Weyburn police investigate fraud, theft complaints

The Weyburn Police Service received 100 calls for service during the week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 5. Of the 100 calls, 14 charges were laid, including one charge under the Criminal Code, with theft and fraud comprising some of the calls. The remaining charges were under the Traffic Safety Act and City of Weyburn bylaw for traffic violations.

Officers dealt with a fraud complaint on Sept. 29. The complainant in the matter attended to the police station to report he had received a call by an automated voice and followed the prompts in order to purchase Google Play Cards.

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He complied with the direction and subsequently lost hundreds of dollars and information related to his SIN number. Police want to remind the public that any agency or person asking for personal information over the phone is usually not legitimate.

On the same date officers conducted a traffic stop in the vicinity of Fifth Street and Prairie Avenue, which resulted in the driver failing the oral fluid swab test for THC. The driver was issued a three-day suspension of his license and the vehicle was impounded. 

A complainant reported he had been selling his hard drive from his computer on eBay on Oct. 2, and ultimately was paid in excess of close to $3,000 extra with instructions to send back the difference to the buyer.

A hold was placed on the complainant’s account by the buyer so that payment would be made. Police obtained the report and ultimately the account was cancelled. There was no loss of money to the complainant, but this is yet another style of fraud for the public to be aware of.

A complainant reported the theft of his vehicle from his driveway sometime overnight from Oct. 4 to 5. This occurred in the 500 block of Fourth Street SE. Stolen was a 2010 Ford F150 Supercrew truck, brown in colour, bearing Saskatchewan license plate #117-JKE. The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding one of these matters, or any other matter of a criminal nature, is encouraged to contact the Weyburn Police Service at (306) 848-3250, the local RCMP Detachment at 310-RCMP (7267), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).