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Police went to a parking lot on S. Central Avenue April 28 after receiving a call from a woman who said someone broke the passenger side window of her parked car and took some of her belongings. Police say three additional larcenies involving a car window broken and things taken were reported in that lot around the same time. The victims, all young women, reported credit cards, driver’s license, debit card and other personal items were missing. An employee at one of the businesses in the area said she was working the front desk and when she went outside to check her car, also parked in the same lot, she saw her rear driver’s side window damaged. Nothing was taken from her car. A fourth larceny was reported from the same lot by another woman who said her front passenger side window was damaged and her fannypack was stolen. Inside the bag were lip gloss, perfume, birth control pills, $100 cash and various credit cards.

Caught on the barrier

Police were summoned to a parking lot on S. Central Avenue April 26 after a man driving a 2009 Audi convertible said his front bumper got caught on the concrete barrier at the front of the parking space and detached. He said the damage happened as he was reversing to leave the spot. He was concerned about undercarriage damage. No tow was required and he was able to drive away. The driver asked the incident be documented for his records.

Car targeted

Police responded to a medical clinic April 26 located on N. Central Avenue after a clinic employee said a man who went to the clinic with a female patient became upset when told he could not join the woman in the treatment room. The employee said the man went out to the parking lot and got in his car, which was parked next to the employee’s car, and used his car door to bash the employee’s car while the employee was inside the clinic with the woman. The victim provided police with surveillance video.

Criminal mischief

A woman told police April 27 someone intentionally damaged her car while it was parked in a driveway on Scott Place where she is employed at a residential home for the mentally disabled. Scratches were observed on both sides of the car that appeared to have been made by an object. A neighbor’s security camera specifically shows an individual known to the caller doing the damage. An investigation is underway.

Stolen wallet

A woman said her wallet was stolen April 27 while she was standing at the customer service counter of a business on N. Central Avenue. She said she took her Coach wallet out of her bag and placed it on the counter and turned her head for an instant and in that instant the wallet was taken. An employee said there was video surveillance but she needed corporate approval before she could show it to police. Meanwhile the victim canceled her credit cards.

Hey! You won a car (scam)

A woman went to police headquarters April 28 to report a scam that happened a month earlier. She said she got a call from someone who claimed to be from the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes telling her she won money and a car. The woman said she never entered any sweepstakes. She said this person attempted to meet her to give her the prize but she declined. She said she never revealed any personal information about herself but was dismayed the caller knew her name and where she lives. She went to police headquarters because the caller reached out to her again to say the car was going to be dropped off. Police advised her to block the number.

Grandpa, I’ve been arrested (scam)

Police spoke with a Bryant Street resident April 28 who said he got a call from an unknown male who called him “Grandpa” and said he’d been in a car crash and was arrested. The man told police he has two grandchildren aged 8 and 11 but decided to play along with the caller who asked for $7,000 for bail money. He said when he told the caller he would try to get the money, he was advised to send a wire transfer but when he said he didn’t know anything about wire transfers, the caller said he would send someone to the house to collect the money. This concerned the caller. Police told him to stop communicating with the fake grandson and report any other suspicious incidents.

Phone stolen

A man buying gas at the Shell Station on S. Central Avenue told police April 28 he accidentally dropped his phone at the pump and only noticed it was missing when he arrived at ShopRite. He called his phone from another phone and a man answered and said, “If you want your phone back, you’re going to have to pay cash.” Police looked at the video surveillance at the gas station and saw the reporting party dropping his phone. They saw an unknown man pick up the phone and ask other customers at the station if it was theirs. The man then called out to a woman who got out of her car, took the phone, and then got back in the car and the two drove off. The victim said he doesn’t want to pursue charges.

Package arrives, no phone inside

A Pheasant Run caller April 29 told police he ordered an iPhone on eBay and, when the package arrived, there was an envelope inside but no phone. He said he paid $845.31 for it through PayPal and thinks the seller never sent the phone. He asked for a police report so he could submit it to eBay for reimbursement. 

Stolen picnic table

A N. Washington Avenue resident told police May 1 her picnic table, last seen a few days before, was missing. The table was located on a back patio outside. She said she had no idea who would steal the table but acknowledged some squabbling with neighbors in the past, however she said for a year there had been no problem. She said she would speak to the administrator of the housing facility to let him know what had happened.

Underage drinking party reported

Police responded to Edgemont Circle May 1 on a report of an underage drinking party. Upon arrival, police saw teens on a backyard patio and found open containers of alcohol in the basement, but they did not observe any teens drinking. The homeowner was interviewed and said she consented to having teens over to celebrate their college decisions. All teens on scene were released to their parents. No one needed medical attention.

Identity theft

A Paxford Lane resident April 26 told police she received three letters in the mail from the Department of Labor regarding unemployment benefits. She said she never filed a claim for herself or her business. While the letters had her correct street address, they were addressed to another name. A report was made and she is following up with the Department of Labor.

A Brookdale Drive resident April 26 said he got a letter from a collection agency advising him of a credit card opened in his name. He denied opening a new account and does not do business with the listed bank. He said the new card has a charge on it for $530.18.

A Jane Street resident reported identity theft and fraud April 27 after returning to her home from a vacation, retrieving her mail and finding a letter from a bank enclosing a checkbook, congratulating her on her new account. The woman said she never opened the account. She spoke to a bank representative who said an unknown party opened the account using her name, and three other accounts opened and now closed were opened online. No money was in the accounts and the caller had no loss of funds. She believes the fraudulent accounts were opened by the same person who filed a fraudulent claim for unemployment using her identity a few months earlier.

A Yale Road resident April 27 learned several fraudulent accounts and insurance policies were opened using her identity; she said she spoke with the involved banks but they didn’t provide her with much information. They did agree to close the accounts and she’s not out any money.

A Whittier Street resident told police April 27 she got a letter in Spanish from the Department of Labor. She had to find someone to translate the letter for her, as she is not a Spanish speaker. The letter said a request for unemployment benefits was being denied. She said she never filed for unemployment as she is still working.

A Secor Road resident April 28 was advised by her employer of a fraudulent unemployment claim. The home address on the claim was incorrect. She’s not out any money.

A Hartsdale Avenue resident April 29 told police someone used her identity to fraudulently file for unemployment. The caller said she is disabled and receives disability assistance and believes whoever is trying to use her identity knew that and was exploiting it. She said she also received an odd letter from a car insurance company advising her she owes $1,000; she was told to contact the insurance company and report the suspicious incident. A police report was made.

A S. Central Avenue resident told police April 30 her bank sent her automated texts asking if she’d authorized sending thousands of dollars in purchases through CashApp to a store called Harp’s Food, which is open in the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Her bank has since frozen her account and issued her new cards. She’s not sure she’ll be reimbursed by her bank, but is hopeful.

This report, covering Greenburgh police activity in Edgemont and Hartsdale from April 26 to May 2, was compiled from official information.

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