RCMP warn of phone scam — Ladysmith Police Briefs

The Ladysmith RCMP responded to 49 calls for service from Jan. 3-10, including one about a telephone scam.

The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 49 calls for service from Jan. 3-10.

Friday, Jan. 4

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of an attempted break and enter at the Chuckwagon Market on Cedar Road. Employees arriving for work located evidence that the someone had attempted to force the door, causing damage to the frame. It is believed a dark-coloured pickup truck may have been associated. No entry was gained, and nothing was stolen.

Monday, Jan. 7

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of mischief to a vehicle parked at Big O Tire on First Avenue in Ladysmith. At approximately 11:30 p.m., a male wearing light-coloured pants and a two-toned hockey-style jacket and ball cap attempted to smash the window on the vehicle. The incident was captured on video, and a forensic examination for evidence was conducted. The police are continuing their investigation.

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report that a riding lawnmower was stolen from the 1500 block of Carden Road sometime between Christmas and New Year’s. As a result of the police investigation, a group of youth were located with the mower. They had stripped it down as a go-cart. The mower was returned to the owner and will be repaired by the youth.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report that sometime between Jan. 4 and Jan. 7, a black tandem steel dump trailer was stolen from the South Watts Road area. The trailer is an Express Custom trailer with “ILS-Irrigation Landscape Specialists” on the side, and it is approximately 10 feet long and five feet wide. The police are continuing their investigation.

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a hit and run accident in the 1100 block of Rocky Creek Road. A witness observed a silver Mercedes 300 SUV hit a parked vehicle and leave the scene.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP Detachment. The police are continuing their investigation.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a phone scam. An elderly Ladysmith resident received a phone call from an individual claiming to be an out-of-province lawyer representing a relative.  The caller claimed he needed money which would allow him to “bail out” the relative from jail. Out of concern for the relative, the Ladysmith resident sent money, only to find out it was a scam. The police are continuing their investigation into this matter.

Ladysmith residents are reminded to use caution with any individual asking for money over the phone, e-mail or regular mail. Prior to responding and sending any money, care should be taken to confirm the information and that the person requesting the money is legitimate.

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