Police report – week 03

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Shoplifting

A 75-year-old man stole items from the Co-op in Inveraray around 9pm on Sunday January 6. Police later traced the man who was charged and issued with a recorded police warning.

Careless driving

An 18-year-old man was charged with careless driving and issued with a £100 fixed penalty ticket and three penalty points following a collision between a red Nissan Note and another car at 3pm on Tuesday January 8 on the A83 near Lochgair.

Vehicle safety checks

Police officers stopped a number of vehicles for safety checks on Thursday January 10, on the A83, near Kilmory Industrial Estate, Lochgilphead.

A woman, aged 32, was driving a vehicle with an illegal tyre and was charged and issued with a £100 fixed penalty ticket and three penalty points.

Three other drivers were issued with notices for defective lights, an illegal number plate and a defective windscreen.

Careless driving

A 25-year-old man has been charged with careless driving following a collision between a Peugeot 2008 and a Vauxhall Zafira on Whitegates Road, Lochgilphead, at 2pm on Wednesday January 9.

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

No insurance or MOT

A car crashed off the road between Ardfern and Craobh Haven at 8.30pm on Thursday January 10. The driver, a 30-year-old woman, was traced and charged with driving without insurance and without a MOT. A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Smashed window

A window in The Body and Soul shop in Harbour Street, Tarbert, was smashed about 6pm on Tuesday January 8. A man and a woman were seen in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Police are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information in relation to the above, or to any incident, should contact their local police station on telephone number 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Telephone scam warning

Police are again reminding the public not to be taken in by unexpected telephone calls from people saying they are from BT or Microsoft.

These types of scams continue to be prevalent with the caller often saying they have identified a fault with their computer or broadband. The caller persuades the person to give bank details for payment to rectify the fault. Sometimes the caller persuades the person to download an application to their computer to rectify the fault but this allows remote access to the computer leading to access to PayPal or internet banking, meaning money can be taken from accounts without permission.

On January 7, a woman from Seil, near Oban, received a call from someone saying they were from BT and that her internet service would be terminated if she did not secure her account. The woman was persuaded to provide remote access to her computer and bank details. The caller then removed several thousand pounds from the woman’s bank account.

Sergeant Iain MacNicol of Lochgilphead Police said: ‘I would urge people not to trust unexpected callers who say they are going to help you with your broadband or computer faults. No genuine company will call you without first having a fault reported by you. Do not be duped into downloading applications or giving out remote access to your computer or personal/bank details to pay for a repair you didn’t report. My advice is just end the call.’