POLICE BEAT

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NewsRadio WGNS looks at the POLICE BEAT--real people, real stories from your city's streets. Here's what officers have been doing for the past few days here in Murfreesboro.

Assault Threatened

Murfreesboro Police talked to a West Burton Street resident who said that whiling riding the Rover bus, a 45-year old man threatened to assault him.Officers talked with the man who was being accused, and he swore that no threats were made, but that he was owed money by the Burton Street man. According to the police report, when the accuser was questioned, he told Officer Rickard, "I don't owe you ____, and if you keep asking--I will kick your ___." (Case # 18-654)

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Hit and Run

Thank goodness for video surveillance cameras. A Lebanon woman was a victim of a "hit and run" in the parking lot at Home Depot off the Old Fort Parkway. When she returned, the 2008 gray Nissan Altima had considerable front-end damage. Murfreesboro Police checked the store's video and had a clear picture the 4-door sedan being slammed by a white Ford truck being driven by an unknown male. According to the clock on the surveillance camera, the incident occurred just minutes before 11:00 o'clock on Tuesday morning (1/9/2018; case # 18-655).

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Victim of Fraud

Police were called to the Colony House Apartments in answer to a local resident who was a victim of fraud. The 46-year old woman told the officer that she was trying to earn some extra money, and had signed-up to be a SECRET SHOPPER. She told Officer Rice that a $500 check was sent to her address and was asked to deposit it and then send a $796.50 money-gram if there was an interest in being the SECRET SHOPPER. She did as instructed, but didn't expect to hear from her bank that the check was fraudulent. Police have the name, e-mail, Texas address and phone number of a suspect. As with other fraud cases, IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE--AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE. (case # 18-658)

Burglary Victim

Murfreesboro Police answered a burglary call to a Greenland Drive apartment. The occupant told police that her door was open when she returned home. Several pairs of shoes and a TV set were reported missing. After calculating what was taken, the total value appears to be less than a thousand dollars. The 20-year told Officer Qadir that the only person with a key was her roommate. Police determined that person had a pretty solid aliby, she was incarcerated on non-related charges at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center (case # 18-664).

Scam Fraud

Here's a new one. A customer came into Walmart with a box that allegedly contained a drone. The return line was packed with "after-Christmas" customers. A gift card with the $216.90 value of the drone was given to the female customer. Later, the store's loss prevention officer learned that instead of an expensive drone aircraft being in the box, the package contained a simple candle. Store surveillance video clearly shows the woman entering and leaving. Plus, the retailer has the suspect's name. They were advised of the warrants process. (case # 18-690)

Often "real life stories" are more interesting than movies or TV dramas. Hopefully, this POLICE BEAT has added some interest to your day.

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