ROCHESTER: Prank Caller Tries to Hire Company to Remove Trees From Rochester Hills Home

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SHE CREATED A NEW IDENTITY. Complainant entered the substation to report an unknown person had obtained her name, social security number and used them to obtain a driver’s license and a Starwood Preferred Credit Card in her name. She was contacted by a Detroit Edison Corporate Investigator who indicated they believed an unknown black female had generated a new identity for herself, using her information, and had documents for proof. The above information was found on a Detroit Edison property in Detroit. Complainant was not aware of any credit or identity issues at the time of the report. A Detroit Edison representative dropped off the materials at the substation to add to the report. This victim definitely lucked out.

UH OH, A SECOND INCIDENT OCCURRED AT THE SAME PLACE. Officer dispatched to building site for larceny report. Upon arrival, he was met by the builder for the new condo complex. Builder said he had come by on Sunday and all the units under construction were ok. The units don’t have garage doors at this point and entry doors to the units are not locked. Builder said when he arrived on the job site on Monday morning, the hot water heater in unit 1130 was missing. Builder said he had no idea who might have taken the water heater valued at $300. This thief is outfitting his house. Builder should probably get locks..

WELL, IT’S GETTING TO BE THAT TIME OF YEAR. Officer dispatched to building site for larceny report. Upon arrival, he was met by the builder for the new condo complex. Builder said he had come by on Sunday morning and all the units under construction were ok. These units don’t have garage doors at this point and entry doors to the units are not locked. Builder said when he arrived on the job site on Monday morning, the furnace unit in 1154 Academy was missing. Builder said he had no idea who might have taken the Carrier brand unit valued at $1300.

THEY MUST HAVE AN AWESOME INVENTORY SYSTEM. Officer dispatched to Victoria’s Secret on Adams Rd. for a report of retail fraud. Officer was met by selling manager who stated the theft occurred around 11:00 a.m. that morning. Manager said she was not working at the time, but her manager called and asked her to file a police report. Manager on duty provided a receipt list of the merchandise that had been stolen totaling $694.55. Officer left a witness statement form to give the manager who was working at the time of the theft. Officer followed up the next day and was told the on-duty manager was off that day and had nothing to write on the witness statement because she did not see anything.

THIS WAS SERIOUSLY OLD INFORMATION. Victim entered the substation to report unemployment Insurance benefits filed in her name. Victim is employed through Oakland Schools and HR informed her that someone filed for benefits under her maiden name, which she has not used since 1989. victim stated she believes her personal information was compromised during the recent Equifax breach.

NOT THE TREES! Victim, who had recently put his home up for sale, appeared at the Rochester Hills substation to report someone attempting to have all the trees removed from the property. Victim received a call from his realtor who had been contacted by A.W.D. Tree to verify a request to remove all the trees from the property. Tree company had received an unsolicited call from an adult male named “Tommy” claiming to be the homeowner and requested them to remove every tree on the property. Tommy provided the tree company with a phone number and stated he would not be able to meet their rep because he is currently in New York receiving medical treatment for bladder cancer. He indicated he would send a check for half of the total bill as downpayment. Tree company never received any form of payment for the service. Bill for removal and stump grinding of seven trees would total $9,525.00. Realtor spoke with actual property owner and verified he did not want any of the trees removed. Owner says he does not know anyone named Tommy, but if the person is identified, he wanted him prosecuted. Phone number provided went to an automated Google Voice message.

OH BROTHER, HERE WE GO AGAIN. Officer dispatched to Rochester Hills residence where victim said he had received a call from a company called V Tec. The rep said he wanted to credit $200 back to victim’s bank account because they believed the software they sold him was not working properly. The suspect asked victim to use a 3rd party online program what would grant V Tec access to victim’s computer remotely. Victim complied and then logged into his bank account at the direction of the suspect while they had access to his computer. Suspect told victim they had accidentally credited his account $5000. rather than $200. Victim was directed to log into his Citi Visa and Chase Visa while suspect was connected to his computer. Suspect said victim could return the money from these two credit cards. It gets worse. During this time suspect told the victim he would be fired if victim did not go to Target and get three gift cards in the amount of $2000 each and provide him with the card information. Victim refused. Suspect then remotely turned off victim’s computer and informed him it would not be turned back on until the suspect got the money. Victim provided police with phone number the suspect would call from. He was advised to log into his bank account from his phone and check his accounts. His money was still there. He was very lucky.

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.