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POLICE: Caught on camera with brass knuckles

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Brockville Police have charged a 21-year-old man with possession of a prohibited weapon after complaints of a suspicious person sleeping at a downtown business.

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Early Wednesday afternoon, city police were contacted about a suspicious person. The complainant reported someone had been sleeping in the vestibule of a downtown business on King Street West.

Security footage allegedly showed the man in possession of brass knuckles and a small handgun, police said Friday.

Police located the suspect and arrested him without incident. The handgun turned out to be an air pistol.

The prohibited weapon charge is for the brass knuckles, said police. The man was given a court date and released.

Arrested for shoplifting

City police charged a 33-year-old woman with theft in Brockville early Thursday afternoon.

Staff at The Score had observed a suspect select items, conceal them and then leave without attempting to pay for them, city police said Friday.

The woman was detained by staff and turned over to police.

Intoxicated in public

A 38-year-old woman was arrested outside of Brockville General Hospital at 3:30 on Thursday afternoon. She was charged with public intoxication and turned over to family members, city police reported on Friday.

Protect yourself from fraud

The Grenville County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is advising local residents to protect themselves from fraud.

Police are receiving online scam reports every day. Phone calls, text messages, emails and social media sites are among the means by which scammers try to steal personal information and/or money. The public should be wary of messages claiming that the recipient is being awarded money or owes money, or that his or her account has been compromised.

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Legitimate lottery administrators do not charge fees to deliver prizes, OPP noted in a news release. So if someone receives a call or message claiming he or she has just won the lottery and it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

There continue to be reports of callers claiming to represent Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and demanding immediate payment of non-existent tax debts. CRA does not ask for personal information over the phone or request payments through Amazon or iTunes or other gift cards, according to police.

Do not give out personal information over the phone or via the Internet, the OPP advise. Anyone who believes a scam is being attempted should not proceed with any transaction; get as much information as possible from the scammer and then contact local police or visit antifraudcentre.ca.

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