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Detective Barry Malciw

Detective Barry Malciw

Detective Barry Malciw was the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Services. He is a detective of the Halton Regional Police Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team.

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Halton Regional Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two persons of interest (POI). It’s believed that these two persons are connected to a series of distraction type purse thefts throughout the region of Halton since Mid-June. Please find attached photographs of the POI’s.

Original Post: September 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM.
The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) advises members of the public of a series of purse thefts from hotels across the Halton Region.

Since mid-June, suspect(s) have been attending hotel restaurants during the breakfast hour and stealing purses left on chairs while patrons are distracted and/or grabbing food. Many of the victims are females visiting from other countries. As such, they are often carrying passports, jewelry and large sums in cash needed for travel.

In one incident in Oakville, it was reported that suspects stole a purse containing approximately $25,000.00 worth of jewelry and $8,000.00 in cash. Police believe that this large amount has motivated those responsible to target additional hotels. Eight similar thefts have occurred in Halton since July 1, 2016.

Residents are reminded that anyone can become a victim of a crime of opportunity and the best safeguard is to remain vigilant of your surroundings and keep valuables directly on your person at all times. Additional personal safety tips are available at:


Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Detective Mick Leighton at 905-825-4747 ext. 2218. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).



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