Police Briefs 05-02-2019

D-4 Police News

Easter bully

On Tuesday, April 23, at approximately 3 p.m., an Area D-4 detective responded to a radio call for a disturbance at CVS Pharmacy at 231 Massachusetts Ave.

On arrival, the detective spoke to the store manager, who said at around 12:35 p.m., a male suspect envtered the store from the front entrance, began knocking merchandise from display tables and damaging numerous items at an “Easter clearance” table.

When the manager approached the suspect to inquire what he was doing, the suspect said, “Don’t come any closer or I’ll kill you.”

The suspect then fled, the store heading down up Massachusetts Avenue in the direction of Boylston Street before disappearing from the manager’s view as he crossed Massachusetts Avenue in the vicinity of Clearway and St. Germain streets.

Neither the manager nor any other employees recognizes the suspect from any prior incidents at the store.

Missed target

On Tuesday, April 23, at about 5:45 p.m., police responded to a radio call for a report of fraud by scheme at Target at 1341 Boylston St.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke to the victim, who said she received a scam phone call from an unknown number at about 2:45 p.m. the previous day, claiming that her bank account had been compromised and asking her to verify her identity in order to resolve the matter. The caller didn’t specify which financial institution he was calling from, nor did he provide any additional information.

The victim provided the caller with her full name, date of birth, social security number, bank account number and bank account balance, as well as information from her driver’s license. The victim also texted a photograph of her driver’s license to the unknown number.

The caller from the unknown number instructed the victim to purchase $4,750 worth of Target gift cards, and to then provide him with their serial numbers.

The victim also received calls from two other unknown numbers requesting the same information.

The victim attempted to buy the gift cards, but Citibank instructed her to cancel the transaction, at which time grew wary and contacted police.

The officer instructed the victim to notify her bank of the matter, and she said she would also contact social security to apprise them of the situation.

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