Police are alerting people to be wary of a new version of an old scam that has popped up in the area once again. A local resident told the OPP they had bought $5,000 worth of Bitcoins to send to someone saying they represented the Canada Revenue Agency after they were told they’d be arrested unless payment was made. The person was then instructed to go to a hotel in Ottawa that had a Bitcoin ATM and transfer the funds to an account that was provided. Police say that the CRA does not operate in this manner and legitimate CRA employees will not threaten you with arrest. Officials say if you are unsure who you are dealing with on the phone, hang up and call the CRA yourself. And NEVER send the CRA payment through iTunes cards … bitcoins … or any other form of money transfers. Don’t be a victim.
Crime Stoppers and the Renfrew OPP are looking for the public’s help in finding whoever is responsible for damage to heavy equipment in the Cobden area. Police say a CAT excavator was damaged at a job site on Astrolabe Road overnight between May 31st and June 1st. The front windshield of the excavator had been smashed out along with some of the machine’s lights. Again the same machine was vandalized overnight between June 4th and 5th when a fire extinguisher was set off inside the cab and further damage was done to the excavator windows. If you have any information on these acts of vandalism … you are asked to call police … or Crime Stoppers.
If you thought damaging heavy equipment was bad police are looking for the thief who stole a mini-excavator from Corington Construction on Gillan Road in Renfrew. On June 6th … the owner reported that a Caterpillar brand mini-excavator was stolen the night before. A 30-inch HD digging bucket was attached to the machine at the time. It was driven across a field to the parking lot and loading area at Scapa Tapes loaded onto a float and taken away. The Renfrew OPP are asking anyone who may have witnessed this theft … or anything related to it … to call police with the information.
AND IN SPORTS …
There are six games on the schedule for the sixth week of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season and things kick off tonight in Fitzroy at 8:30 as West Carleton hosts Stittsville. Stittsville is back in action tomorrow night, as the Ottawa Valley A’s come to town looking for their first win of the season. That one goes at 9 o’clock. And also on Wednesday the unbeaten Quyon Flyers are in Manotick for a double header with the Kars Aces. Those games go at 7 and 9. And on Thursday … Carp makes the trip to Micksburg to face the twins in a double header. The opener goes at 7 … with the first pitch in the nightcap expected around 9 o’clock.