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Police Blotter: Man scammed out of $750 through “loan”

SALISBURY — Salisbury police say a local man was scammed out of $750 by a person he believed to be a loan officer.

The man reported to police that he was told that a deposit would be made into his account and he would then need to send that money back to the company.

The 42-year-old reported the incident Tuesday but said it occurred Jan. 24 or Jan. 25.

He applied for a loan through a company called New Jersey Community Choice Financial. The “loan officer” told him to expect a deposit of $750 in his bank account for insurance purposes and he was to then withdraw the money and use it for an iTunes gift card. He was told to mail the card back to the company.

He was notified by his bank that his account was overdrafted by about $800. He tried to contact the company but did not reach anyone.

Salisbury investigators say there is a legitimate New Jersey institution with a similar name. Officials say this is a typical operation for scammers to contact people and have them send money back.

Authorities say residents should never send money or valuables to an unknown person or entity.

In other Salisbury police reports:

• A man on Tuesday reported credit card fraud at the UPS store, 850 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.

• A man reported Tuesday that someone broke his car window and took his wallet while his vehicle was in the parking lot at Planet Fitness, 710 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.

• Morrison Health Care reported Tuesday that an employee stole a laptop from a supervisor’s office, 612 Mocksville Ave.

• Outdoor Power Equipment on Main Street reported that someone entered the store and took a power saw off a shelf and left without paying for it.

• Reliable Pawn Shop reported Tuesday that someone pawned a fraudulent item at 107 Mooresville Road.

• Ty Oliver Roy Webb, 28, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor assault on a female in the 100 block of Heilig Avenue.

• Bryan Dixon Cassell, 31, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor assault on a female in the 300 block of Newsome Road/Glenwood Avenue.

• Dane Marquis Mitchell, 27, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor violation of a domestic violence act in the 100 block of Doyle Avenue.

In Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reports:

• A woman reported Monday that someone used her credit card without her knowledge between Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.

• A man on Monday reported credit card fraud in the 200 block of Whisper Drive, China Grove.

• Joshua Adam Dehart, 33, was charged Monday with felony identity theft in the 300 block of Alan Circle.

• Jason Ray Williams, 32, was charged Monday with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance Schedule I in the 100 block of Organ Church Road.

• Cameron Dajon Williams, 25, was charged Monday with misdemeanor assault on a female in the 100 block of North Upright Street/East Ryder Avenue, Landis.

• Steven Nicolas Taylor, 24, was charged Monday with felony possession of a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of South Main Street, Landis.

• Karen Sue Dewitt, 61, was charged Monday with misdemeanor simple assault while at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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