Police Blotter 5/20/11

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According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

• A Lancaster woman reported a telephone scam to deputies April 15. The West Meeting Street woman told deputies she received a phone call April 4 from a woman claiming to be with Publisher’s Clearing House. The unknown woman told the victim she had won $500,000, gave her a confirmation number and told her to wait for a call from a prize coordinator, a report said.

A man later called her and asked for the confirmation number, which the victim gave him, the report said. He then confirmed her prize and said he would personally deliver the check, but said she needed to send $800 for legal fees for the prize, the report said. The woman told deputies the man sounded professional, so she took $800 out of her retirement savings and sent the money, based on the man’s instructions.

The man called the victim April 15 and said he was at the Charlotte Douglas airport and would come to her house shortly, a report said. He told her he needed another $800 for state taxes, the report said. The woman became suspicious and decided to call the sheriff’s office. When a deputy arrived at her house, the man called again and the deputy spoke with him over the phone, the report said. When the man learned he was speaking to a deputy, he told the deputy to call the claims department, reportedly gave a fake phone number and hung up, the report said. Deputies are still investigating. 

• A Lancaster man reported a check scam April 19. 

The Lynwood Drive resident told deputies he received two suspicious checks in the mail, one written for $4,000 and the other for $4,500 in Canadian dollars. The man took the checks to a local bank, but was told the bank would not cash or deposit them, a report said. Deputies noticed one was sent from New York, while the other was sent from Canada. 

• Deputies responded to a report of stolen copper at a Lancaster business April 20. An employee with Moore Performance, located at 944 Winston Drive, told deputies someone stole a barrel and several pieces of copper and metal. The man said whoever stole the items also threw the lid from the barrel onto the hood of a Chevrolet truck at the shop, a report said. Estimated value of the copper and metal is $500 and estimated damage to the truck is $500. 

• A Rock Hill woman reported April 20 that her tax return money was stolen. The woman told deputies a Lancaster woman had filed her tax return for her, but she never received her tax return of $2,536.16. When she checked with the Internal Revenue Service, they said the money had been automatically sent to a bank, a report said. She spoke with that bank and they said the money had been transferred into a checking account, the report said. Deputies are investigating the incident.  

• A Lancaster man reported stolen clothing April 20. 

The Zion Road resident told deputies he was recently released from the S.C Department of Corrections and noticed his clothing was missing from his home. The estimated value of the clothing is $1,500.

• Several items were reported stolen from a Kershaw home April 20. 

A 52-year-old woman told deputies she had moved from a home on Ernest Scott Road and was gradually moving her belongings. She told deputies that sometime between April 16 and 20, someone stole eight 20-foot sections of vinyl fence, a concrete bird bath, a metal bird bath and a 10-foot high windmill from the Ernest Scott Road home. Estimated value of the items is $1,980. 

• Deputies responded to a house fire in Lancaster on April 23. 

Deputies arrived at the Green Peach Road home minutes after the McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Department responded, a report said. The homeowner told deputies she had been cooking french fries on her stove and went outside to speak with her husband. When she returned, she found the stove had caught fire from the frying grease, the report said. Her husband put the fire out with a garden hose, but there was damage to the stove and some kitchen cabinets, the report said. Estimated damage is $1,000. 


If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.


 Compiled by Chris Sardelli