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Police & Sheriff’s Reports 10-16-2020

Monday morning, about 10 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 800 block of New Franklin Road in reference to a burglary.

Officers arrived and met with the complainant, who stated his shed was broken into sometime within the last 24 hours. He advised that he left his business around 10 a.m. the previous morning and arrived back to discover that someone cut the lock on his shed in the back.

The victim explained that a 16-gallon shop-vac, valued at $200, was stolen out of the shed. The victim stated that he uses the shop-vac all the time in front of his business so his customers know he has it and suspects that one of them stole it.

The victim went on to explain that he checked the security cameras in front of his business and did not notice anything on them, making him believe the suspect(s) approached and left from behind the store. He stated his regular customers know about the large blind spot.

The shed was secured with a chain and padlock that is believed to have been cut. The chain was not on the ground in front of the shed and the victim did not see it when he arrived at work.

Police processed the location for fingerprints and no potential witnesses were reported.

This incident is still under investigation.

Monday afternoon, about 2 p.m., LaGrange Police took a report via telephone in reference to fraud.

Officers spoke with the complainant, who stated that on Oct. 7 he was approached by a male subject he had known for several years. The subject told him about a guy named “Skye” and advised him to contact “Skye” about an investment opportunity.

The victim stated he later made contact with and made an agreement that consisted of him giving “Skye” his banking account information and his debit card in order to make a profit. The victim stated he obliged to “Skye’s” investment deal under the circumstances there was no illegal activity.

The victim stated he was not sure of what “Skye” was doing but was told not to log into his account because he would need access to his account and that he would “handle the rest.”

The victim advised there were  transactions on his bank account the evening of Oct. 7. He stated “Skye” asked him for his debit card to make the transactions, which turned out to be multiple ATM withdrawals for a total of $1,700.

The victim stated that on Oct. 7, around 6 p.m. he met with an unknown female driving a white Honda civic met him at his apartment complex and he gave his card to the female who was allegedly “Skye’s” girlfriend.

The victim advised he later realized he was getting scammed and closed his bank accounts to ensure no more transactions could be made.

The victim stated that he is concerned because there is a pending transaction for $10,000 on one of his accounts and he does not want to be liable for that fraudulent transaction.

This incident is still under investigation.

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