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Police calls for Friday, June 4: Winonan loses $4,500 in sweepstakes scam
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Police calls for Friday, June 4: Winonan loses $4,500 in sweepstakes scam

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MN State Patrol

Thursday:

4:57 p.m.: A 55-year-old Winona man was sent to Winona Health with non-life-threatening after he collided with a pickup truck while riding on his motorcycle near Hwy. 43 and East Lake Boulevard. No cause for the collision was provided.

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Thursday:

2:19 p.m.: A resident in the 150 block of Center Street reported they had been scammed out of approximately $4,500. According to the complainant, they received a call in early May stating they had won a Publishers Clearing House prize of $15 million, plus $5,000 a week, and a 2021 Mercedes Benz.

In order to receive the money, the complainant stated, they were told they would need to purchase two Visa gift cards per week, load them with $500, and then give the card numbers to a representative on a 1-800 line. The complainant was told the gift cards would cover various taxes and fees associated with the prize money.

The incident is currently being followed-up on, police said.

3:13 p.m.: Employees from Walmart reported the theft of $17-worth of merchandise. According to the complaint, the suspect is believed to have deliberately not scanned a number of items while at the self-checkout.

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