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Alert: 2-1-2018

Crafton PD took a report today from a resident who was scammed out of a significant amount of money.  The resident received a letter advising her that she had won several hundred thousand dollars in an international sweepstakes drawing.  The resident was sent a check for a few thousand dollars to help pay for the “processing fees” associated with her winnings.  After depositing the check the resident called the “claims agent” who instructed her to send several thousand dollars back to pay for the “processing fees.”  The resident did send the money in cash.  The resident was advised that there was a problem and was requested to send more money.  The “claims agent” requested another substantial amount of money to be sent out and when the resident stated that she did not have that much money the “claims agent” settled for less than half of the amount originally requested.  The resident sent this money in cash as well.  The resident then realized that this was a scam and was out several thousand dollars because the check that she received and deposited bounced.

NEVER SEND CASH TO ANYONE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW.

IF IT SEEMS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS.

LEGIT COMPANIES ARE NOT GOING TO ASK YOU TO SEND MONEY FOR PROCESSING FEES TO PAY FOR WINNINGS.

RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY UPON OBSERVING A SUSPICIOUS PERSON OR SOMETHING THAT APPEARS TO BE SUSPICIOUS.

DO NOT LET PEOPLE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ENTER YOUR HOUSE OR USE YOUR PHONE.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOCK YOUR VEHICLE(S) AND RESIDENCES ALL OF THE TIME.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING (Please call 911 immediately, not later)

Crime Watch Report for January 2018

Area 1- Coordinator- Katie Fazio
1-01-18. A couple of vehicles were struck overnight that were parked on Marion St. and Promenade St. by an unknown vehicle believed to be a lifted pick-up truck or snow plow truck.
1-20-18. A parked vehicle was struck overnight while parked on Hawthorne Ave. The suspect vehicle is believed to be red in color.
1-23-18. A suspicious person was observed walking away from a residence on Hawthorne Ave. carrying a flashlight after knocking on the door. The resident also observed that outdoor rear patio furniture had been moved as though someone was using it to look through the windows.

Area 2 – Sandy Gibson

Area 3– Coordinator- Diane McQuaide
1-18-18. Forced entry was made into a residence on Dinsmore Ave. and a couple of televisions were stolen. Entry was made through a rear door.
1-19-18. Forced entry was made into a residence on McMunn Ave. through a rear door into the basement. Nothing was believed to have been stolen from this residence.

Area 4- Coordinator- Amy Buchman (acting)

Area 5- Coordinator- Mary Fleming

Area 6- Coordinator- Bill & Janet Finlay Jr.
1-25-18. A suspicious black male knocked on the door of a residence on Broadhead Rd. and wanted to use the resident’s phone. He was denied access and eventually left the area.
1-26-18. It was reported on this date that a vehicle parked on Richmond St. was vandalized (scratches) earlier in the week.
1-29-18. A resident reported a suspicious black male that came to her residence on 1-25-18 and 1-27-2018.
1-30-18. Money was stolen from the office of the laundromat in the shopping center.

TIPS/ADVICE:
PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY WHEN SAFE TO DO SO TO REPORT A SUSPICIOUS PERSON OR ANYTHING THAT APPEARS TO BE SUSPICIOUS IN NATURE. This is just one of many reason why the police department exists and what we get paid to do. The police department is not bothered by these types of calls. We would much rather check on someone and find out their business than take a report of items being stolen from you or your neighbor. Please help us help you and the Crafton Community. We request your assistance and appreciate you also helping us “be the eyes” of this community. Remain forever vigilant.

Alert: 1-31-2018

On 1-30-2018 Crafton PD responded to the laundromat in the Crafton-Ingram Shopping Center which is a 24 hour business. The owner reported that money was stolen from the office. It is unknown if the office door was left unlocked or if someone was able to defeat the lock which was not damaged. Residents are requested to contact 911 if they observe anyone inside of a 24 business that appears to be suspicious. Surveillance videos are being reviewed and the incident is still under investigation.

RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY UPON OBSERVING A SUSPICIOUS PERSON OR SOMETHING THAT APPEARS TO BE SUSPICIOUS.

DO NOT LET PEOPLE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ENTER YOUR HOUSE OR USE YOUR PHONE.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOCK YOUR VEHICLE(S) AND RESIDENCES ALL OF THE TIME.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING (Please call 911 immediately, not later)

Alert: 1-25-2018

On this date Crafton PD responded to a residence on Broadhead Rd. for a report of a suspicious person. The person was described as a black male in his 20s with bad teeth. He had a thin build and was wearing glasses, a gray hoodie, gray and black sweatpants and a black leather jacket. He knocked on the resident’s door and asked to use her phone. He was denied however was very insistent on entering the resident’s home to use her phone. A male contractor was on scene and intervened at which time the suspicious male left the area. Officers searched the area however were unable to locate this male. It is unknown if this male is related to the other recent suspicious persons in the area and burglaries.

DO NOT LET PEOPLE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ENTER YOUR HOUSE OR USE YOUR PHONE.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOCK YOUR VEHICLE(S) AND RESIDENCES ALL OF THE TIME.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING (Please call 911 immediately, not later)

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