A woman reported she posted an ad to sell $25 in children’s clothing. A caller made the deal with her, but sent a money order from a “David Wilkerson” and made out for $850.
He told her his secretary made a mistake and told her to send $735 and she could keep the rest. She withdrew the funds from an account and sent it via Western Union to a Raymond Smith in London. Several days later, her bank notified her that the money order was fraudulent.
Those of you who read this report from time to time probably recognize the scam. The sender of the money order is different than the person to whom you’re sending the funds. They are counting on you sending the funds ASAP before the fake money order is found out.
A man reported he’s been “hanging out” with a guy named “Pete.” Pete asked to use the victim’s account to deposit $500. The victim gave him the account info and PIN and, long story short, the victim is out $5500.
Seriously? You made it that easy?
A woman reported she received a phone call from an “older-sounding” man claiming to represent “Winners International.” The man told her she had won $2.5 million and she would be receiving a package of forms to fill out and send back in order to claim the winnings.
Fortunately, she smelled this one out and didn’t respond. She also provided the phone numbers from the company.
Guess there won’t even be a shotgun wedding
A woman on Roberts Drive reported she met and had a romantic relationship with a man she met on the Internet. She said she believes the man stole several items from her apartment after she asked him to go by and fix her shotgun. She gave him a key. He went by and apparently took $400 in rings, other jewelry and clothing valued at several hundred dollars. The shotgun did not get fixed.
In my new book, “Minimizing Your Chances of Being Shot by Scorned Women From Whom Your Stole,” you should never repair a firearm that could very well be used against you at a later time.
Dealing with drunks can be most unpleasant
Officers went to Northside Hospital and spoke with a cabbie who had an intoxicated woman in the back seat who refused to pay the $47 tab and refused to get out of the cab. The woman was very drunk and to add more joy to the call, she had soiled herself. She complained of chest pains and this was why she hailed the cab. She was later checked and found to be okay — except for the part where she soiled herself. She was taken to jail. Yuk.
It’s a known fact that really drunk people will occasionally soil themselves. It’s one of those things every officer will have to deal with sooner or later, but you don’t find that on any COPS episodes. Worse than that is chasing obese males who get liquored up and then get nekid. For some reason, when they drink cheap booze, they get all messed up and go a-frolicking. If you’re going to tie one on, get as nekid as you want — but stay in the trailer.
Using technology to recover stolen cars
An officer operating a “license tag reader (LTR) car” scanned a group of cars in the parking lot of the Whole Foods at 5930 Roswell Road. One of the tags came back stolen. The car was stolen the previous day in Fulton County. The LTR is a car equipped with four cameras mounted on its roof: two face each side forward and two face each side to the rear.
The car is equipped with a server in the trunk that holds daily-updated information on vehicle license plates for the state. The cameras continuously scan tags — up to 2,500 a shift — and store the information. We recover a number of stolen cars every month with this car.
A woman reported she and her boyfriend were driving north on GA 400. She said the boyfriend was driving in excess of 100 MPH and that when she tried to get him to slow down, he punched her, dislocating her jaw. She was later taken to the hospital by her mother. She refuses to prosecute.
Cedar Run: Jerome said he and Jared got into an argument over which computer to use. Jared knocked Jerome down to the ground causing abrasions on Jerome’s shoulder. Jared left the scene.
8100 block of Colquitt Road: Officers were called because of a disturbance/fight. The complainant said his ex-roommate came into the apartment swinging a plastic pipe. He hit the complainant and hit the complainant’s female guest. The complainant also said he sustained a bite to the buttocks. The suspect fled.
The Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church fifth-grade class raised funds for a Kevlar vest for the newest K-9 “The Rock.” The vest will be custom-fitted for the K-9. Our thanks to the class!
Citizen’s Police Academy Class 003 is underway with a 12-week course. If you’re interested, e-mail Larry Jacobs for more information.