Canadian Women Use Social Media to Learn Funeral Details and Rob Families

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | April 29, 2014 4:23 PM EST

Two Canadian women have been arrested in connection with break-ins at half a dozen homes in Southern Ontario. The women allegedly took advantage of funerals which people from those houses attended and robbed their house. The accused apparently browsed social media to get to know which family was expected to attend the visitation services or funerals on a particular occasion.

CBC News reported that one of the women is 26 years old, and she is from Waterloo. She was arrested in Waterloo. On the other hand, the other accused is a 45-year-old woman from Hamilton. She was arrested in connection with a Port Dover break-in in April. Both the women are accused of stealing properties worth about $100,000. They stole a wide range of products, including electronics goods, jewellery and laptops. They also stole cash in their attempts which they did for 12 times, according to reports.

According to Waterloo Regional Police Staff Sergeant Shaena Morris, the women looked through obituaries where they found names and some personal information of the members of the family. Then they took to social media and researched through different Web sites and social networking platforms. People often leave their personal information on those networks. Those women took advantage of it and exploited the information to know locations, addresses and times the family would be away. According to Morris, three victims know the Waterloo woman.

The accused broke in houses in the Niagara Region, Woodstock, Waterloo Region, Brantford and Halton Region, among other communities. The women's arrest was a combined effort of the Waterloo Regional Police and five other forces that went through an extensive investigation to arrest the women who allegedly robbed the houses from January 2014 to April 2014.

Now that social media information is manipulated once again to exploit potential victims, police warn the public against what they may share online. Morris said that people were asked not to release "any private information through any social media site," as people might access it.

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