Police are investigating several cases of alleged fraud this week, including one in which someone created $23,000 worth of counterfeit payroll checks using the account number of River Run Country Club. A bank teller at Fifth Third Bank on South Main Street contacted police after a South Carolina man attempted to cash a fake check. Meanwhile, two Davidson residents reported having their credit or debit cards used fraudulently, and a Piermont Street resident reported that an unknown suspect recently opened numerous credit card accounts under his name.
Details on these stories and more (along with a tally of recent arrests, citations, and traffic enforcement) may be found below.
MONDAY, JAN. 7, 1:59 p.m. - Police interviewed a resident of Regency Drive in Charlotte whose ATM card was used to remove $260 from his business account without his permission. The withdrawal happened at the Wells Fargo ATM, 112 S. Main St., Davidson, on Dec. 21.
TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 1:22 p.m., 18600 block of River Falls Drive – An unknown suspect damaged a mailbox valued at $375. No note was left at the scene indicating who was responsible for the damage.
SATURDAY, JAN. 12, 5:27 p.m., 431 Peninsula Drive, Harris Teeter Supermarket – Police are investigating a case of theft in which a 20-year-old Davidson man reported that a man he knew and another man he did not know stole his wallet containing more than $400 worth of cash and gift cards.
MONDAY, JAN. 14, 12:20 p.m., 19000 block of Callaway Hills Lane – Police are investigating a case of breaking and entering in which an unknown suspect stole two shotguns and a five gallon gas can from the victim's garage. The total value of the stolen property was estimated at almost $1,400.
MONDAY, JAN. 14, 1:30 p.m., 18000 block of Shearer Road – Police are investigating a case of vandalism in which an unknown suspect broke windows with a combined value of $700 at a house that is under construction.
MONDAY, JAN. 14, 3:15 p.m., 19125 River Falls Drive, River Run Country Club – Police are investigating a major case of fraud in which unknown suspects created and cashed $23,000 worth of counterfeit checks bearing the bank account information of River Run Country Club, but another company's name. The incidents happened between Dec. 17 and Jan. 14. A River Run Country Club official said the checks were not cashed at the club or its bank. The fraud was uncovered when the checks cleared through the club's bank. The bank has since returned the club's money, and is pursuing those who cashed the checks.
MONDAY, JAN. 14, 18900 block of Elm Row Court – Police are investigating a case of credit card fraud in which a known suspect used the victim's credit card to make an $83 purchase without his permission.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 4:14 p.m., 124 S. Main St., Fifth Third Bank – Police responded to a report of a South Carolina man attempting to cash a fake check. The suspect left the scene prior to officers' arrival but left the fake check and his SC identification card with the bank teller.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 11:30 a.m., 200 block of Concord Road – Police are investigating a case of theft in which an iPad was stolen from inside of a parked, unlocked vehicle.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, East Rocky River Road at East Rock Court – A Davidson woman driving a 2004 Chrysler hydroplaned while going around a turn, causing her vehicle to run off of the road and crash into a tree at approximately 40 mph. Davidson firefighters and a Medic ambulance responded to the scene, and the driver was transported to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. The vehicle sustained $8,000 in damage and had to be towed away from the scene.
SUNDAY, JAN. 20, 7:20 p.m., 431 Peninsula Drive, Harris Teeter Supermarket – A Schaghticoke, NY man driving a 2000 Mercedes-Benz reported that an Annapolis, MD man driving a 2001 Nissan backed into his vehicle as the Mercedes was backing out of a parking space. The Annapolis man told police that the Mercedes actually struck his Nissan, however, and that the Nissan was not in motion at the time of the collision. The police report states that there was not enough evidence at the scene to determine whether the Nissan was moving or not, but total combined damage to the vehicles was estimated at $600.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 8:50 a.m., 400 block of Hamilton Street- Police are investigating a case of breaking and entering in which an unknown suspect stole $370 worth of cash, electronics, and jewelry from inside of a parked vehicle.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 4:45 p.m., 17000 block of Piermont Street – Police are investigating a case of financial identity fraud in which an unknown suspect fraudulently created credit card accounts using the victim's personal information, then charged $634 to the accounts.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 404 Armour Street, Children's Community School – Police are investigating a case of theft in which the victim's mother reported that her son's iPhone 5 was stolen from the gym area of the school.
ARRESTS, CITATIONS, AND TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT: JAN. 14-20
- CONCORD ROAD - 1 citation for speeding
- GRIFFITH STREET - 4 citations for speeding, 1 for failing to carry a driver's license, 1 for no operator's license, and 1 for overloading a vehicle causing obstructed driving
- MAIN STREET - 1 citation for speeding and 1 for expired registration
- INTERSTATE-77 - 1 citation for expired registration
- NC-115 – 1 citation for driving while license revoked and 1 for expired registration/inspection
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CORRECTION: This article has been updated with new information from River Run Country Club about the $23,000 in check fraud. The original Davidson police report listed River Run Country Club as the location of the incident. But a club official says the checks were cashed elsewhere. We've updated the item above with the correct information.