Police Log: Social Security Number Fraud by Ex, ATV Issues
Officers also responded to multiple fireworks calls on July 4th.
Recent activity as reported by the Newtown Township Police Department:
Tuesday, July 3
A resident of Society Place came to police headquarters shortly before 9 a.m. to report that her ex-husband had fraudulently used her social security number to open at least one account and failed to pay the bill. The victim also told the officer that this is not the first time her ex has caused damage to her credit standing and she has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The officer advised the victim contact the Social Security Administration and credit agencies to put a fraud alert on her accounts.
Shortly after 9:00 a.m., police received a report from a property owner that at some point after 9:00 pm on July 1 an unknown person drove a vehicle on his farm on the corner of on the corner of Twining Road and Upper Silver Lake Road and caused damage to his crops. The victim told police that the damage to his corn caused him a loss of approximately $500.
Officers received a report from a resident of Midland Road in Wrightstown reporting that they had placed items for sale on Craig’s List and received a response from someone who wanted to send them a payment in excess of the asking price. The potential purchaser told the victims to cash the money orders he would send and then return the excess of $1,900 to him. The sellers did not fall for the scam and stopped contact with the other party.
Police responded to Cherry Lane in Wrightstown Township just before 8:00 pm to address a dispute between neighbors. One party explained that he was driving his ATV on his own property when his neighbor took offense to the noise being generated and asked him to stop. The situation began to escalate with both men feeling that they were acting appropriately. The officer was able to calm the situation and the men agreed to be more respectful of each other.
Around 10:10 p.m., officers were dispatched to a home on Apple Hill Lane for a complaint that unknown people were riding ATVs on the caller’s property. When the officer arrived, the property owner explained that the riders left the property, the area was checked but the ATVs were not located.
Just after 10:30 p.m., police responded to Pine Lane in Wrightstown for a noise complaint. The responding officer located a loud party and spoke with the host who agreed to reduce the noise level. No further police action was required.
Wednesday, July 4
An officer on patrol observed a motorist proceed through a steady red traffic signal and make an illegal U-turn on the Newtown Bypass shortly after 5:30 a.m. The motorist was stopped and after initial investigation, the driver a 21 year-old resident of Bensalem was taken to Saint Mary Medical Center to have blood drawn for testing. She was released pending the results of the alcohol level in her blood.
Police were dispatched to a business at the intersection of Durham and Windy Bush Road for a report that the service station had been burglarized overnight. Township detectives were notified and will conduct the investigation.
Police fielded multiple calls for illegal fireworks being set off. The calls began around 9:20 in various locations within Newtown and Wrightstown Townships.
Thursday, July 5
Around 1:45 p.m., a resident of Lancaster Lane reported that an iPod was stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was parked in her driveway overnight.
Friday, July 6
At approximately 9:35 a.m., a resident of Crittenden Drive called police to report fraudulent activity on his credit card account. The victim told the officer that he had hired an exterminator using the credit card, then made the decision to cancel the contract. It was after the contract had been canceled that he discovered the unauthorized purchase in the amount of $100.00 on his account. The card has been canceled and the credit card company will conduct an investigation.
A resident of Franklin Court called police shortly after 10:00 a.m. to report that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle overnight taking change from a cup in the console.
While on patrol in the Crown Pointe development around 1:00 p.m., an officer saw a small hose coming off the fire hydrant at the 1100 building of Diamond Drive. The hose went across the street and into a white pick up truck the officer spoke to the male with truck who provided identification and told the officer that he does power washing and gets a water counter through Newtown Artesian Water Company, so he can pay for the water he uses. Contact with a representative from Newtown Artesian Water Company verified the information. No further police action was required.
Officers were dispatched to Gettysburg Lane of to a report of a residential burglary shortly after 5 p.m. The victim reported that he left his home around 3:45 and when he returned about an hour later he discovered that his back door was open and a window was broken. The victim will compile a list of missing property and forward it to detectives for further investigation.
Monday, July 9
A resident of Sterling Street called police at approximately 5:45 a.m. to report that she heard a loud band outside and when she looked out a window she saw a male subject get into a small vehicle that was on the street next to her neighbor’s parked car. The suspicious vehicle sped off and then the caller noticed that the driver’s window in her neighbor’s car had been smashed. The owner of the damaged car reported that an I pod and a GPS unit were taken from the car. The stolen items are valued at approximately $550.
Around 8:00 a.m., a resident of Leedom Way reported that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle overnight and took her wallet. The vehicle had been parked in a nearby parking lot at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.