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Police arrest 'Nephew Bandit' suspect
A con man dubbed the “Nephew Bandit” wanted by Richmond RCMP and numerous other police forces has been arrested in Vancouver.
Richard Earl Rupert, 57, was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 21 by the Vancouver Police Department on 18 warrants issued by police forces in three provinces.
Vancouver Police said Rupert entered a local hospital in June under the name of Jerry Whitehead. When a hospital staff member recognized Rupert from a wanted poster, they called police.
Rupert earned his nickname for allegedly convincing his elderly victims that he was a distant relative that needed a loan.
In February, Richmond RCMP say Rupert tried to convince a woman that he was a family member and needed money for emergency car repairs. The woman became suspicious and notified police, but Rupert left the area before being spoken to by police.
Police believe that in early December 2012, Rupert allegedly approached another victim in Richmond who handed over to him an undisclosed sum of money after believing that the money was needed to repair a family member’s vehicle.
In April, 92-year-old Langley resident Louise Naef told an RCMP press conference how a man tricked her out of $1,800 by convincing her he was the son of a friend from Calgary.
He is known to usually target the elderly and will allegedly seek his victims in apartment buildings, senior centers, shopping centers and anywhere else he can approach elderly victims. He is currently wanted by police in relation to various incidents across Canada.
– with files from Dan Ferguson, Langley Times.