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Lewisboro Police Investigate Western Union Fraud

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – A Vista woman was the victim of fraud last week when money she attempted to send to a friend overseas through Western Union was intercepted.

Lewisboro police said the woman came to their headquarters Friday, Dec. 23, and told them she had gone to the Food Emporium in New Canaan, Conn. on Dec. 14 where she attempted to send $700 to a friend in Uganda via Western Union. She later discovered that someone had hacked into the intended recipient’s e-mail and redirected the money to be sent to them.

Lewisboro police collected receipts and Western Union papers to document the complaint. The woman noted that Western Union had asked her to file the police report.

In other blotter news:

DEC. 19

Police were called to a Serenity Place residence in South Salem where the homeowner told officers he had taped an envelope with $20 inside to a garbage bag that he left by the road as a tip for the garbage men. When he went out an hour later, the garbage bag was still there but the money was gone. He told police that he heard a woman had been driving around in a white SUV possibly taking the money. He wanted to make a report of this incident for the record.

DEC. 20

Police received a report that a man was sleeping in a car on Split Rock Road in South Salem. Officers interviewed the driver who told them he delivers newspapers overnight in the area and presented identification. Police instructed him not to sleep in his vehicle after his route.

Police received a request for a welfare check at a residence on Twin Lakes Road in Waccabuc. The caller told the dispatcher she had been trying to contact her parents all day and the phone just rings. Officers arrived at the residence and spoke with the father who said they’d been having trouble with their phone and said the phone company was coming out to repair it.

Police received a call for a suspicious man walking along Route 35. Officers located the man near Partridge Ridge Road who told them he was walking home from work and trying to get to the Katonah train station. The officer drove him to the station.

DEC. 21

Police were called to a domestic disturbance report on Stewart Road in South Salem. Officer discovered a man in the driveway and his ex-wife and two children in the house. The man was there to pick up his children for visitation – but the children got upset when they learned it wouldn’t be an overnight trip and an argument ensued. The man went inside and began an argument with the wife, who has an order of protection in place. The wife told police she didn’t want to press charges and the man left the residence.

DEC. 22

Police were received a littering complaint on Route 138 in Goldens Bridge. The homeowner told officers he had asked The Journal News to stop delivering the blue bags of newspapers and throwing them onto his driveway each week. He said he had repeatedly requested that the delivery be stopped, but it has continued for six months. Officers called the newspaper and an employee told him the delivery would stop.

Police responded to a West Road residence on a fraud complaint. A man there told officers that his wife had used his company Visa card to purchase a cell phone for $273. He said he called her and advised her to return it or he would call the police. She told him she would pay him back for the phone that evening. The wife told police that her husband had stolen her phone and thrown it in the woods and claimed she had used that credit card before and had permission. Both parties were advised a report was being taken, but that if any charges are filed they will be in White Plains where the theft of the phone and the use of the credit card took place.

DEC. 24

A Lewisboro resident came to the police headquarters and complained of continuing harassment by a neighbor. The man said that the neighbor is continually stopping his car – starting six months ago – and pulling him out of the vehicle and searching his wallet for money. He said the man also comes to his residence and alarms his family with threats and accusations. The man said the neighbor claims he owes him money. The man requested a police report be filed that documents the activity.

Police were dispatched to Ward Pound Reservation on the report of lost hikers, who used 911 to inform authorities it was dark and he had no flashlight to navigate the trail. The hike gave his location and an officer said he was familiar with that trail. The officer suited up in cold weather gear and hiked to the location. The hikers were found and brought to the Kimberly Bridge parking area where they were checked out. They were cold but okay.

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