LPD investigating scams, thefts

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

May 31, 2014

The Leitchfield Police Department is currently investigating a number of local thefts and scams throughout the city.

According to LPD Detective Kevin Smith said the agency has recently seen a rise in local telephone scams requesting money from victims.

“Any suspicious calls relating to a sweepstakes or payment of any form is fraud,” Smith said.

Several calls have been reported as having an 876 area code, which is from Jamaica.

“They’re getting a little more brazen,” Smith said. “They’re very convincing. They seem real. Reports claim there’s no type of accent detectable.”

In addition to the aforementioned scams, Smith said thefts from unlocked vehicles in the city have spiked recently and escalated to thefts of unlocked cars.

Last week an unlocked car was stolen and discovered later in the day, Smith said.

“Again, we can’t stress enough not to leave anything valuable in your vehicle, but if you must, make sure to lock the vehicle,” Smith said. “In 2014, the Leitchfield Police Department has not worked a single case of theft from an unlocked vehicle.”

Also, with the warmer summer weather in Leitchfield and Grayson County comes an increased population due to lake traffic and increased juvenile activity during the summer break from school.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to please be safe,” Smith said.