From Bryan County Sheriff’s Office reports:
Possible fraud: This is one of the oddest police incident reports we’ve ever seen. A South Bryan man called BCSO Wednesday “in reference to (original complaint: ‘strange cyber terrorist email asking for USB sticks he is sending to Russia) possible fraud attempt,” a deputy reported. “I spoke to the (complainant) who advised while he was browsing eBay shopping for a mercury battery for his camera, he found one for sale.”
The man told the deputy that eBay wouldn’t ship batteries containing mercury, so he went straight to the source.
“(The complainant) contacted the seller directly. (He) advised the seller’s name was Valery Vladimirovich Ostashin who lives in Russia. (Complainant) advised he purchased the battery through his Pay Pal account and he received the battery.”
The complainant then got an email from the Russian asking him “for his help on shipping twenty (20) USB drives to him in Russia. (The man) agreed to help Ostashin.”
So, the complainant said he received a package with the 20 USB drives from a Brooklyn business address. The complainant repackaged the 20 USB drives and sent them to the Russian at an address in the Russian Federation.
The complainant said the Russian kept his promise and reimbursed him for the shipping fees using Pay Pal, but he then got a second package from the Russian along with an email asking if he’d send it on to the same address as the last package, only this time the complainant was asked to address this package to a “different subject by the name of Moiseeva Lyalya Nurmehametovna, who Ostashin identified as his wife,” the report said.
This is when the complainant got suspicious, so he took a look at one of the USBs, saw it “contained data” and “suspected this could be involving some type of criminal activity and contacted law enforcement.”
The deputy in turn contacted the GBI, and the complainant was asked to give them to a GBI agent “at his earliest convenience.” He also got a case number and was told how to get a copy of the report.
Burglary: A Pembroke woman told deputies Tuesday that someone “entered her mobile home, and stole an antique mahogany dining room table, and six matching stairs.”
The woman said the table was heavy and it would have “taken several people to move it,” the report said. The woman also said she doesn’t live at the trailer but checks on it every week or so. She said the table was there March 16.
The report said there were no signs the place had been broken into, but she found the front door open. The woman said the table was more than 100 years old, but she wasn’t sure how much it was worth.
Matter of record: A deputy was dispatched round 6 p.m. Wednesday to mile marker 83 on I-95 south regarding an anonymous complaint regarding a kid who’d been kicked and then ran into the woods, or ran into the woods and then was kicked.
The deputy spoke with the mother of the kid who ran off. She said her “juvenile daughter and juvenile son were arguing in the back seats. (The mother) stated she pulled over to separate the two (2) juveniles and as she got them out of the vehicle they continued fighting. (The mother) stated once she was able to separate them the daughter ran into the woods.”
While the deputy was there, “the female juvenile approached slowly and spoke to me. The juvenile stated she was scared her mother was going to spank her for fighting her younger brother. Both juveniles were secured back in the vehicle.”
Unknown vehicle: A Pembroke woman called deputies Tuesday night “in reference to headlights that often go part way up her driveway,” a report said.
“Upon the deputies arrival, the complainant stated that a vehicle every night comes part way up her driveway and then backs out. 119 Storage is located in front of the complainant’s house. Deputies advised the complainant that the storage units are part of the patrol zone and the spot light from the deputies vehicle may be what she is seeing. The deputies advised the complainant that if an unwanted vehicle does come all the way up her driveway to call back.”