Thursday, April 16, 2009
Police investigate purse snatching, burglaries
Holly Springs police responded to a purse snatching call in the 100 block of West College, Monday, April 6, according to chief Robert Pearson.
“Witnesses stated that a black male was seen running from the scene,” he said. “The suspect was described as a slender black male in his 20s wearing a black, long-sleeved shirt with a red T-shirt and black jeans.”
Officers investigated an auto burglary report in the 200 block of West Valley on Wednesday, April 8. The owner discovered her tan, 1992 Ford Taurus had been broken into and a JVC radio color changer system was missing.
A residential burglary report from the 100 block of William Road on Saturday, April 11, was investigated. Missing from the residence was a Motorola slide phone, a Samsung cell phone, a silver watch and two PlayStation games.
Other activities for the week ending April 13 included – speeding (2); expired tag (1); driving while license suspended (6); no driver's license (5); no proof of insurance (4); reckless driving (1); child restraint (2); switched tag (1); false information (1); threat (1); and violation of city dog ordinance (1).
Safety tip of the week
The Holly Springs Police Department has received information that someone is illegally soliciting financial donations to the department from citizens over the telephone. Chief Pearson said the police department is not requesting any donations at this time and does not make such requests over the telephone. Anyone having information concerning such telephone solicitations should notify the police department.
Also, the Holly Springs Police Department urges individuals to beware of “Pigeon Drop” scams.
“Be wary of individuals who promise large sums of money for a ride to a specified location or who may ask you to withdraw large sums of money, promising a ‘larger return for your money,’ Pearson said. “They may ask you to hold a large sum of money, asking you for your money and then asking you to take them to a specified location to meet a friend. At this point, they generally disappear with your money and leave you holding rolls of newspaper that previously appeared to be a large roll of dollar bills.”
If asked to withdraw money, talk to your bank manager prior to taking money from your account. Explain to your banker what is going on. Also, it is recommended that you do not agree to give anyone a ride in exchange for money. Anyone who encounters this type of activity should make immediate contact with the police department.
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