On January 9th, Newman allegedly met a woman through an online dating site and the two arranged a date. At the conclusion of the date, Newman is alleged to have stolen the woman’s car. He has a history of past theft-related offences, having previously been charged in September 2010 with theft under $5000 and possession of stolen property.
Vancouver Police are currently investigating at least five additional theft reports involving a man who is duping unsuspecting women into going on dates before he allegedly steals their valuables at the first opportunity.
Police are warning users of online dating sites to be cautious of who they are meeting up with and to arrange to meet in a public place until you get to know one another well.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Thomas James Newman is asked to contact their local police.