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New Albany: Officers investigate identity fraud reports in neighborhood

Tuesday May 21, 2013 1:56 PM

New Albany police are investigating another case of identity fraud related to 2013 tax returns, the third incident recently reported by residents on Vaux Link.

The most recent victims, who live in the 4000 block of Vaux Link, received letters from the IRS and Ohio Department of Taxation about issues with their 2013 returns, according to police reports.

The incident was reported by two residents at 2:15 p.m. May 18.

"It's worth noting that two of the reportee's neighbors have had like or similar issues this year regarding identity issues and fake tax returns," the police report said.

A similar incident was reported by a resident in the 4000 block of Vaux Link at 6:52 p.m. May 14.

The victim received notification of 2013 tax returns that have not yet been filed.

Police cited possible "computer hacking" in the report, which said, "It is believed unknown persons without consent accessed Internet transactions illegally."

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* Police arrested a 31-year-old man for failure to register, driving under suspension, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse at 1:10 p.m. May 12 on U.S. Route 62 at state Route 161.

* Police are investigating reports of a burglary and a theft, both of which occurred in the 4000 block of Wilken Court between 11:30 p.m. May 15 and 9:30 a.m.May 16.

One resident reported a backpack containing a debit card, driver's license and $120 was taken from an unlocked vehicle in a garage with an open door.

The incident was reported at 6:40 p.m. May 16.

The other resident reported the theft of a wallet that contained a debit card, gift cards and keys from a vehicle parked unlocked in the driveway.

The incident was reported at 6:09 p.m. May 16.

* Police investigated two other burglary incidents in the past two weeks.

A resident in the 6000 block of Kitzmiller Road reported three guns and a laptop computer were missing from the home at 6:41 p.m. May 10.

Police said the burglar entered the home through a back door between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. May 10.

Loss was estimated at $9,173.

A resident in the 6000 block of Evans Road reported the home's alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. May 12.

Police investigated and found that two windows had been tampered with.

The frames were bent and screen was cut in one, according to police reports, but no entry to the home was suspected.