New Westminster police are asking for assistance in identifying a con artist who is targeting elderly women.

In the latest incident, which happened a week ago, the male suspect befriended an elderly female at the Royal City Centre Shopping Mall pretending to be her grandson, Sgt. Diana McDaniel said Wednesday.

The man followed the woman home and into her suite where he allegedly stole $240 from her wallet before fleeing.

Police believe the same man is responsible for a similar incident that took place in January where a man convinced an elderly woman to take $1,600 out of her bank account.

“He befriended her and actually went for coffee with her and convinced her to go to the bank,” Sgt. Diana McDaniel said. “He conned her into withdrawing the money and then she gave him the money.”

McDaniel said the woman was confused and upset at the time of the robbery.

Neither of the women were harmed in the incidents.

Anyone with information on these cons is asked to call New Westminster police at 604-525-5411.