Colleague Don Peat at the Toronto Sun has this update today, April 14, on con man Richard Rupert:
The hunt for an alleged senior-defrauding scumbag wanted by Toronto Police may end in Ottawa.
Detectives on the trail of Richard Earl Rupert told the Sun they are eager to cast a dragnet on the Ottawa area if they can confirm a sighting of him there — a tip that Crime Stoppers originally hung up on.
Ottawa resident Marie White claims she spotted Rupert at a bar Saturday night — only to have Crime Stoppers hang up on her when she tried to report the sighting.
Det. Darlene Ross of Toronto Crime Stoppers said Tuesday she was meeting with Alternative Answers, the call centre that takes Crime Stoppers calls, to find out exactly what happened.
Rupert, 54, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for eight counts of fraud under $5,000, six counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of attempted fraud, robbery and breaking and entering.
The alleged fraudster first caught Toronto cops’ attention after an 81-year-old woman was mugged in November.
In January, cops tied Rupert to several alleged frauds across Canada.
Det. John Dunlop of 32 Division said Tuesday police are still trying to confirm the weekend sighting.
“I’m hoping that is confirmed and we’ll be able to intensify our search,” he said.
Dunlop said anyone else who spots Rupert should call police, either 911 or Crime Stoppers.
“The information did get forwarded and we are following up,” he said.