ROCHESTER POLICE PATROL: Scams and Weird Things to Steal


Rochester & Rochester Hills Gazette


Officers were dispatched to a local residence for a property damage report. The homeowner stated that the night prior she had gone to bed and, at that time, hadn’t noticed or heard anything out of the ordinary, or throughout the course of the evening. When she exited her residence at around 6:00 a.m. her entire green molded plastic mailbox was missing. Officers observed a set of tire tracks that ran through the front lawn, directly where the mailbox would have been. They searched the area but were unable to locate the missing mailbox or find any vehicles nearby with front-end damage.

CAREFUL WHO YOU EMAIL – A Rochester resident entered the substation last week to report a recent fraud. The man stated that an unknown person had obtained his social security number. The man had responded to an email that he believed was from Apple Inc. stating that they were Apple ID security and that his account was locked due to suspicious activity. He was directed to a link and asked to answer the questions on the form and return the form in order to reactivate his Apple ID. He followed the instructions, which included providing his social security number as well as his credit card information. After sending the form, he realized that he had never provided Apple Inc. with any of that information to begin with and that it had been a scam. He called his bank and canceled his credit cards. Officers filed the report and directed him to Identity Theft Protection.

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T TAKE OFF YOUR PROMISE RING – A Rochester woman came in this week to file a report of larceny from a vehicle. The woman stated that her gold “promise ring” had been stolen from her boyfriend’s car. She said that earlier that week she and her boyfriend had parked his black 2018 Chevy Silverado near the pool at the Hampton Apartments Community Center at around 1:30 p.m. She took the ring off and put it in the cup holder before exiting the vehicle. At that time, all doors and windows were locked and secure, but when the two returned the ring was gone. She concluded that someone must have entered the car and stole the ring. Officers currently have no leads.

FATAL CRASH ON M-59 – Deputies responded Tuesday on a report of a single motor vehicle accident in the area of westbound M-59 and Adams Rd. The driver of a 2015 Ford Fusion traveling westbound on M-59 left the roadway, striking a traffic sign and entering a ditch before the vehicle came to rest. Upon arrival, the driver was found unresponsive and Paramedics from the RHFD began CPR and other life-saving measures. The driver, a 63-year-old female resident of Waterford Township, was transported to McLaren-Oakland Hospital where she was subsequently pronounced deceased. Investigators from the Crash Reconstruction Unit responded and it appears the driver may have suffered from a medical condition prior to the crash. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and the driver was wearing her seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

CHURCH THIEF RETURNS FOR SECONDS – Deputies responded to the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church located in the 24000 block of Griswold Rd in Lyon Twp on the report of a suspicious circumstance. The complainant advised that the church is currently under construction and had witnessed a subject on the roof of the church, throwing boxes down to the ground and loading them into his vehicle. The subject fled the area prior to Deputies arriving on the scene. A Deputy remained on scene hidden behind an outbuilding. Approximately 30 minutes later an individual matching the suspect’s vehicle and clothing description returned to the parking lot of the church. The Deputy made contact with him. There were miscellaneous tools found inside of the suspect vehicle. The suspect was detained and was then transported back to the Lyon Township substation to speak with a Detective. The suspect confessed to the theft and the stolen property was recovered from the suspect’s residence. The suspect was lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending his arraignment on criminal charges.

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.