Legitimate mystery shopping opportunities exist, but this week one local woman learned that with them also comes the possibility of scams.
Mystery shoppers are hired by some retail companies to evaluate the quality of service of their stores. Shoppers are instructed to make a purchase in a store or restaurant and then report on the experience.
Typically, the shopper is reimbursed and can keep the product or receive a small payment.
Uvalde resident and longtime (now retired) teacher Betty Meyer is an experienced mystery shopper.
When she recently responded to an email advertisement for a mystery shopping opportunity in the Uvalde area, Meyer almost walked into a near-perfect scam.
“Stepping inside the rundown clapboard house with the unkempt yard, I saw a small withered looking old man glaring at me from his rocking chair. ‘What the hell do you want?’” reads an excerpt from western-writer G.R. (Ron) Williamson’s book about Willis Newton, part of the Newton Gang of Uvalde County.
Williamson, of Kerrville, will be guest author today at the annual book review hosted by the Delta Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at First State Bank of Uvalde. The public is invited to attend this session.
Williamson has published three non-fiction books on the West and his body of work includes several Western screenplays. His latest crime novel, “T-Head Dead,” set in present-day Corpus Christi, is expected to be published later this year.
An allegedly intoxicated motorcyclist was arrested Friday night after causing a crash that resulted in a small fire. The two-vehicle wreck occurred at approximately 11:02 p.m. at the intersection of North Getty and Studer streets.
A 14-year-old boy drowned Saturday while fishing in Camp Wood. The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m., as the Laredo teenager was fishing in a springfed stock tank at Cherry Springs Ranch. According to the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office, Jaedon Chase
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer Whether it is dressing up as a gardener to catch neighborhood burglars or posing as a drug user looking to obtain narcotics, Uvalde Police Department Officer Greg Villa is known for devising intricate plans to catch criminals.
This month, his work ethic and creative methods for crime solving earned him the title of Officer of the Year for 2015.
“Villa is a credit to the department and to the community he serves,” said UPD Chief Eric Herrera. “He consistently maintains a high level of work productivity in all areas of his duties.”
Villa is a 2010 graduate of the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College.
He began working for the UPD in February of 2011.
Villa, a Hondo native, said employment with the Uvalde department was not part of his original plan, but a trusted instructor encouraged him to apply.