Crime

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can happen anywhere. In an urban shopping center like the Jacksonville Landing or a sporting event like a baseball game.

"Is this a good thing or a bad thing? " ask one cardholder.

Bad - it can happen right under your nose.

New technology used in smart cards, speed passes and newly issued passports make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your card information.

It is called electronic pick pocketing. Walt Augustinowicz, a former insurance executive, has the ability to walk through a crowd and pickpocket credit card information.

"The biggest vulnerability is the fact that they don't know," said Augustinowicz.

Police Searching for Man Who Robbed Jacksonville Beach Bank

Police Searching for Man Who Robbed Jacksonville Beach Bank

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police are looking for the man they said robbed Atlantic Coast Bank on Third Street South Friday afternoon. 

According to Jacksonville Beach Police Department, a white man who is between 5-foot 7-inches tall and 6-feet tall come into the bank at about 4:30 p.m., pulled out a gun, and demanded money.

The man took off with the money he received, but didn't hurt anyone, police said.

Police are looking for the man who they said was wearing a neon green shirt with the word "rusty" on the front, blue cargo pants, a camouflage hat and white shoes with black stripes.

Surveillance cameras captured the man, and police released several still photos taken from that video.

If you have any information you can contact the Jacksonville Beach Police Department at 904-2770-1661 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-8477.

New: Grand Jury Indicts Jax Beach Murder Suspect

New: Grand Jury Indicts Jax Beach Murder Suspect

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The man charged in the shooting death of a former firefighter has been indicted by a grand jury.

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department announced today that the grand jury returned the first degree murder indictment against Charles Pearce for the death of Michael McCue in February.

Investigators have said Pearce and his stepfather were in an argument, and Pearce fired a shot. His stepfather was not hit.

At the same time a few blocks away, McCue was struck by a bullet and killed.

Pearce, who was originally wanted on an aggravated assault warrant, was found in Arizona sleeping in a vehicle. Officers there traced his ID and saw the Jacksonville Beach warrant, so they arrested Pearce and extradited him to Duval County.

After further investigation, the murder charge was added.

Pearce remains in jail awaiting trial.

Spotting an Impostor: Scammers Pose as Friends, Family and Government Agencies

It’s easy to think “It couldn’t happen to me.” But scammers know how to get around our better judgment. They play on our emotions or promise big payoffs to get us to act. And many use the names of government agencies like the FTC, trusted companies, or friends and family to get us to buy into their schemes. We may not be able to spot the impostor until it’s too late.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to know that scammers are posing as people, agencies and companies you know and trust. They may use phone calls, emails, letters, faxes or even text messages in their deceptions. To see past the disguise, you need to be alert to signs of an impostor scam:

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Division of Children and Families is calling a website that purports to help people apply for food stamps online a scam.

According to spokesperson John Harrell, getfoodstampsnow.org is not a place for people to turn to online as a means to get food stamps.

In fact, Harrell said the DCF website, http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/, is the only legitimate way for those who need assistance to get it.

"The problem and the danger is that they could be giving their personal information to people who could be scamming them out of money. This is of great concern to us at DCF because there's a lot of people who are suffering at this time economically. And there are websites that are taking money from people who don't have much to begin with," Harrell said.

Jax Beach Task Force Takes to the Street

Jax Beach Task Force Takes to the Street

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Have you noticed more cops in the downtown and bar areas of Jax Beach?
    
Police Commander Gene Paul Smith is heading up a task force that's putting eight to twelve extra officers on the street on the busiest nights of the week, during the busiest months of year: March through October.

The task force is in a two-month trial period, and has been operating since the end of February.
    
It's something the department has tried before, but this time Smith said their efforts are more focused.

Task force members come from the community policing, street crimes and patrol divisions.  The patrol officers, Smith said, operate on overtime. 

Smith said it's not cheap, but it's necessary.

"It's a substantial effort both the human cost and the monetary cost.  It is, but we feel that it's definitely worth it."

Tonight: 17th Annual Bud Light Draft Party at SUITE & Whisky River

Tonight: 17th Annual Bud Light Draft Party at SUITE & Whisky River

Join the Jacksonville Jaguars as they host the 17th Annual Bud Light Draft Party presented by PRI Productions at 6:30 p.m. on tonight, at The Markets at Town Center, between SUITE and Whisky River. Admission is free for an evening of football and festivities.