Sheriff's office warns of scam
If you are participating in a "mystery shopper" program that purports to pay you and asks you to pay another individual, don't do it, warns St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
The Sheriff said people can get pulled into a secret shopper scam through printed or internet advertising or by receiving an e-mail message.
If you receive a check from anyone who asks you to deposit the check and then send money to someone else, chances are you're being scammed. The check you receive will probably be no good, and the bank will make you responsible for that bad check, said the Sheriff.
"That's why you should call law enforcement and not deposit the check," said Sheriff Mascara. "No legitimate company will pay you and ask you to pay someone else as part of a mystery shopper program or for any other reason."
If you believe you are being asked to participate in a fraudulent mystery shopper program, or any program in which you are paid money and asked to pay someone else, call 9-1-1 instead.
Man arrested for stealing car, gun
St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies have charged Rodney Lance, 35, of Port St. Lucie on June 4 for stealing a car and a firearm, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving without a license.
Detectives were investigating five recent stolen car cases from Savanna Club. A deputy spotted the stolen pick up and Mr. Lance was arrested. Mr. Lance was also identified as the suspect who broke into the St. Lucie Car Wash in Port St. Lucie.
Further charges are pending.
Suspect returns to victim's home to apologize
On May 31, two suspects were seen on video looking in the bed of a pick-up truck and a boat on Blackmur Street in Port St. Lucie. Police then received burglary reports from five residents in the surrounding area.
On June 5, Aaron Baker, 16, and Malachi Collins, 14, were arrested and charged with five counts of burglary to a conveyance.
Detectives learned that Aaron Baker returned to one of the victim's homes to confess and apologize, which was recorded on the home's security video.
They were transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility.
Police need help with armed robbery suspect
Port St. Lucie Police detectives are looking for a suspect who committed an armed robbery at the Holiday Inn at U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie on June 4 at 2:15 a.m.
The suspect entered through the main doors, approached the front receptionist and demanded money while pointing a revolver at the clerk. The suspect fled on foot and is described as a black male, 6'2"-6'4" tall, with a thin build.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at (772) 871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at (800) 273-8477.
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