9:06 AM – A Glen Rock woman reported that on February 1st, 2019 she had mailed a check for $75 to a utility company using the US Postal Service mailbox on West Plaza near the Source Building. A few days later while checking her account records she found that the check had been altered to the amount of $1,5000 and made payable to an individual unknown to the victim.
The matter has been referred to the US Postal Inspection Service which investigates all crimes involving U.S. Mail which are federal offenses. The Postal Service is also beginning to replace their public drop boxes with newer, higher security drop boxes.
1:21 PM – A resident on the 100 block of Rodney Street reported that a man claiming to be a utility worker knocked at her door claiming that he needed to check her water pressure. While she initially let him in the house she began to become suspicious when he offered her a $50 cash rebate but asked if the woman had two $50 bills in order to break a $100 bill. The man was also speaking with an unknown person on his cellphone during their interaction.
When the woman began to call a neighbor the man abruptly left the house. He was believed to be operating a dark colored GM pick-up truck.
While nothing was reported to be missing from the home nor was any damage done, it is possible that this was an unsuccessful diversion burglary attempt. A diversion burglary is a specific type of crime which involves one or more suspects portraying themselves as public utility workers, inspectors, or officials of some kind who need to enter your home under the pretense that they are there to help. As a precaution, residents are asked to request identification. All public utilities and government agencies provide their field workers with photo identification. If you have any reason to believe that someone attempting to enter your home may not be a legitimate utility worker do not let them in your home and call the police. Officers can easily identify legitime utility workers.
3:41 AM – While on patrol along Lincoln Avenue P.O. John Tarantino stopped a vehicle for driving at an excessive speed. During the course of the motor vehicle stop he arrested the driver, a 28-year-old Ansonia Connecticut woman, for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. The woman’s vehicle was impounded, and she was transported for processing and released to the custody of a sober adult in accordance with John’s law.
The woman was charged with driving under the influence, possession of Marijuana Under 50 grams and issued traffic summonses for operation of a motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, speeding and use of a cellphone without a handsfree device while driving.