OTTAWA - The Ottawa Police Service would like to warn the public of a theft scam targeting motorists and urges them to protect their valuables in their vehicles.

On three recent occasions, people had tires from their vehicle tampered with to the point where they were deflated. As the victim tends to their vehicle, a stranger would approach and offer assistance. While the driver is out of the car tending to the tire, valuable items are stolen from the vehicle by the stranger and/or sometimes by an accomplice.

These incidents occurred in several locations across Ottawa - including in parking lots and on streets - at various times of day. At this time, it is unknown if all three reported incidents involve the same suspect or if they are related. There is a vague suspect description available, heavyset middle eastern male.

Anyone with information about any such incidents is asked to contact Det. Stephen Plummer, East District Investigations of the Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222, ext. 3415 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.