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Police: Another Prize Scam Targets New Canaan

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – New Canaan police are warning residents to beware of another scam after someone allegedly tried to fraudulently obtain money from an elderly Mortimer Street resident.

Police said a person claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House contacted the 79-year-old man last Tuesday. Police said the man was told that his wife had won $75,000. The caller told the man to look for a yellow van to drop by the house the following morning to drop off the prize but said he should wire money by Western Union to pay the taxes for his prize, police said.

Police sent officers to the man’s home at the time the caller said the van would arrive, but no one showed up. The caller called again April 4 and said he would meet the Mortimer Street resident at 1:30 p.m. at Old Stamford Road and Weed Street, police said. Officers arrived at the meeting place, but the caller did not show up, police said.

Lt. Vincent DeMaio said Stamford Police have dealt with similar scam attempts recently.

In other police news:

• David Spencer, 46, of Bridgeport, was charged with fifth-degree larceny Thursday. Police said a man left his iPhone 4S on the counter at the Kean’s Korner Mobil station Thursday morning. The man returned but could not find it, police said. Police said store surveillance video showed Spencer taking the phone. Spencer left the gas station in a vehicle belonging to a dairy company that was making deliveries. Police said an officer stopped Spencer on New Norwalk Road and found the phone. Spencer was released on $3,000 bond and is scheduled to appear April 18 in Norwalk Superior Court.

• William Christopher Jr., 18, of West Road, was charged Saturday with underage possession of alcohol and risk of injury to a minor, a felony. Police said they received a call from an anonymous resident about alcohol consumption at a home. Police went to the Christopher residence and found five people there, including a 14-year-old who police said had consumed alcohol. Christopher was released on $240 bond and is scheduled to appear April 19 in Norwalk Superior Court.

• Laura Stemerman, 53, of Adams Lane, faces several charges after a dispute with her husband Saturday. Police said Stemerman provoked the argument. Police said the husband tried to call police and she tried to stop him. Police said the couple’s 12-year-old son tried to stop the argument, and she struck him. Police charged Stemerman with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, disorderly conduct, interfering with a 911 call and criminal violation of a protection order. She was released on $5,000 bond and appeared Monday in Norwalk Superior Court.

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