The following information is provided by the Newtown Township Police Department:
TRUCK DETAIL >> On May 9, police conducted a commercial truck detail on Stoopville Road and Eagle Road between 6 and 7 a.m. During the detail, one commercial truck was observed and no egregious violations were found. On May 10, police conducted a second commercial truck detail on Township Line Road at Mill Creek Road between 5 and 7 a.m. During the detail, three commercial trucks were observed, and no egregious violations were found.
FRAUD >> Around 5:15 p.m. on May 10 a Newtown Township resident contacted police to report a fraud/employment scam. The complainant explained that after putting her personal information on an employment search website, she was emailed by a company in regards to a clerk representative position and later received a FedEx envelope containing a check for over $3,000 with instructions. The instructions stated the check was for the purchase of a computer, printer, and other office supplies required for the job position. The complainant was also directed to purchase several gift cards and to then provide the gift card information back to her contact. The complainant did so, falling victim to the scam, and her bank eventually contacted her to inform her that the initial check was fraudulent.
RETAIL THEFT >> On May 11 at 11:15 a.m. police responded to McCaffrey's Market to investigate the report of retail thefts that occurred on two separate occasions on May 10. A McCaffrey's employee told police that on the first occasion a female left the store without paying for a fully loaded shopping cart of store merchandise. The McCaffrey's employee then reported that the same female returned to the store a little over an hour later wearing different clothes and this time she put two potted plants valued at $24.99 each into her cart and again left without paying.
SUSPICIOUS OCCURRENCE >> On May 13 around 12:30 p.m. police were contacted in regards to a suspicious occurrence that took place the night before. A complainant told police that she was driving through the Village at Newtown Shopping Center between 6:30 and 7 p.m. when a man driving a red minivan approached her vehicle and told her that one of her tires was low on air. The complainant pulled into one of the parking spots near Acme Market and the man offered to use his portable air compressor to fix the tire. The man said that he would need to use his 10 volt charger in her vehicle and when he tried to go inside her vehicle, she declined and left the area. She checked her tire afterwards and discovered that it was not low on air at all.
FRAUD >> A Newtown Township resident contacted police shortly before 7:30 on May 13 to report an incidence of fraud. The resident stated that an unknown subject used her credit card information to purchase a fabric cutting machine for $181. The item was expected to be shipped to her address. The resident notified her bank of the unusual transaction, the order was cancelled and the resident suffered no loss.
RETAIL THEFT >> On May 14 at approximately 4 p.m. patrol was dispatched to Acme Market for the report of a retail theft of beer valued less than $50 that occurred on May 11. The investigation is ongoing.
THEFT >> On May 15 at 12 p.m. a Parkview Way resident reported the theft of his credit cards from his wallet and subsequent fraud alerts he received. The theft is believed to have occurred overnight when the victim’s wallet was stored in his unlocked vehicle which was parked in his open garage. All three of his credit cards were used at a Walmart in excess of $500 per card. An investigation is ongoing.
SQUATTING AT THE GRANGE >> Shortly before 9:30 p.m. on May 15 a squatter was reported on the Grange Fair Grounds. According to the report, the squatter was there for a few days and had his truck hooked up to an electrical outlet with trash surrounding him. It was further reported that the squatter was no longer on location. Police responded to confirm that the squatter was no longer on scene and did observe some of trash that the squatter left behind.