Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2003

Basehor police warn of hoax; juveniles admit to vandalism

September 18, 2003

Officers of the Basehor Police Department are warning residents about a telephone scam, in which a caller baits unsuspecting people with the reward of a $50,000 check.

Earlier this month, an unknown caller claiming to be a Canadian customs official contacted a Basehor resident telling the resident that customs was holding a $50,000 check. The unknown caller told the resident that a tax on the check should be mailed to the customs office and then the $50,000 funds would be released.

The wise Basehor resident questioned the caller on their name and badge number and then contacted the Basehor Police Department. After an investigation, the police department determined the call was a scam and forwarded the case to Canadian authorities.

"The lesson here is don't ever give personal information or your credit card numbers to anyone," Basehor police chief Vince Weston said. "If you don't initiate the transaction, then be extremely reluctant to release information."

If residents are contacted regarding this scam, they are to contact the police department at (913) 724-1370.

In other news, the police department has also learned the identity of two juveniles responsible for destroying windows at the Basehor-Linwood High School greenhouse.

In August, officers were called to the greenhouse, where multiple windows were destroyed. School district officials valued the damage at approximately $2,200.

A witness reported they had seen two juveniles in the area on the night in question and forwarded the information to the police department.

"This kind of community involvement is valuable to law enforcement and we certainly appreciate it," Weston said.

With their parents present, an 8-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy admitted to destroying the windows. The case has been forwarded to the Leavenworth County attorney's office.

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