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Incident reports: Phone scammers steal $37,000 from Forsyth County woman

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on June 28, deputies met with a local woman who reported that more than $37,000 had been stolen from her by suspects that claimed to be from various government agencies.

On the previous day, the woman was reportedly contacted by a man calling himself “Jake Tyler Jr.” who stated that he was a representative from the Social Security Administration and told the woman that she was the victim of a fraud.

“The suspect convinced [the woman] to withdraw the money from her banks in order to ‘safeguard’ her funds,” the report stated.

The woman reportedly withdrew $36,660 from her bank account and at the suspect’s direction, visited various locations in Gwinnett County to deposit money into a Bitcoin account and overnighted a large portion of the money to an address in California via FedEx.

Before making the withdrawals from her bank account, the woman also received a phone call from the main number for the City of Cumming Police Department and was told by an unknown “officer” that the call from Social Security was legitimate and she should follow the instructions.

Sheriff’s Office deputies told the woman that the call from the police department was likely “spoofed” by a scammer.

In addition to the main withdrawals, the report states that the woman also took out $1,400 as a cash advance from her credit cards and deposited the funds into a Bitcoin machine.

After making the deposits, the woman was instructed to wait at home for an officer to meet with her “so that her money could be returned to her.”

This incident is now under investigation by Sheriff’s Office detectives.

Chase suspect found hiding in closet

A recently released Sheriff’s Office incident report states that on June 29 a male suspect was taken into custody after he fled from deputies during a traffic stop and was later found hiding in the closet of his parent’s home.

According to the report, deputies attempted to stop a man after his vehicle was allegedly seen speeding through stop signs in the area of the Fieldstone Enclave subdivision in west Forsyth.

The report states that after a deputy caught up with the male suspect and activated the patrol vehicle’s lights and siren, the suspect pulled into a driveway on Preserve Crossing Lane and ran into a residence using an exterior garage door.

Deputies made contact with the owner of the home, the suspect’s father, who was not initially willing to allow deputies to search the residence, allegedly stating that his son may have gone out the back door, the report states.

After deputies “contained” the home and decided to acquire search warrants for the home, the report states that the homeowner agreed to escort deputies through the home to search for his son.

Deputies eventually located the suspect in an upstairs bedroom of the home, hiding at the back of a closet.

The suspect was placed under arrest for failure to obey a stop sign, fleeing or attempting to elude, driving with license suspended and was transported to the Forsyth County Jail.

Local address used for fraudulent purchases

On June 29, local authorities took a report from a resident who stated that his home had been approached several times by suspicious individuals after packages were sent to their home by an unknown person.

According to the report, the homeowner received a package from UPS at his address on Bright Cross Way but with a different person’s name on the shipping label.

The homeowner told deputies that moments after the UPS truck delivered the package, two black males in a white 2017 Range Rover with temporary tags approached his home asking for the package and stating that it had been mistakenly delivered to the wrong address.

“[The homeowner] stated that neither black male provided identification and fled the scene,” the report states.

Deputies were told that a similar incident had happened the previous day, but the homeowner’s son had answered the door and given packages to the same suspicious males because they had provided a cellphone number.

Upon further investigation, the phone number was discovered to be a “Google Voice” phone number. Deputies were able to track the temporary tag on the Range Rover to a woman in Atlanta and determined that the account that the packages were being sent from had been flagged as fraudulent.

The homeowner also stated that his house is currently on the market for sale, which is likely how his address could have been compromised, the report states.