Crime

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Remember the pizza-flyer scam talked about in January?

Police were concerned that the flimsy pieces of paper advertising $9.99 pizza pies and a 1-800 number were really scams to get hungry tourists to fork over their credit card information. Florida legislators ultimately passed a law - with Walt Disney World's backing - to crack down on flyer distribution.

Phishing Scam Targets Credit Union Members

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kimberly Medrano does international business on her computer so it is not unusual for the bank to call and verify her card transactions, but Medrano said the call she received Wednesday was different.

"It was automated," she said.

The recorded message requested her bank information, all 16 digits of her account in an apparent phishing scheme to steal personal information from her. And she was not alone.

"The only thing unusual is they did not say they were VyStar, it only said it's your bank," said Medrano.

Medrano called her credit union to verify the call and discovered she was not the only one receiving the automated messages.

"They said they had a very large influx of calls concerning this matter," she added.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

Home Invasion Suspect Threatens Safety of Child to Obtain ATM Number

Home Invasion Suspect Threatens Safety of Child to Obtain ATM Number

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigators are looking for a suspect who committed a home invasion robbery and threatened the safety of the victim's child to get an ATM number.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the suspect entered a home on Chippewa Drive around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday by cutting the caulking around  the glass of an outside garage window. He then entered the home through an unlocked garage door going into the house.

The homeowner was asleep with his two children, ages 8 and 10, asleep in a nearby room. Suddenly the homeowner saw a man in the doorway of his bedroom with a gun.

The suspect told the homeowner his child was in his car and he had his cell phone. Police say he demanded an ATM number and told the victim, "if the ATM works, you can come get your child in twenty minutes."   The suspect then fled in the homeowner's car.

Woman Found Dead on Westside Yard Identified

Woman Found Dead on Westside Yard Identified

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The sheriff's office has released the identity of the woman found dead in a Westside yard after a neighbor reported hearing screams.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 46-year-old Deliah King was pronounced dead at the scene on Oaklane Drive before 4 a.m. May 13.

Detectives have not yet announced any suspect information, but are looking for help.

If you know anything that can help, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

Car Dealership Employees Stop Armed Robbery Suspect

Car Dealership Employees Stop Armed Robbery Suspect

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An armed robbery suspect was taken to jail Thursday thanks to daring employees at a Westside car dealership.
    
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Joy Howell robbed a Cash Advance on Cassat Avenue then ran into the Mike Shad Nissan parking lot.
    
When employees tried to stop her, police said she fired her gun in the air.
    
No one was hit.
    
Howell then jumped on a golf cart with an employee, officers alleged.  That employee jumped off and police said he pinned her against a wall and held her there until police came.

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can happen anywhere. In an urban shopping center like the Jacksonville Landing or a sporting event like a baseball game.

"Is this a good thing or a bad thing? " ask one cardholder.

Bad - it can happen right under your nose.

New technology used in smart cards, speed passes and newly issued passports make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your card information.

It is called electronic pick pocketing. Walt Augustinowicz, a former insurance executive, has the ability to walk through a crowd and pickpocket credit card information.

"The biggest vulnerability is the fact that they don't know," said Augustinowicz.