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Police & Sheriff’s Reports 10-28-2020

Friday afternoon, about 2:50 p.m., officers took a walk in report at the LaGrange Police Department in reference to a scam.

Officers spoke with the male complainant, who advised that he has been in the process of purchasing a garage door from a local company.

The complainant stated that the company came out and quoted him a price and he has since been swapping emails with employees from what he thought was the company. Through emails it was determined that he would make a down payment in the amount of $1,500 through the cash app Zelle.

The complainant later advised that the money was removed from his account.

The victim stated he later reached out to the employees, stated they have not been receiving nor sending emails to him and that they did not receive the $1,500.

The victim advised police that that he would meet with the company and have all the documentation when needed for this investigation.

This incident is still under investigation.

Saturday afternoon, about 1 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to Aaron’s Furniture on Commerce Avenue in reference to a private party accident.

Officers arrived and spoke with an employee of Aaron’s, who advised that a female customer had backed into another vehicle and left the scene.

A witness in a nearby business advised that he saw and older white female back a silver Nissan Versa back into a grey Honda Civic in the parking lot. The female was then seen exiting the vehicle, assessing the damage, and then getting back into her vehicle and leaving the parking lot.

The Honda Civic belonged to a delivery driver for Aaron’s.

Police were later able to identify the suspect as Katherine Regina Rice and made contact with her. She admitted to backing into the vehicle, but stated that she did not see any damage on the vehicle so she left the scene.

Officers observed minimal damage to the rear bumper of Rice’s vehicle, which was also determined to be uninsured.

Police were unable to immediately assess the damage to the victim’s vehicle as they were unable to get in touch with him.

As a result, Rice, age 69, was issued a citation for Hit and Run and Failure to Maintain Minimum Insurance, and released due to COVID-19 and her age.

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