Police Warn Firms and Businesses: Double Check Before You Pay

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  • Can you say fraud? Troy investigators have noted an increased number of cases involving wire fraud initiated by email. In several cases, the perpetrator has created an email address that looks very similar to a legitimate account. Two examples are listed below.

The Office Manager of a Troy Center firm received an email from another employee requesting a wire transfer of $23,280 to Duo Consulting for consulting fees. Further investigation revealed that the email did not actually come from the employee. It appears that the suspect created an email address that appeared to be legitimate but actually had an “s” added to the end of the company name. The ACH transfer had already been completed prior to this discovery.

A Chalgrove resident reports that he received an email requesting $54,529.84 be wired to a Wells Fargo account. Resident believed the email came from one of the clients of his business. The victim transferred the money and later discovered that the original email was fraudulent.

  • Indecent Exposure is not a victimless crime. While the Troy schools have notified parents that this happened, all of us should be on the lookout for this person, too.

Two Wass Elementary students were walking home together when they observed a white vehicle, possibly a newer model Ford four door, pause in the area as if yielding for traffic at westbound Duke Drive at Crowfoot Drive. The driver and lone occupant, arched his back off the driver’s seat, exposing himself to the students. The students ran home to inform their parents of the incident. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, short dark hair, possibly with facial hair, wearing dark glasses. He was last seen turning southbound onto Crowfoot Drive.

  • Do you see a connection here? An employee from Kroger on John R observed a light-colored mini-van parked near the loading area in the rear of the business. An unknown male, exited the vehicle and stole 75 to 100 plastic two liter soda crates used to store and transport the products to the business. Employee states this theft occurs two to three times a week. The responding officer contacted the owner of the vehicle, a 38-year-old male from Sterling Heights, who states he owns a party store in Flint and advised that his brother is driving his vehicle. Both subjects deny any involvement in the theft.
  • On the southbound side of I-75 just a few minutes later, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a black 2016 Ford Explorer that was being driven erratically. The officer spoke with the driver, a 30-year-old male out of Warren, and noted an odor of alcohol when he spoke. The driver admitted to having consumed two alcoholic drinks earlier. The driver was asked to perform several sobriety evaluations, which he performed poorly. He submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test with a result of .19% – another very drunk driver at over twice the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol – 1st Offense.
  • This probably ruined her weekend getaway. While an officer was checking on some stranded motorists on northbound I-75 just after 11 p.m., a burgundy Honda drove off the roadway. The officer went to check on the driver’s condition and found her standing outside her vehicle. The driver, a 27-year-old female from Taylor, stated she was looking at her phone when she suddenly drove off the roadway. The officer noted an odor of alcohol as she spoke and she admitted to having consumed one alcoholic beverage. The driver was asked to perform several sobriety evaluations and the officer noted that she performed poorly.

She submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test with a result of .17% – twice the legal limit so it must have been a very, very large drink. She was arrested and while her vehicle was being searched, officers located a green plastic container that contained suspected marijuana. The substance in the container was field tested with a narcotics test kit with the officer receiving a positive reaction for the presence of marijuana. The driver was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol – 1st Offense and Possession of Marijuana.

  • This sound like a lock it or lose it warning to us all. Our victim suspects unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole her ATM card while she was purchasing fuel. The victim is also missing an insulated lunch container which was kept near the ATM card which both were on the front seat. The ATM card was inside her wallet at the time of the theft. The theft may also have occurred in the area of E. Big Beaver Road and Livernois Avenue.
  • Obviously it is time for a new lawn man. This Troy resident discovered a $50 bill is missing from atop his desk and suspects a 31-year-old female from Ferndale is responsible. The victim states the suspect comes to the home with her boyfriend to do yard work for his wife and every time she’s there, something goes missing.

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 248-524-9777 and leave a message.