KENNETT SQUARE >> A Kennett Square resident had his entire checking and savings accounts cleaned out in a scam in which a person gained remote access to his home computer.
About three years ago, a resident of the 300 block of Walnut Court Way were contacted to a person to fix their computer. The victim never obtained the name, or the company, of this person.
Police said the victim allowed remote access to their computer and paid the fee to have the problem fix on his computer. The scammer told the victim he would be contacted once a year and this unknown person would run a check on his computer.
On Feb. 13, the victim was contacted by this person advising that their systems were shutting down and the resident would be credited $300 but this person needed remote access to do this.
Police said the victim was asked to log in to their online bank accounts. The resident did so and noticed that $3,000 was credited instead of $300 and told the person this. The scammer told the resident that they had to go to Target and purchase gift cards to repay the excess amount.
Police said the resident went to Target and purchased gift cards in the amount of $2,250. It was at this time, the resident realized they were being scammed. The resident found out that this person did not deposit $3,000 into their account but transferred $3,000 from the resident’s saving account into their checking account.
The victim also found out that both their checking and savings accounts had been cleaned out, totaling $9,150. Police are still investigating the case.
Police reports from across the region:
Truancy >> Police cited a 15-year-old male, of Avondale, and a 16-year-old male, of Landenberg, for truancy after both juveniles were found in the 100 block North Walnut Street on Feb. 27 at 11:41 a.m. Both juveniles were taken back to the High School and released to the principal’s office.
Harassment >> Police cited Christopher Nelms, 38, Toughkenamon, for harassment following an incident at a business in the 500 block West Cypress Street on March 2 at 9:06 a.m. wherein Nelms removed the hood of a raincoat of a three-year-old female to the alarm of the parent.
DUI >> KSPD arrested Rufino Garcia-Abad, 25, Kennett Square, who initially gave his name as Kevin Zainz-Berrera, for DUI, false identification to law enforcement, unsworn falsification to authorities and traffic related offenses following a two-vehicle accident on Sunday, March 4 at 4:03 p.m. at the intersection of West South and South Washington streets. Garcia-Abad was found to have an outstanding warrant out of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. Garcia-Abad was released to constables for transport to Chester County Prison.
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Drug charges >> Julie E. Eichelberger, 21, of West Grove was arrested and charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act, as well as with a traffic offense, after she was stopped for operating a vehicle while wearing headphones. The incident occurred on Feb. 24 at 2:04 p.m., in the 200 block of East Evergreen Street, in West Grove Borough. Upon making contact with Eichelberger, police detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Eichelberger admitted that there was marijuana and related paraphernalia in the vehicle.
DUI >> Miguel Colon Jr., 34, of Kennett Square was arrested and charged with DUI and with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act after he was found to be passed out in a vehicle. The incident occurred on Feb. 25 at 1:03 a.m. on Cedar Woods Circle, in New Garden Township. Police on patrol observed a Mazda backed into a parking spot, with its headlights on and engine running. When they attempted to rouse the driver, he was unresponsive and appeared to be passed out.
Endangering childrne >> Andrea R. Fidanza, 31, of Avondale was arrested on Feb. 27 and charged with endangering welfare of children, as well as with DUI and related traffic offenses. At a 6:14 p.m., police were called to a day care located in the 200 block of New Garden Road, in New Garden Township. The caller reported that Fidanza arrived there to pick up her three children, while visibly intoxicated. After she placed her children in the car, she reportedly left at a high rate of speed, striking a curb, before proceeding south on New Garden Road.
Drug charges >> On March 13 at 2:10 a.m., Coatesville police conducted a traffic stop in the area of South Eighth Avenue and Harmony Street. During the course of the stop, officers came into contact with the operator of the vehicle, identified as Raijon Redd, 23, of Strode Avenue in Coatesville. Redd was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine and was taken into custody and transported to the police station where he was processed and held for arraignment.
Drug charges >> On March 12, at 3:54 p.m., police were dispatched to 529 Olive Street for an unknown police nature. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Gary White, 22, of East Chestnut Street, who was under the influence of a controlled substance. While walking White out to the ambulance, Cpl. lngemie viewed that White had a purple plastic vial sticking out of his watch pocket and a strong odor of marijuana was coming from White’s person. Police officers retrieved the vial and it did contain several chunks of green vegetable matter which tested positive for marijuana. White was transported to Brandywine Hospital treatment. He was charged with possession of marijuana and related charges.
Assault >> Police were dispatched to a disturbance in the 200 block Harmony St. (rear of E. Lincoln Highway.) Upon arrival, officers met with a female who was visibly injured. Dennis Moore, 60, of the 200 block of East Lincoln Highway, was located a short distance away, screaming and drinking a beer. Moore was taken into custody without incident and held for arraignment.
Bicycle stolen >> Sometime on March 7, a black Huffy bicycle was stolen from a resident’s front porch in the 1300 block of Valley Road. The men’s bicycle has a white seat and a motorized conversion kit. There is red duct tape on the gas tank. This was locked to the front porch, but the lock was cut off. Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to call Coatesville Police. Please be reminded to register your bicycle serial numbers with the Coatesville Police Department, as this information is necessary for investigations.