UNION COUNTY — Robberies, scams, vandalism, thefts from automobiles, burglaries of homes, larceny, assault are among the crimes being investigated by law enforcement in Union County.
The Union Public Safety Department is investigating the following incidents:
• Theft From Motor Vehicle
On Sunday, June 11, an officer was dispatched to a residence on North Church Street in reference to a break-in of a motor vehicle.
The incident report states the victim told the officer that someone had broken into her car sometime during the night. It states the victim said the thief or thieves took her wallet which contained $167 in cash, her driver’s license, Direct Express debit card for Social Security, and Social Security card.
The report states the victim said she didn’t lock her car doors the previous night and left her wallet in the console. The victim said she’d picked up everything from the ground. She said the thief or thieves rummaged through everything in her car and threw all her papers on the ground. She said she had picked up the papers and been in and out of the car several times before the officer arrived.
The report states the officer told the victim she needed to call and report that her card was stolen. It states he also advised her that she could pick up a copy of the incident report on Monday. The case has since been forwarded to investigations.
Also on Sunday, June 11, an officer was dispatched to a residence on Willow Lane in reference to an assault.
The report states that dispatch informed the officer that EMS was on the way to the scene due to a laceration.
When the officer arrived, the report states the victim said he had been robbed by two individuals with a gun under the tree on West Henrietta Street. The victim said he had been walking to a friend’s when the two individuals pulled out a black 1911 pistol and beat him with it. The report states the officer observed several knots on the victim’s face and head and two lacerations on the right side of his head. He then took photos of the victim’s injuries.
The report states the victim said his attackers took $300 cash out of his pocket, his wallet, and his Verizon cell phone which he valued at $200.
While he did not know who his attackers were, the victim said they were young.
The officer issued the victim a victim’s advocate form.
EMS then arrived on the scene and transported the victim to Union Medical Center.
The case was subsequently turned over to investigations.
On Friday, June 9, an officer was dispatched to a location at 513 North Duncan Bypass (Walmart) in reference to a scam.
The incident report states the officer spoke with the victim who said a man had called her cell phone and left a voice message that she needed to return his call and stated that the issue at hand was extremely time sensitive. It states the victim said the man also said that an arrest warrant would give legal officers the right to take strong legal action against her. The victim then showed the officer the message on her cell phone and he advised her to forward it to his work email.
The report states the victim said she asked the man who called what information he had about her and he said that she worked for Walmart, what day she was hired, and other personal information. It states the victim said the man told her she had taken out a loan in 2013 for $300 to $500 and didn’t repay the loan. The victim said he tried to get her to pay $651 over the phone, but that when she started asking question he told her she would have to speak with his supervisor. She said the man told her he had a warrant for her in front of him, but would not read or explain what the warrant was for.
The report states the victim said she spoke with Walmart’s management about the call and they said they would check with their computer personnel for any problems with employee information being stolen.The victim said the caller said he worked for a law firm in New York City.
The case was subsequently forwarded to investigations.
• Simple Assault
On Tuesday, June 13, an officer was called to a residence on South Mountain Street in reference to person who had been stabbed.
When the officer arrived, he spoke with the victim who said he had been stabbed in the back of the head. The report states the officer looked at the back of the victim’s head but didn’t see anything that looked like a stab wound. He did, however, see what the report states was a spot on the victim’s head that looked like it could have been caused by a fingernail. The victim was then transported by EMS to Union Medical Center.
The officer spoke with the victim again at the medical center and was told by the victim that he had been walking down McBeth Street and was approached by two black males. The report states the victim said the black males told him “You know what time it is, give it up.” It states the victim said the pair then assaulted him, but didn’t get anything from him.
The officer then took photographs of the victim and attached them to his report. The officer also completed a Victim’s Advocate Form for the victim.
On Tuesday, June 13, an officer was called to 141 Kirby Street (Jordan’s Storage Buildings) in reference to a break-in.
When the officer arrived, he spoke with the complainant/victim who said she had checked on her storage unit, 68D, that day and found someone had stolen some of her items. The report states the victim said the lock had not been cut but was unlocked. The victim said the last time she checked on her unit was on June 3 around noon and everything was still there.
The report states the victim said that when she checked on the unit around 8:55 p.m. she noticed someone had taken two containers of Avon merchandise valued at approximately $200; two trash bags of purses valued at approximately $250; two crates of candles valued at approximately $100; and one rotisserie valued at approximately $25.
• Theft From Motor Vehicle
On Tuesday, June 13, an officer to the larceny of a wallet at 1237 Arthur Boulevard (DD Food Mart).
When the officer arrived, he spoke with the victim who said he arrived at the store and went inside to purchase a Gatorade and a scratch off ticket. The report states the victim said he stepped out of his work van, took his wallet out of his pocket, removed some cash from it, and then placed it in the inside of his door. He then went inside, purchased the items he’d come for, went back out to his van where he played the scratch off ticket. The victim said he then went back inside the store to cash in his ticket and when he returned to his van he discovered his wallet. He added that he did not lock the door to his van.
The officer then went into the store and watched the video of the incident which showed the victim at 4:42 p.m. when he first arrived. The report states the video shows a person exit the passenger side of burgundy Crown Victoria-style vehicle and walk to where the van was parked while the victim was in the store. It states the video shows the individual walking back to get in their vehicle while putting something in their pocket and then driving off. The video, however, did not have a direct shot of the victim’s van.
The victim described his wallet as a black tri-fold with approximately $45 in cash in it. He said it also contained his Social Security number, driver’s license, and birth certificate.
The case was forwarded to investigations.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the following incidents:
• Vandalism Of Property
The incident report states that the complainant said that sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday, June 8 and noon Friday, June 9 someone vandalized the Lockhart Playground.
The report states a swing valued at $100 was damaged; two concrete benches valued at $200 were flipped over and broken; and one of the train cars valued at $100 was pushed over and damaged. In addition, there was trash all over the playground like someone had taken it out of the trash can. While the fence on the backside of the playground was heavily damaged, people in the area advised the officer that it had been down for a while.
Litter control responded to the location and picked up the trash.
The report states the incident will be investigated further by an investigator.
On Friday, June 9 a deputy spoke by phone with the complainant in reference to fraud.
The incident report states that the complainant said she is technical support for a Spectra Colorants, a local business in Union and that earlier that day she received an email from their accountant. She said the accountant received an email from someone saying they were the company’s CEO and he wanted her to set up a new account for a vendor so that the vendor could get paid that day.
The accountant responded to the person she thought was the CEO telling him that yes she could but she would need the information so that she could send it out. The supposed CEO responded that he had all the information and the only needed her to send a wire transfer in the amount of $25,550.
The report states the complainant said the person claiming to be the CEO also created a domain that’s the same as theirs except for one letter. She provided the deputy with copies of the emails.
The case was turned over to investigations.
• Theft From Motor Vehicle
On Tuesday, June 6 a deputy spoke with a complainant about a stolen hand-held portable radio.
The incident report states that the complainant said that between noon Wednesday, May 31 and noon Tuesday, June 6 someone stole a black Motorola HT1250 portable radio and a Training Shock dog collar out of his truck while it was parked at his residence on Monarch Highway.
The stolen items have a total value of $1,150. The incident was turned over to investigations.
On Friday, June 9 a deputy was dispatched to a residents on Monarch Highway in reference to a burglary.
When he arrived, the deputy spoke with the complainant who the incident report states said she was coming on the victim’s house while he is incarcerated and found the back door had been kicked open. The report states the complainant said the moped that usually remains inside the house was outside on the side of the building and its ignition was missing. It states the complainant said she found the ignition in the kitchen on the floor.
In addition, the complainant said she noticed several power tools were missing, but was not exactly sure of the type and brand.
The report states the deputy advised the complainant that an investigator would be following up with the victim once he is released from the Union County Detention Center. It further states and an investigator arrived on the scene to try and recover fingerprints and successfully recovered two which were placed into evidence and will be forward to CID for further investigation. A VNI was issued the complainant for the victim.
• Recovered Property
On Saturday, June 10 a deputy was dispatched to Buffalo Towing on Linersville Road in reference to recovered property.
When he arrived on the scene, the deputy spoke with the complainant/victim who the incident report states said that earlier that morning his neighbors spotted two persons inside of his fence where he keeps his wrecked cars. The complainant/victim said his neighbors called law enforcement but by the time they arrived the two individuals were gone.
The report states the subjects had jumped the fence in the corner of the property.
Later that evening, the report states the complainant/victim spotted items that he said were on a vehicle that was on the outside of the fence which lead him to believe the subjects stashed them on the vehicle with the hopes of returning for them later. The report describes the items as an After Market CD player and a pair of blue sneakers.
An investigator was dispatched to the scene in response to the complainant/victim’s request that the items be dusted for fingerprints. The investigator collected the items and took them back to the Sheriff’s Office to be processed. The responding deputy photographed the items and the vehicle they were taken out of. The case was sent on to investigations.
On Monday, June 12, a deputy spoke with a complainant at his residence on North 3rd Street in Lockhart in reference to someone breaking into the house.
The complainant said he believes someone has been coming into his home for the past two months when he leaves. He said that a couple of months ago he noticed his backup keys that were hidden in his house were missing. Since time he thinks someone has been coming into his house. He said that nothing has went missing from his house other than the keys.
• Vandalism Of Property
On Tuesday, June 13, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Webber Lake Road in reference to a vandalism.
When they arrived, deputies spoke with the victim who said she was awakened by the sound of her dog barking. She said she then heard glass breaking. The victim said she went outside and saw some kids walking down the road. She said they told her that a white car pulled up in front of her house and threw something through a window on the front of her house. The victim said they told her the car then went on down Webber Lake Road towards Browns Creek Road. She said they told her they did not see the driver of the white car.
The victim said she noticed a broken outer pane of glass on a front window of her home. She said she had not had any issues with anyone she could think of.
The incident report states deputies noticed a grey rock lying between the two panes. Photos were taken of the scene.
The report states the value of broken window is $100.
• Petit Larceny
On Tuesday, June 13, a resident of Eisontown Road reported that a package was stolen off the porch of her home.
The victim said that she’d ordered the package through E-Bay and had checked with her post office which told her it had been delivered on Tuesday, May 30. The incident report states that because of this May 30 will be considered the date the theft occurred.
The victim said she asked her neighbors about the situation, but no one had seen the package or any suspicious activity at her residence.
• Burglary, Larceny, Malicious Damage
On Tuesday, June 13, deputies responded to 844 Rice Avenue Extension (AT&T work office) in reference to a break in.
Deputies spoke with the complainant who said that someone had broken into the work officer property and cut the catalytic converters off of five of the company work vehicles. The complainant said that the back of one of the trucks was also pried open and 18 volt Dewalt drill was missing from inside.
Deputies also spoke with an AT&T employee who said he was the last person to leave the property the previous day, having left at approximately 7:30 p.m. and locking everything up. The employee said that another employee was the first to arrive that morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. and discovered the damage to the vehicles around 7:30 a.m.
Deputies observed what the incident report states was a place in the fence that surrounds the property that had been cut out and was approximately 5 ft high and 2 feet wide.
The report states the complainant estimated the damage to the vehicles to be $10,000 and estimated the drill to be worth $250.
Investigators were called to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
On Wednesday, June 14 a deputy responded to a residence on Linersville Road in reference to the vandalism of a mailbox.
When the deputy arrived, the victim said that sometime between 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. that morning someone pushed over his mailbox, breaking the wooden post and causing damage to the mailbox. The mailbox and its post are valued at $50.
The incident report states the deputy took photos of the damage mailbox and post.
On Thursday, June 15, a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Williams Road in reference to a larceny.
When the deputy arrived, the complainant told him that on the previous day she went to the washroom to get her floor shampooer to shampoo her living room floor. The complainant said she noticed that the outside door that leads into the washroom was partially open. She said she noticed the floor shampooer a leaf blower were missing from the washroom.
The incident report states that the deputy issued the complainant a victim’s form and took photos of the door, but did not see any signs of forced entry.
On Thursday, June 15, a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Candler Drive in reference to a larceny.
When the deputy arrives the complainant told him that her granddaughter had her phone at the South Hills Sports Complex and left it in her backpack while practicing. The complainant said her granddaughter went to get the phone out after practice and found it was missing. She said that after having been turned off for several hours the iPhone activated. The complainant said they put in the phone number to an app and the number came back to a person in Inman. She said the phone is Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
The incident report states that the case will be passed on to CID for further investigation.