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Exchange Safe Zone Created In Culpeper

Photo from Culpeper Times

Photo from Culpeper Times

According to an article dated May 25, 2016, in the Culpeper Times, an exchange “safe zone” has been created in Culpeper. You can read the article at this link:

Beware – IRS Scam can lead to SWATting

SWAT (free clip art)

SWAT (free clip art)

Press release from Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports of IRS scam operations, and Sheriff Scott Jenkins is warning residents that there is a new element to the scam: “swatting.”

The crime of “swatting” is making a hoax call to 9-1-1 to draw a response from law enforcement, usually a SWAT team, and CCSO had an incident of it this weekend, when deputies responded to an unfounded report of a person with a gun in the 14600 block of Carrico Mills Road at about 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015. When deputies arrived, they found that the resident did not call 911, but they had received an IRS scam call in which the caller told them that they owed thousands of dollars to be brought immediately to a Washington, DC address or they would be arrested. When the victim told the caller they would borrow the money from their Police Officer friend, the call disconnected, and the caller sought revenge by reporting a person with a gun at the victim’s residence.

Residents are encouraged to report IRS scam calls to Culpeper dispatch (540.727.7900) so that dispatchers can give the additional information to responding deputies if they receive a subsequent “swatting” call.

As a reminder, the IRS reports that they will NEVER:
– call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill,
– demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe,
– require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card,
– ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or
– threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Caller ID “spoofing,” which allows the caller to adopt a fake phone number and/or name, may be another element of the operation, so residents should not automatically assume the information displayed in their caller ID accurately identifies the caller.

Culpeper Police Department Participates in Click It or Ticket Campaign

Traffic Stop (photo provided by Culpeper Police)

Traffic Stop (photo provided by Culpeper Police)

Press release by Culpeper Town Police:

Would you ever ride a roller coaster without the harness down? Would you ever skydive without a parachute? When you ride in a motor vehicle without a seat belt, you are taking the same huge risk.

Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death during a crash. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. Major Chris. B. Settle along with DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office encourages everyone on the road to wear their seat belts during every trip, day and night.

Virginia law requires all front seat occupants of motor vehicles be restrained, and any passenger from birth to 18 years old be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat or seat belt. Virginia law also requires that rear-facing child restraint devices be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. “It’s the law in Virginia to wear your seat belt and make sure children are in a car seat, and doing so will save your life during a crash,” said Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

Click it or ticket logo

Click it or ticket logo

Law enforcement officers across Virginia and the nation will be out in full force during the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization, May 18 through May 31, looking for seat belt violators. “Not only do you risk getting a ticket, but by not wearing your seat belt, you risk severe injury and even death,” said Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

Virginia’s statewide seat belt use rate was 77.3 percent in 2014, 79.7 percent in 2013 and 78.4 percent in 2012. Last year in Virginia, 52 percent of all traffic fatalities, or 256 deaths, were unrestrained drivers and passengers. Also, 154 (60 percent) of the unrestrained deaths were people ages 21 to 50, and 65 percent were males. Of the 198 unbelted driver fatalities, 40 (20 percent) had been drinking. Almost half of the unrestrained fatalities in 2014 occurred at night, between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Locally, Culpeper experienced 236 vehicle crashes in 2014. Many of these were during daylight hours. A local survey of drivers conducted in 2015 showed that 77 percent of drivers were utilizing seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts really do save lives. From 2008 to 2012, they saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. And in 2012 in the United States, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained occupants involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts.

Juvenile Charged with Burglary in Culpeper

Culpeper Town Police patch

Culpeper Town Police patch

Press release from Culpeper Police:

Due to the age of the suspect, name and photograph are witheld.

On May 12, 2015, five homes in the 800 Block of Gallows Court in Culpeper were burglarized during daytime hours. There was no one home during each of these entries. Random items were removed during these events. There were no injuries that resulted from any of these incidents.

All of these houses had forced entry to gain access to the home’s interior. Extensive damage was done during entry, totaling in the hundreds of dollars. The suspect was able to spend time looking through the homes, prior to taking anything. Items taken from the houses include cash, electronics, and food.

Officer P. Siebel responded to the scene of three homes in the Gallows Court area at approximately 7:30 in the evening to begin the investigation. Master Police Officer Detective Richard Brooking, with the Criminal Investigations Section of the Culpeper Police Department, was called to the homes to process the scenes and collect evidence. Officers canvassed the area and interviewed witnesses. These interviews led to the development of a suspect.

The suspect, a 14 year old male, was interviewed and cooperated with the investigation. Based on the investigation, two additional homes were found to have been burglarized.

Detectives from the Culpeper Police Department executed a search warrant in the 800 Block of Gallows Court. This search warrant resulted in the recovery of several items that had been reported stolen during the burglaries.

Detectives have obtained several petitions for the juvenile. These include five counts of breaking and entering and two counts of grand larceny.

“Thanks to the citizens for being observant to their surroundings and communicating information to the officers on scene. Their observations led to the development of the suspect,” said Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

This investigation is still active and ongoing.

Anyone with additional information involving this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Richard Brooking at 540-829-5504 or to remain anonymous Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300.

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