FRAUD INVESTIGATION >> Newtown Township Police Department Detectives have been investigating a possible local connection to multiple credit/debit card fraud reports from victims in our jurisdiction. As our Detectives are piecing together commonalities in these frauds, they are asking that you review your credit/debit card statements from over the last couple of months to look for any unauthorized purchases that were made. If you do in fact find unauthorized purchases, please contact our police department by using the Bucks County Police Radio non-emergency phone number 215-598-7121 in order to make a police report.
INVESTIGATION >> While on patrol shortly before 12:15 a.m. on March 28, an officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the Newtown Plaza Shopping Center parking lot and noticed that the rear door of Dragon of Newtown was propped open. Police made contact with the subject on scene who explained that he was working on plumbing in the restaurant. During the interaction with this subject, everything appeared normal and no further police action was taken.
SUSPICIOUS PERSONS >> Police were dispatched to the area of Pier One Imports around 5:30 p.m. on March 28 for the report of a suspicious male and a juvenile walking around. Police arrived on scene and spoke with a father and his son. Both were identified and the situation was determined to be non-suspicious.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE >> At approximately 8 p.m. on March 28 a Wrightstown Township resident contacted police to report a suspicious dark colored Lincoln Town Car driving slowly around Ridge Avenue. Police responded and checked the area with negative results.
HARASSMENT >> Around 4:15 a.m. on March 29 a complainant from Alabama contacted police to report harassment by communication that occurred in Newtown Township. The complainant explained that a few years prior she had made a controversial comment on a Facebook page. In response, the complainant claimed that a Newtown Township resident created a “ghost” account and consistently harassed her on the fake account and on her personal account using racial slurs, pictures and comments about her son, and other personal information. The resident was contacted and advised to cease the harassment.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE >> At approximately 12:30 p.m. on March 29 a Wrightstown Township resident reported a suspicious vehicle that was in her neighborhood earlier that day. According to the complainant, she noticed a UPS truck making routine deliveries on Pheasant Lane while she was walking her dog. However, she also noticed that a gray Ford van appeared to be following the UPS truck intently at a distance. She found this suspicious and was concerned that the driver of the suspicious vehicle may have stolen packages when she did not see any in front of her neighbors’ doors. The complainant provided a description of the vehicle and plate information to the police. At this time, no thefts of packages were reported.
SUSPICIOUS DRIVER >> Around 4 p.m. on March 29 a Newtown Township resident contacted police to report that her daughter and several of her friends were playing in the flower bed at the corner of Danbury Court and Stanford Drive. While they were playing, a blue SUV operated by an elderly man approached their location, slowed to a stop near them, said “well, well,” and drove slowly away. This scared the girls and they left the site. Police checked the area for the vehicle with negative results. Police also spoke to the girls and explained to them what to look for if the person were to return and what to do if a similar situation ever occurs.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE >> While on patrol around 12 a.m. on March 30, an officer observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the Anchor Crossing Shopping Center parking lot. Police made contact and identified the driver who had been asleep in his vehicle. He related that he is currently homeless after being evicted from his apartment and was sleeping before his shift at a nearby business.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE >> While on patrol in the area of the Newtown Crossing Community Association around 12:45 a.m. on March 30 an officer observed a suspicious vehicle with two occupants inside. Police spoke to and identified the subjects who related that they were just talking. Both were advised that the park was closed and they left the area.
FRAUD >> Around 11:30 a.m. on March 30 a Newtown Township resident contacted police to report a fraud. The complainant explained that she had attempted to sell a couch on Craigslist for $200. An interested buyer sent her a check for $1,780 requesting that she wire the balance back to them. The complainant recognized the scam, blocked communication with the scammer and reported it.
LOUD MOTORCYCLE >> At 8:15 p.m. on March 30 police were dispatched to the area of Skyview Way for the report of a motorcycle riding around the area very loudly. Police arrived on location and searched the area with negative results.
COYOTE SIGHTING >> Around 11 a.m. on March 31 a Newtown Township resident claimed to see a coyote in the area of Hartford Lane. Police diligently checked the area and did not observe any coyotes.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE >> Just after 1:30 p.m. on April 1 an Autumn Drive resident reported feeling uncomfortable when a commercial vehicle passed her residence while her children were playing outside. Police checked and cleared the area.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON >> Police were dispatched to the area of Hidden Valley Lane and Mill Pond Road shortly before 10:15 p.m. for the report of a suspicious person. The caller reported a man sitting inside of a SUV and another man standing near the vehicle. The caller further reported that the one man then started walking down the street. On scene, police were unable to locate anyone walking in the area and did not observe any occupied vehicles. The surrounding area was checked as well and everything appeared normal.
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT >> Police were dispatched to Cambridge Lane on April 2 for a traffic accident around 9:15 am. Upon arrival, police discovered that the accident actually occurred on the Newtown Bypass and that one of the drivers had failed to stop and leave his information at the scene. If you are involved in an accident, it is required by law to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene or as close thereto as possible and remain there until information is exchanged.
FRAUD >> Shortly after 11:15 a.m. on April 2 a Newtown Township resident contacted police to report that she was a victim of fraud. The victim explained that she had received a phone call from a male who claimed to work for Microsoft. The caller advised the victim that they sent her a refund for $3,000; however, the caller said the refund amount was a mistake and requested that the victim send him two $1,000 gift cards from Target. The victim purchased the gift cards and provided the caller with the card numbers. Afterwards, the victim realized it was a fraud and reported it to police.
FRAUD >> At 3 p.m. on April 2 a Newtown Township resident contacted police to file a fraud report. The victim related that he received notification from PNC that someone made a fraudulent credit card charge in March from his savings account. The amount was over $2,000. PNC advised the victim that they would replace the lost funds once a report was filed.
BURGLARY >> Police were dispatched to a Wrightstown Road residence at 8:15 p.m. on April 2 for the report of a burglary. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
FRAUD >> At 10 a.m. on April 4 a Newtown Township resident reported a fraudulent series of withdrawals from his personal banking accounts. The bank is conducting an investigation at this time.
SOLICITOR COMPLAINT >> Around 2 p.m. on April 4 a Newtown Township resident reported that a group of people were soliciting in the area of Concord Way without permits or IDs. Patrols checked the vicinity and were unable to locate them. In speaking with some of the neighborhood residents, officers determined that the group had been Jehovah Witnesses and that the group had left. Please note that religious organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and political groups are exempt from the township’s solicitor process and are not required to have permits.
COUNTERFEIT BILL >> At approximately 2 p.m. on April 4 police responded to Wendy’s for a counterfeit $20 bill and spoke with the general manager. The general manager explained that two men came through the drive through and attempted to pass the counterfeit bill. He immediately recognized it to be fake, did not accept the payment, and noted the man’s vehicle information before they drove away. Investigation is ongoing.