Bristol Police Log: Nigerian internet scam surfaces

BRISTOL — On April 26, Bristol police investigated a complaint about social media harassment in the form of a scam originating in Nigeria. The Bristol victim was able to block the communication and no further action was taken.
Between April 22 and May 5, Bristol police assisted Vermont State Police three times, Essex police once, Vergennes police once, Bristol Fire Department once and the Bristol Department of Public Works once.
Officers in the Bristol Police Department completed 18 foot patrols and more than eight hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
Bristol officers checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School eight times, conducted five business checks, secured one unsecure building, processed at least six requests for fingerprints and verified one vehicle identification number.
In other recent activity, Bristol police:
•On April 22 responded to a two-car crash. A report is forthcoming.
•On April 22 facilitated the return of a lost wallet.
•On April 26 investigated a car crash. A report is forthcoming.
•On April 26 investigated a gas drive-off and determined it was an accident. The person was contacted and paid for the gas.
•On April 29 served court paperwork to someone.
•On April 29 investigated an alleged harassing phone call and determined the activity did not rise to the level of an offense.
•On April 30 helped someone gain access to their locked vehicle.
•On May 2 checked the welfare of someone in the town park and observed no issues of concern.
•On May 2 received three tobacco complaints dating from April 5, 19 and 29, and issued three tickets as a result.
•On May 2 took possession of an iPhone that was found on Lincoln Road. The owner may contact Bristol police at 453-2533 to retrieve it.
•On May 4 opened an investigation into fraudulent debit card use.
•On May 4 investigated a two-car crash with property damage. A report is forthcoming.
•On May 4 investigated a report of erratic driving, located the vehicle and determined that the driver was not impaired.
•On May 4 investigated a report of motorcycle speeding on local streets but the motorcycles were gone before police arrived.

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