The Park City Police Department early last week received a complaint from someone who was preparing to book lodging and was worried they might become the victim of a scam artist.

The police received the report at a little before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Public police logs indicated the person had entered into a rental agreement and wired $500 to a bank. The person was asked for the rest of the money, the police were told. The person told the police the situation appeared "shady" and wanted to ensure it was not a scam, according to police logs.

The logs did not provide details like the location of the lodging.

The case was logged as the Police Department warned vacationers of similar scams that have been reported since the start of the ski season. The police caution people to use reputable sources when booking lodging.

Other incidents reported to the Police Department last week included:

On Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7:12 a.m., the police received a complaint from someone on the 500 block of Deer Valley, where water was reportedly breaching the surface of the street.

On Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:14 p.m., a car reportedly slid into a garage door at a house on Centennial Circle. The police were told antifreeze spilled onto the driveway.

At 2:43 p.m., the police were summoned to the 400 block of Main Street to look into a case involving a taxi passenger. The driver told the police a passenger exited the taxi at 1:20 p.m. and told the driver he was heading into a restaurant-bar to get money to pay the driver.


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The person, though, apparently left the restaurant-bar through a back door, the police were told. Public police logs did not indicate how much the fare was.

Someone contacted the police at 8:15 a.m. on Fairway Village Drive, reporting that they discovered the tracks of a big cat. They led to his garage. The tracks were determined not to be of a big cat, though.

On Friday, Jan. 11 at 10:32 p.m., the police received a call from a cab driver on the 200 block of Main Street reporting that a passenger, appearing to be intoxicated, refused to get out of the vehicle.

At 6:55 p.m., someone reported seeing an injured dog on the 400 block of Main Street. The brown-furred boxer would not let someone approach, the police were told. The dog was missing some of its fur.

Sparks were seen coming from a power pole on Shadow Ridge Road at 5:44 p.m. The Park City Fire District was summoned.

Someone contacted the police at 3:01 p.m. saying that a car was parked directly in front of a driveway. The person was on an unspecified block of Park Avenue.

At 5:16 a.m., the police received a complaint from an unspecified location along Park Avenue that someone working for a property-management company was pushing snow onto a public road -- Homestake Road -- from a parking lot. A police officer told the company to keep the snow on the property.

Someone at 12:20 a.m. reported the driver of a dark-colored sedan was driving forward 500 feet and then backing up the same length on Meadow Creek Drive. The police were told the circumstances were suspicious.

On Thursday, Jan. 10 at 5:06 p.m., a vehicle ran out of gas at the intersection of Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard.

The police at 11:24 a.m. received a report that a vehicle had been burglarized in late December on Swede Alley. A bag was taken from inside, but public police logs did not detail what was in the bag. The vehicle might have been left unlocked, the police were told.

At 11:16 a.m., the police were informed that a vehicle had been left at or close to the intersection of Empire Avenue and Crescent Tram. It had been there since August and has expired tags, the police were told.

A hit-and-run traffic accident was reported on the 1100 block of Park Avenue at 9:45 a.m. The accident occurred sometime in the 24 hours before the report was filed.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 9:19 a.m., antifreeze reportedly spilled on the 9100 block of Marsac Avenue. The Park City Fire District was summoned.

On Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10:09 p.m., a man reportedly was seen passed out on a bus on Iron Horse Drive. The police classified the case as intoxication.

A hit-and-run traffic accident was reported on the 1900 block of Prospector Avenue at 12:09 p.m. The accident occurred earlier in the day, the police were told.

At 9:12 a.m., someone on Park Avenue told the police a counterfeit bill was used. Public police logs did not provide details, including whether the bill was given to a business or a person and the denomination of the bill.

On Monday, Jan. 7 at 2:47 p.m., six or seven teens were reportedly seen building snow jumps on or close to Daly Avenue.