The following information was taken from Richmond Hill Police Department reports.
Reverend leads renters astray — Officers were called to a rental home on Bristol Way around 5 p.m. Tuesday after a real estate agent conducting a check on what she thought was an empty rental home found it occupied.
A North Carolina man and a Georgia woman arrived at the residence with a moving truck shortly afterward and produced a rental agreement signed by a “Rev. Gabriel” and said they had located the property on Craigslist.com. The couple had already wired a deposit of $660 to a man in Texas and had received a receipt and key to the house. The real estate agent said her company had been dealing with similar scams.
Officers said when the couple contacted “Rev. Gabriel” by phone they detected what they thought to be an “island” accident. The real estate agent allowed the couple to stay the night in the house and officers suggested they contact the FBI in order to track down the jurisdiction where the scam actually occurred.
Lightning strikes twice — Two homes in the Sterling Creek Plantation subdivision were damaged by lightning during a storm the evening of Aug. 4.
A house on Cut Off Way lost power and was flooded with about an inch of water in the laundry room, kitchen and garage after lightning hit the home and broke its water main, police said. The Richmond Hill Fire Department found a burnt area on the west side of the house near the roof line but no fire was detected.
A homeowner from Sterling Creek Drive soon after approached police to say a lightning strike had destroyed his television set. The Richmond Hill Fire Department discovered that lightning had hit a cable television wire outside the home. No further damage was detected.