WPD Chief: Be vigilant against scam calls

By Duane Weyand - Chief of Police, - Wilmington



WILMINGTON — Over the week we have had four theft reports — one was for a theft of a car part, one phone stolen from a backpack out of a locker room, and a theft of a bike.

This week we arrested two people for various theft offenses.

We also had one car that was stolen and ended up in Lake Cowan — the owner of this vehicle had left it running. This matter still remains under investigation.

We received a few complaints of fraud. I can’t stress enough if someone calls you soliciting for money — it is a scam. Nobody should be asking you to bail out a loved one over the phone, give them money so they will send you money, or claim to be the IRS to give you a refund.

In this day and age most people have moved away from phone land lines. If you have a smartphone, there are several apps you can download that will scan incoming calls to known phone numbers that are associated with scams. If you have these apps, you won’t even receive the calls.

Over the week we handled 309 calls for service with 19 arrests. Traffic crash calls were the highest call category, followed by calls involving acts of violence.

We had three reported overdose calls.

We arrested one person for failure to register as a sex offender.

Duane Weyand is Wilmington’s Chief of Police.


By Duane Weyand

Chief of Police,