POLICE PATROL: Unlocked Cars Plentiful in Troy


Troy-Somerset Gazette
Monday, January 21, 2019

■ SOME THINGS DON’T BELONG IN A CAR IN YOUR DRIVEWAY – An Estates Drive resident reported unknown suspect(s) entered her unlocked vehicles, including a blue 2005 Lexus ES330, stealing a debit card and $500 in cash. The vehicles were parked in the driveway and the debit card was used at an unknown location in the City of Detroit.

■ COULD WE HAVE A THIEF IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD? A second Estates Drive resident reported that, on the same day, their unlocked white 2018 Chevrolet Suburban was entered, with a thief stealing a DeWalt Pneumatic Drill Set from a tool bag which was behind the passenger side seat.

■ NOTHING IN THE CAR? LET’S TRY THAT GARAGE DOOR OPENER – Yes, many of us have a garage door opener on the vent above our steering wheel. If your car is unlocked, as yet another Estates Drive car was, the thief may have easy access to other goods. Another resident of this street, on the same night, found that an unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked 2009 Chevrolet Impala that was parked in his driveway and stole his garage door opener. The suspect(s) then used the opener to open the garage door and entered his unlocked 2010 Chrysler Town and Country that was parked inside. Nothing else appears to be missing at this time and the victim was unable to provide any possible suspect(s). If someone steals your garage door opener, change the code immediately, or the thief may return for another look around.

■ PERHAPS UNLOCKED AS WELL – A James Place resident discovered unknown suspect(s) entered his 2017 Chevrolet Terrain and his 2016 Jeep Cherokee, stealing a white Apple iPad Tablet in a black case and approximately $5 in loose change. The vehicles were parked in his driveway and his children insist the vehicles were locked.

■ SERIOUSLY – This victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked white 2011 Subaru Legacy while they were enjoying a movie at the MJR Theatre, stealing his Asus G1753VE Laptop Computer which was set on the backseat and covered by his coat.

■ THIS THIEF WAS WORKING A HOTEL PARKING LOT – A guest at the Holiday Inn Express on Stephenson Hwy discovered that the front driver’s side passenger door window to his rented 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan had been broken out. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and stole the in-dash navigation system. The vehicle was parked in the front part of the parking lot.

■ PROBABLY THE SAME THIEF – Another Holiday Inn guest discovered the front driver’s window to a gray 2018 Dodge Caravan had been broken out. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and stole the in-dash navigation system. The vehicle was parked in the northernmost part of the parking lot and the responding officers were able to contact the driver of the rented vehicle.

■ THIS IS STILL A POPULAR THING TO STEAL FROM CARS – A John R resident discovered unknown suspect(s) stole the catalytic converter off his blue 2004 Pontiac Aztec while the vehicle was parked in the apartment complex parking lot.

■ THE CAR IS GONE, LET’S TRY THE HOUSE – A Wright Street resident returned after a short trip to find that an unknown suspect(s) forced open a basement window on the west side of the residence to gain entry inside the home. It was 8 a.m. on Monday morning. The unknown suspect(s) rifled through several dresser drawers in the upstairs bedrooms and stole a safe that was stored in a closet. The safe contained jewelry, cash, a coin collection, a Sterling .25 Caliber Handgun, and a Pentax Program Plus Camera. The victim is unable to provide any possible suspect(s).

■ THIS KIND OF SPEED WILL DEFINITELY ATTRACT THE POLICE – An officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the driver of a white 2018 Dodge Charger that was traveling 98mph on Southbound Interstate 75 at W. Big Beaver Road. The vehicle exited the freeway at Rochester Road and the driver was traveling in the excess of 100mph. The driver was involved in a traffic crash at W. Fourteen Mile Road and Stephenson Highway and did not stop. The vehicle continued westbound on W. Fourteen Mile Road and was stopped by an officer from the Clawson Police Department. The driver, a 24-year-old man, was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving, Failure to Stop and Identify at a Property Damage Injury Accident, and Failure to Report a Property Damage Accident.

■ JUST ONE DRINK? A Troy officer was investigating a traffic crash on eastbound Square Lake approaching Dequindre, in which the at-fault driver of a white 2006 Infiniti QX56 struck the rear end of a vehicle in front of hers. The officer spoke with the at-fault driver, a 57-year-old female from Sterling Heights, and noted an odor of alcohol as she spoke. When asked, the driver admitted to having consumed one drink that contained alcohol approximately 90 minutes prior to the accident. The driver was asked to perform several sobriety evaluations to which she did but the officer noted that she performed poorly. She submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test with a result of .202%. She was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol.

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.