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Police Blotter: Swindled on Craigslist

  • Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • Updated Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:56 am

A 61-year-old Georgetown woman was swindled out of $900 by someone who claimed to be buying a camper she had for sale on Craigslist.
The woman said she received an email from a man claiming to be from Colorado who said he wanted to buy the camper. The man said he was at sea but would hire someone to pick the camper up on his behalf.
The reported buyer claimed he was using PayPal to send the woman the money for the camper and an extra $900 to pay for the person who was picking it up.
The woman later received an email from what appeared to be PayPal saying the money was in the account.
That is when, following the ‘buyer’s’ instructions, she sent the $900 to the alleged transporter of the camper.
She then received another email from the suspect saying they needed another $1350 for insurance.
That’s when the woman realized it was a scam. She called PayPal and learned there was no such account.

Food fight

A 33-year-old man called deputies to the 700 block of Jones Ave. in Andrews Aug. 30 after he and his nephew got into an altercation which was sparked by him taking food out of a freezer.
The man’s nephew, a 19-year-old man, said he would kill his uncle if no one else was around.
When the suspect’s parents tried to calm him down, he started “pushing them around,” the report states.
The suspect told deputies the argument was about both food and clothing. He was taken to jail.

Obsessed ex

A Georgetown woman says she broke up with a man she had been dating for eight months on Aug. 19. Ten days later the 46-year-old woman called deputies because each day after their breakup he called her phone “approximately 200 times a day,” the report states.
She said the man — who moved back to North Carolina after their breakup — has sent her hundreds of texts calling her obscene names.
The woman said she does not want to prosecute, she just wants the harassment to stop.
A deputy called the man who said the two have been “fussing back and forth” since their breakup. He agreed to cease communications with her.

Confused intruder

A woman from the 300 block of Lucy Grier Road said she was startled by the sound of a breaking window inside her home Aug. 29.
She said when she went to investigate, she saw a man she knows walking out of her daughter’s bedroom.
The report does not indicate how the two know each other.
The woman asked him what he was doing in her house and he said he did not know. She said he was “very intoxicated.”
The next day the man apologized. The woman said she wanted her window repaired.
The case was expected to be presented to a magistrate for possible prosecution.

Jewelry and soap theft

Georgetown police were called to the 2500 block of Prince Street Aug. 21 because of a burglary.
A woman said someone entered her house through a bedroom window and took more than $1,100 worth of items, including several pairs of earrings, a diamond ring, a cell, phone, a digital camera a class ring and an X-Box game system.
The woman said the intruder even took ten bars of soap from the bathroom.

Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.
— Compiled by Scott Harper


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