|Local Businesses Targeted in Scam|
A male has called two local businesses requesting the owners by name, claiming to be related to other local business owners, before explaining his need for a small amount of quick cash with a promise to pay back the same day. The Covina Police Department encourages everyone to be alert for scam artists, and report activity you feel may be dangerous or criminal [Bulletin].
Rio Hondo Police Academy class 200 held their Pride Run in Jordan's honor
Rio Hondo Police Academy class 200 will ran their 3.5 mile Pride Run in honor of Officer Jordan Corder, who was killed in an on-duty traffic collision on September 30, 2014. Jordan was a graduate of Rio Hondo Police Academy class 185. Jordan's former academy mates and the Covina Police Department's Special Response Team, which Jordan was a member of, joined the class on their Pride Run, which took place on January 20, 2015 at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas.
SCAM Alert / IRS Imposters
Covina senior citizens have reported receiving calls from persons claiming to be IRS employees, and providing instructions on how to send money owed to the IRS. We have provided a [Special Bulletin] with additional information and tips to avoid becoming a victim.
Water Payment Scam Alert
Covina Water Utility customers have become potential fraud victims in a water payment scam operation. Unknown subjects have made calls to some Covina Water Utility customers stating hat the customer has a high water usage on their account, creating a so-called violation. The subject who identifes themselves as an empoyee, indicates that they will come to the resident's home to collect a $500 fine for water violations.
The City of Covina has a process in place to provide warnings, before a graduated citation process is initiated. Fines begin at $50 per violation, with a maximum fine of $250 per violation for repeat violators. If a customer receives a citation, the citation amount is added to your water bill. No Water Utility employee will ever arrive at your door and ask for direct payment of a fine. For additional information please contact Global Water Fathom at (855) 354-7579 or the City of Covina Public Works (626) 384-5230. If you are victim of a water payment scam in the City of Covina, please contact the Covina Police Department 24 hours dispatch at (626) 331-3391.
Overnight Parking Permits
Daily Temporary Overnight Parking Permits can only be purchased by credit/debit card using the machine to the front of the Covina Police Department, located at 444 N. Citrus Avenue, in Covina. The change to a cashless system willl provide a more efficient system, since the old system was unable to provide change for cash paying customers. If you have any questions, contact the Covina Police Department Records section for assistance, 626-384-5656.
Coyotes in Covina
Coyote sightings are on the rise in Covina neighborhoods. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control offers a number of reporting guidelines for coyotes seen in your neighborhood. [More info]