Attempt to hold cell phone for ransom fails

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

An attempt to obtain money in exchange for the return of a cell phone last week failed when a Lewisburg police officer intervened.

Officer Amanda Newcomb was dispatched to the Wal-Mart Supercenter on North Ellington Parkway at about 9 p.m. in reference to a lost or stolen cell phone.

On arrival at the store, Newcomb's report states she spoke with Gloria Mullenix, 56, of Chapel Hill.

The report continues, Mullenix "said she had lost her cell phone inside the store. She had called her cell phone prior to my arrival and a male subject answered her phone. He told her if she would put $30 in a McDonald's bag and put the bag in a garbage can near the front of the store that he would give her phone back to her."

Newcomb called Mullenix's cell phone, identified herself, and "informed the subject to bring the cell phone back or he would be arrested for theft."

The subject refused and said he would not return the phone.

Newcomb's report concludes, "Mrs. Mullenix contacted her cell phone carrier and had the service to the phone disconnected. The cell phone was valued at $100."