The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received several calls Feb. 4 regarding a telephone scam in which fraudsters portrayed themselves as deputies from JCSO and manipulated caller ID to appear as the JCSO phone number.
Sheriff’s Deputy Brett Anglin said the sheriff’s office will not ask for personal information over the phone without verifying who they are. To ensure you are connected with a member of the sheriff’s office, call their dispatch number at 360-344-9779 or office number at 360-385-3831.
Deputies responded to a total of 246 calls for service last week, making 15 arrests and 80 traffic stops. These are some of the notable calls from Jan. 28 through Feb.4.
At 10:29 a.m. Jan. 28, a caller reported his mail had been stolen. The caller noticed he did not receive any Christmas cards and had been charged late fees.
At 9:20 p.m. Jan. 28, a caller reported hearing gunshots on Paradise Bay Road. The caller suspected someone had fired a gun from their vehicle. A deputy patrolled the area but did not see or hear anyone.
At 2:09 p.m. Jan. 29, a caller from the county parks department reported off-road dirt bikers on the trail at HJ Carroll Park who were causing damage to the track. A deputy patrolled the area and observed two possible suspects on Old Anderson Lake Road, but they were not able to stop them.
At 3:25 p.m. Jan. 29, a postal worker reported seeing gallon jars of clear liquid near a mailbox on Woodland Way. The jars were in the middle of the road and marked with red tape labeled “Danger.” The caller suspected they might be Molotov cocktails. A deputy investigated the jars and found that they were milk jugs filled with water and placed in the street to mark potholes.
At 3:33 p.m. Jan. 30, a caller reported he had been asked for personal information linked to his Apple iCloud account, but he did not have such an account. He called to inform the sheriff’s office of a possible scam.
At 5:02 p.m. Jan. 30, a caller reported a sandwich board had been stolen during the night. The board was a landscaping sign in front of the U-Haul along Highway 20 and stated “Gardens Landscaping.” The caller said the sign is valued at $300.
At 9:27 p.m. Jan. 30, a caller reported seeing a flashlight inside a church on Brookside Street . The caller did not see a vehicle but saw someone walking around and leaving the church wearing dark clothes. A deputy responded to the call but did not see any sign of break-in, suspecting the person seen was security personnel.
At 11:08 a.m. Feb. 1, a caller reported he was attacked by a neighbor’s dogs. The dogs charged out of their house and the caller said he used mace. A deputy responded and issued a citation to the owner for having an unlicensed animal at large.
At 10:41 a.m. Feb. 2, a caller reported vandalism of a paper box and address sign at home. The vandal also took the caller’s neighbor’s address sign and broke pottery in the street.
At 5:25 p.m. Feb. 2, a caller reported her neighbor had found her cat two weeks previously and kept it. The caller said she had gotten her cat back, but it went back to the neighbor’s property the next day. She thought her neighbor was going to try to sell her cat.
At 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4, a caller reported a woman had taken candy from the Beaver Valley store. The suspect had dropped the candy and left after they were confronted.
At noon Feb. 4, a caller reported he had received a phone call from someone who claimed to be with the sheriff’s office. The person claimed the caller’s wife had two warrants. The caller did not give up any personal information or any money.