RCMP NEWSBEAT

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

July 13— Of­fi­cers have charged a 36-year-old fe­male from Broad Cove with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000 af­ter a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion that started in April 2010. Po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint from the North Shore De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion in West­ern Bay fol­low­ing a re­view of their books. The fe­male has been charged and is due in court for Sept. 14.

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 43-year-old Car­bon­ear woman af­ter it was learned she was breach­ing her un­der­tak­ing. The fe­male was ar­rested af­ter re­peat­edly breach­ing a con­di­tion of her un­der­tak­ing and held for court. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Car­bon­ear. The woman was later re­leased from court and has a court date set for Aug. 15.

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 27-year-old Bay Roberts woman for shoplift­ing at the Bay Roberts Shop­pers Drug Mart. The woman was ar­rested and de­tained, then re­leased on court doc­u­ments for Sept. 6.

July 14— Of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a theft that oc­curred at the Bay Roberts Mall. Some­time dur­ing the day, some­one stole two hub­caps from a Ford Fo­cus that was parked on the main park­ing lot. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call.

July 15— Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a forged pen­sion cheque, which was cashed at the Price Chop­pers in Car­bon­ear. The cheque had been re­turned as forged and has been passed over to the RCMP for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The mat­ter is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

July 16— Of­fi­cers is­sued sev­eral traf­fic tick­ets at the TC Square af­ter nu­mer­ous com­plaints were re­ceived about il­le­gal park­ing in the fire lanes. Mem­bers were called back on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and is­sued a num­ber of tick­ets. Driv­ers are re­minded that fire lanes are in place for safety rea­sons. Park­ing in these ar­eas is il­le­gal and en­force­ment ac­tion will be taken, es­pe­cially

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP an­swered 106 calls for ser­vice dur­ing the week of July 13-19. 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 are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate fraud­u­lent cheques that have been re­turned from lo­cal busi­nesses. Four more cheques were re­turned from Pow­ell’sAt­lantic Gro­cery Distrib­u­tors this week. The name on the cheques is in a com­pany name, “NL Painters and Plas­ters Inc, St. John’s.” Any­one re­ceiv­ing these cheques should im­me­di­ately no­tify the RCMP or your lo­cal po­lice depart­ment.

• Of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a two-ve­hi­cle mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion that oc­curred on Route 70 and Wa­ter Street in Bay Roberts. There were mod­er­ate dam­ages to the ve­hi­cles and no one was in­jured. It is al­leged that one op­er­a­tor ran a red light. Driv­ers are re­minded about the dan­gers of in­ter­sec­tions and en­force­ment ac­tion be­ing taken by the RCMP.

Tips: Com­puter fraud scam

This week’s tip is about a cur­rent tele­phone and com­puter fraud that is cir­cu­lat­ing in the re­gion. The RCMP have re­ceived nu­mer­ous com­plaints about a per­son(s) call­ing this area, stat­ing they are from Microsoft and have de­tected a prob­lem with your com­puter. They do have com­puter knowl­edge and ask you to turn on your com­puter, and then ob­tain your credit card num­ber to buy a de­bug­ging pro­gram. You are billed for noth­ing, as they do noth­ing.

They try and ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion about your com­puter and then try to hack it, ob­tain­ing any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion you may have left on your hard drive. Think about this for a mo­ment. Do you think Microsoft is watch­ing you and your com­puter? Of course not.

This is a scam that sounds le­git­i­mate. Say “no, thanks,” and hang up the phone. If they are per­sis­tent, ask for a call-back num­ber and state you will have the ap­pro­pri­ate authorities re­turn their call. You may re­port this to the RCMP or your lo­cal authorities if you have lost any money or been scammed. If no trans­ac­tions have taken place, please re­port to Phone Busters at 1-888495-8501 or www.phone­b­usters.com.

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