Middlebury Police Log: Woman loses money to phony ‘grandson’

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed on Sept. 23 that a local woman had been the victim of fraud that day. The woman told police that a person claiming to be her grandson asked her to wire him money because he had been arrested in Seattle.
The woman told police she wired four transactions totaling $9,493. But she subsequently spoke with her “real” grandson and learned she had been scammed.
Police warned the public to never wire money to anyone without being sure who they are.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Received a report that someone had disabled the brake system of a bike parked at Middlebury Union High School on Sept. 17.
•  Were informed of the theft of a sump pump from Aubuchon Hardware on Court Street on Sept. 17.
•  Disposed of a syringe that someone had found on the ground near Exchange Street Storage on Sept. 17.
•  Warned two juveniles to stop shooting an Airsoft gun in the Main Street area on Sept. 17. Police said the youths were allegedly shooting at some birds.
•  Were informed of the theft of a real estate sign from the Airport Road area on Sept. 18.
•  Helped settle an argument between the seller and prospective buyer of a used vehicle on Sept. 18.
•  Responded to a family dispute in the Rogers Road area on Sept. 18.
•  Assisted fire and utility officials at locations around town where high winds had blown electrical wires and/or limbs on local roads on Sept. 18. Affected areas included North Pleasant Street and Upper Plains Road.
•  Took a truant student back to the Champlain Valley Academy in Catamount Park on Sept. 20.
•  Responded to a report of someone using a fake identification card in an attempt to buy liquor at Hannaford Supermarket on Sept. 20.
•  Ticketed a Middlebury Union Middle School student for being a minor in possession of tobacco on campus on Sept. 21.
•  Ticketed a Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center student for being a minor in possession of tobacco on campus on Sept. 21.
•  Ticketed a man for using a fake identification card in an attempt to buy alcohol from the Middlebury Short Stop on Court Street on Sept. 21.
•  Responded to a report of a drunken customer declining to leave Two Brothers Tavern on Main Street on Sept. 22. The person was leaving as police arrived.
•  Interviewed a man who claimed to have been assaulted in the Jayne Court area on Sept. 22.
•  Cited an MUHS juvenile student for being in possession of marijuana at the school’s homecoming dance on Sept. 22. Police seized the marijuana and a pipe from the student.
•  Went to the scene of a motor vehicle accident, with injuries, on Route 7 North (near High Street) on Sept. 23.
•  Served court diversion paperwork to two minors caught drinking in the Washington Street area on Sept. 23.

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