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Scam Alert – New as of 10/30/2015
A new scam targeting elderly residents has been reported to Kitty Hawk Police Department. The scammers go to great lengths to appear legitimate.
The scam unfolded like this: A Kitty Hawk resident received a call that she’d won the Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstakes prize of $2.5 million and a new car. She was told that the company would need to collect $10,000 to pay taxes for the prize, and that a representative of the company would be by her residence to deliver $200,000 of the prize money and that the rest would be sent via UPS. The victim was told that Publishers Clearinghouse was working with Outer Banks Chevrolet to provide the vehicle and that she should go to the dealership to test drive the car.
In the meantime, the scammers called Outer Banks Chevrolet representing themselves as the victim’s nephew. The dealership was told that the “nephew” would be making a surprise purchase of a vehicle for the victim and to keep it a secret. The “nephew” told the dealership which car the victim should test drive. The victim did go to the dealership and test drove the car, helping to bolster the legitimacy of the scammers.
Thanks to the intervention of a local bank, the victim was not defrauded, however others may not be so fortunate. The scammer called from a Las Vegas area phone number (702) 490-0558. The number (914) 315-2386 has also been reported as used by the scammers. The victim’s house was surveilled by police during the time the scammers advised they’d be by deliver the balance of the prize money, but nobody ever showed up.
Crime Line strongly encourages anyone receiving an unexpected windfall to look carefully into their “prize”. Legitimate prizes and sweepstakes never ask for money from the winners and rarely does anybody randomly win a prize, lottery, contest or other game of chance that they have not participated in.
Scam Alert I
A Kill Devil Hills resident reported a scam where a man named “David Collins” represented himself as a UPS employee and informed her that she had won $100,000 in a contest. To facilitate receiving her winnings, the victim was directed to send money through Western Union to a UPS official in Effingham, South Carolina. Initial contact with the victim was made via a Facebook friend whose account had been hacked.
Scam Alert III
Two Kill Devil Hills residents have been contacted by a male with a heavy accent representing himself as an IRS agent collecting fines and tax penalties. The number the male was calling from in one case was (918) 725-2228 and in another a computerized voice message from the IRS came from (202) 738 1919. A check of both numbers online reveal they are associated with multiple IRS scam complaints going back several weeks. If you would like to file an official complaint with the IRS, please follow this link: www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml.
Scam Alert IV
A resident in Kill Devil Hills was contacted by a male representing himself to be from the “NC Clerk’s Office” saying he had papers that needed to be served and attempting to obtain personal information from the individual. The male was described as rude and aggressive. There is no “NC Clerk’s Office” in North Carolina: each county operates their own Clerk of Courts office. The number the male was calling from was 845-817-5303; attempts to contact anyone at that number were unsuccessful.
Scam Alert V
Several jurisdictions have received calls regarding a male identifying himself as Dwight Garrison who claims to be a deputy with an unknown agency. The male is calling people at their home and alleging they have failed to appear in court on various offenses. The male then explains the matter can be resolved by simply paying a fine via PayPal to his department. The male suspect is calling from a Verizon based cell phone. The number he is using is 252-722-6528.
Scam Alert VI
A new round of calls purportedly to be from Dominion Power have been reported to local law enforcement. The callers attempt to obtain money by posing a bill collectors for Dominion. Targets of the scam have reported some callers having a foreign accent.
DARE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
Stolen Property: Sometime during the month of January 2015 a autopilot unit was stolen from a boat under construction from a local boat builder in Wanchese,NC. The autopilot unit is a Garmin GHP10. The unit is made up of four components; a control head, course computer, electronic control, and a hydraulic pump. Most of the wire harness was taken with the unit as well. Anyone with information about this larceny is asked to call the Dare County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Scott Rodriguez at 252-473-3444 or Dare Community Crime Line at 252-473-3111
Breaking and Entering with Larceny: In April 2015 a residence in the 130 block of Quarterdeck Drive was discovered to have been broken into. Entry was forcible and a number of flat screen televisions were stolen
Breaking and Entering with Larceny: In April 2015 a residence in the 1300 block of Duck Road was discovered to have been broken into. The suspect removed the realtor’s lock box from the exterior of the residence and accessed the key inside in order ot make entry into the house. A number of flat screen televisions were stolen.
Felony Larceny: On November 9, 2014 a larceny was reported from a residence in the 140 block of Holly Trail. Items stolen included silverware, a man’s wedding band and a man’s ruby ring valued at approximately $1200.
Scams: Southern Shores PD reports some residents have been receiving fraudulent phone calls attempting to obtain money saying loved ones are in jail.
Residential Break-in: On Sunday November 22, 2015 a residential break-in was reported at 101 Ocean Greens Court. During this break-in several flat screen TV’s and other electronics were taken. The Kitty Hawk Police Department is seeking any information about this crime. Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is encouraged to contact the Kitty Hawk Police Department at 252-261-3895 or the Dare Community Crime Line.
Burglary: On Thursday, September 10, 2015 a residential burglary was reported at 3900 Ivy Lane. During this burglary a purple Coach purse and Hobo wallet were stolen. The Kitty Hawk Police Department is seeking any information about this crime. Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is encouraged to contact the Kitty Hawk Police Department at 252-261-3895 or The Dare County Crime Line 252-473-3111.
Vehicle B&E’s: During the weekend of 07/16/2015 through 07/20/2015 several vehicle break-ins were reported in the Lindbergh Ave area of Kitty Hawk. Several guns and other personal property were stolen during the break-ins. The Kitty Hawk Police Department is seeking any information about these crimes. Anyone with information pertaining to these crimes is encouraged to contact the Kitty Hawk Police Department at 252-261-3895 or The Dare County CrimeLine.
Residential B&E: On June 29, 2015 a home in the 3500 block of Bay Drive was broken into and 3 flat screen TV’s were stolen. Also stolen was a Gateway computer. A light grey or silver SUV was reported in the driveway of the residence around 5:00 p.m.
Business B&E: Sometime between Saturday , May 30th, 2015 and Sunday morning, May 31, 2015 a business break-in occurred at 120 E. Kitty Hawk Road “Hurricane Mo’s Restaurant” in Kitty Hawk. Cash was taken during the business break-in. The Kitty Hawk Police Department is seeking any information related to this crime. If you have any information please contact The Kitty Hawk Police Department at 252-261-3985 or The Dare Community Crime line at 252-473-3111.
Enhanced Reward: The owners of Hurricane Mo’s are offering an addition $1000 reward for information leading to the identification of the individual(s) involved in this crime.
Breaking and Entering: On Saturday, February 7, 2015 a residential break-in was reported at 3708 N. VA Dare Trl. During this break-in a Vizio 39 inch flat screen color TV was stolen. The Kitty Hawk Police Department is seeking any information about this crime. Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is encouraged to contact the Kitty Hawk Police Department at 252-261-3895 or The Dare County CrimeLine.
KILL DEVIL HILLS:
1st Degree Burglary: On Saturday, November 7, 2015 guests at the Outer Banks Beach Club reported their apartment had been entered during the night through a window. The suspect stole several items while they slept. Items reported stolen included a MacBook Pro (silver) laptop computer, a GoPro IV, a Mulberry Blossom basket weave purse (black), jewelry and approximately $1,900, prescription medication, a pair of tan Ugg boots and a pair of black Frye boots . Case number: 2015132980.
Vehicle Larceny: On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 a resident in the 1300 block of W. 1st Street reported the theft of two dirt bikes and part of a home theater systems from his garage. The bikes were both 2004 Honda CRF50 bikes, valued at approximately $600.00. The theater system was a Denon AVR-489 AV receiver, silver in color. Case number: 2015133290
Larceny From Vehicle: On Sunday, November 1st, 2015 a larceny from a truck parked in a West Durham Street resident’s driveway was reported. Items stolen included a Makita drill, accessories, and assorted tools in a black Craftman’s case. Case number: 2015130840.
Vehicle B&E and Larceny: On September 29, 2015 at approximately 10:00 p.m. several vehicles parked in the Mama Kwan’s parking lot were broken into. Cash and property was removed from the vehicles. Among the stolen items were a Dell Latitude laptop computer which was the property of the Dare County Health Department. This computer was password protected and had NO client information or data that would compromise any patient’s personal information. A GPS device, calculator, sunglasses, and a NC driver’s license were also taken.
Larceny: Kill Devil Hills Police are asking the public’s assistance to identify the man in these photos. He is a suspect in a larceny of over $3000 worth of food and alcohol from the Kill Devil Hills Food Lion. The individual may have also stolen items from Food Lion stores in Nags Head and Southern Shores. If you recognize this individual, please contact Det. David Pierce, Kill Devil Hills PD at (252) 449-5337 reference incident number 2015120365. Tipsters may also provide information through Crime Line.
Larceny of Vehicle: On Thursday, October 1, 2015 a 2001 Polaris Sportsman 4×4 ATV was stolen from a residence in the 1400 block of Hill Street. The ATV is spray-painted camo and has a large black bag on the front.
Larceny from Construction Site: On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 the foreman at a construction site in the 2000 block of N. Virginia Dare Trail reported two windows being stolen from the property. One window was a 28×28 inch fixed glass window and the other was a 28×36 inch fixed glass window. A neighbor noticed a small red pickup truck enter the building in the early morning hours of Monday, September 21st. Two males with flashlights were observed walking through the building under construction. The pickup was possibly a late 80′s model Chevy S10.
Larceny of Lawn Care Equipment: On the night of September 3 or morning of September 4, 2015 lawn care equipment was stolen from a utility trailer in the 1600 block of Princess Anne Rd. An Echo edger, model PE225, and Echo Weedeater were removed from the trailer. Incident number: 2015107622
Stolen Firearm: On September 8, 2015 a handgun was reported stolen from 301 W. Fresh Pond Drive (Ol’ Henry’s Custom Leatherwork). The weapon was described as a black .45 Glock 21. The gun’s storage case along with three (3) .45 magazines for the gun were also stolen. The weapon was believed to be stolen sometime between August 25th and August 30th. Incident number 2015109482.
Stolen Firearm: On September 6, 2015 a handgun was reported stolen from a local hotel. The weapon was discovered missing on September 3rd and was described as a black on black in color .45 Glock 36 semi-automatic sub-compact handgun with an aftermarket laser bore sight added and an extend finger-grip magazine. The gun was loaded with a 7-round capacity magazine. Incident number 2015108714.
Residential B&E: On August 25, 2015 a residence in the 1300 block of S. Virginia Dare Trail was broken into and several electronic items were stolen. Among the stolen items were two X-Box game consoles, a Roku Stream box and a 42” Samsung plasma TV.
Residential B&E: On August 20, 2015 a resident in the 400 block of W. Fresh Pond Drive reported a break-in at their residence. The break-in is believed to have occurred sometime between 2:00 p.m .and 5:30 p.m. on the 20th. Among the stolen items were cash, a Nixon brand Stainless Steel watch, two stainless steel rings, one diamond earring, one Bluetooth Scosche speaker, one pair of Aviator sunglasses, and one clear plastic bead rosary. Incident Number: 2015101305
Auto B&E and Credit Card Fraud: On July 8, 2015 the owner of a 2005 Chevy Tahoe parked at the 2nd Street Beach Access had his vehicle broken into. Cash, car keys and a wallet were stolen. The victim’s debit card was used at several stores at Tanger Outlet Mall in Nags Head. The individual using the victim’s card appears to be a heavyset black male, unknown age, wearing a dark baseball cap with a white logo, a white t-shirt with a logo and board shorts. If you recognize the individual in the photos, please use the tip form to contact Crime Line or call the Crime Line number. You may also call the Kill Devil Hills Police Department directly and ask to speak to Det. Brandon Bostwick (252) 449-5326. Incident number 2015080355.
B&E with Larceny: On August 19, 2015 a resident in 1800 block of Seminole Street reported his garage had been broken into and a number of power tools had been stolen. The missing tools include a Dewalt Die Grinder, Dremel Tool, Hitachi Hammer Drill, Dewalt Chop Saw, Laser Level on Tripod, Hitachi Nail Gun, Hitachi Braid Nail Gun, and a Hitachi Trim Gun.
Arson: Kill Devil Hills Police are investigating a suspected arson at a warehouse at 208 W. Fresh Pond Drive. The target of the arson was Albemarle Landscaping, the same company that had several of its vehicles burned at their storage facility in Nags Head. The 911 call for the fire came in at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call Crime Line or the Kill Devil Hills Police Department. In addition to the reward up to $1000 for information from Crime Line, Albemarle Landscaping has offered an additional reward of $5,000. The police department’s number is (252) 449-5337.
Arson: On December 15, 2014 at approximately 11:45 p.m. Kill Devil Hills Police responded to a vehicle fire in the 600 block of Canal Drive. A work van owned by Econo Cleaning was on fire. The cause of the fire has been determined to be an arson. Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the police department or leave information through Crime Line.
Breaking and Entering of a business with larceny: On October 19, 2015 at 4:00 a.m., a suspect broke into the Rodeway Inn located at 7218 S Virginia Dare Trail through an office window. Suspect is thought to be approximately 5’6”-5’9”, wearing a hooded jacket, blue jeans, a pair of gloves with a reflective emblem, and black shoes with white soles.
Breaking and Entering of Business with Larceny: On the night of Sunday, October 11, 2015, Grits Grill Restaurant located at 4900 S. Croatan Hwy was broken into and a theft from the business took place. The business was entered and a safe broken into. There was no forced entry into the business and no forced entry into the safe. Other neighboring businesses were not disturbed.
Breaking and Entering of Motor Vehicles: On the night of Saturday September 5th 2015, multiple vehicles parked in front of homes on in the Nags Head Cove Subdivision were entered. The unlocked vehicles were entered and gone through, with a firearm being taken from one vehicle. The firearm was later recovered in the south end of Pompano Court .
Residential Breaking and Entering’s: Several breaking and entering incidents have taken place in Nags Head since late summer. All of the homes that have been entered have been summer rentals, and the method of entry is either by shattering a window, or breaking a window’s locking mechanisms and entering through the window. Flat screen televisions are the primary target of the thieves, with other valuable being left behind. Initially incidents were occurring in South Nags Head, but now they have shifted to the northern end of Nags Head to homes located on S. Virginia Dare Trail, S. Memorial Blvd, and S. Wrightsville Ave.
Breaking and Entering of Businesses: On August 7, 2015, a Breaking and Entering of two businesses took place at 2234 Lark Ave. An office window was unlocked and entered, and the interior offices of the business were rummaged through. A second business shared the same building, and its offices were also gone through. Blank checks and an iPad were taken.
Felony Larceny: On August 26, 2015, a theft of two “Stand Up Paddle” Boards took place from in front of 7517 South Virginia Dare Trail. A lock securing the boards in front a business was cut, and the boards were taken. The first board was a teal colored Rivera brand and was 10’6” in length. The second board was a Bic Sport Paddle board, it was also 10’6” in length, and was colored white and blue.
Breaking and Entering of Motor Vehicles: On the night of Saturday August 2nd 2015, multiple vehicles were entered as they were parked in front of rental homes on S. Virginia Dare Trail. The incidents took place between the 5000 to 5300 blocks of S. Virginia Dare Trail. Unlocked vehicles were entered and gone through, but nothing reportedly taken.
Arson: At about 11 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014, Nags Head police and fire crews responded to a storage area for Albemarle Landscaping at 2224 Lark Avenue. Several vehicles were found on fire, with their windows smashed and their tires punctured.
ENHANCED REWARD: Please note the victims have publicly offered an additional $5000 reward to tipsters providing information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in this case.
“Baby Doe” – Cold Case Case # 040491-0016
On April 4, 1991 at 10:00 AM Nags Head Officers were dispatched to the 8600 block of East Tides Drive in reference to a deceased infant in the trash can rack. When officers responded, the found the mummified body of an infant. An autopsy revealed the infant was Caucasian with blond hair. The infant was approximately 5-7 pounds at birth and 18-19 inches in length. The sex is unknown due to the condition of the body when it was discovered. The estimated age of the infant is less than 3 month. It is estimated the body was placed in the trash rack in February. Anyone with information concerning this case is strongly encouraged to reach out to the Nags Head Police Department directly at (252) 441-6386. Tips may be submitted through Crime Line as well.
Anyone with information about crimes in Nags Head should contact Crime Line or the Nags Head Police Department at (252) 441-6386.
Vandalism: On September 22nd, at approximately 3:15 PM at the Coquina Beach parking lot of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, four tires on an unattended vehicle were slashed. Witnesses observed a faded dark blue or green vehicle, possibly an El Camino with a topper, in the vicinity of the incident. Two weeks prior to this incident, multiple vehicles parked throughout the national seashore sustained slashed tires.
Vandalism: On Monday, September 7, 2015 between 11 am and 3:30 pm, multiple cars parked in the parking lots within Cape Hatteras National Seashore sustained slashed tires. Two vehicles parked at the Ramp 25 parking lot, between Salvo and Avon, sustained tire damage and one vehicle parked at the Frisco bathhouse parking lot was damaged. The offender used a small tool to slash multiple tires on each of these vehicles and the victims appear to be random. National Park Service Rangers are requesting any information that could identify the individual(s) involved in the crimes. If you believe you may be a victim or you have any information pertaining to these crimes please contact the National Park Service at 252-475-9006 or Dare Community Crime Line.
Breaking and Entering: On Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at approximately 2319 hours, park visitors returned to their campsite to find a male adult walking around their tent and camper. When questions, suspect stated he lost his dog and was searching for it. While the park visitors where helping suspect look for his lost dog, he took off in his vehicle (silver/gray Kia). That’s when occupants of site J21 observed their blue cooler (outside next to camper) and a bag (full of women clothing) from inside the secured tent was missing. Description of the suspect is as follows: White Male Adult, age 30+, 5’11”, Short dark brown hair (almost shaved), tall & thin, Red t-shirt, flip flops, sunglasses, and ball cap.
Vehicle B&E: On May 23, 2015 between 1:30 and 3: 30 p.m. a vehicle parked near the lighthouse by the off island hunt club access road had its rear window broken out. A backpack was taken which included 2 pairs of high end binoculars valued at $700.00.
Vehicle B&E: A 2013 Honda Accord parked at Elizabeth Gardens was forcibly entered and a purse was stolen from the floorboard of the front passenger seat. Entry was made by breaking a back passenger window. The following contents were missing: white purse with checkered pattern, Samsung smart phone, key ring with key fob, check book (BB&T), check card, credit card, cash, and NC driver’s license.
Vandalism to Government Property: On Monday, February 2, 2015, Rangers investigated vandalism to government property that occurred at the portable toilets located at the Buxton Woods Picnic Area in Buxton, NC. At approximately 5:45 pm on Sunday, February 1, 2015, fire was set to the portable toilets by suspect(s) at the Buxton Woods Picnic Area. Extensive damage was done to the blue handicap portable toilet as well as the yellow portable toilet next to it. The decking boards on the sidewalk and portable toilet enclosure had extensive damage as well.
Vandalism to Government Property: On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Rangers investigated vandalism to Government property that occurred at the Cape Point Campground, Buxton, NC. Sometime between 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and 7:00 am Wednesday, February 11, 2015, by suspect(s) entered Campground grounds and driving off pavement, doing donuts and spinning tires in the wet grass, running over carsonite signs, broke fences and ballards. Suspect(s) in the past have torn up informational signs and kicked bathroom doors off hinges and stole metal signs.
NC Highway Patrol:
Cold Case-Hit and Run Fatality: On July 18, 2003 at approximately 8:43 p.m. a vehicle travelling north on NC 345 struck a bicycle operated by Mr. Harry Niser, Sr. of Wanchese. Mr. Niser was killed as a result of the collision. The suspect vehicle fled the scene and is believed to be a dark colored, late 80′s passenger vehicle with damage to the right front quarter panel. The Troopers need your help to solve this case. If you have any information, call the Crime Line or the Dare County Highway Patrol at (252) 441-7341.