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Featured Crime 10/14/2017
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Offense: Grandparent Scam
Suspect: Three male suspects
Time/Date: Starting on September 26th
Location: Various locations
Synopsis:
The Caernarvon Township Police Department is investigating a “Grandparent Scam” that began on September 26th. The victim is an 88 year old female. She received a call from someone who claimed to be her grandson. The “grandson” said that he was driving a friend’s car and there was marijuana in the car and he had been arrested and needed money to get out of jail. The grandson then passed the phone over to an unknown male who said his name was Sergeant DAVIS.  Sgt. DAVIS instructed my victim to go to Walmart and obtain (2) two $1,000.00 gift cards and call him back at a specified number, to provide the gift card numbers.
 
The elderly victim was provided with accurate information, by the suspects, such as her grandson’s name and address. 
 
The following day, September 27th., the elderly victim received another call for “Sgt Davis”  asking for another $2,000.00 in Walmart gift cards, which the victim supplied.
 
The gift cards were cashed at three different locations by three different individuals.
  1. 09/26/17 at 1726 hours - Store #1182 174 Cypress Point Pkwy Palm Coast, FL 32164-7438
  2. 09/27/17 at 1243 hours - Store #5227 6000 Burke Commons Road, Burke, VA 22015-2805
  3. 09/27/17 at 1434 hours - Store # 1852 14000 Worth Ave, Woodbridge ,VA 22192-4121
Investigation learned that when the suspects went in to cash the elderly victim’s gift cards, they also cashed numerous other cards at the same time. Some of the other cards were generated from out of Booneville, AZ; King, NC; & several other PA areas.
Anyone with information pertaining to this incident or who can identify the suspects is requested to call Crime Alert Berks Tip Line at 1-877-373-9913 or use your mobile phone to text tips to keyword ALERTBERKS along with your tip to 847411. You may also contact Caernarvon Township Police, Detective Chad Eberly at 610-286-1012 x-122.
 
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Crime Alert Berks County is an organization of interested citizens, businesses, service organizations, corporations and social clubs, which formed to help our police departments in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to obtain credible leads that will result in arrests of criminals and solving crimes. This organization's inception was on August 1, 1998. Numerous crimes have been solved and arrests have been made as a result of tips e-mailed and phoned into the tip line.
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