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Powell/Lewis Center: Orange Township residents lose $15,000 in phone scam

Sheriff's reports

Two Orange Township residents contacted Delaware County Sheriff's deputies earlier this month after they reportedly lost thousands of dollars in a phone scam.

The victims, who live in the 4300 block of Crimson Maple Lane, were contacted between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. April 4 by someone claiming to be a relative, according to sheriff's reports. The victims wired $15,000 to the caller, who said she was hurt in an accident and needed money to get out of jail, reports said.

There are no known suspects in the case, according to sheriff's reports.

In other recent sheriff's reports:

• A man who lives on Whispering Woods in Orange Township reported he was the victim of identity fraud and misuse of a credit card between March 31 and April 4. The man said an unknown suspect used his name to request a credit card at a different address.

The suspect later made multiple purchases with the card, reports said. The victim has since canceled the card, and deputies are working to identify the suspect, according to sheriff's reports.

• A woman living in the 3600 block of Piatt Road in Berlin Township reported identity theft that occurred between midnight April 2 and midnight April 3. She told sheriff's deputies someone filed taxes using her Social Security number.

• Two men reported theft from vehicles that occurred between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. April 5 in the 4100 block of Lewis Center Road in Lewis Center. The men said their vehicles were vandalized and several items, including checkbooks, wallets and a cooler, were missing from the vehicles, reports said.