Wet U Crime Report
West U Police made use of high technology to solve the case of a stolen rental car this week.
On Tuesday, October 21, the victim went to the West U Police Department and reported that he had legally parked the rental car on a street at about 11 p.m. the night before. The victim noticed the vehicle was missing on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. With the use of the victim’s cell phone, police were able to locate the missing vehicle because the victim’s iPad was inside the stolen car.
There were two cases of ID theft in West U last week, involving false federal income tax reports filed by unknown persons. On Friday, October 17, a West U woman went to the West U Police Department and reported that she had received a call from her CPA informing her that the IRS rejected her tax return because they had received more than one tax return under the woman’s Social Security number.
A similar case was reported on Saturday, October 18, when another West U woman went to the West U Police Department to report that she had received an email from her accountant, which stated that her joint tax return was rejected due to the fact that her Social Security number was used to file a fictitious income tax return.
CBS Television’s Sixty Minutes recently did an extensive report on the increasing trend of false tax returns. To view that story, go to http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/preview-the-tax-refund-scam/.
Also on Friday, October 17, officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Talbot because of a loud party. The officers made contact with the homeowner and
advised him about the city noise ordinance.
On Saturday, October 18, an officer was dispatched to the 2700
block of Carolina Way about a burglary of a motor vehicle. The officer met
with the victim who stated an unknown person entered his vehicle and stole multiple items overnight. Officers did not find any signs of forced entry and determined the vehicle was left unsecured. No suspects were found.
At 2:30 a.m. Sunday, October 19, a West U police officer noticed a vehicle traveling over the posted speed limit in the 5500 block of Buffalo Speedway. The officer tried to stop the vehicle in the 3100 block of Sunset for a traffic violation. However, the driver refused to stop and a pursuit of the vehicle transpired. The vehicle eventually stopped in the 2800 block of Nottingham, where the driver was taken into custody for evading arrest.
At 7:50 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, West U police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Carnegie and Rutgers for a report of an unknown disturbance inside a vehicle. The officers arrived in the area and found the vehicle to be unoccupied. The officers were then dispatched to Westchester and Holcombe where a man and his wife were located. Officers arrived at the new location and met with both parties. The man was taken into custody charged with public intoxication. He was transported to the West University Place jail and booked without incident.
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, a West U police officer on routine patrol in the 5300 block of Buffalo Speedway conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling northbound in the 5200 block of Buffalo Speedway with a left rear defective
taillight. The driver was identified and arrested for three active arrest warrants issued out of another police agency. During the course of the investigation, another occupant inside the vehicle was arrested for possession of marijuana. Both parties were transported to the West University jail and booked without incident.
On Thursday, October 23, West U police officers were dispatched at 4:32 p.m. to a residence in the 4200 block of Amherst. The homeowners had arrived home and discovered that one of the back windows had been removed and the house had been rummaged through. Officers conducted an investigation of the residential burglary and gathered all necessary information and evidence. No suspects have been located.