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Po­lice warn of fraud­u­lent cheques

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP an­swered 127 calls for ser­vice dur­ing the week of July 6 to July 12. The fol­low­ing is a snapshot of sev­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions over the last week which high­lights the na­ture of some calls we re­ceived and iden­ti­fies in­ci­dents that the pub­lic can pos­si­bly help us with by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion.

July 6

• Of­fi­cers re­sponded to a call for a theft from a ve­hi­cle on the main road in Shearstown. A male res­i­dent re­ported some­one had taken a sum of money from the ve­hi­cle overnight. Res­i­dences are re­minded to re­move any­thing from a ve­hi­cle that does not need to re­main in the ve­hi­cle. Things left in plain sight or un­locked ve­hi­cles will re­main tar­gets for peo­ple who wish to steal. Let’s not give them an op­por­tu­nity to vic­tim­ize you. Keep safe and re­port all crime.

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 59-year-old New Per­li­can man af­ter a com­plaint was re­ceived about his be­hav­iour. A short in­ves­ti­ga­tion en­sued and the man has been charged with three counts of in­vi­ta­tion for sex­ual touch­ing, sex­ual as­sault, and re­sist­ing ar­rest. A court date has been set for July 28.

• Po­lice are nves­ti­gat­ing a theft from Shop­pers Drug mart in Bay Roberts. Two youth fe­males are sus­pected in the in­ci­dent and the mat­ter is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

July 7

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 34-year-old Har­bour Grace man for im­paired driv­ing. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Har­bour Grace af­ter the RCMP re­ceived a call of a dis­tur­bance. Mem­bers at­tended the area and were di­rected to a ve­hi­cle in­volved. The male op­er­a­tor was ar­rested and charged af­ter the mem­bers de­ter­mined he was op­er­at­ing the ve­hi­cle un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. A 7day/90-day sus­pen­sion was is­sued and the man is due in court for Sept. 6.

July 8

• Re­ceived a com­plaint of a stolen ATV in the Car­bon­ear area. The ATV was later re­cov­ered at an­other res­i­dence in Car­bon­ear. The mat­ter is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

• Of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fraud through the use of cheques. A cheque be­lieved to be fraud­u­lent was cashed in Old Per­li­can over the past month. The cheques are be­ing re­turned NSF, how­ever, there ap­pears to have been many cashed at var­i­ous places around the is­land over that time frame. Any busi­ness or per­son who has re­ceived a cheque un­der the com­pany name of NL Painters and Plas­ter­ers Inc. (St. John’s) is asked to con­tact the RCMP or your lo­cal po­lice depart­ment.

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 54-year-old On­tario man for pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of Traf­fick­ing. The male was op­er­at­ing a trac­tor trailer and was stopped in the Bay Roberts area. The man, orig­i­nally from the Bay Roberts area, was re­leased for court for Oct. 17. 0ver 10 pounds of mar­i­juana was seized from the ve­hi­cle.

July 9

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 45 year old Broad Cove man for im­paired driv­ing af­ter a traf­fic stop in Car­bon­ear. The man was charged for im­paired driv­ing af­ter he failed the breathal­izer. A seven-day/90-day sus­pen­sion was is­sued and the man is due in court Sept. 6.

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested and charged a 25 year old Car­bon­ear man af­ter a com­plaint was re­ceived at a Car­bon­ear res­i­dence. Mem­bers in­ves­ti­gated the com­plaint and charged the man with two counts of as­sault with a weapon, one count of ut­ter­ing threats, and three breaches of pro­ba­tion. The male was held for court and due to re­turn to court on July 19.

July 10

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested a youth fe­male for shoplift­ing at a lo­cal busi­ness in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Mall in Car­bon­ear. The youth was re­leased to a par­ent. The mat­ter is still un­der nves­ti­ga­tion.

July 12

• A 46 year old Job’s Cove man is fac­ing charges af­ter two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents were re­ported that he was breach­ing con­di­tions of a pro­ba­tion or­der. The RCMP re­ceived the com­plaint and con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which led to the charges. The man will be re­leased for court at a later date.

Some help­ful tips

Al­ways re­mem­ber: if it seems to good to be true, then it prob­a­bly is. The RCMP is fre­quently re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about In­ter­net and tele­phone scams. Over the In­ter­net, if you re­ceive of­fers to ac­cept a cheque or money for no rea­son and are asked to cash the cheque, there is a scam in­volved. If you ques­tion ac­tiv­ity on your cell phone, e-mail, in the mail or over the phone, con­tact your lo­cal RCMP, or you may con­tact Phone­B­usters at 1-888-495-8501, or visit www.phone­b­usters.com

• The prize pitch — a con­sumer may come in con­tact with a prize pitch scam by e-mail, tele­phone or mail. This scam is usu­ally a prize no­ti­fi­ca­tion. The con­sumer is led to be­lieve that, to be able to re­ceive or col­lect the prize, they must pay a se­ries of bo­gus taxes and fees. A vari­a­tion of this scheme would be when the con­sumer is asked to pur­chase a prod­uct or ser­vice in or­der to re­ceive the prize. It is im­por­tant for all con­sumers to know that if they do win a le­git­i­mate prize, there are no taxes or fees to be paid in or­der to re­ceive a prize in Canada.

I have re­ceived many calls re­cently on the “cruise.” You pick up the phone and here a boat horn and are asked to press num­bers to get to your cruise prize. Again, this is a scam. Some­times the scam is to buy prod­uct as above or some­times it is to gather per­sonal in­for­ma­tion which could be used later. Ei­ther way, if you did not pur­chase a ticket from some­one you know or from a lo­cal group, it is too good to be true.

• Com­mu­nity polic­ing events

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Crime Preven­tion Com­mit­tee Bay Roberts, with the sup­port of the RCMP in Trin­ity Con­cep­tion, will be host­ing the Battle of the Brains Sept. 24 at the Bay Roberts Le­gion. The Battle of the Brains is a fundrais­ing trivia competition where teams com­pete against each other for the ti­tle of the Big­gest Brains.

You may en­ter a team of up to five peo­ple for a cost of $125 per team. There will be prize draws, a silent auc­tion, as well as snacks for the com­peti­tors. The competition is a fundraiser for the crime preven­tion com­mit­tee to sup­port their yearly projects, such as youth and se­niors pro­grams, DARE, com­mu­nity projects and train­ing. Put in a team and see if you are smarter than the moun­ties!

If your com­mu­nity or com­mu­nity group is look­ing for RCMP in­volve­ment in your event, you may con­tact the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion of­fices at Bay Roberts (786-2118) or Har­bour Grace (596-5014).

• Re­port­ing crime

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP would like to re­mind mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic that they are en­cour­aged to re­port any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity to their lo­cal po­lice de­tach­ment. You can re­port your in­for­ma­tion in per­son, by phone or you can be anony­mous by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477.

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