December 21, 2014

Elyria
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Elyria police investigating claim ‘officer’ demanded money

ELYRIA — Police are investigating an incident after a woman told officers that a Lorain police officer called her home, demanding money for an outstanding warrant.

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, a woman arrived home to the 200 block of Oberlin Road and listened to her answering machine. On the machine, she heard a message from a “Sgt. MaCay, badge 4421” with Lorain Police Department informing her of an outstanding warrant for “contempt of court.” The man provided a phone number for her to contact him.

The woman called the number and was informed that she needed to take care of the outstanding warrant. The man told her the bond was for $1,000, but he was “willing to help her out and reduce the amount to $450.” The woman explained she did not have the money and that she only had $130. She told Elyria police that the man said if she came up with $200, he will “erase the warrant from the system.”

According to police, once she had the money, she was ordered to go to Rite Aid and put the money on a Green Dot Money Pak.

An Elyria officer attempted to make contact with “Sgt. MaCay” using the phone number provided to him by the woman. Elyria officers also ran her information through a police database and she was clear.

Contact was made with Lorain police to confirm if a “Sgt. MaCay” is employed, but the Lorain Police dispatcher advised that they do not have anyone by the name in the department.

The incident remains under investigation.