Police Reports is a sampling of incidents responded to by local law enforcement agencies. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.
— Sagamore Hills —
Woman reported scam: A township woman reported June 29 that she was scammed out of $5,400 by a man who called and claimed that someone using her personal information had borrowed money in Russia and she would need to repay it. The woman said that following instructions, she purchased 21 gift cards and provided the man with their redemption codes. The woman said she spoke to the man multiple times over the previous two days when he called using different phone numbers with Georgia, California and Washington state area codes. The woman said that after she realized it was a scam, she tried to cancel the cards, but they had been used. She did not, however, provide the man with two additional cards totaling $1,000 in value.
Money taken from account: A township man reported June 28 that someone removed $500 from his credit union account. The man said he had received a text message supposedly from the credit union asking him to call its fraud department at a given phone number to make sure his account was secure. The man said he did so and during the call, provided his account information. After the call, he said, he became suspicious, called the credit union and learned it had not contacted him and the money had been withdrawn from his account. The credit union closed the account, deactivated the man’s bank card and requested that the man file a police report as part of the process of returning the money to the man.
Benefits applied for: A Steep Rock Drive woman reported June 23 that someone applied for unemployment benefits using her personal information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The woman said she discovered the fraud when she received a letter the day before from the state concerning the benefits. The woman said she had tried to report the fraud to the state by phone, but had not been able to due to a high call volume. In the meantime, she said she placed a fraud alert on her credit report and was filing a police report for documentation.
Garage doors damaged: A Nesbitt Road woman reported June 24 that someone tried to break into her attached garage, apparently several nights earlier. The woman said that at about 9:30 p.m. June 21, she heard noises outside her home, tried to call the police, but was unable to due to no cell phone service. On June 23, the woman noticed there were pry marks on the front garage door and damage to one of the door’s inside structural supports, and that a rear garage door’s frame had been pulled loose.