A 42 year old Los Angeles man is in custody, after detectives from the Danville Police Department were able to trace him in connection with a scam perpetrated on a Danville resident.

Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the victim was contacted by phone and informed that they had won money in the Jamaican Lottery. In order to claim the prize, the victim was told they would need to pay taxes and fees up front before the money could be released.

After paying a significant amount to the suspect, the victim became suspicious and contacted Danville Police. Detectives developed leads in the case which led them to Los Angeles. In cooperation with the LAPD, a search warrant was served at the address of a suspect identified as Harold Donald, 42. Evidence was found at the scene linking Donald to the Danville crime, along with others.
Donald was taken into custody and booked at the LA County Jail on charges of theft under false pretenses. Further charges may be filed pending additional investigation.

Chief Simpkins said the arrest was a demonstration of top-level police work by the Investigations Unit.

“I’m extremely proud of our detectives in this arrest,” stated Simpkins. “They found the leads, followed them and took down the bad guy.”

Simpkins added, “This just reinforces the message we want the bad guys to get, don’t come to Danville.”

Danville Police warn residents to be on the lookout for scams similar to this one. If approached in this regard, residents are encouraged to contact the police immediately.
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For more information, contact Det. Anthony Perry at (925) 314-3710 or aperry@danville.ca.gov.