Cops, Courts and Fire

Police Log: Numerous Attempted Scams, Suspicious Package Received & More


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

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October 26

Attempted Scam

At approximately 9:30 a.m., a Newtown Township resident contacted police to report a suspicious call. According to the complainant, his elderly mother received a suspicious phone call, and the caller ID displayed her own name and phone number. Police advised the complainant that this is common for telephone scammers who can manipulate caller ID information.

Fraud 

A Newtown Township resident responded to headquarters around 12:30 p.m. to report that he had received a call from a collection company regarding fraud. The collection agency reported that an unknown individual had bought a 65 inch television in 2016 and a property in 2017 using the complainant’s identity. The collection agency provided documentation to the complainant and required a police report be filed to assist their investigation.

Fraud

At 2:30 p.m., a Newtown Township resident responded to headquarters to report credit card fraud. The complainant explained that the fraud began occurring in December of 2017 and that the last attempted transaction was in September of 2018. The total value of fraudulent charges was $18,000; however, the credit card company reimbursed the complainant so she did not suffer any losses.

October 27

Theft From Vehicle

Police responded to a Greenridge Circle residence just before 9 a.m. for the report of a theft from a vehicle. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victims who explained that while their vehicle was parked overnight, several items were taken from the center console. The victims were unsure if the vehicle was locked or unlocked at the time. The total value of loss was over $100.

Theft From Vehicle

A Harvest Mews resident contacted police around 2 p.m. to report a theft from a vehicle. The complainant explained that his girlfriend’s car had been parked in front of his home and that someone broke into it during the night. She thought she had locked her vehicle, but there were no signs of forced entry. The total value of items taken was approximately $500.
October 29, 2018

Theft From Vehicle

A Sequoia Drive resident contacted police at 3 p.m. to report a theft from a vehicle that he believes occurred sometime between the evening of November 17th and November 29th. The car had been parked in the driveway outside of his home, and several items were taken. The total value of stolen items was less than $40.

October 31

Vandalism 

While on patrol around 2:00 am, an officer observed and documented property damage and vandalism at a Jane Chapman East residence. There was toilet paper thrown on the front lawn and draped over the mailbox. There was a political sign ripped out of the lawn and spray painted, and there was spray paint damage to the driveway and entire mailbox as well.

Theft From Vehicle

A Millstone Drive resident contacted police just before 8:45 a.m. to report that he was a victim of theft. According to the victim, his vehicle was parked in his driveway overnight, and someone unknown to him had entered the car and removed change from his center console. The total value of loss is estimated as less than $10.

Criminal Mischief 

Around 8:45 a.m., police responded to a Skyview Way residence for the report of criminal mischief. Upon arrival, police processed the scene and documented spray paint damage on a vehicle.

Criminal Mischief 

Police were dispatched to a Joseph Drive residence at approximately 9 a.m. for the report of criminal mischief to the home and a mailbox that had occurred sometime overnight. Upon arrival, police processed the scene and documented the following vandalism: eggs on the rooftop and driveway, toilet paper on the front yard, and a mailbox that was spray painted and filled with condiments.

Suspicious Package 

A Newtown Township resident responded to headquarters around 3 p.m. to report a suspicious package that was delivered to her home. The complainant explained that the package was addressed to her and was accompanied by a bill listed as “Cash on Delivery” in the amount of $171.92. The complainant reported that she did not order the product and has never conducted business with the vendor. She was concerned that persons unknown to her ordered the merchandise using her personal information. When she tried contacting the vendor, the complainant was curtly told that she ordered it and has to pay for it. Police instructed the complainant not to open the package and to send it back by indicating “Return to Sender.” Police documented the incident and provided the complainant with information about identity theft and the steps she could take moving forward.

Criminal Mischief 

Shortly after 4:30 p.m., police were dispatched to an Alexander Court residence for the report of criminal mischief. Upon arrival, patrol met with the victim and observed shaving cream and spray paint on the victim’s mailbox and car. While police were processing the scene, another Alexander Court resident approached an officer and reported that they were also a victim of criminal mischief. Investigation into these and the other criminal mischief incidents is ongoing at this time.

November 1

Attempted Fraud 

Just before 3:30 p.m., a Newtown Township resident contacted police to report that her personal information and identity was likely compromised by an IRS scam telephone call she received the day prior. The complainant explained that when she received the call, “IRS” came across the caller ID. She answered, and a male caller informed her that there was a warrant for her arrest. The caller had her provide personal information such as name, date of birth, and social security number to confirm that he was speaking to the person named in the warrant before concluding the call. Police informed the complainant that while there was no exchange or demand for payment by the perpetrator, this is indeed a known scam. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by telephone, email, or social media forums. The IRS has confirmed that they send official correspondence through the US Postal Mail. Police provided the complainant with contact information for the credit reporting bureaus and supplied her with identity theft information.


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