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Police warn of thefts, scams

May 6, 2012

Punxsy Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked, as several vehicles were unlawfully entered within the past week.

Purses, wallets and cell phones, among other items, were removed, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief.

"The thefts have been happening throughout the borough," Fedigan said, adding that the most recent thefts occurred along 500 and 600 blocks of West Mahoning and Pine streets.

Fedigan is urging residents to lock their vehicles and store valuables, especially guns, in a secure location.

In the meantime, Fedigan is also cautioning area residents not to give any personal information to strangers over the phone.

"The department is currently investigating several complaints from Punxsy residents who say they've received calls informing them they have family members needing cash to pay for vehicle repairs or cash to bail a loved one from jail," he said. “The callers have posed as ‘friends’ of family members.”

He said the callers asked for personal banking and credit card information.

Fedigan said anyone who receives such a call should write down the phone number and contact Borough Police at 814-938-6220.

The chief added that one should not provide any personal information, send any money or provide one’s bank account number.

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