Monday, September 28
11:52 a.m. — Counterfeit Money (SPD) officers responded to a local business for a report of a counterfeit bill. A business owner turned over a $20 bill with the word “Prop” stamped on it. Business owner did not know from whom or at what time the transaction occurred, according to a SPD representative, who said the matter is closed, pending new information.
7:01 p.m. — Harassment: SPD officers responded to the 1000 block of 6th St. SW for a report of someone receiving unwanted messages from an acquaintance. Officers determined the complaint was unfounded because the reporting party had engaged the alleged suspect in texting. The complainant was advised to stop messaging the person.
Tuesday, September 29
4:32 a.m. — Sex Offense: SPD officer received a report from the State Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) of an alleged rape of a juvenile that had occurred a number of years ago. Limited information was provided and the matter is under investigation, a SPD representative said.
5:47 p.m. — Threats: SPD officer responded to a residence at the 800 block of 8th Ave. SE for a report of threats being made to a person. Officer met with the reporting party, “who stated their children had been playing with some other kids, who reportedly stated that someone they knew had made a comment they heard that someone was going to shoot someone if they ever saw them again,” a SPD representative said. The officers spoke with a number of people to try and track down the alleged person who made the threat, but no further information was discovered.
Thursday, October 1
1:16 p.m. — Scam: SPD officer met with complainant at the Richland County Justice Center who believed they were the victim of a phone scam. Someone called to tell the complainant their Apple computer account had been hacked and that they needed to transfer $1,000 via Zelle to fix the account hack. The victim reportedly did transfer $500 to the account, but Zelle notified the reporting party the funds had been sent to an account in Russia. Officer obtained the suspect’s phone number and email address to follow up, but a SPD representative said it was highly unlikely they would be able to locate the suspect. “If this was part of a larger scheme that we could lump together and it reached a certain monetary threshold, we might be able to put something together,” the representative said. The bank was able to reinstate the $500 into the victim’s account. “The Sidney Police Department urges all people to be highly skeptical of anyone requesting money by phone, especially if you did not initiate contact,” the representative said.
Saturday, October 3
1:05 p.m. — Sex Offense: SPD officers received a report of an alleged sex assault involving a minor. The SPD took the initial report and officers are coordinating with Child & Family Services in Sidney (a DHHS state-affiliated agency) to investigate.