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Police briefs for 6/28/05

June 28, 2005

Police: Scam offers $500 shopping spree


Phone calls made over the weekend to Washington County residents telling them they've won a $500 Wal-Mart shopping spree are part of a scam, Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Hegedus said.

Hegedus said several people reported that they had been called over the weekend by a man who told them they won a $500 shopping spree at Wal-Mart at the Centre at Hagerstown, but that he needed a bank account number to withdraw $4.85.

"So far nobody has done this," Hegedus said.

He said the man is calling from a toll-free number. A check of that number brought up no criminal record, which is not unusual for these types of scams, he said.

Hegedus said two of the callers to police said they confirmed that there is no such offer through Wal-Mart.

"If you've won anything, no company is going to need anything upfront," Hegedus said. "If it's too good to be true, it's not true."

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Man robbed after giving $1 to man


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Trying to be a good Samaritan backfired on a Waynesboro man late Sunday night when he gave a dollar to a man who then pointed to a handgun in his waistband and robbed the man of all the money in his wallet, police in Waynesboro said Monday.

Police Chief Ray Shultz said the incident occurred about 11:20 p.m. as Juan DeDios Perez, 22, who listed a South Church Street address, and a male friend were walking west on East Main Street near the alley at 44 E. Main St. A man standing in the dark in the alley came out and asked Perez for a dollar, Shultz said.

Perez took out his wallet and gave the man the dollar. At that point, Shultz said, the man pulled up his shirt, showed a black semiautomatic handgun and demanded all of Perez's money. The man took the cash and fled down the alley, Shultz said.

The robber is described as being white with blond hair, in his late teens or early 20s and wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.




Person riding tube pulled from river


SANDY HOOK - A person on an inner tube was rescued Monday afternoon from a stretch of the Potomac River south of Sandy Hook and Weverton by emergency responders, according to a Washington County 911 Center dispatcher.

A dispatcher said the incident was reported at 4:19 p.m. The dispatcher said a person riding a tube on the river became stuck on a rock and was stranded.

The tuber, whose identity was not released, was pulled from the water by members of the Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co. at about 5 p.m., the dispatcher said.




Barn destroyed on Rohrersville Road


BROWNSVILLE - A fire destroyed a barn Monday in the 2100 block of Rohrersville Road, according to a Washington County 911 Center dispatcher.

A dispatcher said the fire was reported at 4:49 p.m. He said when firefighters arrived minutes later, the barn was fully engulfed.

Officials with First Hose Co. of Boonsboro and members of its Rohrersville substation could not be reached Monday evening.

No serious injuries were reported.

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