On October 30, 2014 a citizen in Butterwood Estates had a purse stolen from a vehicle parked in the driveway. Personal items along with bank cards were taken and were used at Walmart in Midlothian as well as several businesses on Hull Street Road. Anyone with any information on this case, please call Powhatan Crime Solvers at (804) 403-4357.
Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office received three calls from citizens, all advising they had received telephone calls in reference to their grandchildren, asking for large sums of money. In one case, the caller identified herself as their granddaughter and that she had been in a vehicle accident, DUI related, in another state. The victim spoke to the “Public Defender” as well and the victim was instructed to go to Walmart and purchase Green Dot Cards and forward to them. This victim lost in excess of $5,000. The second victim advised that an attorney from New York was calling, advising that their grandson was in jail and needed money for the bondsman. This victim forwarded approximately $1000 through Western Union. The third victim was contacted by someone claiming to be her grandson and needed her to forward money as he had been locked up and needed money for a bondsman. This victim called Powhatan Sheriff’s Office and was advised NOT to send any money. Without question, all victims are senior citizens who love their grandchildren and wanted desperately to help them.
HOWEVER – BE AWARE – this is a fraudulent scam that is repeating itself daily, all over this country. Historically, the suspects are forwarding this money out of the country, and the monies cannot be recovered nor can anyone be arrested or prosecuted. Before sending ANY MONEY, in any form, based on this type of phone call, it is imperative that you verify all information. Should you be a victim of this type of crime, please contact Powhatan Sheriff’s Office.
What is Crime Solvers?
Crime Solvers involves a three-pronged attack against crime using the police, the civic and business communities, and the news media. The program publicizes unsolved crimes and wanted suspects and offers an anonymous, toll-free telephone number for individuals to provide the police information about those crimes in exchange for cash rewards.
Help us to stop crime in Powhatan! If you have any information about a crime, please contact us. This site can be viewed in English and in Spanish by using the translator drop down menu on the left side of this screen.
A reward can be up to $1000 as determined by the Board upon consideration of the facts of each case.
Powhatan County Crime Solvers Tip Line – 804-403-HELP (403-4357)