A woman showed up Thursday to move into her new apartment in Teton Pines just to find out the whole thing was a scam. The woman had paid a $1,250 deposit via PayPal after finding the housing advertisement on Craigslist, according to a fraud report taken by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office. “She showed up on the day she was supposed to move in, and someone answered the door and was like, ‘This is my house,’” Sgt. Clay Platt said. Platt said online housing scams are common in Teton County, more so in the summer months. “If it seems too good to be true it probably is,” he said. Platt said someone sending you their bank account information for money or wanting money up front without a house tour or other in-person interactions are red flags. The victim is likely out $1,250. Victims of fraud can report crimes on IC3.gov.
A man was cited Sunday just before 1 p.m. for peeing in public, police said. The 30-year-old told officers he was in a video conference and didn’t want to go to his house to do his business because he would disturb his roommates.
An Arizona man who came to Jackson looking for work was trying to stay at a motel, but he didn’t have the money to pay for a room, police said. The cops were called on April 15 and realized the man had a bus ticket and could go back to Arizona, so they told him to leave. The man didn’t leave, and the next day the cops were called again. This time they arrested the 45-year-old for trespassing.
The Teton County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t arrested anyone since March 29. Calls and arrests have significantly decreased due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “We are getting REDDI (report every drunk driver immediately) reports on occasion, but we haven’t had any DUIs,” Sgt. Platt said. “There’s just a lot less traffic at night.” Deputies are staying busy on other calls for service, and since March 23 they’ve delivered 177 prescriptions to elderly or immunocompromised residents.
Information in the police blotter is gathered from area law enforcement agencies, county courts and sometimes radio dispatch. Those jailed are charged, not convicted. — Eds.