Lured by the hope of “eternal love and devotion,” a 41-year-old woman fell for an Internet scam that cost her $6,550, Brownwood police said.
According to a report by Cpl. Richard Williams:
The woman told Williams she began corresponding in August on an online dating site with a someone who purported to be a 47-year-old man. The two exchanged email addresses and phone numbers and they began “a love affair over the Internet.”
The man claimed to be a businessman who needed to visit a foreign country on a business deal, but he didn’t have the money for the trip. The woman believed the man loved her and they would be together so she loaned him $1,500.
The man called her, purportedly from the foreign country, and claimed to be in jail and in need of $1,100 get out of jail. She sent him the money and also sent him money on other occasions.
The woman said she last heard from the man earlier this month and he was supposed to be getting on a plane to fly to Texas to be with her. He has not contacted her since then, and her calls to him go to voice mail, leading her to realize she had been scammed.
“This appears to be a well-planned and executed scam using the lure of eternal love and devotion,” William’s report states.
In other incidents:
* Officer Joe Thomas was dispatched Monday to the 2200 block of Belle Plain on a report that a tire and rim were stolen from a vehicle at a car lot.
* Officer Robert Lee was dispatched Monday to the 3500 block of Rhodes, where a man said his ex-girlfriend became aggressive during an argument, ripped his shirt and damaged some of his clothes in a closet.
* Lee was dispatched Tuesday to the 2800 block of Avenue K on a report of a man sitting up against a fence. Lee arrested Chad Whittke, 20, of Blanket, on a public intoxication charge.
* Officer Walker Willey was dispatched Tuesday to the 1600 block of Main Boulevard on a theft report. The caller had two suspects detained, and Willey issued a citation for theft under $50 to one person.
* Willey to a report Tuesday of the theft of a pole saw from a pickup parked in the 2500 block of Durham.
* Officer Brandon Miller made a traffic stop Wednesday morning in the 1400 block of Third and arrested Raenita Smith, 46, of Brownwood, on charges of DWI and possession of a controlled substance. The second charge resulted from Miller’s discovery of prescription medication but no prescription.
Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday were:
Roy Clark, 40, Brownwood, assault.
Danielle Edwards, 18, assault public servant.
Amanda Flores, 33, Brownwood, motion to revoke for burglary of a habitation.
Kimberly Preece, 27, Brady, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous drug.
Fernando Rodriguez, 24, Manor, assault.