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Police Log: Man Returns Gas After Filling Car, Puppy Scam & More


The following was provided courtesy of the Newtown Township Police Department.

Newtown Township

August 10

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Theft

At 7 a.m., police responded to a Swamp Road residence for the report a male who stole a gas can from the complainant’s shed. The male actor was located along with the gas can in question, and he explained that he was on his way to work when his car ran out of gas. He then went to the complainant’s residence and knocked on the door to try to get someone to answer. After no one answered, the male actor went to the complainant’s shed, took their gas can, and emptied it into his gas tank. The complainant declined to press charges and asked only that the gas can be returned and police ensured that it was.

Fraud

Police responded to a Newtown Township business at approximately 10:30 am for the report of a check fraud. Upon arrival, police spoke to the complainant who reported that an ex-employee had cashed a paycheck twice. The check was for $495.76. The complainant explained that their bank had replaced the funds and that the business had suffered no losses. The business and the bank did not want to press charges at this time, and the incident was documented for their records.

August 11

DUI

At approximately 1 a,m., police conducted a traffic stop on the operator of a blue 2005 Lexus GX470 for committing a vehicle code violation. Upon contact with the 21-year-old Southampton driver, the officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Fleming was unable to satisfactorily perform field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was processed at Northampton Township Police Department and released. Charges are pending blood evidence results.

August 13

Theft

Just before 9 a.m., police responded to a Wrightstown Township business for the report of a theft of tires off of a motor vehicle. Police processed the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

Fraud

Police were dispatched to a Hartfeld Road residence shortly after 6 p.m. for the report of a scam. Upon arrival, police spoke to the complainant who stated that she was attempting to buy a Havanese puppy and that two weeks ago she had contacted a seller she had found online. According to the complainant, the seller had asked for $600 to be wired to them for the purchase of a puppy. The complainant had paid and was told that the dog would be flown from Virginia to the Trenton Mercer Airport. The complainant was then contacted by a pet carrier service stating that an additional $910 was required to place the puppy inside an electric thermal crate. The complainant obliged but was then contacted again a few hours later by the carrier service and told that she would need to wire an additional $985 for Pet Insurance to an individual in Africa. At this point, the complainant refused and notified police, and an investigation is now in process.

Scam

Around 4:30 pm a Newtown Township resident contacted police to report a suspected phone scam. The reporting party explained that he had received a call from a male who claimed to be police Officer “Jim Miller” and was soliciting donations for the Newtown Township Police Department. Police confirmed that this was indeed a scam. This department does not have an officer by that name, and we do not solicit for donations over the phone.

August 14

Fraud

A Newtown Township resident contacted police around 4:45 p.m. to report that she was the victim of wire fraud and that her credit card had been used by person(s) unknown to her. Investigation is ongoing.

August 16

Stolen Vehicle

Just before 9 a.m., police were dispatched to a Lower Dolington Road residence for the report of a stolen ATV. Upon arrival, police met with the victim who stated that his 2003 white Suzuki 400 had been parked in the rear of his property by his patio without a battery or key and had been taken sometime overnight. The victim believes that it was towed away, and he followed tracks from his property but was unable to locate it. The approximate value of loss is $1,500.00.


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