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Resident Reports $67K in Fraudulent Credit Card Charges

Township police also made two DUI arrests and copper worth $1,000 was stolen from a construction site.

A Newtown Township man has been the victim of $67,000 in fraudulent charges on his credit card, according to Newtown Township Police.

Police said they were dispatched to a home on Bayshore Drive on Sunday around 11:10 a.m. after the resident called to report he was the victim of credit card fraud.  The victim told the officer that his credit card company notified him of suspicious activity on his account in an amount of approximately $67,000. 

The account has been canceled and the investigation has been turned over to detectives.    

Township police also reported the following recent activity:

Monday, Nov. 19

At approximately 9:10 a.m. a Toll Brothers employee reported that someone stole copper pipes from two homes under construction Sebastian Alley.   The employee told police a subcontractor called him two days before to tell him about the theft.  The officer observed the two locations where copper pipes and wire had been stripped from the unsecure properties.  The estimated value of the stolen property is at least $1,000. 

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Shortly after 7 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Richboro Road near the Newtown Bypass for a report of a struck pedestrian.  The responding officer learned that a male was walking along the roadway and the mirror of a passing vehicle clipped him.  The injuries to the pedestrian were not life threatening and the accident is still under investigation. 

Just after 8 p.m., a resident of Williams Avenue in Wrightstown reported that a portable generator was stolen from his attached garage.  The victim told the responding officer that the generator was in the garage on Friday and he noticed that it was missing around 5 p.m. that evening.  The estimated value is of the generator is $1,000.  

Wednesday, Nov. 21

A resident of Sequoia Drive called police around 10 a.m. to report that she had received a call on Tuesday evening from someone claiming to be from Comcast stating that there were signal problems at her residence and they wanted to schedule a service call.  The resident was not having any problems and felt that the call was strange she called Comcast and was told there were no problems in her area.

Police were dispatched to a business on Terry Drive at approximately 3 p.m. for a report that an unknown male was taking scrap metal from the property. The responding officer met with employees, who said no one was given permission to take the metal or be on the property.  The subject told the officer that he believed the metal, valued at approximately $30, was being thrown away because it was not far from the curb.  The management of the business declined to press charges against the man with the understanding that he would not return to the location. 

Thursday, Nov. 22

At approximately 2:35 a.m., police observed a motorist commit a traffic violation and stopped him in the area of Mill Pond and Buck Roads.  At the stop the man, a Newtown Township resident, was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to Saint Mary Medical Center to have blood drawn for testing before charges of DUI are filed.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.   

Sunday, Nov. 25

Shortly after 4 a.m., police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Short Lane after observing the motorist commit a traffic violation.  At the stop the driver, a 23-year-old Philadelphia man, was taken into custody and transported to Saint Mary Medical Center for a blood draw. Charges of DUI are pending and the vehicle was towed from the scene. 

At approximately 10:30 p.m., an officer patrolling the area of the Newtown Grant Recreation Center observed an occupied vehicle and made contact with the two adults in the car.  The occupants were advised that they should not be on the property after hours. They left without incident. 

Around 2:30 p.m. police responded to the Bucks County Community College for a complaint of vandalism to artwork.  The Directory of & Security at the school met police and showed the officer that someone using a sharp implement intentionally defaced the plaster statue, which is valued at $500. 

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