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Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 6:05 AM
UPDATE @ 5 p.m (Mar. 17)
Cedarville Police are still looking for a pair of suspects that continue to use stolen credit card information in the area.
The pair has reportedly encrypted small cards with the stolen information and are using those cards at stores such as Wal-Mart or Kroger. The pair then utilizes the self check out options and swipe multiple cards until one of them works.
If you have any information regarding the suspects pictured you are asked to call Cedarville Police at (937) 766-2881.
CEDARVILLE — The Cedarville Police Department is searching for suspects involved in a recent credit card scam.
Several individuals in Greene County were defrauded after the suspects copied credit card numbers and potentially used a counterfeit telecommunications device allowing victims to incur charges without their knowledge or consent, according to police.
These suspects were recorded using counterfeit credit cards at shopping centers and superstores in the area, according to police.
The suspects typically use self-checkout lanes and potentially use more than one card. The cards used by the suspects usually do not include a chip.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information is asked to contact the Cedarville Police Department at 937-766-5205, Greene County Sheriff’s Office 937- 376-5111 or your local police department.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:19 PM
DAYTON — A sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is growing, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account.
There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and, in one case reported in Maryland, it appeared a fraudulent refund check had been deposited using a smartphone.
According to the IRS, the victim will then receive a call or recorded message saying they need to return the funds to a collection agency-which is actually the scam account.
If you pay the scammers, you will get a double whammy hit to your bank account when the IRS or your bank realize that the deposit was bogus and withdraws the funds.
The number of victims jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand in just days, after more tax practitioner data breaches, according to the IRS.
The IRS has these recommendations to avoid getting scammed:
If you notice a suspicious deposit, contact your bank to have the money returned to the IRS and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
If you receive a paper check, write “void” in the endorsement field on the back and return it to the location printed on the check.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:49 AM
MIDDLETOWN — Two Middletown High School students were charged with disorderly conduct after a disturbance Friday in the school that caused a lockdowns at multiple schools, Middletown police said.
After the fight, someone in the crowd yelled: “He’s probably going to get a gun,” according to Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division of Police.
But police don’t believe anyone “threatened” to get a gun, Reeve said.
The alleged comment was reported by students to school officials, who immediately informed police, causing a rush to the school. Police then closed down the school’s doors, keeping anyone from leaving or coming in, Reeve said.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:10 AM
MIDDLETOWN — Middletown police rarely respond to call for service at a Middletown bar where a man was punched and later died Saturday, according to police reports.
Police have been called to Old Crow Bar, 1217 Jackson Lane, three times this year, for reports of a bad check, possible OVI arrest and for Saturday’s incident.
John W. Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar, died Saturday morning after an incident in the Middletown bar, according to Middletown police and friends.
Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division of Police. Fugate fell backward off the stage and hit his head on the concrete floor, Reeve said. He was unconscious when police arrived at 1:18 a.m., Reeve said. Fugate was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died Saturday, police said.
Reeve said police know who allegedly punched Fugate, but no charges have been filed. After the investigation is complete, the facts will be presented to the Butler County Grand Jury for consideration, Reeve said.
In 2017, police responded to the bar once for a possible drunk patron on Sept. 15, according to police reports.
Police were called to the bar four times in 2016 for reports of domestic dispute, drugs, public disturbance and breaking and entering.
Reeve said Old Crow has changed management a few times, and while it was “a problem at times,” it’s not causing a nuisance now.
Fugate’s autopsy was performed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, but results have not been released, officials said.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:17 AM
LEBANON — Two Warren County boys in detention are scheduled to appear today in juvenile court in connection with alleged school threat cases.
One boy, 17, of Turtlecreek Twp. is charged with inducing panic by texting, “THAT’S IT IM GONNA SHOOT UP A SCHOOL I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE” to friends on Feb. 15.
This case stems from an incident reported on Friday night by Lebanon City Schools involving a student threatening a student in another district using social media.
He is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. in the Warren County Juvenile Court.
Another juvenile is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. hearing on charges including inducing panic and intimidation of a witness in the court in Lebanon, according to court officials.
No complaint has been filed in this case.