TROY: Counterfeit Bills Abound as Holiday Season Approaches



Officer was in the parking lot and observed two subject’s running out of the Starbuck’s at Big Beaver and John R with a male and female subject chasing after them, yelling that their iPhone had just been stolen. The officer chased after the subjects who entered a blue 2001 Buick Park Avenue. The officer ordered the subjects out of the vehicle to which they complied. They were secured into handcuffs until the officer’s investigation was concluded. The officer spoke with the victim who indicated he had placed an ad on a Facebook Marketplace App, attempting to sell an iPhone for $1,200. The victim received a message from one of the suspect’s and they agreed to meet at the business to complete the purchase. The two suspects arrived and one, a 24- year-old male from Southfield, gave the victim an envelope containing twelve $100 bills and took the phone from the victim. The victim took the phone back until he could inspect the money.

The victim marked the currency with a counterfeit pen and noted that the ink indicated the bills were not real. The suspect grabbed the phone back and took off running with the second suspect, a 26-year-old male from Sterling Heights. The two suspects were arrested by the officer and while searching the vehicle, the officer located three pills bottles in the center console that contained 30 Doxazosin Mesylate pills, 7 Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride pills, and 30 Zomig-ZMT pills that the 26-year-old male indicated he had prescriptions for them but there were no labels attached to the pills bottles. He was arrested and charged with StrongArmed Robbery and Illegal Possession of Synthetic Narcotics. The 24-year-old suspect was arrested as well and charged with Strong-Armed Robbery and Passing of a Counterfeit Object. There have been several reports of $100 bills being passed in Troy in recent days. Merchants might want to get the pen to check the bills they are presented by shoppers.

HE WON’T BE GETTING A DRIVER’S LICENSE IN MICHIGAN ANY TIME SOON. Employees at McDonald’s reported the driver of a black 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up Truck was in the drive-thru, yelling at employees. The employees noted that his words were slurred and due to his demeanor, believed he was intoxicated. The responding officers located the truck in the business drive-thru lane and noted it to pull into a parking space. The officers spoke with the driver, a 47-year-old male from Lake Forest, Illinois, and noted an odor of alcohol emanating from him as he spoke. The driver admitted to having consumed alcohol, with his last drink approximately two hours prior. The driver was asked to perform several sobriety evaluations to which he did but the officers noted that he performed poorly.

He refused to submit to a Preliminary Breath Test and was arrested. He was transported to the Troy Police Lock-up Facility where he was read his Chemical Test Rights but refused to submit to a Breath Test. A search warrant for a Blood Test was drafted and signed by a local Magistrate. The search warrant was executed and the driver refused to have his blood drawn by ambulance personnel. He was transported to a local hospital where again he refused to comply. His blood was eventually drawn by medical personnel. He was charged with Hinder and Obstruction of a Police Officer and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol – 2nd Offense (the suspect has a prior Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol conviction in 2010 in the State of Illinois) pending laboratory results.

THIEVES ARE TARGETING NAVIGATION SYSTEMS. A victim on Long Lake discovered unknown suspect(s) broke out the rear driver’s side window to her gray 2016 Dodge Journey to steal the navigational system. Victim is unable to provide any possible suspect(s).

A victim on New King Court discovered unknown suspect(s) broke out the rear driver’s side window to her gray 2015 Dodge Journey in an attempt to steal the navigational system. The navigational system was damaged during the theft and left behind by the suspect(s). Victim is unable to provide any possible suspect(s).

Four vehicles on Tower Drive were entered by unknown suspect(s) and the vehicles’ navigational systems were stolen. The suspect(s) broke out the rear passenger side windows to enter a white 2017 Dodge Journey, a red 2013 Dodge Journey, a white 2013 Dodge Journey, and a black 2017 Dodge Journey. An unlocked red Dodge Challenger was entered by nothing appears to have been taken.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, or any other offenses, please call the Troy Police Department at 248-524- 3477. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call 524-0777.