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Woodstock Police are warning the public after another set of scams have been reported to police in recent days, including another romance scam.

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Romance, rebate scams reported to police

Woodstock police are warning the public after another set of scams were reported in recent days, including another romance con.

A romance scam reportedly left a 39-year-old Woodstock woman out $2,200 after she met a scammer posing as a captain in the Canadian Forces on Instagram. The individual claimed he needed money to get back to Canada after getting stuck overseas.

Another scam was reported to police involving a rebate for the carbon tax. The scammer called the potential victim, claiming they did not receive their carbon tax refund and threatening to visit the victim’s home the next day.

If you have been the victim of a fraud, call Woodstock Police at 519-537-2323. If you are reporting a fraud but no money was lost, report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at antifraudcentre.ca or 1-888-495-850.

Police investigate suspicious person

Woodstock police are investigating after a suspicious person was reported peering into the windows of a home on James Street near Stafford Street Monday night.

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The suspect, described as a five-foot-five man with curly brown hair and a dark coat carrying two white plastic bags, claimed they believed someone else lived at the home.

Theft from vehicle reported

Woodstock police are looking for information after some jewelry was reported stolen from a vehicle overnight between Monday and Tuesday near Sunset Boulevard near Alice Street.

Vehicles, ATV reported stolen

Woodstock police are looking for a 2003 silver Subaru Forester reported missing between 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m, Monday from a parking lot on Highway 2 near Township Road 2. The car reportedly had damage to the passenger side.

Police are also investigating a plow truck reportedly stolen from Pattullo Avenue and Jack Ross Avenue between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The vehicle is described as dark blue with an extended cab and short box, chrome bumpers, a red plow and yellow salter hitch. It has Firestone tires with silver rims, dual exhaust and tinted windows.

Two child-sized ATVs were reported stolen to police between Wednesday and Thursday from a storage container at a business on Ingersoll Road. While both ATVs have been recovered, their catalytic converters remain missing.

Police offer the following tips to secure your vehicles and property every night:

  • Close and lock doors on home and vehicles;
  • Ensure vehicle and home windows are shut (and locked, if possible), especially on the main floor;
  • Turn on outside lights. For convenience consider investing in a light timer or motion-sensor outdoor lighting;
  • Close overhead garage doors; and
  • Remove keys, wallets, cash, garage door openers and other valuables from vehicles.

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