Weekly Police Incident Report: June 8th - 14th
For the reporting period of Monday, June 8th - Sunday, June 14th, CPD officers responded to 349 calls for service, including 14 automobile accidents & 22 calls to assist the CFD. Many of these calls involved unlocked vehicles with valuables left inside. Help us reduce opportunities for crime by remembering to use your #9pmRoutine all day, every day:
-Lock your vehicle regardless of where you are
-Always remove items of value, including keys, key fobs & garage remotes
-At home, lock your garages & turn on exterior lights & security systems.
Read on for more about what happened around town last week:
Monday afternoon, a man posing as an Amazon support member called a resident & informed her she had been overcharged for a purchase. The faux Amazon employee directed the woman to a website where he was able to use malware to remotely hack into her computer. To learn more about how to avoid & detect malware scams, please visit: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0011-malware
A resident contacted the CPD Monday evening after discovering his identification information had been fraudulently used to open a credit card. The card was opened using the resident’s name & previous address. Thanks to a helpful USPS employee, the card was delivered to the resident’s new address before it could be used. For information on protecting yourself from identity theft please visit: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/identity-theft
After several weeks away, a resident returned to his home in the Moorlands Monday night where he discovered someone damaged his motorcycle. He believes the damage may be related to an ongoing dispute with a relative.
While on patrol in the Hi-Pointe – DeMun Neighborhood early Tuesday morning, a CPD officer observed a man trying to enter vehicles parked in the area. When the officer attempted to stop the man he fled in a silver Chevrolet Malibu with a temporary Missouri license plate. Further investigation revealed the temporary plate had been reported as stolen from St. Louis City Monday afternoon. Officers later discovered 4 unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood had been rummaged through during the same timeframe. Taken from the vehicles were cash & personal items.
Later Tuesday morning, the manager of a DeMun area business reviewed surveillance from the weekend & discovered an employee stole cash from the business on each of his last 3 shifts. The employee was terminated & investigation is ongoing.
A law firm received an email with a suspicious link for a wire transfer request on Wednesday. Friday, employees discovered several fraudulent wire transfers from the firm’s bank accounts had been completed without authorization. Initial investigation revealed the transfers are originating outside of the United States.
A resident in the 6400 block of San Bonita reported she was awakened by someone pounding on the back door of her residence in the early morning hours Saturday. While inspecting the door several hours later, she discovered the pounding had resulted in damage to both her door & the door frame. Investigation is ongoing.
CPD officers responded to the area of Clayton Rd. & Francis Place Saturday evening after an individual called 911 & reported she stabbed someone. The woman was quickly located & taken into custody. The male victim was found in a nearby business & was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his wound. The suspect & victim were strangers & had no interaction prior to the assault. Warrants were issued for assault 2nd, armed criminal action & unlawful use of a weapon. She is currently being held on a $50,000 cash only bond.
Sunday morning, a family on Audubon discovered someone entered their garage & removed glasses & change from one of their vehicles. Entry was gained through an unlocked side door & it is believed the offender exited via the overhead garage door. The residents recalled being awoken overnight by the family dog barking & sounds of the garage door opening or closing. The stolen glasses were recovered by a neighbor in the area of Audubon & Cromwell.
Finally, a resident on Ellenwood was in for a surprise Sunday morning when he discovered a bicycle had been abandoned in his front yard landscaping. The bicycle does not match the description of any bikes reported as lost or stolen. It is being stored for safekeeping at the CPD.
Stay safe everyone!