Thursday, April 14, 2016

Connellsville Police warn of IRS scam

Tax season may nearly be over, but that doesn't stop scammers!

The Connellsville Police--though I can't imagine this scam is limited to Connellsville--have posted about a tax scam making the rounds, in which residents have received calls from people claiming to be the IRS, saying that they may be subject to a lawsuit/charges/warrant if they don't call a certain phone number. These calls aren't legit. Not only are they not from the IRS, but the IRS will never convey such information over the phone. In fact, as a general rule, almost no government agencies will, as with most businesses, and you should never give out any personal information or online.

If you receive such a call, the police advise you to simply ignore it. You can report it if you want.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Man arrested after police chase...and falling for a kind of obvious trap

I kind of love this story.

So, a man was arrested Saturday morning after a police chase. 31-year-old Christopher Greer of Uniontown was initially pulled over Thursday night because he has a history of driving with a suspended license--because, you know, having your license suspended and continuing to drive enough times that you have a reputation for doing it is a great idea. I mean, what could possibly go wrong, other than a police chase through town?

Police lost track of him on Fayette St., due to the fact that he was speeding, running lights and stop signs, etc., which was a bit dangerous.

Early Friday morning, police saw a Facebook post from him looking to sell an iPhone, and this is where things take a funny dumb-criminal turn. An officer texted Greer, pretending to be interested in buying the phone, and they arranged a meeting. Greer must've suspected something was off, because he didn't get out of his car--but he got surrounded anyway, backed into one of the police cruisers, and fled yet again. Good for him for being suspicious, I guess, but that probably would've come in handy before scheduling a meet-up with cops, especially considering he gave himself a flat tire, which resulted in him getting caught.

He's facing multiple charges, including charges of assault and reckless endangerment, with bail set at $20,000.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Connellsville Police looking for possible robbery witness

The Connellsville police are investigating a robbery that happened in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, March 30, at ReddyMart. A male stole money and cigarettes, and upon reviewing security footage, they saw a woman in the store just before the robbery who may have information about it but is unaware.

If you can help identify this woman--or if you are her--you're asked to contact the Connellsville police, either through a private message on their Facebook page or by calling 724-628-2501.