March 25, 2002
While a lot of attention has been paid recently to high-tech crimes such as identity theft, one Hagerstown City Police officer said the old-fashioned method of passing bad checks is still the crime of choice. It is apparently quite easy to fleece banks and stores who aren't strict about requiring identification or verification that a check is good before they cash it, Detective George Brandt said. "There is no law that says a store or a bank has to accept a check, any check," Brandt said.
October 11, 2007
Pa. man says he was victim of identity theft WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case of identity theft involving a 55-year-old Waynesboro man. The man reported someone had stolen his identity information, created a credit card account with Capital One Bank and used the account to make various purchases, according to a state police press release. Equipment stolen from Pa. work site SCOTLAND, Pa. - Equipment was reported stolen from a construction site on Elevator Street over the weekend, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.
October 20, 2011
Three suspects assault, try to rob walker in city Three young men assaulted and attempted to rob another male last week at Potomac Avenue and Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown, city police said. The victim was walking in the area about 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 14 when three black males demanded money from him, said Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd of the Hagerstown Police Department. The victim refused, and a struggle ensued. The assailants did not get any money from the victim and fled the scene, Hurd said.
October 19, 2011
Financial know-how doesn't come naturally to everyone. So, on Wednesday, Kaplan University in Hagerstown invited some specialists to campus to share their wisdom. Lisa Copenhaver, the school's dean of student affairs, said students can benefit by learning about identity theft, budgeting, building a good credit score and balancing a checkbook. Fourteen institutions in the financial realm sent representatives to the campus. Students were invited to stop at their tables, talk and listen.
January 16, 2008
Hagerstown Police responded to the following incidents, spokeswoman Barbara Pickett said: Tuesday · At 9:48 a.m., a red, black and silver 24-inch Next Breakpoint Pro 21-speed bicycle was found in the 900 block of Sweeney Drive. · At 12:45 p.m., identity theft was reported in the 600 block of North Prospect Street. · At 6:31 p.m., a vacuum was reported stolen from Wal-Mart at 17850 Garland Groh Blvd. · At 9:56 p.m., an armed robbery was reported in the first block of Madison Avenue.
March 24, 2009
o To contact SALT of Washington County, call Deputy 1st Class James D. Holsinger at 240-313-2194. Senior citizens who are seeking information on how to protect themselves from exploitation and fraud can turn to a local organization for information and advice. The SALT Council of Washington County periodically conducts seminars on elderly exploitation and fraud, said Ronald Wayne Taylor, the organization's president. SALT is an acronym for Seniors and Law Enforcement Together.