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Frauds cost S'side residents $3,000

Two cases of fraud were reported to Sunnyside police yesterday and the resulting losses totaled more than $3,000.

A resident in the 400 block of South Seventh Street reported someone he knows is using his social security number to acquire credit cards. To date more than $2,500 has been charged to his name. That report was made at 5:22 p.m. yesterday.

In the second fraud case, a resident in the 200 block of South Ninth Street called officers at 9:24 p.m. to report that 10 minutes before he had given a man $500 for a set of wheels, but the man did not return with them.

Officers also investigated three thefts yesterday and a burglary this morning. The burglary was reported at 2:31 a.m. by a resident in the 1400 block of Ida Belle Street, who saw someone breaking into a shed at that address. No report was available as to whether the burglar was able to get away with anything or was apprehended.

The thefts included a blue, 1994, 4-door Pontiac Grand Prix (Lic. #988MXE) from a residence in the 400 block of West Madison Avenue. That theft was reported at 10:27 a.m. yesterday.

Other theft losses included items, which weren't yet inventoried at the time of this report, from two fifth wheel trailers parked at a residence in the 1000 block of Thornton Road (reported at 5:41 p.m. yesterday) and lawn ornaments taken from a residence in the 300 block of South Fifth Street (reported at 7:24 p.m. yesterday).

Officers also investigated one incident of vandalism, four alarms, two animal problems, one assault, three fights, two reports of loud music, one 911 hang-up call, 2 suspicious people, one threat and four traffic problems, including a school bus stop sign violation. Drivers are reminded to be alert for the mechanical stop sign arm that school buses display on the school bus driver's side of the vehicle to signal following vehicles to stop to allow students to enter or leave the bus safely.

The officers also served three arrest warrants, two assists to agencies, provided a funeral escort and handled an informational call. They also received word from the Yakima County Sheriff's office that a vehicle stolen from a Sunnyside resident had been recovered and the owners notified.

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