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Bank scam had text messages threatening death: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 9/12/18

Middletown residents should be on the lookout for yet another bank scam, this one involving text messages.

Police on Sept. 4 received a report from a borough man who said he had gotten a text on …

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Bank scam had text messages threatening death: Police and Courts Roundup

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Middletown residents should be on the lookout for yet another bank scam, this one involving text messages.

Police on Sept. 4 received a report from a borough man who said he had gotten a text on his phone from an entity claiming to represent Bank of America.

The text told the man to send $250 for a debit card. However, the man told police he had never ordered such a card through Bank of America.

When the man texted back that he was reporting the scam to police, he received a text from the same entity. The text allegedly threatened to kill the man, borough police said.

Police traced the text messages to a land line out of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Scammers are continuing to become more sophisticated in their methods, borough police said.

Police remind residents that whenever you receive a phone call, text message or email that appears suspicious, do not respond or provide information but immediately report the incident to law enforcement, and to your financial institution.

Man revived with Narcan

A 28-year old man was taken to the hospital due to a suspected heroin overdose at Ann and Grant streets in Middletown shortly before 4:45 p.m. Aug. 29.

Lower Swatara Township police arrived first and were joined by Middletown police. A borough police officer gave the victim one dose of Narcan, police said.

The man came to approximately 90 seconds after the Narcan was given, police said. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance by emergency medical services.

Police reported finding syringes in a cup and drug paraphernalia in the immediate area of where the man overdosed at Ann and Grant streets. No drugs were found, police said.

Well-dressed package thief?

A package delivered by UPS containing four pairs of dress pants was reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Columbia Street in Middletown on Aug. 28.

Police said the package was delivered to the residence between 4:06 and 5:15 p.m. The four pairs of dress pants had a combined value of $139.95.

Police remind that when you are expecting delivery of a package, make sure someone you trust is at your residence when the package arrives.

You can also advise the carrier to place the package in a discrete or out-of-sight area at your residence. Or you can arrange to pick up the package yourself at a location specified by the package delivery company, police said.

Violating PFA order

Middletown police have charged a Harrisburg man for allegedly violating terms of a protection from abuse order that was filed against him prohibiting contact with a woman who lives in the borough.

Jeraye Lemar Dennis, 26, of the 100 block of South Third Street, allegedly contacted the victim via phone, text messages and through a third party, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Dennis also allegedly threatened the victim through a third party, police said.

The victim filed the PFA after Dennis in January allegedly kicked the victim’s door in and assaulted her, according to arrest papers.

Dennis was arraigned Sept. 1 before District Judge David O’Leary and charged with intimidation of witnesses or victims. He was listed as being in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing for Dennis before Judy was set for Sept. 10.

DUI marijuana charge

An Elizabethtown man was charged with DUI marijuana after being pulled over in Middletown at about 2:15 a.m. July 27.

Antonio Joaquin Galvan, 25, of the 100 block of Florence Drive, was pulled over after police observed him crossing the double yellow lines while driving a Ford Fusion in the 200 and 100 blocks of North Union Street and in the 100 block of South Union, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy. Galvan was pulled over in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Police reportedly detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside Galvan’s vehicle and flakes of suspected marijuana on his shirt.

Police, while searching the car, found a small amount of marijuana, a blue grinder and a purple glass pipe. A passenger in the car told police that the marijuana was hers.

After field sobriety testing, Galvan was taken to Dauphin County Booking Center for a blood draw. Lab results showed the presence of the active ingredient of marijuana in Galvan’s blood at the time of the incident, police said.

Galvan is charged with DUI controlled substance, disregarding a single traffic lane, operating a vehicle without a valid inspection, and without evidence of an emissions inspection.

His preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Oct. 1.

Graffiti at railroad

“Multiple” examples of graffiti upon facilities of the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad at 136 Brown St. were reported to borough police Sept. 1.

Police could not say if the graffiti was upon railroad cars, buildings, or both. The graffiti has since been removed, police said.