Newark – On Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Jane A. Macauley, 30, of Middletown turned herself in at Delaware State Police Troop 2 on active warrants charging her with falsely reporting a carjacking.
Bear -Delaware State Police detectives have obtained arrest warrants for Jane A. Macauley, 30, of Middletown, for falsely reporting a carjacking incident in April, and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating her, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.
Austin said the original incident occurred at approximately 9:31 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on DE Route 71 (Red Lion Road), in the area of Old Summit Road, Bear. Macauley advised the investigating Trooper that her Chevrolet Impala was rear-ended by another vehicle and after pulling over to assess the damage, an occupant of the striking vehicle entered her vehicle and drove off.
Through a variety of investigative measures, detectives were able to determine that Macauley falsely reported the incident in order to make a fraudulent insurance claim. Warrants are currently on file charging Macauley with one count each of Insurance Fraud and Falsely Reporting an Incident.
Macauley is described as a black female, 5’8″, 155 lbs.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Macauley is asked to contact Detective B. McDerby at Troop 2 by calling 302-365-8436 or by calling 911.
Bear – Delaware State Police are investigating a carjacking that took place after an intentional motor vehicle collision, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.
Bear – Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 9:31 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on DE Route 71 (Red Lion Road), in the area of Old Summit Road, Bear. A 30-year-old Middletown woman was traveling DE 71 Road eastbound, at the posted speed limit, when she observed a vehicle approaching from behind at an increased rate of speed. As the victim’s vehicle continued moving forward, without slowing or braking, it was struck from behind by the trailing vehicle.
Immediately after the collision, the victim pulled on to the shoulder of the roadway, followed by the striking vehicle. Both operators exited their vehicles and the victim began to inspect the damage to her vehicle. The suspect proceeded to walk past the victim without speaking, then entered her vehicle and drove off, said Austin. A second suspect, who was a passenger in the striking vehicle, then moved to the driver’s seat and also drove off.
The victim’s vehicle was recovered in Philadelphia later the same night.
Suspect #1 could only be described as a male, 6’00, 180 lbs., wearing all dark clothing.
Suspect #2 could only be described as a male.
The suspect vehicle was described as a dark, four-door vehicle.
While staged car crashes are typically carefully planned and are primarily related to insurance fraud, similar tactics may be utilized to commit vehicle theft. If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision immediately call 911 to initiate a police response. If you are alone or in an isolated area, trust your gut instincts and remain in your secured vehicle if possible, to wait for the police to arrive. If you fear for your safety, stay on the line with the 911 operator to keep them apprised of the situation as well as your current location, if it is necessary to move from the original scene.
In addition to the tactic used in this incident, described below are other common schemes used to stage a motor vehicle crash.
The T-Bone Accident: In this scenario, a scam artist will wait for your car to proceed through an intersection and then jam the gas pedal and T-bone your vehicle. When the police arrive, phony witnesses, also known as “shady helpers,” will then claim you were the one who ran the stop sign or traffic signal.
The Wave: In this scam, the other driver will notice your attempt to switch lanes and subsequently wave you ahead. As you attempt to maneuver into the lane, he will accelerate, causing a collision with your car. When the police arrive, he will deny ever providing a courtesy wave, placing you at fault.
Dual Turn Sideswipe: A driver in the outer lane of the dual turn rams into you if you go even the slightest bit out of the inner lane as the two of you are making your turns. They may also drive a bit into your lane and swipe your car and then blame you. “Witnesses” working with the con artist may corroborate his story.
Brake Slam: This simple scam involves the driver in front of you slamming on their brakes for no reason so that you cannot avoid rear-ending her vehicle.
Swoop and Stop: In this scenario, a car will suddenly pull in front of yours and stop. Another vehicle will simultaneously pull up alongside your car, preventing you from swerving to avoid an accident.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8566.
Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com