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Woman sought in connection with festival thefts

Vancouver police are seeking this woman after thousands of dollars were stolen from the city’s Pride and Taiwanese festivals this summer.

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Police are looking for a person of interest in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from two popular Vancouver festivals.

On Aug. 3, more than $9,000 was stolen from the Vancouver Pride Society office, said Vancouver police spokesman Sergeant Randy Fincham in a news release. The pride society organizes the annual pride parade, which draws visitors from around the world.

On Sept. 3, 2011, $3,000 was stolen from a tent at the Vancouver Taiwanese Festival where volunteers kept their personal belongings, Sgt. Fincham said.

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After speaking with staff from the festivals, police determined a woman believed to be in her late 30s had volunteered at both – and had access to the stolen money. Police discovered the woman had a fake name and all efforts to identify her have been exhausted.

The woman is described as white, 35 to 40 years old, five-foot-four, with a heavy build and dark, wavy, shoulder-length hair.

Anyone with information about her, or the thefts, is asked to call the VPD's general investigative unit at 604-717-3200. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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