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RHPD blotter: ‘I’m the owner, send me money’ routine doesn’t work for caller
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From Richmond Hill Police Department reports:

 Matter of record: An employee of a local motel reported July 23 an “unknown male called the hotel pretending to be the owner and demanded she transfer money from the safe via Western Union.”

The employee “continuously told the caller ‘no’ and the conversation eventually ended with the male telling her she was fired.” The employee talked to her boss and learned the call was a scam, etc. The officer told the clerk “to tell all employees this is a common scam and to not provide any information or currency.”

Traffic violations: An officer monitoring traffic on Highway 17 near NAPA around 9:56 p.m. July 23 clocked a vehicle doing 80 mph. He pulled the vehicle over and learned the driver, who didn’t speak English, didn’t have a license. The man’s vehicle was towed and he was arrested, given a court date and released.

Disorderly conduct: Police were sent to Jalapenos restaurant near Kroger regarding an “unruly customer causing problems” around 10:30 p.m. July 23. The man left the restaurant before police arrived, but after getting a vehicle description an officer spotted the man’s pickup headed toward I-95 and pulled it over.

The man claimed he wanted to order food but was told they were closed, and as he left someone approached him and tried to fight him.

Witnesses, however, said as soon as the man got into the restaurant he “began to yell, curse and raise hell despite the other customers within the business.”

Because “numerous calls were emerging and we were short on officers (the man) was cited and released,” The report said.

Meth: An officer pulled over a van with no taillights and no tag around 2:22 a.m. July 22 near motels on Highway 17. A female passenger in the van had what turned out to be meth in her purse. She was arrested.

Matter of record: A man with an Ohio address reported July 21 “he was supposed to meet with another party (at J.F. Gregory Park) to pick up a dog he had purchased but now believes he was scammed.”

The man said he paid $2,400 for a husky puppy, but “shortly before they were supposed to meet the subject requested additional money for the shots and told them that if they refused to pay they could be charged for ‘animal abandonment’ and would also be sued,” the report said, noting the man paid through an app called Apple Pay.

He wanted the incident documented. He was told to contact Apple Pay to see if he could get his money back.

Speeding, marijuana possession: An officer pulled over a semi on Highway 17 around 4 a.m. July 20 when he clocked it going 68 mph. The cab of the truck smelled of pot and the driver told police he had some in his pocket. He was taken to RHPD and cited for possession of less than an ounce and speeding.

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