South Bend Police Department Press Release

Friday, March 31, 2006

 

Suspect Arrest in Unusual Plasma Television Scam

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On March 30, 2006, South Bend Police Department detectives and uniform officers quickly responded to a citizen’s complaint and description of a vehicle and suspect described as defrauding the witness on a previous sale of a perceived plasma or flat-screen television. In reality, the “TV” was an oven door wrapped in plastic and Styrofoam packaging. The victim had paid $300 for said item.

After the apprehension yesterday at approximately 2:00 p.m., one Samuel Jones Jr. was arrested for DWS (Driving While Suspended) with priors. Upon further investigation, the connection to a fraud case report filed (by the spouse of the aforementioned witness) on February 20, 2006, became clearer. Sgt. Jim Walsh is continuing the original investigation.

Earlier this week, the SBPD’s Regional Crime Intelligence Unit also issued an alert to police department personnel in regards to a uniform officers notation of two recent residential burglaries in which oven doors were taken. One was in the 900 block of North Twyckenham on March 27 and the other was in the 400 block of North Arthur on March 25. In addition, similar incidents in the county, as well as Mishawaka, have been reported.

The South Bend Police Department would not only make the public aware of this “newer” fraudulent television scam, but also would like to remind citizens of the age-old saying of “Caveat Emptor,” which means “buyer beware.” If something appears too good to be true—as in “bargain” selling prices for big-ticket items—it usually is.





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