Butler County business reports theft
Butler County business reports theft by 2 people claiming to want funds for charity
Oxford police investigated a claim of a theft by two people claiming to solicit for a charity, according to a police report.
Police were dispatched to Wonderful International Market on College Corner Pike at 6:47 p.m. Feb. 12 on a report of phone being stolen by two people believed to be operating a charity scam.
Police were told a man and a woman had entered the business saying they wanted donations for a charity fund drive and while the cashier was focused on the cash register, a cell phone was taken from a table near the check-out area.
One of the three people in the store said she had been working in that area and left her phone on the table when she went to work in another part of the store. She described it as an i+Phone 11 Pro estimated to be worth $1,000 in a case valued at $39. She said she had tried to contact the phone but it had been turned off.
Another employee said he was told by the man and woman they were $27 short of their $500 goal of raising money for a charity. He went to the cash register to take out $5 to give them when the phone was taken. They left in a grey-ish green minivan of unknown make and model. The male was described as white with black curly hair and heavy scarring on his face, possibly related to illegal drug use. He was wearing a blue and black jacket. The female was white and had long hair.
They provided video footage of the incident to police. The report is related to another call at the wild Berry Incense Factory where two people attempted to solicit money but employees had recognized the solicitors as a scam from a Facebook post.