• Credit cards with the new chips are vulnerable to theft by scanning. It’s time to invest in a wallet that has RFID protection, or suffer the consequences. This ictim was contacted by his credit card company regarding some suspicious activity on his credit card. Victim discovered unknown suspect completed a fraudulent purchase of $344.50 against his account at a department store. He also discovered two fraudulent purchases that occurred at a Sunoco Gas Station in Southfield. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such and had his credit card cancelled
• The scanner to steal your identity only costs $29.95 on the internet. Victim was contacted by her credit card company regarding unknown suspect(s) using her credit account to complete purchases at Bath and Body Works – $41, Macy’s Department Store – $500, and GNC – $101. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such, still has her credit card in her possession, and does not know how her account was compromised. We know how it’s done.
• It’s the crime of the year. A Walker resident received two packages in the mail, one which contained a $100 gift card from eBay. The victim also received a bill from PayPal for $90.94 from an account she never opened. She contacted PayPal and was advised unknown suspect(s) opened the account in her name. They also discovered another account opened in her husband’s name and several purchases were made against it which sent to California. The victims did not give anyone permission to do such and do not know how their personal information was compromised.
• Here’s the culprits. A 24-year-old male from Redford, a 24-year-old male from Detroit, and 23-year-old female from Southfield, came to the Somerset Collection busness and attempted to purchases gift cards with multiple credit cards. Some of the credit cards were declined and one was successful in allowing a purchase. Responding officers were able to determine that the credit cards were embossed with names that did not match the credit card numbers. The suspects were arrested by the officers and all charged with Possession of a Counterfeit Object, Illegal Use of a Credit Card, and Identity Theft.
• Are you seeing why you need RFID protection? A Camilla resident received a Carson’s Credit Card in the mail that she had not applied for. She discovered unknown suspect(s) opened the account in her name and completed purchases totaling $1,188. She also discovered accounts and purchases were also were opened and completed with PayPal – $300, Victoria’s Secret – $1,200, Pier One Imports – $888, and Verizon Wireless – 4 phones purchased. All the purchases were completed in the Toledo, Ohio area. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how her personal information was compromised.
• Good employee stops one of these thieves. A Benihana’s employee was completing a carry-out transaction and noticed the credit card numbers swiped did not match the numbers that appeared on the receipt. The suspect left with his $20 food purchase but returned to complete another carry-out purchase. The employee stalled in completing the order and the responding officers were able to arrive while the suspect was still at the location. It was determined that the credit card was fraudulent and the suspect, a 23 year old male out of Southfield was arrested. Several other fraudulent credit cards were found in the center console of the suspect’s vehicle. He was charged with Possession of a Forged Object and Illegal Use of a Credit Card.
• We can guess what he’d do with the money he got for the stolen merchandise. Of course he’s not going to need it with these charges; he’ll sober up fast.
A 34year-old male from Flint, came to the Office Depot and stole $249.99 worth of store merchandise, fleeing outside the business through the rear door, activating a security alarm. The suspect stashed the stolen merchandise on the west side of the building near another business before entering a silver 2001 Chevrolet Pick-up.
The suspect drove the vehicle away at a high rate of speed, crashing into three other vehicles. The suspect drove westbound on E. Big Beaver Road, and at one point, drove up onto the center median in an attempt to escape. The vehicle was able to re-enter the westbound lanes but eventually jumped the right curb, striking a “No Standing, No Stopping, No Parking Sign”. The vehicle got stuck in some deep ruts after striking the sign.
The responding officers found the suspect standing outside his vehicle and arrested him. The stolen merchandise was recovered by other officers. Found in the suspect’s possession was a syringe in his interior jacket pocket that appeared to have heroin residue on it. His Operator’s License was also currently “Suspended’ by the Michigan Secretary of State. The suspect was charged with Retail Fraud – 2nd Degree, Driving While License Suspended, Reckless Driving, and Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia.
• Department store security is always at work. A 33-year-old female from Hamtramck, came to the department and attempted to steal $730 worth of store merchandise before being stopped by Loss Prevention. She was arrested by the responding officers and charged with Retail Fraud -2nd Degree.
• No surprise here. A Villa Park resident hired a moving company to transport her belongings from her residence in Troy to a location in Detroit. After the move was completed, the victim discovered she is missing a jar of coins that contain approximately $350 in currency. Attempts to contact the company have gone unanswered.
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.