The following incidents were recently reported with the Door County Sheriff Department:
? A scammer using the name of Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel was reported in April by a Sevastopol woman. She told an investigator that a man with a foreign accent called, identified himself as Vogel, and said if the woman didn't pay he would issue a warrant for her arrest.
Using the names of local police is another common scam spreading across the country. The conversation was recorded through voicemail, so the real Terry Vogel has a copy of the conversation on a disk. The Door County woman did not provide any money or information, but the scammer continued to make repeated calls threatening arrest.
Often the fraudulent callers will say they are calling in response to fraud complaints, pretending they are law enforcement and are asking to verify a Social Security number. Or they may say they are collecting past due fines for parking tickets or other violations. When the person doesn't pay or provide information, they threaten arrest.
? Another case of fraud was reported March 15 by a Baylake Bank customer in Sturgeon Bay who found a $29.95 charge withdrawn on his checking account from "World Systems" in Hope Bay, Alaska. The customer notified the bank, which denied the transaction so the customer was not out any money.
? A case of fraud was also reported March 29 by an Associated Bank customer in the town of Jacksonport who found a $29.95 charge on her checking account from "Web Entertainment."
? An attempted fraud was reported by a town of Gibraltar man who said at about 6 p.m. April 12 a blue vehicle pulled into his driveway and a man handed him a brown envelope telling him to call his bank and then left. The driver was a heavyset man in his mid 30s. Inside the envelope was a brown piece of paper with the Door County resident's bank name and a phone number to call. He called the number and the person asked for his Social Security number, so he hung up and reported the incident to the Sheriff's Department. The resident has had a home loan with Bank of America the past six years but is current on his house payment.
? A town of Jacksonport resident reported a suspicious man was peering into his window at 3:22 p.m. April 24. The resident said when he made eye contact, the stranger motioned for him to come to the front door, then tried to sell him barbecue equipment. The resident told the salesman to leave, but he continued talking. Eventually the stranger left in a dark blue Chevrolet van driven by someone else. The resident took a cellphone photo of the vehicle. The suspect was described as 23-24 years old, a little over 6 feet tall, 175-185 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and bluejeans.
? The Sister Bay library was evacuated at 11:57 a.m. April 24 because of a fire in a light fixture. The Sister Bay Fire Department responded, and the light fixture near the second-story ceiling was showing flames. The fire was put out, the library vented and an electrician was called. The library was closed for about a half-hour.
? On March 20, Town of Gardner Chairman Jon Koch reported four street signs stolen from Lovers Lane and County C; Robillard Road and County N; Claflin Park Road and Lime Kiln Road and Goetz's Hideaway Bar. The value of the signs and labor to install them is estimated at $340.
? A television and sound bar were reported stolen from a construction site April 19 in the village of Egg Harbor. A home was being built for John McCoy and a recently installed 55-inch television recently valued at $899 was taken along with an Artison sound bar valued at $700. The home was not broken into, but a garage service door was found unlocked.
? An iPhone was reported stolen from a woman's purse in Fish Creek on April 5 by a Milwaukee area couple visiting Door County. The loss was estimated at $165.
? A Samsung Galaxy cellphone was reported stolen March 19 by a student at Southern Door High School.