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The scammed was warned by a nice Mr. Jones | RENTON POLICE BLOTTER
The following was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
A Mr. Jones called the Renton woman May 15 to let her know she had won some money from the Publishers Clearing House.
And he also warned her of a scam that someone posing as an employee of the direct marketer was contacting winners.
About an hour later a Mr. Whiteside called with news that she had won $25,000 and would get an additional $11,000 if she paid the taxes first.
She called Mr. Jones back, who advised her Mr. Whiteside was legitimate.
She then called Mr. Whiteside to let him know she wanted the bonus money. All she had to do was wire $1,600 for the taxes to a Ms. Williams in Jamaica. She did but the bonus money never showed up.
She called Mr. Whiteside, who said the taxes were more than he expected and she needed to wire $1,500 more to Ms. Williams. But after an hour the money was still not in her account.
These instructions continued until the Renton woman had wired an additional $1,625, part to an unknown woman in Indiana and the rest through a Green Dot money order. Mr. Whiteside had told her to rip up receipts.
The $11,000 never showed in her account. She was desperate to get the money because she had used up all her savings, $4,725. Mr. Whiteside called her; she accused him of stealing her money. He told her this wasn't a scam and she needed to follow his instructions. She told him not to call back and she was calling the police.
In searching the Internet, she discovered there were multiple scams involving Publishers Clearing House.
The legitimate Publishers Clearing House website warns of the scams, including one that requires payment of taxes or that requires sending money through Green Dot MoneyPak, which is a legitimate company.
Her aunt made her do it
Wal-Mart store security watched May 14 as two women selected large amounts of women's clothing; one woman walked to cosmetics and loaded all the clothing into shopping bags and walked from the store on Rainier Avenue.
She was stopped and admitted she intended to steal the merchandise, worth about $384. The idea to shoplift the clothes was her aunt's, the other woman. The aunt planned to sell the clothing on the street to get money to pay for a hotel room.
Store security didn't see the aunt steal anything; she had left the store before the suspect walked out with the clothing.
The 20-year-old SeaTac woman was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of third-degree theft.
Exposing man's email finally blocked
After receiving about 50 calls from a man exposing himself on her cell phone, the Renton woman asked her service provider to block the man's email address.
The woman has been receiving the harassing calls since February. She could only provide the race of the man, who was making video calls. She asked him repeatedly to stop, but he wouldn't respond.
When using such devices, a phone number doesn't appear but an email address does. No one answered when an officer attempted to call the email address.
The case was forwarded to Renton detectives.
Boy knew candy, hug were wrong
A 7-year-old boy, with the help of neighbors, described to an officer how a man in his late teens offered him candy and a hug May 12 outside his apartment.
The parents were present but they don't speak English.
The boy knew something was wrong, so he ran back to his home to tell his parents.
The man rode off in a 2000 blue Ford Windstar driven by a woman.
Theft caught on surveillance video
A thief was caught on video stealing an iPod, GPS unit and a flashlight from a car May 12 on Bremerton Court Northeast.
The time on the surveillance video was 12:46 a.m. The video shows a white male in his late teens or early 20s, wearing a light jacket and jeans.
The victim didn't have the serial numbers for the stolen items. The officer handed him information about the City of Renton's new TrackMole program, a web-based database of serial numbers that allows police and someone who finds a stolen item to track down their owners.
He claims girlfriend having affair with his relative
A 36-year-old Renton man was arrested May 12 after he struck his girlfriend of four years because he claimed she was having sex with a male relative of his.
The couple had just broken up and the 35-year-old woman was standing next to several pieces of luggage when officers arrived. Her hair was disheveled and she was quickly wiping away her tears.
She told officers the boyfriend had hit her several times in the face with a closed fist. She wanted medics to check her.
The man was arrested as he sat smoking on a plastic chair on the porch. He was booked into jail for investigation of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence.
Student expelled from school
A 12-year-old middle-school student was driven home by a police officer in handcuffs May 12 after she kicked staff members at the school.
School staff had called 911 because of a dispute involving a student. She was resisting staff members' attempts to restrain her when officers arrived.
She was expelled, but her father wasn't able to pick her up. The school staff told the officer the father had indicated he would be at home but it appeared no one was home when an officer dropped off the girl at home.
The school principal didn't want the girl charged criminally.