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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.