Rochester-Rochester Hills Gazette
ARMED ROBBERY AT RED ROOF INN – The Red Roof Inn off of Crooks Rd. was the site of an armed robbery around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, two 19-year old men from Rochester Hills reported they were robbed at gunpoint by a man wearing a ski mask in their motel room. The man entered their motel room with three other people, one of whom was known to the victims. The victims reported that the suspects stole money, an iPad and other electronic devices. The robbers left the scene in a burgundy 2007 Ford Mustang belonging to the suspect known to the victims. Deputies are still investigating. Police are on the lookout for a Mustang with a spoiler, loud exhaust and license plate CEP329. Anyone with helpful information is encouraged to call the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
CROSSTOWN AUTO CRIME SPREE COMES TO AN END – On Wednesday, August 15, a Rochester resident in the 1900 block of Cloverdale reported that two computer hard drives had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle overnight. Rochester PD was contacted by the Shelby Twp. Police Department and told that they had arrested two suspects, both 18-year-old Shelby Twp. men for larceny from automobiles in their city. The suspects had the stolen property from the Cloverdale larceny in their possession when they were arrested. Charges are pending for larceny from auto and receiving and concealing stolen property. The suspects have not been identified yet because they have not been arraigned on the charges. The stolen property has been returned to the owner.
LOCK YOUR BIKE! On August 13, a Rochester resident in the 900 block of Ironwood reported that their bicycle had been stolen from a carport. The bike was not locked with a cable. The case is under investigation.
RUNNING RED LIGHTS WILL GET YOU PULLED OVER – On August 12 at 1 a.m., a Rochester officer was on patrol in the area of 2nd and Main and observed a leave a parking area at a high rate of speed and then run a red light. The officer performed a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, a 43-year-old Almont man. The officer noticed signs that the driver had been drinking and he was placed through field sobriety testing, he failed the offered tests and was transported back to the Rochester Police Department where he submitted to a breath test with results of .13% BAC. The driver was released when sober with a pending court date for operating while intoxicated.
STEALING CANDY MONEY IS NOT A GOOD LOOK – On August 9, a business owner in the 400 block of Main St. reported that a customer had stolen money and goods offered for sale from the business several times over the past two weeks, the money was from a change drawer used for pop and candy for patrons. The business owner provided surveillance footage of several thefts and the suspect is clearly seen taking cash and goods from the business during working hours. On August 10, the business owner reported that the same suspect had been witnessed taking money again by other customers. A Rochester officer was dispatched and the suspect, a 21-year old Bruce Twp. man was taken into custody. He was later released with charges for retail fraud 3rd degree and larceny under $200. The suspect has not been identified yet because he has not been arraigned on the charges.
ORION B&E – Deputies responded to the 300 block of Coats Rd on the report of two suspects taking landscaping equipment from the garage and loading these items into the back of the homeowner’s pickup truck. The homeowner interrupted the suspects and pursued them to the end of his property, where he lost sight of them. Upon arrival, Deputies established a perimeter and requested an OCSO K-9 Unit to attempt to track the suspects that fled on foot. The homeowner indicated that the suspects may have found his pickup truck keys and were going to load the truck with equipment and drive away. The OCSO K-9 Unit conducted an area search for the suspects but they were not located. The homeowners indicated that nothing appears to have been taken except the keys to the pickup truck. An Evidence Technician responded to process the scene for latent prints. Detectives will be continuing with the investigation.
Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, please call the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621 or the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, 248-858-4951.