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(KHOU Houston)   Woman is stunned to discover that when you go down to the police station to report someone is writing bogus checks in your name, the entire department doesn't immediately drop what they're doing to investigate your case   (khou.com) divider line 74
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2013-11-07 08:11:20 AM
31.media.tumblr.com

Someone's forging cheques in your name? Let me just type it up on my invisible typewriter.
 
2013-11-07 08:31:25 AM
It was a year, trollmitter. I would be pissed too.
 
2013-11-07 08:32:36 AM
i923.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-07 08:32:57 AM
The boys in the crime lab were tied up looking for the Creedence...
 
2013-11-07 08:36:06 AM
I bet if it was a cop's checks that were being forged the case would have moved a little faster.
 
2013-11-07 08:36:09 AM

DubtodaIll: [i923.photobucket.com image 401x295]


beat me to it - kudos sir
 
2013-11-07 08:36:17 AM
I wonder if we will ever get a serious politician calling for police officer reform that would implement a system that would support officers who were whistleblowers, hold their officers accountable for their misdeeds, and kill the cops who need killin'.
 
2013-11-07 08:36:42 AM
"They have us working in shifts! Ahahahaha!"
 
2013-11-07 08:38:06 AM
i1168.photobucket.com

This one may have some level of success.
 
2013-11-07 08:38:35 AM

EvilEgg: I bet if it was a cop's checks that were being forged the case would have moved a little faster.


They would have had the helicopter out looking for him and when they found him, the entire police force would have beat the shiat out of the guy.  The local media would have called all the officers heroes for risking their lives. .
 
2013-11-07 08:40:45 AM
But cops will ram their fingers up some random drivers ass if their pet dog barks.


cops are useless. The only good one......
 
2013-11-07 08:41:09 AM

poe_zlaw: I wonder if we will ever get a serious politician calling for police officer reform that would implement a system that would support officers who were whistleblowers, hold their officers accountable for their misdeeds, and kill the cops who need killin'.


not with our current piss-on-your-own-trouser-leg system. the suits that run for office gladly cowtow to most every moran group, union and cause that has numbers, influence, longevity, you name it. the status quo and the good ol' boy network are cornerstones that should have been demolished long ago.

our system is solidly built on a long history of suck.
 
2013-11-07 08:41:18 AM
Apparently they were too busy not writing up the report on the guy who threatened his wife (and then later killed her).
 
2013-11-07 08:43:23 AM
salem-news.com
 
2013-11-07 08:44:00 AM
Subby sounds like a cop from that station. One guy, just one, needed to enter it into the system. And for more than a year, no one lifted a finger to do anything about a case where $30K was stolen. Unless there were 300 murders that year and several riots, there is no excuse for this.
 
2013-11-07 08:44:09 AM
Incredible. If you can't do your job in the real world you get fired. If you can't do your job as a police officer you get a week unpaid vacation.
 
2013-11-07 08:47:11 AM
i can't understand it. if this happens on television, the report is in the system in seconds, and the person usually gets caught within the hour.

what is going on here?
 
2013-11-07 08:48:45 AM

GurneyHalleck: [salem-news.com image 350x204]


Now that is one helluva reference.
 
2013-11-07 08:50:47 AM
This happened to me.  They were stolen payroll checks that someone was cashing using my name and street address, presumably with some kind of fake ID.  I found out about it from the collections agency who made my life hell for damned near a year.  When I dragged law enforcement into the matter (just to incentivize the collections agency to play nice) I was kind of astounded with the level of "meh" that I got from the police.  So far as I can tell, nobody so much as lifted a finger to investigate the case.

I finally got the collections guys off my back after a few weeks in court, but it seemed pretty clear that the police could give a wet fart about the actual crime.
 
2013-11-07 08:51:21 AM
I thought you said the law was powerless.
Powerless to *help* you, not punish you.
 
2013-11-07 08:55:24 AM
How will they have time to write bullshiat traffic tickets and beat up hippies for smoking a harmless plant. Someone forging checks might actually be dangerous.
 
2013-11-07 08:56:42 AM
Woman is stunned to discover that when you go down

Sorry, that's as far as I got.
 
2013-11-07 08:58:50 AM
www.arnoldsofficefurniture.com
 
2013-11-07 09:00:26 AM
I've been involved in two hit and runs, and every time I went in to report it (with the other car's info), the cops treated me like a criminal. They really hate filling out reports.

/csb
 
2013-11-07 09:03:09 AM

TheLopper: I've been involved in two hit and runs, and every time I went in to report it (with the other car's info), the cops treated me like a criminal. They really hate filling out reports.

/csb


Cops are bullies.  The only use they have for reports is when those reports help back up their argument (to someone who's an even bigger bully) for why they were bullies.  Your simple hit & run doesn't allow them to be bullies, so why fill out the report?
 
2013-11-07 09:08:17 AM
Give the cops some credit. They were probably out busting some of those career criminal pot smokers. Gotta get em off the street ASAP.
And let's not forget the jaywalkers and double parkers.
 
2013-11-07 09:08:47 AM

TheLopper: I've been involved in two hit and runs, and every time I went in to report it (with the other car's info), the cops treated me like a criminal. They really hate filling out reports.

/csb


Why in the hell would you go to the cops? I mean, I know it might be the law to report it... But still, avoid those creeps like the plague.
 
2013-11-07 09:08:49 AM
My GF and her friends credit card information was stolen from bed, bath, beyond (no idea if the info was stolen at the register end, or somewhere in transit)  They both went there, paid on their CC and 3 days later, their accounts were cleared out( my GF's to the tune of $3500+)

GF went to precinct to report it.  They seemed like they were vaguely interested as it was grand theft, but nothing was done.  Really, they cloned the cards, then went on a shopping spree.  I guess it's too much work to you know, get the CCTV footage from the stores where they went shopping (All local stores, Victorias secret, bought an iphone at Verizon etc)

Bed Bath and Beyond security dept took a much more proactive and interested stance.

Still, they never caught anyone.

\CSB
 
2013-11-07 09:08:50 AM
I can almost see cops letting very minor offenses slip, but this was felony theft. Cops have a lot of piddly crap to deal with on a daily basis (they are the default referees of the ignorant). But really, when actual felonies pop up, they should pay attention enough to at least log the complaint.
 
2013-11-07 09:11:02 AM
 Came here for a Big Lebowski reference.
Good to know fark ain't slippin'.
 
2013-11-07 09:18:26 AM

Rapmaster2000: I thought you said the law was powerless.
Powerless to *help* you, not punish you.


Just ask the guy in Deming (whatever State that is).... he got anal probed 8 times for clenching.
 
2013-11-07 09:22:06 AM

bwilson27: TheLopper: I've been involved in two hit and runs, and every time I went in to report it (with the other car's info), the cops treated me like a criminal. They really hate filling out reports.

/csb

Why in the hell would you go to the cops? I mean, I know it might be the law to report it... But still, avoid those creeps like the plague.


Insurance companies usually require proof of law enforcement being notified before paying.
 
2013-11-07 09:24:25 AM

netcentric: Rapmaster2000: I thought you said the law was powerless.
Powerless to *help* you, not punish you.

Just ask the guy in Deming (whatever State that is).... he got anal probed 8 times for clenching.


New Mexico.
 
2013-11-07 09:24:28 AM
DeaH:
Unless there were 300 murders that year and several riots, there is no excuse for this.

300 murders per year is pretty average for Harris County, TX, AKA "Houston." Four million people in the county.

They don't have too many riots, but they average something like 300 reported thefts, not to mention a hundred burglaries - per day.

On the other hand, they have a lot of people who do nothing but fill out paperwork every day - there's probably a long paper trail of people _not_ entering the info from her case.
 
2013-11-07 09:27:04 AM

GurneyHalleck:


Heh. That's the same thing that popped into my head when I read this.
 
2013-11-07 09:28:54 AM

tripleseven: My GF and her friends credit card information was stolen from bed, bath, beyond (no idea if the info was stolen at the register end, or somewhere in transit)  They both went there, paid on their CC and 3 days later, their accounts were cleared out( my GF's to the tune of $3500+)

GF went to precinct to report it.  They seemed like they were vaguely interested as it was grand theft, but nothing was done.  Really, they cloned the cards, then went on a shopping spree.  I guess it's too much work to you know, get the CCTV footage from the stores where they went shopping (All local stores, Victorias secret, bought an iphone at Verizon etc)

Bed Bath and Beyond security dept took a much more proactive and interested stance.

Still, they never caught anyone.

\CSB


Same thing happened to me. They got a bunch of tools at Lowe's with my card and the manager there would not let me look at the surveillance tapes. I did understand though after he explained he might be liable if I went out and hurt the guy after seeing who it was on the tapes.

If all the cc companies and banks made it tougher to get your money back there would be a lot more pressure on police to do something.
 
2013-11-07 09:35:52 AM

cirby: 300 murders per year is pretty average for Harris County, TX, AKA "Houston." Four million people in the county.


In one precinct? Because that's what it would have to be for the excuse to be valid.
 
2013-11-07 09:36:10 AM
You didn't offer them any revenue, sex, taser practice or food.  What did you expect?
 
2013-11-07 09:36:43 AM

DubtodaIll:


Done in three
 
2013-11-07 09:40:19 AM

AgentPothead: Incredible. If you can't do your job in the real world you get fired. If you can't do your job as a police officer you get a week unpaid vacation.


Bullshiat. I've seen plenty of complete numbskulls keep their jobs in the private sector despite actively working against getting anything accomplished.
 
2013-11-07 09:42:55 AM
Maybe they could get that cop sitting at the gas station all day waiting to bust moms in minivans going 7 over the speed limit to do something useful for a change.
 
2013-11-07 09:45:39 AM
I have a plan to repair the economy.  Nobody be a thief, a chiseler, a con artist, a dope dealer or an incompetent, lazy twat for a whole year.
 
2013-11-07 09:46:06 AM

Hot Carl To Go: If all the cc companies and banks made it tougher to get your money back there would be a lot more pressure on police to do something.


Sorry, "lazy cops but I get my money back fast" is better than "lazy cops and I have to jump through hoops to eventually get my money back".

When it comes to credit card fraud investigations, I'm not convinced "lazy cops" will ever change.
 
2013-11-07 09:48:58 AM

GurneyHalleck: [salem-news.com image 350x204]


I watched that thing and it felt like a massive let-down. We seem to be building an interesting dystopia/murder mystery type story where an everydude breaks from his crappy ordinary life and inadvertently uncovers a major conspiracy/gets a revolution started, something along those lines I was hoping for.

Instead he takes the woman whose father was just murdered home, she has sex with him, no prompting at all and then a bunch of random stuff happens, I think everyone dies, the end. WTF doesn't even begin to describe the cop-out. Even seeing that as a little kid, I thought it was total bullshiat. Did the writer get offered a bunch of cocaine for a new project and just say 'fark it'?
 
2013-11-07 09:54:59 AM
Last time I reported something it was VERY time sensitive. A Scammer on kijiji, had sold me a phone that was reported stolen, and admitted it wasn't his after I had trouble activating it.

Got him to meet me to give the money back or I was going to cops. Went to cops anyways, gave the emails, description, security feed (was at work) AND plate number / make and model of car (from security feed). 

They said someone may get back to me in 10-12 business days.

MIND. farkING. BLOWN.

Told them I was going to knock him out and take the money back, they said "you can't do that" I said "Well, since you only "may" investigate in 10-12 business days when any evidence / persons are long gone, I'll take my chances. "

They called me 20 min later, basically said "fine" and showed up and arrested the guy. Turns out he had been doing it for a while, was a cabbie that resold phones left in his cab.
 
2013-11-07 09:57:42 AM

AgentPothead: Incredible. If you can't do your job in the real world you get fired. If you can't do your job as a police officer you get a week unpaid vacation.


Unpaid? There's a local cop who is on his THIRD violation of probation for date raping someone. Had 8 months paid leave.

That was the final straw, now he's unpaid.
 
2013-11-07 10:08:47 AM
To add to that, the time before that I had to call them, someone stole a chained up bike out of my fenced in back yard. 

Caught someone riding it DOWN MY STREET two days later. He ditched it and ran, I followed him, called the cops. He was standing by a convience store, the cops who were getting the dispatch (but hadn't yet) pull in, coincidentally, and the farker takes off. The cops chase him just because he's running. Then realize AFTER THEY GAVE UP that the dispatch was about that guy. 

I got in my car, drove around for literally 2 minutes before finding the guy again. Drove back to where the cops were, flashed my headlights and honked to get them to stop, told them exactly where the guy was. Did they go back? no. 

These are the same farks who write 1.2 million dollars in speeding tickets annually, 20% of which are at one exit, where the speed limit drops to 50 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TRANSCANADA at the bottom of a hill.
 
2013-11-07 10:13:01 AM
Did an officer from that dept write the fark headline?
 
2013-11-07 10:13:32 AM

OnlyM3: But cops will ram their fingers up some random drivers ass if their pet dog barks.


cops are useless. The only good one......


McGarnagle?
 
2013-11-07 10:13:45 AM
The report does nothing to stop the bad guy - but you need a report number to use when the businesses start calling you up to collect.

My wallet was stolen about ten years ago. Just a few CSB, other than the normal using CC at convenience stores and counter check spending sprees, (that only made up about $25K of the damage):

I was out of town and the wife calls - there's a 250 pound guy outside our door wanting to know where his tractor is. The thief went to a rental place and rented their biggest, newest tractor, never to return. The owner said he thought it was kind of odd the guy requested they put the tractor on the newest trailer they owned.

A tire store called to let me know that my $7K check for truck tires bounced. What? The next day U-Haul calls me and asks when I'll be returning the truck. The truck was found a few days later sitting on blocks - totally stripped. Sometimes you have to steal a truck to steal heavy things.

One morning at 4:30am there was a loud pound at the door. Sheriffs detectives from two counties over were raiding my house from a theft spree in their county. The night before they had gone to all my neighbors and interviewed them about me - got odd looks for a while after that, but it was the best thing that happened. I'd made a report with the city, over the phone; this is was the  cop I actually got to speak to - and boy, was he pissed! I told him what had been going on and would help in any way I could.

Many PD's have policies that set a dollar limit on investigation. Like say, any theft under $2000 doesn't get investigated, just a report is filed. In my case, I had over a dozen small business owners call me for thefts between $800 and $1400. Since the policy is per occurrence and not cumulative they didn't do anything - even after that detective called them to let them know.

The guy worked a route, hitting the same places every few months - hit a half dozen and move on. I went to the businesses and talked to their loss prevention guys - please call me when he comes through. They did. Because the PD was busy taking reports, no one was investigating. I couldn't even talk to a cop - the office help takes care of the phone reports. I started just talking to that detective two counties over - he was still interested and was charting this guy's route.

It came to a head when I was summonsed to appear in the next county over. "I" had been pulled over in a stolen car with stolen goods, drunk, with weed and meth. Was booked and released a few days later. I tried to make a phone call to clear this up - they had heard that story before. I went to the DA's office before court, but they were wanting to put me away. When the judge read the charges and asked how I wanted to plead - I just told him it wasn't me. He went on about my need for a lawyer and how I needed to plead something - I again pleaded it wasn't me and they would need to prove it. He asked my name and address again, I responded, but told him I wasn't the one they arrested. There was a flurry of activity at the DA's table. The DA had a pic passed up to the judge with a smug look. The judge looked at the pic and looked at me, looked at the pic and looked at me, looked at the DA, passed it to his clerk who did the same thing. Then they passed the pic to me. OMG, the guy looked like me, but about 10 years older and fat.

The judge apologized and directed the DA to fix this. Now I had two counties on my side, unfortunately, not the one where I lived.

I went down to the PD and demanded to speak to a cop. The clerks said they were all busy, but they would pass on a message. I told them they have a day to call me or I'm going to the press. A detective called me that afternoon to explain their policy on dollar amounts. I got kind of pissed at that point an said some things I shouldn't have: embarrassment to the community and lazy bastards and some other stuff was all I remember. Oh, I did give him the names of the detectives in two other counties that were working their case for them.

They finally caught the guy and that bastard went to prison.

How much money did I have to pay back? Zero, not one cent. Why? Because I had a police report number. When anyone would call I would just give them that number, say how sorry I was they got ripped off, and hang up. Without that number? It would have been bad news that wouldn't have gone away. When cops don't file reports it should be criminal. (Oh yeah, when you have the report number go to www.ftc.gov and file there, too - this protects your credit rating.)
 
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