POLICE PATROL: Summer Brings Thieves, Wreckless Drivers to Troy Neighborhoods

YOU’RE HEADED FOR TROUBLE WHEN POLICE SEE YOU ACTUALLY STEAL THE VEHICLE AND THEN FOLLOW YOU. Officers observed the occupant of a white 2002 Ford Ranger Pick-up Truck, exit that vehicle and the back side window of a gray 2001 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up Truck and begin driving away in it. Officers attempted to the vehicle, but the suspect smashed two of the police vehicles and another parked vehicle before driving away across the business’ lawn. The vehicle traveled southbound on Stephenson Highway, sideswiping several other vehicles. The suspect stopped the stolen vehicle just North of W. Fourteen Mile Road and fled on foot into the City of Madison Heights. Officers were able to apprehend to suspect, a 21-year-old male from Detroit, tackling him on the left lane of Eastbound W. Fourteen Mile Road. The driver of the 2002 Ford Pick-up Truck, known to the officers as a 26-year-old male from Detroit, was able to make his escape but was later arrested by the Absconder Recovery Unit at an address in the City of Detroit. Both suspects were charged with Vehicle Theft, Malicious Destruction of Property, Flee and Elude a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest.

LOOKS LIKE THIS THIEF LIVES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – A Sandshores Drive resident reported that an unknown suspect(s) entered their unlocked black 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up Truck and their unlocked white 2013 Ford Escape, stealing approximately $10.00 in loose change in the truck and a purse from the Escape. The purse was locked in a neighbor’s backyard. It appears that nothing was taken from the purse.

SAME SUBDIVISION, SAME NIGHT – A Walker Drive resident discovered that unknown suspect(s) entered his black 2018 Dodge Charger, stealing approximately $3.00 in loose change while the vehicle was parked in the driveway. The vehicle owner is unsure in the vehicle was locked as there were no signs of forced entry.

HIDE YOUR PURSE OR WALLET BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT TO THE FITNESS CLUB. Thieves watch these parking lots and see where you put your valuables. They also know that you’re going to stay at the location for a good hour or more. If you don’t take precautions, this can happen to you. Our victim entered the Planet Fitness on Maple Road, and when she returned found that someone had used an unknown tool to pry open around the driver’s door lock to gain entry into her gray 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole the victim’s purse stored under the driver’s seat which contained approximately $400 in cash, her passport, credit cards, account numbers, checks, a prescription bottle of Xanax (60 pills), a prescription bottle of Phentermine (30 pills), assorted other medications, her house keys, and her key fob for her Lexus. The unknown suspect(s) attempted to use her credit card for a $1.00 transaction at a Meijer’s Store in Roseville (just testing it we presume). The suspect(s) were able to complete other fraudulent transactions with her other credit cards which included a $7.42 purchase at the same Meijer’s Store, and at an Exxon Gasoline Station in Warren. The suspect(s) deposited a $61.50 check from her purse at a TCF Bank in Troy but withdrew $240 from the ATM. Other ATM withdraws occurred at the Meijer’s Store in Roseville (two for $2 each), TCF Bank for $40, and two withdraws from a Comerica Bank in Troy (each for $2) Well, ATMs have and banks have cameras, so maybe this will help solve this crime. And, unless you are headed to Canada leave your passport at home.

MEANWHILE, AT THE PLANET FITNESS ON JOHN R a victim reports unknown suspect(s) entered her black 2005 Honda CRV, prying open the locked glove compartment, which contained a small sleeve which was stolen. Inside the sleeve was her State of Michigan Operator’s License, her vehicle Registration Certificate, her Proof of Insurance Certificate, and $10 in cash.

THIEF MAKES OFF WITH PILLS – This woman’s 2015 Chrysler 200 was repossessed and stored at a facility o Brinston. Upon coming to the business to retrieve her personal property from the vehicle, she discovered her Apple Air Pods and her bottle of Percocet (10 to 15 pills) were missing from the glove compartment.

NEED WE SAY VALUABLES DON’T BELONG IN YOUR VEHICLE IN A HOTEL PARKING LOT? At the Holiday Inn Express on Stephenson Hwy, an employee reports while outside the building at %:20 a.m., he heard glass breaking and saw an unknown suspect near a black 2019 Cadillac Escalade which now had a broken rear passenger window. The employee yelled out to the suspect who ran off and entered an unknown vehicle that contained two other suspects. The vehicle drove off in an unknown direction. Four other vehicles in the parking lot were also found to have been attacked by the suspects. A black 2018 Ford F-150 Pick-up Truck had a broken rear passenger window, a silver 2012 Optima Kia had a broken driver’s side rear window, a white 2018 Ford F-150 Pick-up Truck had a passenger side rear window broken out, and a red 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up truck had a driver’s side rear passenger window broken out. A white Dodge Ram Pick-up Truck and a white 2017 GMC Sierra Pick-up Truck were also found to have been entered. Stolen from the vehicles were a Columbia Rain Jacket, a pair of Tommy Hilfiger Prescription Glasses, a pair of Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses, a Hewlett-Packard Laptop Computer, approximately $80 in assorted bills, a coin box contained approximately $90 in assorted change, assorted USB Cables, a 12 volt – 120 volt power inverter, Skullcandy “Push” Earbuds, a Changing Station, an Apple Charger, an Apple Air pods, assorted hand tools, a Wiss Snip Tool, and a Garmin GPS.

PERHAPS HE WAS CONFUSED since he was northbound at 4:30 a.m. and he lives in Eastpoint. An officer initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a 2015 Cadillac Escalade for a traffic violation on northbound Rochester Road, north of Long Lake. The officer spoke with the driver, a 47-year- old male from Eastpointe, who admitted that his State of Michigan Operator’ License was ‘Suspended’ by the Michigan Secretary of State and provided his State of Michigan Identification Card. The suspension was confirmed and the officer discovered that the driver had ten prior arrests for Driving While License Suspended. The driver was arrested and while searching his vehicle, the officer located a plastic bag in a hidden compartment that contained a large number of prescription pills. The 95 pills were later discovered to by Oxycodone. He was charged with Driving While License Suspended – 2nd and Subsequent Offense and Illegal Possession of Synthetic Narcotics.

IT’S SUMMER, TURN DOWN THE MUSIC AS THE NEIGHBORS HAVE THEIR WINDOWS OPEN. Officers returned to the residence on Hillcresent yet again on the report of loud music. During the first meeting, officers warned the 30- year-old female resident that if they had to return to request the music from inside the home be turned down, a citation would be issued. When officers returned the second time and noted the music was excessive and disturbing, the resident was issued a Misdemeanor Citation for a City Ordinance Violation – Loud Music.

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