Forced entry made to basement of a Monroe salon

MONROE, CT — Forced entry was made into the basement of a commercial building housing Marci Hair Salon at 68 Main St., but there is no access from the basement to the salon, according to police.

The salon contacted police on Thursday morning about the break-in which occurred sometime overnight. It was undetermined if anything was taken.

The basement was cleared and secured, police said.

Police are still investigating the incident.

Stolen check cashed in California

An 84-year-old Monroe woman made a fraud complaint Tuesday after noticing a suspicious $7,500 withdrawal from her Webster Bank checking account. The check was not dated and the signature was not hers, according to police.

Police said the check was made out to a recipient she was unfamiliar with and cashed at a Chase Bank branch in Oceanside, Calif.

A representative of Webster Bank told the victim her funds would be reimbursed and police are awaiting the outcome of the bank’s own investigation into the matter.

Scammer obtains Social Security number

An 81-year-old Monroe man told police he received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a representative of Biogenetics Laboratory. The caller asked him his name, to confirm his date of birth, then asked for his Social Security number.

After the Monroe man gave his Social Security number the caller thanked him and hung up. The victim realized he was scammed and reported the incident to police, who advised him to freeze his credit and to notify his account holders about the incident.

A police investigation determined that Biogenetics is a legitimate business based in Florida, and that people have been falsely identifying themselves as representatives of the medical company while making scam calls.

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