Toronto police have released the photos of a man and a woman accused in a scam targeting the elderly.
Constantine Caldararu, 34, and Elisa Caldararu, 34, of Toronto, are wanted for fraud and kidnapping, as well as other charges.
Police said the suspects use their size – Constantine Caldararu is over six-feet tall and 350 pounds, while Elisa Caldararu is 250 pounds – to intimidate their victims.
Officers allege the accused approached a 68-year-old woman as she walked her dog near Eglinton Avenue West and Allen Road on April 9.
They allegedly pressured her into buying a gold necklace, took her money, gave her a fake gold necklace and then followed her home.
The elderly woman, in an attempt to get away, once again left the building with her dog. However, police say the pair then drove her to a bank and forced her to withdraw money. The pair then fled.
Police believe there may be more victims and the accused may have committed offences from Montreal to Vancouver. They’re wanted in at least nine incidents in Toronto between May and October of last year, and the April 9 incident.
A search of their home near Sheppard Avenue East and Markham Road allegedly led to the seizure of $16,000 in Canadian currency, two pounds of fake gold, jewelry used in various offences and a quantity of the victim’s gold.
They’re accused of forcible confinement, robbery, extortion, four counts of possession of property obtained by crime and possession of proceeds of crime.