County Sheriff’s Report
September 15, 2009
Several Summit County residents have reported cases to the Sheriff’s Office where callers pretending to be their grandchildren have attempted to con them out of money, the authorities say.
Callers have claimed they were involved in car accidents, trying to return from foreign countries or were in jail and needed the money immediately, according to Brad Wilde, a Summit County Sheriff’s Office sergeant.
They request the victims not contact other family members because the callers are embarrassed or would "get in trouble," Wilde said.
Victims wanting to help their grandchildren are tempted to send money electronically.
"In the cases reported to Summit County, the con-artist requests the money be sent to Canada," Wilde said in a prepared statement. "In these cases the victims have wired the money through Western Union."
Any request for money should be checked out thoroughly, he said.
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"Summit County [deputies] contacted the Canadian authorities," Wilde said. "They were told that this type of scam is very big in Canada and other areas at this time."
Meanwhile, calls Summit County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received last week included:
No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic crash that involved two vehicles at Kimball Junction Sept. 13 at 11:55 a.m.
An inmate in the Summit County jail reportedly fell from his bunk injuring his elbow Sept. 13 at 10:37 a.m.
A Wanship man said underwater diving and archery equipment was stolen from his vehicle in North Summit Sept. 13.
The Sheriff’s Office received reports of several vehicle burglaries on the West Side of Summit County Sept. 13.
A case of domestic violence was reported to the Sheriff’s Office from the Snyderville Basin Sept. 12 at 4:04 p.m.
A business on Ute Boulevard said a bottle of vodka was stolen Sept. 12 at 12:47 p.m.
A man near Cutter Lane in the Snyderville Basin said he suffered a bloody nose and cut eye when a client assaulted him Sept. 11 at 4:08 p.m.
A woman in Coalville said a bicycle was stolen from her yard Sept. 10.
On Sept. 10, a tree fell onto a bridge on River Road that spans the Weber River in South Summit.
Nobody was injured and no homes were destroyed by a large wildfire at Promontory Sept. 10 at 4:02 p.m.
No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic accident that involved a Subaru and Jeep at Quinn’s Junction Sept. 10 at 7:22 a.m.
A woman on Heather Lane in North Shore said a $1,600 Giant mountain bike was stolen from her garage Sept. 8.
A man at a roofing company in Summit Park said he was assaulted by an employee at the business Sept. 8 at 8:38 a.m.
Two women reportedly fought at North Beach at Echo reservoir Sept. 7 at 4:10 p.m.
An employee at T.J. Maxx at Kimball Junction was detained at the store for allegedly stealing merchandise Sept. 7 at 11:38 a.m.