Police blotter: Senior loses $5,000 in lottery scam



An elderly Norfolk County resident is out $5,000 after being targeted by a lottery scam.

The resident received a call from an unknown individual indicating that he had won a sweepstakes lottery valued at $2 million. The unknown caller then requested that funds be sent to a Jane Street address in Toronto in order to cover taxes for the winnings. A cheque worth about $5,000 was forwarded to the unknown caller. Norfolk OPP are urging all residents to be aware of unsolicited calls representing legitimate companies or organizations.

"Don't become a statistic. Fraud is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that will only stop when the scammers stop getting money, banking information or personal information. The best thing to do is to simply hang up the phone,” Norfolk Const. Ed Sanchuk said in a media release.

Stolen ATM located in ditch

A stolen automated teller machine (ATM) was located in a ditch in Norfolk County this week.

The ATM was located in the area of Townsend Concession Road 2 and Indian Line Road Monday morning. An investigation determined that the ATM had been stolen in Smithville.

Norfolk OPP are investigating.

Neighbourhood Watch in the works

Some residents of St. Williams are in the process of creating a Neighbourhood Watch Program.

The first meeting of the group will be held Nov. 29 at the town's community centre from 7-8:30 p.m.

Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk is among those who will be on hand to answer questions. Volunteers are needed to become 'block bosses' for each street – the group also requires a secretary. A sign up sheet has been left at the town's post office located at  181 Townline St.

Urns stolen in Cayuga

The Cayuga & District Chamber of Commerce has been frustrated lately in its efforts to lend the local streetscape some Christmas cheer.

The chamber recently put two large iron urns outside on Cayuga Street North as Christmas decorations. Sometime Friday or Saturday, someone attended the property and made off with the receptacles.

Anyone with information related to this theft is encouraged to contact the Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand & Norfolk. Anyone helping Crime Stoppers solve a crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.