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Police seek suspect in charity theft

Jan 25 2012
Police have released a picture of a woman who allegedly stole money by pretending to be a volunteer at a breast cancer fundraiser. 

Police have released a picture of a woman who allegedly stole money by pretending to be a volunteer at a breast cancer fundraiser.

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Police have released a picture of a woman who allegedly stole money by pretending to be a volunteer at a breast cancer fundraiser.

The woman used a fake name and address to sign up as a volunteer for the Oct. 22 fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation at the Safeway store in Tillicum Mall, Saanich police said.

The woman, who called herself Haley, told fellow volunteers she worked for the B.C. chapter of the foundation and was a breast-cancer survivor, police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen said.

At the end of the event, she left the fundraiser with hundreds of dollars. Volunteers suspected something was amiss and contacted police four days later.

Investigators confirmed the woman was a fraud and now are trying to find her, Jantzen said.

Volunteers snapped a picture of the group and police hope the public can help them find the woman.

Jantzen said police waited three months to release the photo because

they had to "exhaust all investigative avenues."

The woman is Caucasian, 35 to 45 and heavy set, with dyed pink hair.

Anyone with information should call Saanich police at 250-475-4321.

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