VINELAND – City police are investigating a series of suspicious telephone calls, including two involving demands for money related to what turned out to be fake kidnappings.
All the incidents occurred on Tuesday, although police did not immediately provide specific times.
One of the incidents occurred around 10 a.m., when a caller told local resident Tomasita Padilla that her son had been kidnapped, police said. The called said he would release Padilla’s son in exchange for $2,000, police said.
Padilla said her son then pulled into the driveway of her home, police said.
A second incident involved a kidnapping call to Leicia Rivera, who lives in the 1000 block of East Landis Avenue, police said. The caller also said he would release Rivera’s husband in exchange for money, they said.
Police said Rivera was able to call her husband on another telephone line and confirm that he was not kidnapped.
Also on Tuesday, police said Patricia L. Farr, of the 1600 block of West Walnut Road, reported that a caller said her husband was involved in an automobile accident with the caller’s cousin. The caller wanted Farr to pay for his cousin’s medical bills, police said.
Police said Farr hung up the phone and called her husband at work.
The final incident involved a caller who told Andrea Mongeluzzo of Pine Grove Avenue that her brother was involved in an accident, police said. Police said the caller wanted money to fix his car.
Mongeluzzo immediately called her brother, who was at work, police said.