Report from the Harrison Police blotter

Dec. 26

For a third time, a local woman appears to be have been targetted by a person or persons looking to commit fraud, police said.

Police received a report of identify theft from a woman who told police she’d received a letter from a Cherry Hill law firm attempting to collect a debt on behalf of Ford Motor Credit Co.

The woman told police that the letter instructed her to fill out an attached form requesting personal and financial information, along with a copy of her most recent pay stub.

She told police that when she contacted the law firm, she was told the person she needed to speak to wasn’t available.

Police said that in 2011, the woman had filed a fraud report after a person with a similar name but different spelling using her social security number had an outstanding debt in the amount of $1,210.

And, in 2007, the woman also filed a report of fraud in connection with an unpaid medical bill in the name of another party but with the woman’s social security number, police said.

Dec. 23

At 9:09 p.m., a patrol officer was sent to a residence in the 300 block of John St. on a call of a residential burglary.

The caller told the officer someone had forced open a rear screen door and apparently entered his home.

Officers entered the house through the rear door and searched the entire building but found nothing amiss, police said.

The occupant told police someone had broken the window on the wooden entrance door leading to the kitchen a few days prior to this incident. Police said they noticed damage to the screen door.

Police said the house has been vacant and its contents removed since early December.

– Ron Leir

The Observer Staff