Family Friend Charged In Break In And Theft
A woman is accused of stealing more than $5,000 in cash from a family is she is friends with.
On Wednesday, a Ridout St. family reported to Kawartha Lakes Police that a large quantity of cash been removed from their home. They said a friend of the family stayed at the home over the weekend.
When the homeowners reviewed video surveillance, they allegedly saw the friend entering the home on Tuesday. Police say the victims and the woman were the only ones who knew the location of the money.
Nichole O’Connell, 20, of the former Ops Township is charged with break and enter and theft over $5,000 and possession of property obtain by crime over $5,000. She will appear in the Lindsay, Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday October 6th, 2016.
Fraudsters Continue To Plague Lindsay Area
Police are cautioning residents about more fraud scams in the Lindsay area.
On Wednesday, a man lost $1,400US in a Facebook lottery scam. Police say the victim was friended on Facebook by a woman who he believed was an old high school acquaintance. She indicated that she had just won $80,000 in a Facebook lottery and forwarded a link for the victim to follow to see if they were a winner.
When the victim connected with the link they were advised to send funds to release their $10,000 prize. The $1,400 was sent and no prize was ever released.
Also on Wednesday, a person told police she had forwarded $2,800 to a secret/mystery shopper program which turned out to be a scam. This fraud has most recently been initiated by a text with a link that will request personal information. The victim will then receive a cheque for a large sum of money, which they are asked to deposit and then return a portion of to the sender. The victim is “allowed” to keep the remainder as payment for their services as a secret/mystery shopper.
Police warn the original cheque is fraudulent and there are no funds available and the victim is out the money.
Kawartha Lakes Police caution residents to be suspicious of any situation where someone is looking for money or personal information. Remember: If it seems too good to be true, it is! If you are a victim of fraud, you are urged to contact police immediately and report the incident. Your information may help protect others from becoming a victim.