Crime beat

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Caterpillar fraud…
It appears that if someone is selling it; someone else is running a scam on it.
A Summerville man recently reported that he has been in the market to buy a bulldozer for several months and recently found one online on Ebay. The price, at $25,000 was the best he has found yet he said. He contacted the seller and had several conversations with him via email before making a decision to buy the bulldozer.
The complainant finally went ahead and decided to buy it and was told by the person with whom he had been in contact to wire the money, some $25,000, to a Wells Fargo account in Brooklyn, New York. The complainant did this, but then started having second thoughts about the transaction and contacted Ebay, which informed him that the site does not accept wire transfers.
The man then contacted his bank to put a stop payment on the transfer but is worried that he may have been too late. He also wanted to report the incident because the same piece of equipment is back up on the website being advertised for sale again.
Lock those cars…
A Summerville woman reported that someone entered her vehicle and stole her Smith and Wesson .38 special air weight revolver from the center console. She said she usually leaves her vehicle unlocked between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. everyday and the gun is always in the center console. She also said she keeps a video game system in the vehicle and it was not taken and is still there.
Officers were able to lift latent prints from the driver’s door and one from the passenger door.
With friends like these…
A Summerville woman reported that sometime within the past three weeks or so someone stole all the jewelry out of her jewelry box in her bedroom. She said her home has not been burglarized but she does have friends who come in and out of the residence frequently. She is missing more than $3,500 worth of jewelry, she said.
Officers were able to lift fingerprints from the scene and the case is under investigation.

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