ROCHESTER: Keep Your Social Security Number Safe to Avoid Theft


Rochester & Rochester Hills

IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO HAMPER DRIVING. Officer doing routine radar monitoring traffic at Walton and Rochdale observed a red Ford Fusion swerving between the two westbound lanes. Officer began following the vehicle and it continued to swerve and drift to the right, driving in the northbound gutter, even striking the right curb. Officer initiated a traffic stop. As he approached the car, the odor of intoxicants was obvious. Officer asked for the ID of the female driver. 23 years old, who produced a driver’s license, but had to call her friend, the owner of the car, to find out where the insurance certificate was located. Her pupils were dilated and her speech was slurred. She indicated she had just gotten off work at Chillis where she had two beers. The driver was able to pass alphabet test and finger dexterity, but very slowly. She claimed a prior injury limited her ability to stand on one foot. Her PBT indicated she was inebriated. She was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.

HOPE IT WASN’T ONE OF THE KIDS. Officer dispatched to McGregor Elementary on the report of a stolen iPad. Teacher/victim said she had last seen her iPad on Friday in the “library” part of her classroom. at about 4:00 p.m. She noticed it was missing on the following Monday, about 9:00 a.m. Over the weekend, the school carnival had taken place and the teacher’s classroom was the location of one of the events. Anyone who came to the carnival, including parents and kids of all ages, had access to her room and could’ve taken it during the event. The teacher said she attempted to locate the device using “find my iPad,” but it was offline. She changed her password on another computer. The iPad, in a pink case had cost her $700 five years ago. No staff member or student in her class admitted to knowing the whereabouts of the iPad.

THIS PERSON’S INFORMATION IS STILL OUT THERE. Officer dispatched to Rochester Hills residence where victim stated he was contacted by LifeLock about an attempt made for credit via ATT. He indicated he told LifeLock it wasn’t him. The next day he got an email from ATT Customer Service stating an account had been open in his name the previous day. ATT flagged the account as fraudulent and removed the credit inquiry. ATT verified it was their cellular division from Oak Park, MI. The victim stated he was in the process of disputing a similar case with Metro PCS.

YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IS GOLD. The victim entered Rochester substation to report that her and her husband’s social security number had been used to fraudulently file 2016 Tax returns according to a letter she had received from the IRS. She stated they lived in California in 2000 and while there were victims of identity theft. However, they had not had problems since moving back to Michigan. The fraudulent tax returns originated in California.

DID HE OR DIDN’T HE LOCK THE DOOR? Officer dispatched to Rochester Hills residence on the report of lawn equipment stolen from his garage. The victim said his wife left the house at 8;45 a.m. to take the kids to school. She returned in ten minutes and left again at 11:00 a.m. When they both returned at about 2:30, the victim went to cut the lawn and noticed his bike was thrown outside the door leading to the garage. He found that suspicious but considered it might have been one of the kids. Looking for his leaf blower, the victim noticed his Troy Built gas blower, a Black & Decker blower, a Shark vacuum and a Troy Built trimmer were all missing. There were no signs of forced entry and victim did not recall whether the door had been closed.

WELL, AT LEAST IT WASN’T A MAJOR THEFT. A Rochester Hills resident entered the substation to report that her DTE account was overdue $22.22. She indicated that was impossible because she is never late paying a bill. She inspected her statement and found that an unknown person living at an address in Prescott, Michigan opened her account and used her name and social security number to have the amount billed to her. DTE advised her to make the report for identity theft.

ALWAYS LOCK UP, EVEN FOR JUST A FEW MINUTES. Officer dispatched to Rochester Hills residence on a report of larceny from a vehicle Victim said he came home from Lowe’s about 5:00 p.m. and left his black North Face backpack and the Lowe’s bag containing switches and signs in his unlocked car. The next day, on his way to work, he noticed the backpack, containing his computer, and the Lowe’s bag was missing. He and his girlfriend looked around the area but didn’t find the missing property.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes or any other offenses, please call the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621 or the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, 248-858-4951.