Saturday, June 20, 2009

Swaplifter Update

I just tried to call the number that Yuko found for us and there was no answer unfortunately... it is 9am in Huddersfield... perhaps they're still sleeping... but it's 4am for me.. and I stayed up all night pretty much to get in touch with SOMEONE so i'm a little disappointed... but... It looks like our emails to the police department are working and something will/might be done... thank goodness...

Here is an email I received (and those of you who emailed probably got as well):


Ok people, thanks for your communication.

All your emails have been received and forwarded to myself by my Sergeant.

Let me assure you that you don't need to resend the email.

I will try and visit the address over the next couple of weeks to establish
why this has happened and speak with the suspect.

I will keep you all updated via email.

Thanks
Dan

6 comments:

Yuko said...

No answer for me either, though I don't know what time it was over there when I called. I don't know about you but I rarely pick up my house phone anymore because I figure they're just advertisements. (Real business goes to the cell phone!) Don't know if that's the case here, but it might take more persistence with the phone than we hoped. Whatever. We must keep trying - I'm too sick of people like this.

I'm hopeful about this Dan guy! Wish he'd said "I will visit" rather than "I will try and visit," but if anything we can email him again next week. Really hope something can be done. I was surprised at how many people were on that email list - she really got a lot of people. And there are probably more that haven't contacted him yet. Jeez.

Tiffany said...

I just stumbled upon your blog today and supprisingly I realized I'm one of the victims T__T I sent an email with the address you provided, hoping to get that girl a life lesson. I'm soooooo mad. How could I ever believe I was getting a sweet package in? She sounded too generous and had a few positive tokens, and I was too naive :(

Yuko said...

So I'm sure you're going to update this, Sandy, but just in case someone else who's been swaplifted reads this before you do - the person to email (at the moment) is daniel.watson@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk - he's taking care of the case and has been quite good about it. In fact, I just received an email from him (I'm sure everyone else who emailed him has gotten this updated too) that said:

"I visited the offending address yesterday.

It was empty, and the occupants have moved out. It appears the girl is a teenager who lives with her parents.

They have moved to a nearby town, however, I couldn't obtain an exact address.

I will make enqs when possible to trace the suspect.

Thanks
Dan"

AAAARRRGH. Maybe that's why the phone number hasn't been working - it's for their old address! But does that mean she's having the packages forwarded to her new address, or do they still maybe own the old place and she's picking up the packages from there? In that case, even if we send postcards her parents may not see them.

Which is terribly aggravating, but - we could start calling the other places associated with the Haighs. I have a feeling that ONE of those companies will have a Haigh employee associated with Zoe, though I don't know how receptive they'll be to a stranger calling them at their workplace about a niece or something. Also I think it's a good idea to persevere with calling the number we do know anyway, as many people do keep their old numbers.

And man, I am turning into a stalker, but I've found another teenage Haigh who lives in Huddersfield. I was thinking it might be her cousin; at any rate, he may know her. Here's his myspace (man, I feel creepy. But I am really that mad.): http://www.myspace.com/joehaigh

I don't know guys, what do you think? What's our next move?

n33rja said...

i just read that email too and I'm soo mad! i found zoe haigh from leeds on facebook, im wondering if i should add her? she'll know who i am though cuz of my name. maybe i should temporarily change my name and add her.

Anonymous said...

I just received my items back from the swaplifter today. They were exactly what I sent her, maybe been used a couple times. I don't know if it is because our emails to the UK police worked or she finally realized her mistakes..but I am glad to get my products back nonetheless.

Yuko said...

Same story - got my stuff back! I think it's in pretty much the same condition it was sent in, which is a great relief (unless she added chemicals or something - but come on now). She sent it back pretty promptly and I'm definitely pleased to have it back. I don't think we would have gotten our products returned if we hadn't involved the police, so I'm definitely not sending her any Christmas cards. But whatever the motivation, I'm glad she righted her wrongs and hope she does the same for everybody else who got swaplifted. Go Dan!!!