A Valley resident went to the Sheriff’s Valley substation at about 6 p.m. on March 14, after he was fleeced out of $3,510 in a web scam. The man told deputies he found a car he wanted to purchase on eBay and emailed the seller. The seller said it wasn’t possible to meet since he was out of town, but he asked the victim to send him a money order for $2,505 to secure the car, and later asked for an additional $1,005. After the second payment, the seller emailed the victim saying the car would be shipped in three days. When the car didn’t arrive, the victim called a phone number he had been given but found it was not in service. The victim complained to eBay, but was told there was no record of the car in its system.
In other incidents reported to local law enforcement:
Saturday, March 15:
2:34 a.m. – Shot, bitten and hallucinating? Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the area around Carriger Road and Nevin Lane in response to a suspicious circumstances call. Dispatch told the deputies that they received a 9-1-1 call from a woman who said she was told to leave her room, and was then shot several times. The unidentified woman made a second call to 9-1-1 and said she had been bitten by something – either a spider or a snake – and she needed an ambulance.
When deputies contacted the 23-year-old woman, they determined that she had neither been shot nor bitten, but had instead been using a stimulant. She was arrested for being under the influence of a stimulant and for a probation violation.
9:40 p.m. – Bad tag, pot odor, meth, club, nitrous cracker and parole violation. A Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle in the 19800 block of Barrett Avenue for an expired registration tag. While talking with the driver, the deputy noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, and discovered a passenger in the vehicle was on probation with search and seizure terms.
While searching the truck, the deputy found a backpack containing methamphetamine along with a table leg stuffed under a seat. The deputy also discovered a nitrous oxide cracker (dispenser) and determined that one of the subjects was under the influence of nitrous oxide, so both occupants were arrested.
Taken into custody were Michael Armitage, 39, of Boyes Hot Springs, charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a leaded cane and possession of nitrous oxide; and a 43-year-old Springs resident who was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and a probation violation. Both were transported to county jail.
Monday, March 17:
9:17 p.m. – Dental office is not a home. Deputies were sent to an alarm in a dental office in the 8800 block of Highway 12 in Kenwood. While en route, a woman called dispatch and said that her partner was in the dental office, suffers from alcoholism and depression and was in need of medication.
When deputies arrived, they noticed the glass had been broken out of the front door, and they set up a perimeter. The woman came out the back door extremely intoxicated, and claimed that the house was hers. She was taken into custody and handcuffed, but then tried to get out of the cuffs several times, to no avail. Deputies searching the office found no other suspects and nothing missing. The 53-year-old woman was charged with burglary and booked into county jail.
Tuesday, March 18:
1:34 p.m. – She didn’t buy a computer at Best Buy in Hawthorne. A resident in the 13000 block of Gibson Drive reported that she received a call from Best Buy telling her that someone had used her credit card on March 12, to purchase a laptop computer in the Southern California city of Hawthorne. The woman told Best Buy she didn’t authorize anyone to use her credit card. The victim cancelled the card.