SCAM Alert!

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It has come to our attention a couple of phone scams are resurfacing in our area:

CELL PHONE SERVICE PROVIDER SCAM:

The individual receives a call from a person or recording claiming to be their cell phone service provider. The caller tells the individual that their service will be suspended until they verify their account by giving the caller personal information such as their social security number.

*The call will often be from your own phone number. DO NOT ANSWER IT!

If you receive a similar call, contact your service provider to verify the status of your account.

YOU HAVE A WARRANT SCAM:

Scammers are spoofing their phone numbers to show on Caller ID as a Farmington Police Department number. The scammer will call an individual and claim to be an officer with FPD. The caller informs the individual they have a warrant and requests payment, typically in the form of prepaid credit cards or gift cards.

*Remember, the scammer may have obtained an officer’s real name and use it to appear legitimate. Officers will NEVER call citizens and request payment to avoid being arrested on a warrant or to dismiss charges. If you receive a similar call, hang up and call non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622.

UTILITY DISCONNECTION SCAM:

Similar to the warrant scam, the caller will spoof their number to show a City of Farmington phone number on the Caller ID. The scammer will inform the individual that they are behind on paying their utility bill and services will be disconnected if not paid immediate. The scammer will then ask for payment in the form of a prepaid credit card or gift cards.

If you receive a similar call, DO NOT send the caller money! Hang up and contact the City of Farmington Electric Utility System (FEUS) at 599-1353 to check the status of your account.

*Remember, FEUS will NEVER call and demand immediate payment with a threat of disconnection. All FEUS disconnect notices are mailed or called out the day prior to disconnection.

If you have a friend or family member who doesn’t use social media, please share this information with them.

Thank you!

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested for child pornography

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Shawn Ridgley – Updated Booking Photo 9-28-18 Photo courtesy of San Juan County Detention Center

Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department arrested 35-year-old Shawn Ridgley of Farmington on charges of child pornography. Detectives were alerted last Friday to an incident involving Ridgley and a 14-year-old female. Following a week-long investigation, detectives obtained a warrant on one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Manufacturing) (2nd degree felony), one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Distribution) (3rd degree felony), three counts of Child Solicitation by Electronic Communication Device (4th degree felony), one count of Criminal Sexual Communication with a Child (4th degree felony), one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Possession) (4th degree felony), two counts of Criminal Solicitation (4th degree felony) and one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (4th degree felony). Ridgley was arrested this afternoon on the warrant and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center. Additional details about the case are not being released at this time as it remains an open and ongoing investigation.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police seeking public’s assistance in cold case homicide

Carla Helmer PhotoFarmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in the homicide investigation of Carla Helmer. Carla was found deceased on Wednesday, October 28, 1992 inside her residence. That day, Carla’s supervisor drove to her home to check on her because she hadn’t been to work in three days, nor had she called in. When her supervisor arrived at Carla’s home, she found her car parked outside. She knocked on the door and tried to call her, but no one answered. Farmington police officers were called to conduct a welfare check on Carla. They too knocked on Carla’s door and received no response from inside.  Officers found the door was unlocked and entered her residence. They found Carla deceased.

Carla suffered from multiple stab wounds and had severe defensive wounds, indicating that she tried to fight off her attacker. She was only clad in a shirt and undergarments, which suggested that she knew her attacker. Several persons of interest were identified early in the investigation and were interviewed. The investigation continued for several years but eventually went “cold” in the mid-1990s. The case was reopened by different detectives over the years, but it has yet to be solved.

With advances in forensic science, the Farmington Police Department has reopened this case and is reviewing what evidentiary items can be re-examined. We are also asking if you or someone you know has information regarding the death of Carla Helmer, please contact Detective Heather Chavez at (505) 566-2370 or non-emergency dispatch at (505) 334-6622. Anonymous tips may be submitted to the Farmington Police Department’s Detective Tip Line at (505) 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating shooting

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a shooting that took place just before 12:30 this afternoon. Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Hollywood Street around 12:28 p.m. in reference to a shots fired call. Officers arrived and learned that a 38-year-old male had been shot in the leg. The man was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center. Police have identified and detained a 22-year-old male suspect. The incident remains under investigation at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police urge businesses to watch for counterfeit money

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is urging businesses to be vigilant following reports of counterfeit money circulating in the community. While businesses tend to be mindful of large bills, counterfeiters have now started manufacturing smaller denominations knowing they are easier to pass. Businesses should take precautions to help reduce their chances of falling victim to this crime. The United States Federal Reserve provides information on how to determine if a note is genuine. They emphasize that unique security and design features should be used rather than detection pens which aren’t always accurate and can give false results. Specifications for each of the seven denominations can be found online at www.uscurrency.gov/denominations.

If you suspect you’ve received a counterfeit note, please call 334-6622 and request to speak with an officer.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating armed robbery

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a home in Farmington earlier this week. Police were dispatched to a residence on Delhi Avenue on Tuesday around 10:15 p.m. in reference to an armed subject who had just left the area. The reporting party informed dispatch that his tenant was attacked by two males armed with a shotgun.

Officers arrived on scene and learned the tenant, a 34-year-old male, had met a woman through an online dating site. The two had messaged each other throughout the day and made plans to meet at his home on Delhi Avenue. The woman arrived at his home around 9:45 p.m. A while later someone knocked on the door, and the woman answered it. Two men entered the residence and attacked the tenant, hitting him in the face with a shotgun. The woman ran out the door when the two men came in. She took a pair of jeans containing the tenant’s wallet and keys. The tenant’s landlord heard the commotion and headed over to check on his tenant but ran into one of the men who then pointed a shotgun at him. The two men and the woman fled the area in a white older model Chevrolet four-door sedan. The tenant was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center for his injuries. The landlord did not sustain any injuries during the event.

Police are still searching for the individuals and request anyone with information to call FPD’s Detective Division at 599-1005.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police to conduct DWI checkpoints in September

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies, is working hard to keep drunk drivers off our roads. Throughout the month of September, FPD will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. This is in addition to FPD’s R.A.D.D. campaign which encourages citizens to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers. The Farmington Police Department would like to remind citizens to drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.