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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Holiday Shopping Tips for Retail, Internet, and E-Commerce Purchases

Holiday Shopping Tips for Retail, Internet, and E-Commerce Purchases

Several People Have Reported Thefts While Buying or Selling in E-Commerce Transactions

  • 30 November 2017

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week
November 30, 2017


Officer Mike Badger, Crime Stoppers Coordinator for Sangamon and Menard counties.

It’s the holiday season and shoppers have many more venues to make purchases than they had in the past, and criminals are trying to victimize innocent shoppers any way they can. I’d like to offer a couple tips on safe holiday shopping. First, when shopping at retail and big box stores, don’t leave purchases visible in your vehicles and practice common safety sense in parking lots.  If you are making purchases from Craig’s list, Facebook, or other e-commerce sites, ALWAYS meet buyers or sellers at well-lit public places with security cameras and do NOT meet buyers or sellers while you are alone. There are safe e-commerce zones all over the area including the Springfield Police Station and locations in Petersburg, Greenview, and Athens. Police have taken several reports of people attempting to buy items from posts on Facebook or E-Commerce sites such as Craig's List only to become victimized by someone pretending to have interest in buying (or selling) the item and then robbing them at a designated meeting point such as a parking lot of a fast food restaurant.


If you are making purchases directly on the internet, make sure you are on a valid website, not a clone site designed to steal your credit card information or drain your bank accounts. Many internet scams are initiated when people receive an email offering great deals and offering a link to a major retail store. After making the internet purchase and checking out with their credit card or routing number, they discover that the link was to a clone site of the retail store. Many of these clone sites are nearly perfect replica's of the true website.

If you can identify the suspects in any theft cases or scams, Crime Stoppers would like to hear from you.  Just call the tipline at 788-8427 or leave it on the website Cashfortips.us. Happy SAFE shopping!

 

 

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Robbery

  • 5 December 2018
Robbery

 

This week Crime stoppers is seeking information about an armed robbery at the One Stop Grocery at 2468 E Cook ST on DEC 3rd around 1:10pm. In this case an older black male wearing a black puffy coat, grey sweat pants, tan shoes and a ski mask displayed a weapon to the cashier and demanded money. The suspect fled south on 25th street on foot.  If you have information about this armed robbery or any crime, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. You can also leave a tip on this website cashfortips.us. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

 

 

Robbery

  • 28 November 2018
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This week Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a robbery at 1150 N 5th/Dollar Tree which occurred on Nov 19 around 9:20 p.m. In this case 2 young thin black males both about 5’5 with black stocking caps and one in a white shirt, the other in a black hooded jacket battered an employee that was leaving and took a bag being carried. They got into a newer light blue 4dr and fled south on 5th street. If you have information about this robbery or any crime, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. You can also leave a tip on this website cashfortips.us. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

 

Vehicle Burglary

  • 7 November 2018
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This week Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a burglary to vehicle which occurred on Nov 3rd around 2am at 2112 Westview DR. In this case two vehicles were entered and property was removed. There was no damage to either vehicle.  As we get closer to the holidays please be sure your cars are locked and valuables taken inside. If you have any information about this burglary, or any other crime, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. You can also leave a tip on this website cashfortips.us. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

 

Criminal damage

  • 31 October 2018
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This week Crime Stoppers is seeking information about numerous acts of criminal damage that occurred in the Seven Pines RD area between Oct 20th and 22nd where several vehicles had their tires damaged. There is no suspect information or direction of travel at this time. However, if you have any information about these acts of criminal damage, or any other crime, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. You can also leave a tip on this website cashfortips.us. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

 

Home Invasion

  • 23 October 2018
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This week Crime Stoppers needs information about a Home Invasion which occurred on Oct 21st around 9p at 400 N Milton. Three white males with dark masks over half their faces forced open the door. One had a handgun and was described as 6’2 230lbs. After taking the victim’s wallet and phone, they looked through the house then fleeing on foot in an unknown direction. If you have any information about this home invasion, or any other crime, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. You can also leave a tip on this website cashfortips.us. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

Burglary, Theft and Criminal Damage

  • 18 October 2018
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This week Crime Stoppers is needing information about a commercial burglary, theft and criminal damage at Orange Theory fitness at 2450 Wabash which occurred on Sept 26 about 1245a.m. Two males wearing dark hooded jackets and scream style masks broke out a front window and removed 2 computers valued at 900 dollars each then running east from the business. If you have any information about this burglary theft and damage, or any other crime, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. You can also leave a tip on this website cashfortips.us. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

 

 

Felony Theft of generator

  • 10 October 2018
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This week Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a felony theft from the Illiopolis Township Garage at 790 Maple Ln on Sept 30th around 230a.m. An unknown suspect  disconnected  a Generac 20k generator and then loaded it onto a flatbed trailer being pulled by a large pickup. The pickup pulled away going south on RT 36. If you have any information about this theft, or any other crime, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. You can also leave a tip on this website cashfortips.us. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

 

Armed Robbery

  • 5 October 2018
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This week Crime Stoppers is seeking information about an Armed Robbery at Papa Johns- 3109 Chatham Rd on Oct 1st around 1145p. A skinny black male about 6ft and wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up and ski mask with dark jeans approached the cashier displaying a dark handgun. The suspect demanded money then ran south towards Seven Pines RD. If you have any information about this Armed Robbery, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. You can also leave a tip on this website cashfortips.us. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

Vandalism In Chatham IL

  • 15 August 2018
Vandalism In Chatham IL

This week Crime Stoppers is seeking information about multiple acts of vandalism in Chatham IL where numerous incidents of spray painted graffiti were found . This happened around the end of June. Images of the graffiti will be on this website which may help identify who is involved. Our website is cashfortips.us where you can provide any helpful information anonymously. If you have any information about these acts of criminal damage or any other criminal activity you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes.  All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

 

 

 

Aggravated Robbery

  • 30 July 2018
Aggravated Robbery

This week Crime Stoppers is seeking information about an aggravated robbery which occurred at the Circle K gas station, 1940 S Macarthur, on July 21st around 1145p. A thin black male approximately 5’6 to 5’8, wearing a brown zip up jacket with the hood up and a white bandana over his face, entered the store. The suspect told an employee to give him everything in the register and implied he was carrying a weapon. The employee put money in a large white purse the suspect had. The suspect fled on foot north in an alley. If you have any information about this aggravated robbery or any crime, you can stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427, or text us by typing TIP672, then your message and send it to crimes. Or you can use this website to leave a tip. All 3 ways are anonymous and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to 2500 dollars. Remember Crime Stoppers only wants your information, never your name.

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