POLICE BRIEFS: S.P. Police Seek Man Who Exposed Self
Southern Pines police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman near downtown Southern Pines Thursday.
Police say that at about 10:15 a.m., a woman was walking along the 100 block of East Rhode Island Avenue when a man called out to her. When she turned, she saw that he was exposing himself.
The man -- described as white, bald, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds -- left the scene in a "dingy" white Chevrolet long-bed truck.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Southern Pines Police Department at 692-7031.
Police offer these suggestions to residents to increase safety:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Be observant of suspicious people or situations.
- Walk with a friend if possible.
- Stay on sidewalks or in well-lit areas.
- Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
- If you have a cellular phone, have it ready and call 911 immediately.
- If someone exposes himself to you, call police and give them a description of the suspect, suspect vehicle and direction of travel.
Phone Scam: Pinehurst police are warning residents about a phone scam.
A male caller tells the person answering the phone that he or she has won a gift card and gas card from Wal-Mart. The scammer asks for a credit card number for the $3.95 shipping and handling charge, police said. There have been three such calls reported to police in Pinehurst this month.
"So far, nobody has given up a card number," said Captain Floyd Thomas.
Police traced the number to Toronto, but Thomas said that the people undertaking the scam are Haitian.
Police say residents should never give out personal information such as bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers over the phone unless they are certain that it's a secure source.
Anyone who receives a suspicious call is asked to contact the police, Thomas said.
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