The following was provided courtesy of the Newtown Township Police Department.
Around 11:30 a.m., a Newtown Township company president contacted police to report that his company was victimized due to forgery in the form of counterfeit checks. The total reported loss is $4,451.34 at this time. Investigation is ongoing.
At approximately 10 a.m., a Newtown Township resident responded to headquarters to report a fraud. The complainant reported that someone fraudulently attempted to order merchandise using his credit card account. The complainant closed his account and suffered no loss as he was able to prevent the order from being processed.
Thefts From Vehicles
Shortly before 6:45 a.m., police were dispatched to the front parking lot of Birches Assisted Living for the report of three vehicles that had been broken into overnight. Police arrived on scene and met with the victims. Each victim reported that their purses had been stolen from the front passenger seat of their vehicles. The victims’ vehicles were parked directly in front of the main entrance, and police observed that the front passenger windows had been forcibly broken into on each vehicle. Police processed the scene. Investigation is ongoing.
A Newtown Township resident contacted police around 1 p.m. to report credit card fraud. The resident indicated that he received an email from his credit card company stating that he bought an iPhone for $570. The resident reported that he did not make this purchase. Police advised the resident to immediately contact his credit card company and to take the proper steps to report the fraud. The resident also indicated that he believes his wife is being scammed by a company that sends packages to her for her to ship to other addresses. Investigation is ongoing.
Just after 6:15 p.m., patrols were dispatched to Acme for the report of an attempted retail theft. Once on location, officers met with the suspect and the complainant. The complainant related that the suspect had attempted to leave the store with groceries in the bottom portion of the cart. The items were bagged, but there was no record that the suspect had paid for them. The suspect admitted to police that he did not pay for them. No charges were filed as the complainant indicated that she just wanted the items paid for and for the suspect to never return to the store.
Around 5:45 p.m., an officer was requested to meet with a Newtown Township resident in regards to a fraud. The officer arrived and spoke to the victim who reported that someone had called her today claiming to work for Apple. The caller told her that they were working on her computer and pressured her to go out and purchase gift cards in order to relay the numbers on the back to them. The caller threatened that they had access to her computer and would hack everything if she didn’t give them more information and more money. The victim reported that she had purchased $800.00 worth of gift cards and given them the information. When the caller had requested even more money, the victim contacted the police. While there, the officer spoke to the caller, and the caller hung up immediately after the officer stated that this was a scam. The victim was advised to report the fraud to her bank and to change the passwords on her computer.