Resident falls for scam from fake Walmart representative: Bay Village Police Blotter – cleveland.com

Bay Village, Ohio

Drunk driving, Lake Road

On Aug. 20 at 1:01 a.m. an officer stopped a driver for a traffic violation.  After speaking with the driver, the officer suspected she had been drinking.  Field sobriety tests were administered, and the 30-year-old North Olmsted resident was arrested.

Bay Village police cruiser

Bay Village Police

Drunk driving, Columbia Road

On Aug. 19 at 9:55 p.m. a resident reported a crash and one of the drivers left the scene. Officers found the car disabled a few hundred feet east on Lake Rd.  While speaking with the driver, officers suspected the driver had been drinking.  Field sobriety tests were administered, and the 22-year-old Lakewood resident was arrested. A loaded  handgun was also found in the car. The other driver, a 73-year-old North Royalton resident, was at fault and was cited.

Scam, Winsor Drive

On Aug. 16 at 8:51 p.m. a resident reported he had fallen victim to a scam. He received a call from someone claiming to be a Walmart representative, and that someone had purchased a computer for $2,500 on his credit card.  Since he did not purchase a computer, the caller gave the resident another number to call to correct the situation.  The resident was told to purchase $4,000 in gift cards, and give the caller the numbers off the back. They would then remove the cost of the computer from his account and reimburse him the $4,000.  He gave them the numbers and then realized he had been scammed. Officers  remind residents that no reputable company will ever ask you to pay in gift cards.

Fraud, Kensington Circle

On Aug. 15 at 8:57 a.m. a resident reported that she had been the victim of a fraud.  She responded to a Facebook post that she believed to be from an old friend about buying a puppy.  She sent almost $700 to this person over three transactions using the Apps Zelle and Venmo before she realized the Facebook post was fake.

Drugs, Lake Road

On Aug. 15 at 2:04 p.m. a crash was reported at Pinewood Drive. When officers arrived,  they found the at fault driver still seated in his car.  He was slouched over and unresponsive to the officers’ questions. Officers suspected the driver was under the influence of drugs. The driver was transported to a local hospital. He was later charged. The other driver was treated for minor injuries.

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