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Three separate frauds reported last Wednesday

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is reporting three separate frauds that were reported last Wednesday.

The first came from a homeowner on Crown Ridge Blvd. as police say a person was trying to connect an Amazon Alexa device and got onto a third party website asking for a fee. After contacting Amazon, police say the person was told it was not a valid website they had gone on. The person’s credit card was not charged but police say people are advised about such an issue.

The second reported fraud was from a resident on Concession 6 North who ordered roughly $80 worth of items on e-Bay only to have nothing arrive. Police are again asking people to be aware. The resident also filed a complaint with e-Bay, police add.

A third complaint came from a Lilac Court resident, who discovered $600 worth of transactions had been made to their credit card. Police are continuing to investigate that matter.

 

Thefts   Amherstburg police say a male party allegedly stole $70 worth of consumable items from Walmart last Thursday afternoon. Police say there were no charges as the matter was dealt with through a trespass notice.

  • A theft of a Sony PlayStation was reported from a home in the 100 block of Richmond St. It was reported Sunday around 5:55 p.m. Police say the matter is under investigation.

 

Accident   A 74-year-old Harrow man was charged following a two-vehicle accident on Howard Ave. last Friday morning. There were no injuries in the crash, which took place in the 7900 block. The man was charged with following too closely.

 

Stats   There were 20 traffic-related charges last week, nine 911 hang-up calls and eight alarm calls.

 

-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Identity fraud results in loss of over $20,000 to victim

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating an identity theft that resulted in the loss of over $20,000 to the victim.

Police say it was reported last Monday night that the female victim was out over $20,000. Money was allegedly transferred from her bank account and then withdrawn. There is no further information at press time.

The matter is still under investigation.

*Another fraud was reported where a local resident received a call from someone claiming they won a lottery but had to pay $250 U.S. to claim the money. Police say the money was paid and the victim lost the cash as there was no lottery payoff. Amherstburg police advise that if a person has to pay money to get money, it is usually a scam.

Thefts   Amherstburg police were called to the area of 400 Sandwich St. where police say consumable goods were taken from Walmart. It was reported last Thursday just after 12 noon.

*Police were also called to Shoppers Drug Mart last Tuesday where bins in the rear of the building had been damaged. Nothing was taken, state police.

*Amherstburg police were called to a residence on Spring Ct. where a shed was entered and a lawn mower, gas and lawn maintenance equipment were taken. Police say the shed was unlocked. The matter is under investigation and was reported last Monday around 6:50 p.m.

*A male and female reportedly in a taxi allegedly left without paying their fare early Monday morning. They were dropped in the area of Illinois Ave. The fare, police say, was approximately $80.

 

Mischief   Amherstburg police say graffiti was spray painted on a residence in the 200 block of Victoria St. S. It was reported Saturday. Yellow paint was used on the building and there are no suspects at the present time.

 

Stats   There were 25 traffic-related charges last week, 11 911 hang-up calls and ten alarm calls that police responded to.

 

-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Amherstburg police warning residents of Canada Revenue Agency scam

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is asking people to be wary of messages received from people claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Amherstburg police say a complaint was received by a resident who was contacted by a bogus CRA representative. Police say residents are contacted, often by phone, by people claiming to be from the CRA alleging that the person owes the CRA money and, if it’s not paid, they will be arrested by police. Police say the payment is often demanded in iTunes cards.

Amherstburg police reminds people that they won’t arrest people in such cases and that anyone asking for payment via iTunes cards is not legitimate. The real CRA usually communicates with residents via letter, police add.

Anyone receiving a suspicious call or e-mail can contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-8559.

Alleged fraud   Amherstburg police are investigating an alleged fraud that occurred at a business in the 150 block of Sandwich St. S. Police say a person bought a coffee with a large bill, allegedly confused the cashier and obtained more change than they were entitled to. The matter occurred last Thursday around 3:15 p.m. and is under investigation.

 

Theft   Amherstburg police report a theft of an iPhone from a vehicle that was parked in a lot in the 7000 block of Smith Industrial Drive. Police say a window was smashed out of the vehicle in order for the suspect(s) to obtain the iPhone.

Amherstburg police ask that people don’t leave valuables in their vehicles, particularly where others can view them.

The theft is under investigation and there are no suspects. It was reported last Wednesday at approximately 2:10 p.m.

 

Accidents    There were 12 motor vehicle accidents from April 3-9, but none were reported to have charges. One accident took place shortly after 9 a.m. on Creek Road at South Side Road that required on driver to have to be taken to hospital with minor injuries. Police say the vehicle swerved to avoid another vehicle that was driving erratically and struck a pole. The blue vehicle that was reported to have been driving erratically was not located.

 

Stats    There were 23 charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act and related regulations last week. That time period also saw police respond to 11 alarm calls and eight 911 hangup calls.

 

-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Fraud being investigated after business scammed out of $300

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating a possible fraud after a complaint was filed by a Sandwich St. S. business last week.

Amherstburg police say a business in the 100 block of Sandwich St. S. received a call from a person alleging to be from a firefighter association magazine, with the caller seeking money from the business. Police say the business gave approximately $300.

Amherstburg police say they have confirmed it was a scam and the firefighter association magazine was not legitimate. Business owners are asked to be wary if they receive such a call.

The call came in at approximately 9:30 a.m. March 26.

Thefts   Amherstburg police charged a 38-year-old Essex man with theft under $5,000 and resisting arrest following a shoplifting complaint at Walmart.

Police were called there last Wednesday around 7:40 p.m. after the accused allegedly tried to leave the store with several items in his cart.

  • Amherstburg police are investigating a theft of money from a wallet that was reported last Wednesday around 5:40 p.m. The call came from a home in the 600 block of Front Road South and there are no suspects.
  • License plates were stolen off of a vehicle parked in the 5200 block of Alma St. The matter was reported to police Monday around 7:40 p.m. and is still under investigation.

 

Accident   Amherstburg police were called to an accident on Howard Ave. last Wednesday involving a car and a dump truck. One driver suffered minor injuries, police say. Amherstburg police state that a 26-year-old Harrow man was charged with careless driving.

 

Mischief   Amherstburg police were called to an apartment building in the 100 block of Pickering Dr. after Walmart shopping carts were used to block the entrance. The store was advised and the carts were removed. The call came in March 26 around noon.

 

Stats   There were 28 charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act and related statutes last week. There were also eight 911 hang-up calls and five alarm calls that the Amherstburg Police Service responded to.

 

-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Alleged fraud occurs at local bank

 

Security footage shows an alleged suspect at Scotiabank Feb. 8. The person allegedly defrauded the bank out of over $1,000. (Photo submitted by the Amherstburg Police Service)

The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating an alleged fraud at a local bank.

Scotiabank reported last week that an unknown man came into the branch and had done a quick change scam and defrauded the bank out of over $1,000.  It occurred at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8.  His photo is above and he was last seen walking west on Richmond St.

Amherstburg police state that cashiers at any type of business should pay close attention, especially when they feel that the customer is trying to distract them or if they are being asked to change a large quantity of bills.

 

Trespassing   The Amherstburg Police Service received several complaints about snowmobilers trespassing in numerous areas of town.  Snowmobilers should only be travelling on the shoulder of the roadways or on property that they have permission to be on.

 

Outstanding warrant   A 59-year-old Amherstburg male was arrested on an outstanding Windsor Police warrant for uttering threats and theft under $5,000 when he attended the police station in Amherstburg for an unrelated issue.

 

Stats   Amherstburg police report that there were 53 traffic-related charges for the week.

 

—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service