EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 30, 2012

"Send help" scammer nets $1,700 from woman

By Dustin Luca
dluca@eagletribune.com

---- — ANDOVER — A Longwood Drive resident called police Thursday afternoon reporting that she had been scammed out of $1,700 she wired overseas, believing her chiropractor was in jail.

A scammer called the woman “and said her chiropractor is in jail in the Philippines,” Andover Police Lt. Harry Collins said.

The department tends to get calls about wiring money to help family members in some kind of hot water “five times a year, six times a year, that we know of,” Collins said. “This is just a different variation.”

“Somehow, they put it together and they got the woman’s chiropractor,” Collins said.

It isn’t known whether the $1,700, sent via Western Union, will be recovered.

“Any time someone calls saying they’re in trouble someplace, confirm it with another family member or somebody in the office, or just give us a call,” Collins said.

The following items appeared in police logs for Thursday, Nov. 29:

ANDOVER

Theft from motor vehicle: Archery equipment stolen, Larchmont Circle, 6:48 a.m.

Motor vehicle theft: Bullfinch Drive, 9:30 a.m.

Arrest: Mauro Strano, 29, of 37 Tracy Ave in Lynn, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, River Road, 2:10 p.m.

Domestic: Dawn Circle, 3:06 p.m.

Disorderly conduct: Muirfield Circle, 4:10 p.m.

LAWRENCE

Arrest: Edysson Dejesus Aquino, 25, 104 Hancock St., Lawrence, drug violation near a school/park, trafficking in heroin of more than 100 grams, trafficking in cocaine in a school zone, trafficking in cocaine of more than 100 grams, possession of heroin with intent to distribute near a school/park and motor vehicle not equipped with brake lights, Farnham and Shawsheen streets, 10:50 a.m.

Arrest: Aaron Sherman, 28, Nashua, N.H., conspiracy to violate state drug laws, Farnham and Shawsheen streets, 10:50 a.m.

Arrest: Jose A. Ramos Jr., 38, Nashua, N.H., possession of cocaine and outstanding warrant, Farnham and Shawsheen streets, 10:50 a.m.

Arrest: Christopher Michael Gagne, 24, Manchester, N.H., possession of heroin, 148 Farnham St., 5:29 p.m.

Arrest: Maria T. Olavarria, 37, 148 Farnham St., Lawrence, possession of heroin, 148 Farnham St., 5:29 p.m.

Arrest: Alexis C. Turgeon, 19, Nashua, N.H., conspiracy to violate state drug laws, Farnham and Shawsheen streets, 10:50 a.m.

METHUEN

Credit card fraud: 171 East St., 9:03 a.m.

Assault: 19 Mystic St., 4 p.m.

Arrest: Robert G. Pitocchelli, Jr., 58, 105 Bradley Ave., assault and battery, arrested at home, 8:30 p.m.

Arrest: Jessica Nyman, 30, 51 Simpson Mill Road, Pelham, operating without a license, operating without registration in possession, failing to use care when passing, 79 Hampshire Road, 10:30 p.m.

NORTH ANDOVER

Citation issued for red light violation: Massachusetts Avenue and Waverly Road, 6:47 a.m.

Citation issued for speeding: Johnson and Rea streets, 7:18 a.m.

Citation issued for speeding and unsafe lane change, near 1503 Osgood St., 7:22 a.m.

Citation issued for defective equipment: Massachusetts Avenue and Osgood Street, 7:37 a.m.

Identity theft: 6 Royal Crest Drive, 12:11 p.m.

Arrest: Elizabeth Courtney Keady, 27, of 134 School St., Braintree, driving after license suspension, Osgood Street and Foulds Terrace, 1:02 p.m.

Citation issued for red light violation: Massachusetts Avenue and Interstate 495, 5:05 p.m.

Fence damaged: 25 Harwood St., 6:20 p.m.