Scanner Traffic: August 8, 2014
Police continue search for stolen UTV
RUTHERFORDTON — The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is still seeking the public's help in locating a Polaris Razor 900 XT utility task vehicle that was stolen from 227 Franciscan Lane in Rutherfordton.
The vehicle's VIN number is 4XAJT87A8CF659185 and was taken on or around July 24, 2014.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective J.R. Upton at 828-287-6303 or 828-748-8935.
To make an anonymous tip, citizens can also call Crime Stoppers of Rutherford County at 828-286-TIPS (8477). Callers do not have to reveal their names or any information about themselves, and calls are not traced or recorded.
Crime Stoppers offers monetary rewards up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest for any serious crime, the location of stolen property, the whereabouts of wanted persons and the location of illegal drugs.
Information requested on larceny suspects
RUTHERFORDTON — The Rutherfordton Police Department is requesting information on the identity of a male and female subject seen in a surveillance video shoplifting at a grocery store.
On July 31 around 3 p.m., Rutherfordton officers responded to Bi-Lo on U.S. Highway 74 Bypass in Rutherfordton in reference to a larceny.
Officers spoke with an employee at the store about the shoplifting and reviewed security video footage of an older black female taking six packs of steaks and placing them in her shopping cart.
According to the police report, the video showed when the woman reached the cash register she only had a pack of hamburger meat. She attempted to pay for the hamburger with an EBT card that was declined.
The video also revealed the woman had a large black purse with her that appeared to be flat before picking up the meat. Estimated value of the stolen items is $108.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rutherfordton Detective Sergeant M. Snyder at 828-287-5062 or 828-286-2911.
Home insulation scheme halted
RALEIGH — A Greensboro company that did not live up to claims it would save consumers 25 percent on their energy bills is now out of the home insulation business, Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “Many consumers struggle to pay their power bills and claims that you’ll save 25 percent or more can sound very tempting,” Cooper said. “Our office is here to help when the reality doesn’t match the promise.”
At Cooper’s request, Wake County Superior Court Judge Lucy Inman signed a temporary restraining order barring Carolina Energy Green Solutions and its owner William Berkelhammer and manager Michael Stapleton from offering or performing home insulation work in North Carolina.
Cooper is also seeking a permanent ban against the defendants, refunds for consumers and civil penalties to the state. Cooper’s office is investigating the possibility that Stapleton has opened a new company doing similar work around Charlotte. The company often targeted seniors, Cooper contends, as outlined in examples listed in the complaint filed with the court.
According to Cooper’s complaint, Carolina Energy Green Solutions called consumers and offered to perform a free survey of the insulation in their homes. Consumers who agreed to the survey had a Carolina Energy Green Solutions representative walk through their homes and point out supposed leaks that would benefit from the company’s products.
As the complaint describes, the representative would then offer to install Carolina Energy Green Solution’s products, typically promising savings of 25 percent on their gas, oil or electric bills. Once consumers agreed to the installation, they were given the option of financing the cost — usually $3,000 or more — or paying it in full upfront.
Consumers who complained to Cooper’s office say the installation crews arrived the next morning, sometimes before daybreak, to install things like foam reflective material, water heater blankets and outlet and pipe insulators. After months without little or no reduction in their power bills, consumers complained to the company and asked for refunds but got nowhere.
“Be skeptical whenever someone promises that paying them a lot of money now can somehow help you save money in the future,” Cooper said. “If you’ve done business with this or a similar company, don’t keep waiting for the promised savings to materialize. Instead contact our office and file a complaint.”
To report potential scams to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office, call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.
Source: NC Department of Justice
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