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Police Investigate Fraud at Goldens Bridge A&P

LEWISBORO – Police investigated a possible case of fraud last Thursday, June 23, when they responded to a call from the A&P store manager in Goldens Bridge who told them one of her customers may be the victim of a scam.

Store manager Rebecca Cohan told officers that a customer, Mr. Marcus, had wired $6,500 to a Nicholas Renzler in Mexico City on June 21 and wired another $6,700 to the same party the following day. Cohan told police that Western Union Fraud Protection had advised her that Marcus was likely the victim of fraud.

Police called Marcus, who stated that he had spoken on the phone to his grandson – Nicholas Renzler – who said he had been involved in a motor vehicle accident and needed to make financial restitution in order to be “released.” Police said Marcus was not clear as to how Renzler was being “held.”

Marcus told police he would be making a third transfer later that day in the amount of $6,200.

Officer Steven Broomer told Marcus that he may be the victim of a fraudulent request for money, but Marcus contended that when he spoke with his grandson he recognized his voice and was concerned that he was being held against his will in Mexico City.

Officer Broomer suggested that Marcus speak to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and request their assistance if he believed his grandson was being held as a hostage. Marcus told police that he would continue to wire the money and would handle the matter himself.

In other Lewisboro police blotter news:

JUNE 21

Police were dispatched to the Gomez residence on Glen Drive. Barbara Gomez told officers that she had observed three water tankers drive by her home during the day. She said she believes that the trucks are going down East Street and filling up their tanks at the Norwalk reservoir, which is illegal. Police asked Gomez if she actually saw the tankers at the reservoir and she replied, “No,” although she suspects that is what is occurring. She said it had been a problem last year. She had no description of the tankers other than they had the word “water” on the sides of the tanks. Police canvassed the area of East Street and Silver Springs Road around the reservoir, but found no tanker trucks.

Police were dispatched to Silver Springs Road or an animal complaint. Officers spoke to a Mrs. Latino who told them that at 6:45 a.m. her dog was attacked while she was walking it on Cannan Circle. She said a brown dog came from a nearby garage and jumped on her dog and bit it. Latino has a white cockapoo named Buster. Latino said a female residing on Cannan Circle removed the brown dog and put it in a car and drove away. Latino said she would be bringing Buster to the vet to be examined. Police spoke to a Mr. Chang, at 7 Cannan Circle, who said he was unaware of the incident and that his wife and kids were out of the house. He noted that he had an invisible fence around his yard. No further action was taken.

JUNE 22

Officers were called to Upper Lake Shore Drive for a parking complaint. Mr. Lehrman of 100 Upper Lake Shore Drive reported a red Suburu wagon parked across from his house with no plates for the past several weeks. Police observed the vehicle noted that it did have a registration and inspection sticker on it. No one was at home at the residence to which the car was registered, but the owner, Glenn Nelson, came to the station later and said the vehicle will be removed by the end of June.

JUNE 23

Police were called to Todd Road for a report of wires down. The officer discovered that a large tree had fallen across the road and landed on the primary wires, which were down in the road. The Goldens Bridge and NYSEG responded. The road was closed and NYSEG took control of the scene.

Police were dispatched to Mt. Holly Road in Goldens Bridge to assist paramedics, who were on the scene treating a Mr. Pedersen, who stated he had slipped in his flood basement and hit his head. He was transported to Northern Westchester Hospital Center.

JUNE 24

Police were called to Smithridge Road in South Salem for a child left alone. The child dialed 911 and spoke to police. Upon arrival, the officer located Charles Kalbfus, who was still on the phone talking to dispatchers. When asked what was wrong, Kalbfus said his parents were out and he didn’t know where his uncle was. The officer walked through the house and located Lloyd Bush, his uncle. The child state he felt better that police had located his uncle. No further action was taken.

JUNE 26

While on patrol on Main Street in South Salem, police came across of group of cyclists and observed one cyclist on the ground. The officer stopped to see what happened and was told that a dip in the ground caused one of the riders to fall. The officer spoke to the fallen cyclist and observed that his right leg had a contusion and was swollen. The officer dispatched EMS to the scene and the cyclist, Mike Ward, was stabilized and transported to Northern Westchester Hospital Center.

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