August 26th, 2013
On 08/26/2013 at about 1414 hours, an unknown white male, mid 20’s, glasses, 5’8″, 180 lbs, lip ring towards right side, buzzed haircut, entered the Verizon store at 1700 Tilden Ridge Drive, Tilden Township, and removed a demo iPhone 5 cellular phone, valued at $199, from the security device holding it to the display table. The male then exited the store, got into a white Mitsubishi Gallant and left the parking lot. The same male had been in the store minutes earlier with a female companion and her toddler looking at cellular phones. The female was in a silver sedan and left the area prior to the theft.
Photos of the suspect and companion are attached to this release. Anyone having any information on this theft or the identity of the persons involved should contact Tilden Township Police at (610) 562-9001 or Berks County Crime Alert at (877) 373-9913.
June 27th, 2013
Area Thefts from Vehicles
The Tilden Township Police Department is conducting an investigation in relation to multiple thefts from vehicles that occurred overnight from 06/25/2013 into 06/26/2013 on the following roads.
First Street Ext, Oak Street, Merry Street, Dusty Lane, Berne Road and Rainbow Drive, Tilden Township.
The investigation has revealed that there may be potential victims on the above roads that have either not reported the thefts or are not aware of the thefts.
The Tilden Township Police Department is asking residents in the area of these roads to check their vehicles and report any thefts they become aware of, however minor.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001.
June 10th, 2013
“Free” Medical Alert Scam
The Pennsylvania SMP is hearing reports about a new medical alert scam targeting seniors nationwide. The unsolicited scam calls are pre-recorded messages stating that the senior qualifies for a free medical alert system or that someone has already paid for it. The message instructs seniors to press a number on their keypad to connect with a live person, or to press a different number to disconnect the call or be removed from their list.
If you receive a call like this, do not press any buttons, just hang up the phone. These calls are not from a legitimate company; they are attempts to scam seniors by enticing them with a free device and then asking for personal information.
Remember these red flags:
* Unsolicited calls: Be wary of calls that you did not ask to receive. Hang up the phone.
* Asking for personal information: Never give out personal, identifying information to callers, including your checking account, Social Security, or Medicare number.
* Offers involving anything “free”: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Medical alert systems are not free, and Medicare does not pay for them.
If you believe you may have been the victim of this scam, would like to report another health care scam, or see charges on your Medicare Summary Notice that you don’t recognize, call the SMP at CARIE. We’re here to help. A real person will answer your call. No buttons to push or menus to follow.
ScamWire June 2013 Medical Alert
May 31st, 2013
False Reports concerning robbery.
On 04/24/2013 & 04/25/2013, NESTER originally reported to police that she had been robbed in the Walmart parking lot in Tilden Township on 04/23/2013 at about 2230 hours. She had reported that a male and a female had approached her parked vehicle and demanded her money. She had reported that the male threatened her with harm if she did not comply and that he had something shaped like a gun under his shirt. She reported that she gave her purse to the male. She also advised that her small child had been in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of the robbery.
NESTER provided a lengthy written statement detailing the robbery.
A copy of the CCTV surveillance video was obtained from Walmart for the night of the alleged robbery. Although NESTER and her vehicle appeared on the video, there was no video evidence indicating that a robbery had occurred nor anyone approaching NESTER. The video showed her leaving the parking lot safely in her vehicle.
NESTER initially cooperated in the investigation until she was shown the video. She then refused to cooperate any further or offer any explanation.
On 05/31/2013, Tilden Township Police filed misdemeanor charges against NESTER for False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities.
May 18th, 2013
Boys ages 6 & 7 left at restaurant
05/18/2013 113 hours
Cracker Barrel, 21 Industrial Drive, Tilden Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Father, age 28, Nazareth, PA
Mother, age 23, Nazareth, PA
Children: male age 6, male age 7, and newborn child three weeks old.
On 05/18/2013, Tilden Township Police were dispatched to the Cracker Barrel, 21 Industrial Drive, for a report of children left at the restaurant after their parents had left. Cracker Barrel managers took care of the children while an investigation was conducted.
Upon investigation, it was determined that the mother had left in one vehicle with the newborn child thinking that the father had the two boys. The father left in another vehicle thinking the mother had the two boys. Both parents traveled home in separate vehicles to Nazareth, PA and realized that the two boys were still at Cracker Barrel.
The mother called Cracker Barrel to advise that she was en route to pick up her children. The mother did arrive and she was reunited with her children.
There was no evidence to support criminal charges in this case.
April 25th, 2013
Date/Time of Incident: 04/23/2013 2230 hours
Victim: <name withheld>, female, age 21
Actor1: white male, non-hispanic, approx. 6′ tall, high & tight military haircut, brown hair with moustache, approx. age 21-25, wearing an orange t-shirt w/ a black spider on the front right peck, blue jeans.
Actor2: white female, non-hispanic, natural red hair, parted down the middle, shoulder length, approx. 5’3, multiple freckles on face, multiple scabs on face, green eyes, wearing a large amount of finger rings, black v-neck t-shirt, blue jeans and flip flop foot wear.
The above victim reported to police that on Tuesday, 04/23/2013 hours, at about 2230 hours, she had occasion to be inside her vehicle with her small child in the south east parking lot of the Tilden Township Walmart. At that time, both above actors approached the victim’s vehicle on the driver’s side. They demanded money from the victim and threatened to use force if the victim did not comply. The victim handed over her purse with an undisclosed amount of cash inside. Both actors fled on foot towards Lowland Road.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001.
February 20th, 2013
02/19/2013 – At about 2045 hours, Christopher M. SMITH, male, age 38, was arrested with minor incident by the Tilden Township Police Department at a friend’s residence in the 1500 Block of Hex Highway after he allegedly violated the terms of a Berks County Protection from Abuse order in the unit block of Willow Road around 1910 hours at the residence of the female victim (name withheld), age 30.
He was taken to the Berks County Central Processing Center where he was turned over to deputies.
February 12th, 2013
A Tilden Township resident reported to township police that the resident had been contacted by a person identifying himself as Attorney David Smith. The male had an Indian accent. The male advised the resident that she was going to be arrested the next day at her work. The male then told the resident that they know where she works. They stated her place of employment and stated her social security number. He then disconnected the call.
This is similar to other scams where they advise a potential victim that there is some sort of legal trouble and that they can pay a fee to resolve it.
While the resident was making the report, her cellular phone rang and it showed the number “911”. The cellular phone was put on speaker phone. A female with an Indian accent identified herself with an office and gave a badge number. She was looking for the resident. When Township Police advised the caller that they knew this was a scam, the caller hung up.
Police called the number provided by the Attorney David Smith, 818-408-8912. A female in an Indian accent answered “Department of Legal Services. Investigative Division” The Police were told they were being transferred to Attorney Alex Watson, who would explain everything. The call was disconnected before any transfer was made.
An internet search for that phone number, 818-408-8912, reveals multiple scam alerts and mentions the name Alex Watson.
Scam artists can use readily available computer services and/or phone cards to fake their caller identification. This is known as Caller ID Spoofing.
Residents are encouraged to verify all information they are told by phone from any person, agency or business. When in doubt, call the agency or business yourself to attempt to verify the information.
February 5th, 2013
Phone Scam Alert: A business in Tilden Township received multiple calls on 02/05/2013 and 01/07/2013 from a male with a foreign accent, possibly Indian. The male kept asking for a particular employee who no longer worked at the business. If the business hung up on the male, he would keep calling back.
A phone call was placed to this male by police. The male advised that the employee at the business had a lawsuit and had failed to pay fees to “the company.” However, he never identified the company name.
The phone number that showed up on the caller ID was (616) 884-9415, which is Michigan area code and prefix.
An internet search of that phone number produces similar stories on various scam related websites.
Residents and business employees are encouraged to verify all information they are told by phone from any person, agency or business. When in doubt, call the agency or business yourself to attempt to verify the information.
January 23rd, 2013
Phone Scam Alert: A restaurant in Tilden Township received a phone call on 01/23/2013 around 1545 hours from a male with a foreign accent, possibly Indian. The male claimed to be from the “State Health Department” and advised the restaurant manager that an inspection was being done the next day. However, before the inspection could proceed, the manager was requested to give her personal cell phone number so that the State Health Department could call her back with an “Inspection ID Number.”
When the manager refused, she was told that she could be fined $500 for the refusal to cooperate. She insisted on getting the caller’s name so that she could call the PA Department of Health herself and verify if the call was legitimate. The male refused and stated that he was going to put his supervisor on the line. Another male with an Indian accent came on the line and began swearing at the manager. He then asked her if she was married or single. The call was disconnected.
The phone number that showed up on the caller ID was (760) 705-8888 which is a California area code and prefix.
Residents and business employees are encouraged to verify all information they are told over the phone by any agency. When in doubt, call the agency yourself to verify information.