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Police briefs - afternoon

April 13, 2005

City woman victim of scam on Internet bid


A Hagerstown woman became the victim of a Chicago-based scam after she wired money for a motorcycle on which she bid on eBay to an alleged seller who contacted her by e-mail, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Police said after the woman made a bid on a motorcycle for sale on eBay, she was contacted by e-mail by an alleged Chicago seller about her bid. She wired money to the alleged Chicago seller, but never received the motorcycle.

The unknown seller gave an address that was found to be false by Chicago police, according to the release.

According to Chicago authorities, a group in Chicago monitors auctions on eBay and then contacts the bidder by e-mail, at which time the bidder is given a chance to buy the item outright. Money is then wired to Chicago and picked up by the scammers. The crime is not reported for several days because the victim is unaware of a problem until the purchase is not delivered, according to the release.

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Maryland State Police advised eBay bidders to be aware of unsolicited e-mails.

City police respond to calls


The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls since Monday, Lt. Mike King said in a news release:

On Monday:

· Property was reported damaged in the 100 block of West Washington Street.

· A gas grill was reported stolen from the 900 block of Noland Drive.

· Property was reported damaged in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

· A motor vehicle was reported damaged in the 17800 block of Garland Groh Boulevard.

On Tuesday:

· A laptop computer was reported stolen from a motor vehicle parked at Martin's grocery store on Wesel Boulevard.

Police ask anyone with information about criminal matters who wish to remain anonymous to e-mail information to crimetip@hagers-townpd.org.

Police ask anyone with information about drug activity who wish to remain anonymous to e-mail information to drugtip@hagers-townpd.org.

Child safety seat inspection planned


Maryland State Police will be conducting a Child Safety Seat Checkpoint on Friday at the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway's fire hall, according to a news release.

The checkpoint, which will be held rain or shine, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Hagerstown Police Department will assist with the checkpoint, according to the release.

The checkpoint is being held to educate the public on the proper use and installation of child safety seats. Police ask anyone with questions or problems with their child safety seats or if they need one installed to come to the checkpoint Friday. There is no charge for the service, according to the release.

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