. The purse was later found in a garbage can on Dresden Row and the victim’s money was missing.  

CNIB is shocked and saddened by this recent event – and condemns attacks and incidents of this nature.

“Unfortunately, crimes against people living with vision loss and other disabilities are not unheard of,” said Shelley Adams, Counsellor at CNIB. “Individuals who are blind or partially sighted are sometimes more vulnerable to crimes like these as they are perceived as being more susceptible than a person who is fully sighted.”

CNIB offers training, through the Living Safe program, that teaches individuals basic self-defense maneuvers and personal safety tips to help increase their confidence and sense of safety at home and in the community.

The program, which was developed in partnership with Dalhousie University’s School of Occupational Therapy, provides one-on-one and group training to equip individuals with the skills to better deal with safety threats and circumstances where they feel vulnerable.

Through this training, CNIB aims to raise awareness of safety risks and strategies on how to avoid them – as well as minimize participants’ potential of becoming a victim of crime.

General safety tips for individuals who are blind or partially sighted may include, being aware of one’s surroundings, travelling in well-lit areas, avoid travelling alone at night in unfamiliar and isolated areas, walking with confidence, and keeping your personal belongings close to you at all times.

Police have released pictures of the suspect who is described as a white man in his fifties. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark baseball cap, blue jacket and blue jeans.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Nicole Lawrence
CNIB Communications
902.453.1480, ext. 5721
nicole.lawrence@cnib.ca

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