Police arrest three in thefts

Twelve Division police have arrested three people in connection with Weston-area thefts. The thefts were extremely unusual, as are the suspects. A female suspect would allegedly approach an elderly “Italian-looking” woman, ask her some questions about the neighbourhood, and then, in gratitude, hug her.

while doing so remove their necklace and/or earrings from the victims and replaces it with a false set or earrings and necklaces. Waiting in the getaway vehicle is a driver and sometimes a two- to- four-year-old child in a baby seat.

says Detective Sergeant Greenaway.

Police have arrested a married couple and their 18-year-old son. The suspects are Romani—better known as gypsies—and are claiming refugee status in Canada. They had been previously arrested in September for similar crimes.

Police believe there are more victims and are asking them to come forward. At least one woman was robbed in the Weston area.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

9 thoughts on “Police arrest three in thefts”

  1. I think you are mistaken. I don’t think that “gypsy” carries the same connotation as “the n word”. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say. I checked before I wrote it.

    ‘Gipsy/gipsy’ is a common word used to indicate Romani people, Tinkers and Travellers. It may or may not be considered to carry pejorative connotations by those so described, and use of the word “Gipsy” in English is so pervasive (and is a legal term under English law—see below) that many Romani organizations use it in their own organizational names.

    Here is the Dictionary.com definition: a member of a nomadic, Caucasoid people of generally swarthy complexion, who migrated originally from India, settling in various parts of Asia, Europe, and, most recently, North America.

    And the Merriam Webster definition: a member of a traditionally itinerant people who originated in northern India and now live chiefly in south and southwest Asia, Europe, and North America.

    Longman: gyp‧sy a member of a group of people originally from India, who traditionally live and travel around in caravans, and who now live all over the world. Most gypsies prefer to be called romanies.

    1. Oh, and one more thing. Quebecor media, one of the largest media organizations in Canada, called the suspects “gypsies” in the headline to the article I linked to. Can I be done now?

  2. The term is controversial and news media, like Quebecor, use it to put a negative connotation on situations involving people of Roma decent. Simply put, it can be considered an ethnic slur. You might not think so, and that’s fine, but I don’t think labelling a group is the appropriate approach here. Just my two cents.

    Also, Quebecor and it’s commentators have made a living off of being controversial. Here’s an example of that: http://j-source.ca/article/hate-crime-investigation-launched-surrounding-ezra-levant’s-roma-broadcast.

    1. However, the dictionaries cited make no mention of that, and you said it is equivalent to the N-word. I can’t imagine Quebecor (or The Star or the CBC, which have also recently used “Gypsy”) using the N-word in a headline or even the body text. Can you? And the article I linked to is not a piece by that hate-monger Ezra Levant. It is a bog-standard article by a reputable news organization.

      I’ll stand by what I wrote. I don’t think that many people know who the Roma or Romani are. I do think they know who Gypsies are. The article has newsworthiness, based on the unusual method of theft and the success of the police, both of which the police asked the media to cover.

  3. The Roma have been in the news in the last year as France turned out all the illegal Roma who’d been living in makeshift border camps.

    It does seem to be a usual, non-pejorative term.

  4. This must be a multi-area thing. My family members friend god ROBBED the exact same way a few weeks ago.

    I hope its them

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