POLICE PATROL: Thieves throw cinder block through gas station door

Police Patrol
ROCHESTER & ROCHESTER HILLS GAZETTE

SMASH & GRAB IN ROCHESTER HILLS – Deputies responded to the report of several burglary alarms coming from the Shell Gas Station located in the 2200 block of Crooks Rd. at M-59 in Rochester Hills. Upon their arrival, Deputies discovered that the front door glass had been broken. A large cinder block was found inside the store. Deputies checked the interior of the building for intruders, but no one was located. Deputies reported that several packages of cigarettes had been taken from the display case. The owner of the establishment was contacted. He responded to the scene to meet with Deputies. A surveillance camera from inside the store recorded the incident. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark color Pontiac G6 sedan. One of two suspects were seen breaking the door glass with a cinder block. The two suspects entered the store and placed an unknown quantity of cigarettes into a large plastic bag. A third suspect remained inside the vehicle. The suspect vehicle was last seen turning onto southbound Crooks Rd and then enter westbound on-ramp of M-59. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- SPEAK-UP. You will remain anonymous and there is a cash reward of $1000.

A LITTLE TOO FAST – It was just before 3 a.m. when a Rochester police officer was in the area of Main and Woodward and observed a vehicle traveling 7 mph over the speed limit. The officer followed the vehicle and observed it swerve to the right several times, crossing over into the right curb lane. A traffic stop was conducted and the officer made contact with the driver, a 57- year-old Rochester Hills man. The officer observed signs the man had been drinking and he was placed through field sobriety testing. The driver failed all offered tests and was transported to the Rochester police department. The officer completed a search warrant for the driver’s blood, which was signed by a magistrate, and he was transported to Ascension Providence Hospital. The man was held until sober and released with intoxicated pending the outcome of the blood results.

NO LICENSE PLATE – At 1:30 in the morning, a Rochester police officer was in the area of Main and Romeo and observed a vehicle without a license plate attached to it. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, a 36-year- old Waterford man, and the passenger, a 23-year-old Pontiac woman. The male driver said he had just recently purchased the vehicle and did not have insurance on the vehicle. Both occupants gave consent to search the vehicle and officers located syringes, pipes, and spoons which were burnt on the bottom inside a purse in the vehicle. The vehicle was towed. The driver was issued a citation with a pending court date for having an unregistered vehicle and no insurance. He was then released. The woman was transported to the Rochester police department and later released with a pending court date for possession of drug paraphernalia.

NO TURN SIGNALS – A Rochester officer was in the area a vehicle fail to signal while turning. The officer followed the vehicle and again observed it fail to signal. A traffic stop was conducted and the officer made contact with the driver, a 47-year- old Auburn Hills man. The driver said he did not have a license. The officer also observed signs the male driver had been drinking and he was placed through field sobriety testing. The man failed all offered tests and was transported to the Rochester police department. A records check showed his license was currently suspended, he had two prior driving while license suspension convictions, and two prior operating while intoxicated convictions. His blood was drawn at the hospital and he was held until sober and released with a pending court date.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, call the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621 or the OCSO Rochester Hills Substation at 248-537-3530.