I prefer to roll the crime-related stories here in Wallingford up a bit, for fear of exaggerating their frequency and of inciting my mother, who reads this blog from across the country, into paroxysms of fear.
But it’s important that folks know what’s going on around them, the good and the bad, so here’s a sampling:
- At around 9 pm last week, someone stole a $300+ Bob stroller off our front porch. Readers of the Green Lake Moms listserv will recognize that this is not a isolated incident. If you have an expensive stroller, don’t leave it where someone can take it easily, or they will.
- Alan forwarded this mail from Alison: “I wanted to let you all know that our dark green 1998 Honda CRV was stolen sometime last night or this morning from the 4700 block of Thackeray. Please help us keep an eye out for it. It has Washington license plates ANU2952. There are white Villa Academy license plate holders on both front and back. There is a little bit on damage on the right rear fender. (FYI there are a couple of similar ones that park on 2nd Ave. Ours does not have a roof rack or a rear spoiler.)”
- Mary Jo from the Dandelion Salon on 45th St writes about a phone scam that is walking its way through Wallingford-based businesses:
“Someone will call and ask to speak to the manager or the owner of the business. They will tell you that they have not received payment on the utilities bill. They will tell the business that a payment needs to be made immediately because the power will be turned off in the next hour.They really create an urgency to get it resolved otherwise there will be no power and we would have to pay to have it turned back on.“They also will say that if you pay on line it takes 24 hours for the payment to be processed so it would be too late. They tell you can pay the bill immediately by going to a Walgreen’s, Safeway or Bartel by buying a Pay Pack Card. After the Pay Pack Card is purchased they give you a number to call back to give them the code off of the back of the card.“I would suggest anyone that receives a call like this, to get the name and phone number of the person they are speaking to then immediately call the number for the Seattle Utilities which can be found on their website.“I was told that the Police Department are aware of the scam and are investigating it. The Public Utilities will give the business owner a number to the Police Officer that is handling the case.”
- Connie writes: “The scam for the elderly has started again. I received a phone call from my “grandson” saying he was in a lot of trouble and needed my financial help. When I asked for a number to call him back he hung up. Don’t fall for this one, I have received three of these calls in the past year.”
It’s a cruel world out there. Be suspicious, but don’t let your suspicion get in the way of helping out those in need around you. For every fake story out there, there’s a real one, and that real one could be collateral damage of the distrust engendered by the grifters.