Dryden Police Investigate Frauds

Thunder Bay Crime Report

Regional Crime ReportDRYDEN – Dryden Police are investigating two reports of fraud received yesterday. A local couple called the Dryden Police to report that they believed they had been defrauded by a person posing as a Hydro One employee, who told them that a payment of $2000.00 was required, or their hydro was going to be disconnected. Payment was to be made by Pay Power Visa cards through Western Union at Safeway. Fortunately, they contacted the Police shortly after sending payment, and were able to stop the transactions. While at Safeway, an employee there reported that someone had come to the store earlier in the day to make the same type of payment. Hydro One has been contacted and did not make the call to the customer.

The second fraud reported was the “Grandparent Scam”, where a local family was contacted by a male reporting to be their nephew, living in China stating he had been charged with impaired driving and required financial assistance. Money was sent via Visa gift cards. At this point, it appears that some of the money may be recovered through Visa.

Residents are urged to contact the Dryden Police Service if they are contacted and asked to send money to someone, particularly through Western Union, or by purchasing Pay Power Visa cards.

Police are investigating a domestic assault which was reported Tuesday evening. As a result of this, a 39-year-old female has been charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats. She was held in custody and will make an appearance in bail court today.

Early Wednesday morning, officers were called regarding a fight on Arthur Street between three individuals. Officers arrived and found 20-year-old Jordan Windego in the area who said that he had been in a fight, but would not provide any additional information. Residents at the location indicated that Windego was intoxicated and causing problems. He was subsequently arrested for intoxication and his own safety due to the cold. Upon arrest, he was found to be in possession of some knife blades, and he has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He was held overnight and released this morning on conditions.

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