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Resident bilked out of $3,000 in grandson telephone scam: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 10/31/17

A Lower Swatara Township resident thought he was helping his grandson only to find he was scammed out of $3,000.

Police said the man was called Oct. 17 by a person who claimed he was the …

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Resident bilked out of $3,000 in grandson telephone scam: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A Lower Swatara Township resident thought he was helping his grandson only to find he was scammed out of $3,000.

Police said the man was called Oct. 17 by a person who claimed he was the resident’s grandson and that he needed $3,000 to post bond after being arrested for texting while driving. 

The scammer said he was driving a friend to a hospital to be treated for injuries from a car crash. Police said another individual spoke with the township resident and claimed he was an attorney and the father of his grandson’s friend and repeated the need for the money.

Police said the township resident purchased two $1,500 gift cards at an area Target store and gave the card ID numbers to the scammer.

A second attempt was made when the scammer called again and stated he had posted bail but needed $4,500 to pay court costs. The man’s actual grandson contacted his grandfather and denied he had been arrested and did not need money.

Police told the resident there is little chance that he would recover the $3,000.

Fighting teens charged

Two Middletown Area High School students have been charged for fighting on a school bus at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

According to police, the 16- and 17-year-old girls started fighting in a school bus in the parking lot of the high school in the 1000 block of North Union Street. The teenagers suffered minor injuries that were treated by the school’s nurse.

Both students were charged with juvenile allegations of simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Disorderly conduct citation

Nicole Hommel, 25, of the 1000 block of North High Street, Duncannon, was issued a citation for disorderly conduct following an incident Oct. 19, police said.

According to police, Hommel was pounding on and kicking a door of a home in the 100 block of Nissley Drive. No one was injured and damages to the home’s door were minimal.

Theft of services

Richard Scott, 52, of the 3000 block of Derry Street, Harrisburg, has been charged with theft on allegations he failed to pay for services he used at the Hollywood Hotel on Richardson Road.

Police said the owner of the hotel alleged Scott failed to pay a $900 bill for services used Oct. 1. Scott is to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on Nov. 15 for a preliminary hearing.

Citation issued

Police cited Ian Goodwin, 19, of the 600 block of North Spring Street, Middletown, following a traffic stop in the 400 block of West Main Street on Oct. 22.

According to the investigating officer, Goodwin was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra and stopped because one of the car’s headlights was not working. Reportedly police smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the car and found a small amount of marijuana in it.

Scott was cited on the discretion of the officer, who said Goodwin cooperated in the case.

iPhone stolen at school

A Middletown Area High School student told police his iPhone 6S was stolen while he was in a physical education class Oct. 20.

Police said the smartphone was in the victim’s pants in an unsecured locker in one of the school’s locker rooms.

The phone is white and had a black case and is valued at $500.