ROCHESTER: Sleeping at a Stranger’s House


Rochester & Rochester Hills

BAD NEWS IN FEBRUARY. Officer dispatched to a new home building site. Building supervisor said that two furnaces were delivered to home-sites the previous day about 3:00 p.m. He verified they were in the basements. About 10 a.m. the following day he received a call from the heating contractor saying one of the furnaces was gone, Supervisor said the only person in the home after he left was the carpenter and he didn’t want to accuse him. Uh oh! Investigation continues.

SHE SHOULD KNOW BETTER. Officer dispatched while on patrol to a hit and run. The driver was traveling southbound on Winry Dr. in her 2004 silver Chevrolet Malibu when she struck a parked car and then went over the curb and hit a tree. A witness observed the driver back away from the accident and continue on her way with heavy front-end damage to her vehicle and leaving a trail of fluid behind her. Officer found the driver in her incapacitated car in Rochester. She was in the driver’s seat talking on her phone. Her eyes were glassy and there was a strong odor of intoxicants about her. Officer administered Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which she failed and a preliminary breath test which registered .207; pretty drunk. The officer placed the driver under arrest and when she agreed to submit to a blood test, she was conveyed to McLaren Hospital. A check of the Arrestee’s Driving Record and Criminal History found one prior Operating While Intoxicated in November, 2009.

MAYBE HE WENT INTO BUSINESS. Officer dispatched to Larceny of rental equipment. Manager stated customer rented a floor edge sander on 1/31/17 and failed to return it. He said he made several attempts to contact the customer with no response. Big surprise. He did not have a serial number for the sander. Officer called the listed phone number to no avail, but he left a message. Officer advised the business man to check craigslist for the sander.

INTERESTING THAT THIS SCAM EVEN WORKED. The victim reported to the substation of a check being forged and her being defrauded of $412.70. Checking her account, the victim noticed check originally made out to a lawn care service had been forged, by her writing being written over with a heavy black marker, changing the payee’s name. The rest of the writing had also been written over with the marker. The victim does not know the payee. The victim called the lawn care service and they advised they did not receive the check, nor did they have any knowledge of the named payee. The victim could only speculate that the check had been lost by the mail carrier at her place of employment where she usually deposits her mail.

WALMART IS WATCHING. Officer dispatched to Walmart where Loss Prevention (LP) flagged him down in the parking lot, pointing out a female who he stated stole Walmart merchandise. While doing routine surveillance, LP observed suspect place a hot wheels toy in her tote. It fell out. He then observed suspect go through a self-pay line and pay for some items but not two hot wheel toys with the combined value of $9.94. When he identified himself as LP after she crossed all points of purchase. The suspect gave him the items back and insisted the self-scan did not ring them up. The suspect was transported back to the station, issued a citation and released at Walmart.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A DRIVER’S LICENSE, BE EXTRA CAREFUL IF YOU DRIVE. An officer on routine patrol was stopped in traffic on westbound Tienken Rd. Looking in his rearview mirror he noticed a white Acura drive around stopped traffic and proceed to drive west up to the entrance of Big Boy, improperly using the left turn lane. He initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who stated his license was suspended. The driver was issued a citation. The car was impounded.

NOT THE BEST PLACE FOR A NAP. Officers dispatched to Rochester Hills residence where caller advised he could hear someone inside of his house and could see muddy footprints on the floor. Upon arrival, deputies checked the perimeter of the house before using the keypad to enter. Callers, a husband and wife, were upstairs and requested to come down. Officer observed a pair of muddy black shoes in the hallway. Husband stated they were not his and didn’t belong to anyone in the house. Officer observed a white male asleep on the living room couch with his hands over his head. Husband said he didn’t know the man. He was advised to go back upstairs. Officer placed handcuffs on one arm and woke the sleeping male. He was very disoriented and smelled of alcohol. When asked where he thought he was, he said his sister’s house. Officers speculated the subject had entered the house through the unlocked front door. Husband stated he had heard someone knocking before the incident. Further investigation revealed a Pontiac G6 in the woods near the house. Suspect refused an interview, because he said he didn’t do anything wrong; he was just at his sister’s house. Case open with arrest.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes or any other offenses, please call the Rochester Police Department at 248-661-9621 or the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, 248-537-3630.