Scams, scams, everywhere scams

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.

Assaults

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.

Community notes

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.

21 comments Add your comment

Commanadant Lassard

February 1st, 2010
8:11 pm

Citizen’s Police Academy? I hope that Tackleberry fellow is not there. He scares me.

Jeff

February 2nd, 2010
12:12 am

Tackleberry can stay home, but god I HOPE that Kim Cattrall is there! Wearing the circa-early-80s police academy short-shorts…. hmmmmm, makes me want to sign up!

Best line of those movies:

“Why is Tackleberry crying?”
“Because there was gunplay, sir, and he wasn’t involved.”

LOL

Madison

February 2nd, 2010
1:19 am

Rose, why don’t you have your vest modified so a dog can get the front part and you can keep the part you need to cover you rear end?

Answer me this

February 2nd, 2010
9:43 am

Still no explanation as to why the police get to disobey traffic laws……

paintman

February 2nd, 2010
10:15 am

Hey Rose, why don’t u answer the question about WHY the cops feel no need to obey the same laws they are enforcing on the public– is it a secret ???? Come on tell us, inquiring minds would love to hear your explanation !!!!!! You want us to read your articles, so how bout establishing some credibility for your self and your profession !!!

Ima Nidiot

February 2nd, 2010
12:30 pm

Bullet proof vests for police dogs are great, but I really think that someone needs to train police dogs to use a gun. Maybe some sort of modified semi-auto pistol he holds in his mouth and fires thru some cable attached to his tail? (wag-blam, wag-wag blam-blam). If I were a bad guy and a big german shepherd with a glock 10 comes charging thru the door, I would comply for sure. “We’re sending in the dog, he’s got a gun, and he shoots at anything that moves…..you have five seconds to come out”….

NeverPC

February 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

AnswerMeThis, Paintman…… Get over it, perks of the job! Keep it up LT

Answer me this

February 2nd, 2010
1:35 pm

The title is “View From the Cop”……That’s all we ask is a view from the cop as to why police have unfettered use of the roadways.

Double Standard

February 2nd, 2010
2:41 pm

@ Answer Me This – does anyone question you why you are commenting and not working?

Answer me this

February 2nd, 2010
4:04 pm

I am retired.

And why are you not working?

Double Standard

February 2nd, 2010
4:56 pm

Took the day off. ;-)

Brian the Brain

February 2nd, 2010
5:06 pm

Steve doesn’t reply because then you’re forced to keep revisiting his page.

Ernest T. Bass

February 2nd, 2010
6:42 pm

The Law allows citizens’ arrests again cops who blow away traffic laws….Yeah, just try it!

Carlos

February 3rd, 2010
3:29 am

“The complainant also said he sustained a bite to the buttocks.”

For real, seriously? What is this world coming to when people get bitten in the buttocks.

Bender

February 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

I tell people to bite my shiny metal ass all the time.

Lela

February 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

All right you two… Bender, you and Fry get back to the future we got a delivery to the Dog nebula to make…

Ima Nidiot

February 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Sorry, you all are not allowed to be nice to each other, this is an AJC forum for chrissakes….you’re supposed to hurl racist ignorant comments at each other….

Professor Farnsworth

February 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

Good news everyone!

Dit Clapper

February 3rd, 2010
4:36 pm

Old time hockey!

Ole Guy

February 8th, 2010
5:46 am

Anyone seen Barney Fife?

Gorgeous Green Eyes

February 18th, 2010
6:36 am

RE: SHOTGUN WEDDING

Yes, Lt. Rose…When you sleep with DOGS you tend to wake up with fleas.
Just say no to ON-LINE DATING !