Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Email causes concern for community
The Bryan Police Department recently sent out a press release about an email warning people about a female going door to door asking for money. Since sending out the press release the people involved started to approach residences again. The scam this time possibly works similar to:
there is a female that approaches a person and says that her daughter has a
medical emergency at a Houston hospital. She advises that she needs $40.00 for gas and that she will pay the person back.
This previous incident, and the one mentioned in the email, occurred on November 19, but have recently occurred on November 29th at approximately 0800 hours and on November 30th at 1700 hours. The Bryan Police Department has not received a report about a resident being awaked at 0200 hours. During the incident that occurred on November 30th the female asking for money got into a white 1995 Chevy Blazer with Texas License Plate 8CK-W06. The vehicle was previously contacted and the driver was identified as Shane Cave Young, W/M, DOB 09/26/1972. It is still believed that Shane Cave Young, W/M, DOB 09/26/1972, Jennie Alice Strobel, W/F, DOB 07/12/1969, and Stacy Rene Dawson, W/F, DOB 03/06/1968 are involved in this scam.
The Bryan Police Department is requesting that residence don’t open the door for anyone that the resident does not know. If they are approached by the people involved in this scam please contact the Bryan Police Department at 361-3888 or your local law enforcement agency immediately. Please provide a description of the person, the person’s clothing, and a vehicle description and license plate if possible. This information will be used to file charges on those responsible for soliciting our residents using this scam.
Recently, the Bryan Police Department has been made aware of an email that is being sent throughout the community regarding an incident that occurred in Bryan approximately one week ago. The department would like to take this opportunity to clarify the details surrounding the incident and pass along some general safety tips that are always good to remember.
The email stated in part: “.…they warned that there were several cases in College Station and Bryan where people were knocking on people's doors in the middle of the night. …..Last night I was startled awake at 2:20am. A woman was knocking loudly at the door and ringing the doorbell. She was saying, "It's your neighbor I need help." I have no peephole (I will very soon now) so I opened my wooden door but left the screen door closed. I did not recognize the woman and was immediately aware that I should not have opened the door at all. She explained that she lived on the corner and her son's fiancé was in labor in Houston with her first grandchild. She needed to get down there but had no money for gas. I told her I didn't have much cash but that I would see what I could do. I closed the door and went to get $5 so she would leave me alone. As I walked back to the door she was looking down at the road (I couldn't see what she was looking at) and started cussing. I was very scared at this point but then noticed a Bryan PD car in the street..…”
Although this specific incident did occur, the email leads readers to believe that this type of situation has occurred frequently in both cities. This portion of the email is not true. Bryan PD received several calls that night, all within minutes of each other and in the same area. Similar incidents have not been reported to Bryan PD since that night and the College Station Police Department has reported no similar incidents. We do not want our residents to be alarmed and to fear that this is occurring on a frequent basis. That night Bryan Officers contacted Shane Cave Young, W/M, DOB 09/26/1972, Jennie Alice Strobel, W/F, DOB 07/12/1969, and Stacy Rene Dawson, W/F, DOB 03/06/1968. (Photos of these individuals can be found on Brazos County justice web) However, we do want residents to remember that you should never open your door, at any hour; to someone you do not know. All doors should have peep holes installed so that the occupant of the home can see who is at their door before opening it.
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