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Spotsylvania County Sheriffs Office

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MAY 20 THROUGH MAY 26, 2015


TIP OF THE WEEK
Shutting down a sweepstakes scam that sought out seniors
In the past few years, youve heard warnings from us about different scams that offered prizes like money,
jewelry, or vacations, all in exchange for a fee. And weve heard from you to the tune of more than a quarter
of a million complaints about prize and sweepstakes scams in the last three years. Thanks in part to those
complaints, today the FTC put a stop to a sweepstakes scam targeting older people.
The victims got an official-looking letter with seals, stamps, and identification numbers that said they had
won $2 million dollars or more. To claim their millions all they had to do was send $20-$30 by cash, check, or
money order. Sadly, the only ones collecting millions were the scam artists, who the FTC estimates made
more than $25 million from the scheme.
If you get a letter, an email, a text message or a phone call that says youve won a prize, heres what you can
do to steer clear of a scam.
Never pay to collect a prize. Whatever they say the money is for taxes, shipping and handling charges, or
processing fees. DONT BELIEVE THEM! DONT send money or give them your checking account or credit card
number.
DONT let yourself be rushed. Scammers will tell you to act now or youll miss out. Take your time and talk to
someone you trust before you do anything.
Tell people you know about it. By talking about scams, you might help someone you care about avoid falling
for one.
Tell the FTC about it. Report scams at ftc.gov/complaint or 1-877-FTC-HELP. Your report makes a difference
and could help make losers out of scam artists running bogus sweepstakes.
Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

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GRAND LARCENY FROM A BUILDING
Dillard Alarm, 3100 Lafayette Blvd, on May 20, 2015, between 3:50AM and 3:54AM, unknown persons
broke into storage shed and activated the alarm. The suspects were able to take multiple rolls of cable
before leaving. No estimate on the value of the cable, and damage to the door is $150.00
CFS 15-043619
GRAND LARCENY FROM A BUILDNG
Motel 6, 5308 Jefferson Davis Highway, on May 20, 2015, between 7:30AM and 8:15AM, the victim allowed
a light skin female to enter the rented room. The victim went to shower and took the purse into the
bathroom. While showering, the suspect entered the bathroom, took the purse, and left. The purse is a
Coach brand valued at $400.00, containing car keys, 1 BLU Android cell phone, valued at $100.00, a pink
wallet valued at $10.00, containing personal papers, $40.00 in cash, a Rush pre-paid card.
CFS 15-043597
GRAND LARCENY SHOPLIFT
Victorias Secret, 3102 Plank Road, on May 25, 2015, between 7:23PM and 8:14PM, unknown person(s)
stole 58 Dream Angel Bras of various sizes and colors, valued at $2,830.50.
CFS 15-045438
GRAND LARCENY OF A MOTORCYCLE-THE HAVEN
9600 block of Sandy Point, between May 19, 8:30PM and May 20, 2015, 4:30AM, someone stole the victims
white 2009 Honda Motorcycle. It is valued at $9,000.00.
CFS 15-043661
GRAND LARCENY OF A MOTORCYCLE-BRITTANY COMMONS
10000 block of Moorgate Avenue, someone stole a black 2014 Honda motorcycle from the visitor parking
area. Value is unknown.
CFS 15-043570
GRAND LARCENY OF AN AUTOMOBILE-BRITTANY COMMONS
10000 block of Moorgate, between May 19, 9:00PM, and May 20, 2015, between 6:20AM, someone stole a
white 2000 Ford F-100 Van, while it was parked in a parking space. The van is lettered with Refrigeration
Heating and Air on the side and was locked. It is valued at $10,000.00.
CFS 15-043572
GRAND LARCENY OF AUTO PARTS
3700 block of Lee Hill School Drive, between May 21, 4:30PM and May 22, 2015, 2:37PM, unknown persons
stole an automobile engine from the front porch of the residence. Also taken was a box containing an
alternator, starter, distributor, spark plugs and the wires, mounts, nuts, bolts, oil pump, seals, a bright red
valve cover, and other miscellaneous engine parts. The value for all items is $850.00. The engine fits a 1997
Honda Civic.
CFS 15-044440

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PETIT LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE-REGENCY PARK
6200 block of Autumn Leaf Circle, between May 19, 7:00PM, and May 20, 2015, 10:30AM, unknown person
siphoned ten gallons of gasoline from the victims black 2009 Chevrolet HHR fuel tank, while it was parked
in front of the residence. Value of the fuel is $24.50.
CFS 15-043656
PETIT LARCENY SHOPLIFT
Fas Mart, 2515 Salem Church Road, on May 23, 2015,11:45AM and 12:19,PM, a male took a chicken dinner
valued at $4.49 and a bag of potato chips valued at $1.00, and walked out of the store without paying. He
boarded a blue Dodge Neon and left. He is black, about 40 years, 510 to 60, 225 to 250 lbs., wearing a
black jacket, black pants, and a dark color shirt.
CFS 15-044730
PETIT LARCENY SHOPLIFT
B.Js Wholesale Club, 3985 Plank Road, on May 24, 2015, between 7:29PM and 8:15PM, a blue Hewitt
Packard Stream, 16 GB laptop, was stolen from a display counter. The loss was found during an inventory,
and the store video showed two males looking at the computers, and one of the males took a laptop and
put it down the front of his pants. Both suspects are young, and Hispanic; the one with the laptop was
wearing a black t-shirt with writing, blue pants, and black and white shoes. The other suspect was wearing
red and blue plaid long sleeve shirt, black pants, and black shoes. The laptop is valued at $189.99.
CFS 15-045314
PETIT LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE
3300 block of Eagle Drive, between May 22, 10:30AM and May 23, 2015, 12:30AM, someone entered the
victims unlocked vehicle and stole three Tramadol pills valued at $10.50, and $15.00 cash.
CFS 15-044628
STOLEN WALLET
Food Lion, 10871 Tidewater Trail, on May 20, 2015, between 5:50PM and 8:00PM, the victim placed a mens
black wallet on the counter and after paying, and forgot it. When the victim returned it was not there. The
wallet is valued at $15.00, and contained three debit cards, an identification card, a Virginia drivers license,
and a U.S. Immigration Card.
CFS 15-043847
COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY
7-11 Stores, 2700 Lafayette Blvd, on May 26, 2015, between 6:55AM and 7:00AM, a female entered the
store, and attempted to pay for merchandise valued at $5.20 with a counterfeit $20.00 bill. The female
exited the store, boarded a white sedan and left. She is black, and was wearing a purple shirt, a black throw,
jeans, and has long hair.
CFS 15-045579

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FRAUD
McDonalds, 5205 Mudd Tavern Road, on May 20, 2015, between 9:47PM, and 11:29PM, a black male drove
through the drive up window and ordered food and then gave the cashier a false $100.00 bill. The cashier
scanned it and noted that the bill was not legal currency. The cashier notified the suspect and was not
unconcerned, and paid with other money. The cashier kept the fake bill and noted the vehicles license plate
number.
CFS 15-043848
FRAUD ATTEMPT
Holiday Inn Express, 5422 Jefferson Davis Highway, on May 22, 2015, between 7:18PM and 8:53PM,
sometime after the victim had checked in, a male with a southern accent called and told the tenant that he
was an employee of the hotel and the computer was not working. He asked for the tenants credit card
information, name, and residency data. The tenant became suspicious and did not give out any information,
but went to the desk and informed the clerk. The clerk confirmed that the hotel was not experiencing
problems and said the call to the tenants room came from within the hotel.
CFS 15-044542
VANDALISM-LEES PARKE~POD B, SECTION 1C
5700 block of W. Kesslers Crossing, between May 19, 11:30PM, and May 20, 2015, 8:44AM, someone
slashed and flattened three tires of the victims 1991 Chevrolet. Cost to replace the tires is $640.00.
CFS 15-043588
VANDALISM-GRANINGERS II MHP
11500 block of Karlene Court, on May 24, 2015, between 4:49PM, and 5:26PM, someone broke the back
right rear window of the victims 2005 Kia Sedona van. Value of the glass is $150.00.
CFS 15-045132
VANDALISM-SOUTH OAKS
8600 block of Oak Glen Court, between May 25, 8:00PM and May 26, 2015, 9:00AM, the victim reported
that the windshield was struck with an unknown object that caused the glass to chip. The vehicle, a 2013
GMC SUV, and was parked in front of the residence. Cost to replace it is $300.00.
CFS 15-045602

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Crime Solvers
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(540)-582-58

Spotsylvania County Crime Solvers

From January 2008 to present the Spotsylvania County Crime Solvers has paid out
$18,045 in CASH REWARDS for information through 456 calls to the Crime Solvers
telephone tip line, Crime Solvers Web Tip page, and the Text-A-Tip phone number.
Information obtained has resulted in 88 arrests involving burglaries, drug distribution,
arson, vandalism, breaking and entering and other crimes against the citizens of
Spotsylvania County. To date, there has been $81,429 worth of stolen property, seized
property, and assorted types of drugs recovered. Since June 2010 to present, 20
Wanted Fugitives have been arrested and are now facing their charges.
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