The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible case of identity theft involving a Union man who was targeted by a collection agency for a phone bill he didn’t owe.
The incident report states a deputy was dispatched Tuesday morning to a Union residence in reference to a possible identity theft. The complainant said he’d received a letter from a collection agency stating he owed the phone company $687.12 but they were willing to settle for $100. The deputy then called the phone company and were told the complainant did not have an account with them and that they do not use the collection agency that called him.
The complainant said he called the collection agency and they only confirmed the last two digits of his Social Security number was used along with his date of birth. He said the collection agency told him the account was coming back to an individual in Greenville and another in Buffalo.
The following incidents are being investigated by the sheriff’s office.
A man and is son got an expensive lesson about what can happen when you leave a four-wheeler unattended in the woods for two days.
The incident report states the victim said his son was riding a four-wheeler out on the trails in the woods behind their residence at 135 Echo Valley Lane, Union, on the evening of March 22 when the vehicle ran out of gas. When they went to take some gas to the four-wheeler on Saturday afternoon, the victim said they discovered the vehicle was gone. The victim said he’d just put new, thicker tire treads on the four-wheeler shortly before it was stolen.
The four-wheeler is a red 2004 Honda 350 with an estimated value of $3,000.
Amplifier, Ratchet Sets, Medication Stolen
It was parked in his driveway, but this was no impediment to the thief or thieves who took advantage of unlocked car doors to steal more than $500 worth of a Union man’s property.
The incident report states a deputy was dispatched Monday morning to 387 Putman Road, Union, in reference to the theft of several items. The victim told the deputy that someone stole a Bostwi Amp, two ratchet sets, and several prescription medications out of his vehicle. The theft occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. that morning.
The report states the victim’s car was left unlocked and parked in the driveway overnight. Deputies photographed the the glove compartment which was locked but damaged during the incident. Wires in the vehicle were cut in order to disconnect the amplifier from the stereo.
The amplifier has an estimated value of $400 while the ratchet sets had a combined value of $100 and the medication $10.
County Property Vandalized
A concession and stand and restroom at a county recreational facility were the target of a pair of juvenile vandals earlier this week.
The incident report states that while on unrelated call Tuesday night, a deputy was dispatched to the South Hills Softball Complex in reference to two black male juveniles throwing rocks at the concession stand and restroom building. The complainant told the deputy the juveniles were wearing dark colored clothing and were around 14 years old. He said his wife told him she heard glass break.
The deputy did not find the suspects but did see the damage to the building. He spoke with a group of adults who had two black female juveniles with them. The juveniles were around seven years of age. The group, which was on the other side of the building, said they had not seen the suspects.
Damage to the building was estimated at $100.
The following persons were arrested by the sheriff’s office.
James Edward Spencer, 53, 109 Hayes Drive, Union, charged Sunday with malicious damage to property.
Brandon Clint Mobley, 22, 1130 Linersville Road, Buffalo, charged March 23 with driving under suspension.
Jacqueline Meleane Rogers, 194 Peacewood Drive, Union, charged Tuesday with petit larceny.