Update: subjects have been identified and arrested outside of Atlanta, GA.
It is with great sadness that we have to say that today we lost a fellow public safety brother, Fire Fighter Mitchell Earwood, to a tragic weather-related incident at his home while he was off-duty.
Our hearts go out to the Spring Hill Fire Department and the Earwood family. Fire Fighter Earwood served the City for 10 years. Rest In Peace Brother.
On April 21st at 8:07 AM officers were dispatched to the Hampton Inn (2052 Crossings Circle) for a theft of money report. A male subject was in the lobby when he went behind the front desk and took money from the cash register. He did not display a weapon and no threats of violence were used. The subject fled on foot and was apprehended without incident close to Cracker Barrel. The subject is a 37 year old male with a driver’s license address in Nashville.
IRS-CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION WARNS OF POSSIBLE COVID-19/ECONOMIC
IMPACT PAYMENT SCAMS
Nashville, TN – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will
begin distributing COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments in the next few weeks. IRS –
Criminal Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of
Tennessee are warning Tennessee taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating
to these payments as well as other malicious attempts to defraud people relating to the
For most Americans, the Economic Impact Payment will be distributed automatically
and will result in a direct deposit into the bank account designated by their 2018 or 2019
federal tax return. For eligible recipients who have traditionally received tax refunds via
paper check, they will receive their economic impact payment in this manner as well.
The IRS will calculate and automatically send the Economic Impact Payment with no
action required by most eligible recipients.
The IRS will not contact you to ask you to pay a fee or confirm personal information
prior to receiving the Economic Impact Payment. If you receive a phone call, text, or
email asking for payment or confirmation of personal or financial information, it is a
scam. Do not give out your bank account, debit account or PayPal account information,
even if the caller claims it is necessary to get your check or that by doing so you can
receive your payment faster. Additionally, don’t click on links in texts or emails relating
to Economic Impact Payments, as this could allow scammers to place tracing devices
on your electronic devices and gain access to your personal information for later use.
Don’t engage with scammers or thieves, simply hang up or delete texts/emails.
It will take a few weeks before the Treasury sends the Economic Impact Payments. If you receive a “check” for an odd amount, for instance $1,322.48, or a check that requires you to verify the check online or by calling a number, it is a fraud.
Matthew D. Line, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS-CI Charlotte Field Office, made the following statement today in an effort to prevent taxpayers in need from being victimized by criminals using the recently approved payments as an opportunity to commit a crime, “I urge the public not to fall victim to fraudsters attempting to steal Economic Impact Payments being sent out. The IRS will not call, text, email or otherwise contact you to ask for your personal information. This money is meant to help mitigate the enormous financial impact COVID-19 has had on the American public and businesses. Don’t fall victim to scammers.”
In addition to the warnings issued by IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is also actively formulating an investigative and legal response to fraud relating to COVID-19. United States Attorney’s Offices have developed task forces and appointed Coronavirus Fraud Coordinators to serve as the legal counsel for the federal judicial district on matters relating to the Coronavirus, direct the prosecution of Coronavirus-related crimes, and to conduct outreach and awareness activities.
The Middle District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran summarized DOJ’s stance, “Sadly, these unfortunate times present opportunities for low-life fraudsters to prey upon those who are struggling to get through a single day with hopes of returning to a normal life. We will not allow our current circumstances to become an open door for those who would take advantage of a temporary plight of humanity. Forty-two dedicated federal prosecutors in our office, along with our law enforcement partners, are on duty and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to bring anyone to justice who would attempt to exploit those who find themselves in extreme need during one of the most vulnerable times in our nation’s history.”
Some examples of these schemes include:
• Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
• Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Malicious websites and apps that appear to share Coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
• Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
In these uncertain and trying times, we need to stay strong and stand together united in purpose. Don’t become a victim by allowing criminals to exploit your emotions. Stay vigilant and tell your family, friends and neighbors about these scams.
For more information, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
The SHPD is aware of the concerns related to the Governor’s latest “Stay at Home” order. Prior to calling our dispatch center’s non-emergency line of 931-486-2632 to report a potential violation, please read the order linked below. Please pay special attention to Executive Order 22 Page 4, section 8 which defines essential activity and also the beginning of page 7 which defines essential services: Executive Order 22. Executive order 23 is here.
If, after reviewing these sections, you still believe that a violation is occurring inside of the City limits of Spring Hill, you may report that to 931-486-2632. Please do not call 911 unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Please do not report violations via our Facebook or Twitter pages. Calling the non-emergency number is the quickest way for us to respond.
In order to reduce in-person records requests due to COVID-19 we are suspending in-person requests at our location on Town Center Pkwy where our Records Unit is housed. You may STILL REQUEST police reports by phone (931-486-2252 x234) or email (email@example.com). Our Records Unit can send reports via fax, email, or USPS. We will notify you when in-person requests will be available.
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
April 3rd- The Department will make a decision by April 13th on whether to postpone or not conduct the CPA for 2020.
The Citizens’ Police Academy is designed to give residents a better understanding and increased knowledge of Spring Hill Police Department. It is the mission of this department to improve communications between the citizens and the police.
The 12-week program will run from June 4, 2020 through August 20, from 6:30 pm to 10 pm and will consist of classroom and hands-on instruction. Topics covered will include:
- Recruitment and Training
- Criminal Investigations
- Traffic Stops
- Patrol Operations
In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to ride along with officers and become familiar with a variety of police equipment.
The Citizens’ Police Academy is open to all individuals 21 years of age or older who reside or work within the municipal city limits of Spring Hill. Persons may apply outside of the municipal city limits; however, precedence will be given to those within the municipal city limits.
Apply ; CPA Application
We have not had any reported Coronavirus (COVID-19) cyber scams but we wanted to make people aware that scammers will use every event to take your money.
Please remain vigilant and take the following precautions as recommended by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastrucutre Agency (CISA):
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
As always, if they ask for a GIFT CARD it’s a SCAM.
On February 22nd at approximately 4:22 PM our dispatch center received a call about several subjects leaving a house in the Wakefield subdivision. One of the subjects was in possession of a shotgun. A woman ran from the house screaming at the subjects. The subjects left in a vehicle and were stopped by SHPD officers on Main St. A preliminary investigation revealed that at least some of the subjects in the vehicle were at the house to buy illegal drugs. An altercation occurred during the transaction which resulted in one of the subjects taking the seller’s drugs and shotgun. Two of the subjects in the vehicle are facing charges. More charges are possible as the investigation is on going.
The persons pictured are suspected of numerous thefts from several Home Depot stores (beginning in November of 2019) in middle Tennessee, including the one in Spring Hill. The subjects are wanted for questioning concerning theft of DeWalt power tools at the Spring Hill store. On January 22nd, two subjects entered the Spring Hill Home Depot store, loaded up a shopping cart of power tools and pushed them out without paying. If you can identify these persons, please email Det. Josh Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit an anonymous tip here.