The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received several new reports of a telephone scam that involves people identifying themselves as some government agency such as the Internal Revenue Service or as law enforcement. The scammers are using a telephone service that allows them to choose how they are identified by caller ID so it may appear on your telephone as if they are with the agency they claim to be. The individual will telephone the victim and demand payment of money to avoid a penalty or perhaps even to avoid being arrested. The victim is then instructed to purchase a green dot card for a specified amount and to pay the money over the telephone using the green card.
Please be aware this is a scam! No government agency or law enforcement agency will contact anyone in this manner and demand money. If you are contacted by anyone demanding money who says they are a law enforcement officer or with some other government agency, please do not pay them anything. If you have already fallen victim to this scam, please report it to the law enforcement agency in your local jurisdiction.
Pomona Park, FL: At approximately 12:45 pm on Wednesday July 9, 2014, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 104 Ridge Street, Pomona Park, in reference to a domestic dispute. On arrival contact was made with the 25 year old female victim and her boyfriend 21 year old Jerome Leon Royal. The victim was initially uncooperative with law enforcement, however, further investigation revealed there were two eye witnesses who saw Royal argue with the victim and then physically drag her out of a van against her will. The victim subsequently confirmed that Royal did in fact grab her and physically remove her from the vehicle.
Royal was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the charge of battery. As the battery is domestic related, he is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.
Florahome, FL: On Tuesday July 8, 2014 at approximately 9:15 am Putnam County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Scott Surrency observed a white female, later identified as Edith Marie Wolf, sitting in her vehicle near 154 Putnam Loop Road in an area which is known for drug sales. While Lieutenant Surrency watched, she was approached by a black male, later identified as Frederick Bernard McCaskill, who appeared to exchange a small item with her for money. Lt. Surrency approached McCaskill as he walked away from the vehicle and further investigation revealed he was in possession of drug related paraphernalia. Wolf was then advised to remain at the scene while the investigation was conducted. Wolf attempted to start the vehicle and leave and physically resisted Lt. Surrency as he attempted to turn off the ignition and remove her from the vehicle. Once detained, Wolf initially gave two separate false names before she was identified. The investigation revealed that Wolf was also in possession of drug paraphernalia. Wolf and McCaskill were arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where they were booked on the following charges:
Edith M. Wolf; is currently being held on a bond of $4,016.00
- One count of Battery
- One count of Resisting an Officer
- One count of Providing a Fraudulent Name
- One count of the Possession of Drug Equipment
Frederick B. McCaskill; is currently being held on a bond of $504.00
- One count of Possession of Drug Equipment
Crescent City – This afternoon, at approximately 1:26 PM, deputies responded to the Bank of America, located at 913 North Summit Street in Crescent City, to assist the Crescent City Police Department with a reported bank robbery. It has been determined that two black males entered the bank wearing masks and armed with handguns and demanded cash from tellers. The individuals then fled from the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No shots were fired, and no one was injured during the robbery.
Due to the limited resources of the Crescent City Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was asked to take over the investigation. Sheriff Jeff Hardy has assigned members of the Major Crimes Unit the case.
This is still an ongoing investigation and additional information cannot be released at this time. Future releases will be provided when information becomes available.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Northeast Crime Stoppers at (888) 277-TIPS (8477).
If you have any information regarding the location of the four suspects remaining at large (Jason Jeremiah Dhanraj 36, Kodiak Lee Spence 27, Shelly Marie Arthur 38, Jared Quinion Brown 29) or anyone involved in the suspected manufacture of methamphetamine you are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 329-0801 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-8477 or westopcrime.com.