TROY: Identify Theft Crimes Are Up 30 Percent Over Last Year

POLICE PATROL


Troy


IT IS DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.
A victim of identity theft was notified by her employer that unknown suspect(s) used her name in an attempt to file for unemployment benefits. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how her personal information was compromised. Sometimes your identity is compromised by someone you know or a place where you have to give personal information. But in recent years, the easiest way for a thief to steal your identity is by scanning your purse or wallet. So, how do you protect yourself? Buy a RFID wallet or purse, which keeps those scanners from capturing your information. And, don’t carry your passport without it being in a folder or purse with RFID protection. Besides, unless you’re going shopping in Canada, or headed to the airport for an out-of-country vacation, don’t carry your passport at all. According to the Troy Police Department’s annual report, identity theft reports were up over 30 percent in 2016. Take action to protect your identity now.

OH, NO, NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. Officers were conducting an investigation related to the activities at the residence in a very nice residential neighborhood and were granted a search warrant to enter the premises to obtain any information regarding criminal activity. The search warrant was executed and based on the information gathered, officers arrested a 32-year-old female at the residence, charging her with prostitution.

WELL, IT IS A VERY OLD PROFESSION. Officers were conducting an investigation related to the activities at the residence on John R and observed a male subject exit a white 2015 Honda Accord and enter the residence. The 28- year-old male from Troy exited a short time later. He was stopped for a traffic violation and subsequently arrested for driving on a restricted operator’s license. Officers were subsequently granted a search warrant to enter the premises to obtain any information regarding criminal activity. The search warrant was executed and based on the information gathered, officers arrested a 29-year-old female at the residence, charging her with prostitution.

IT’S A GREAT MALL WITH MERCHANDISE THAT THIEVES WANT TO STEAL. Officers responded to the Saks Fifth Avenue store on a report of a retail fraud that occurred at the business. The suspect had been shopping with two unknown females and was observed concealing merchandise from the store. When approached by Loss Prevention Officers, the suspect took off running and could not be located. The female subjects that the suspect was with were located and questioned by the responding officers. The officers’ investigation led them to a turquoise 2003 Cadillac CTS parked in the parking lot in which the male suspect was lying down in the back seat. The 18-year-old male from Charlotte, North Carolina was arrested and charged with Retail Fraud – 3rd Degree. The $175 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered along with several other pieces of merchandise believed to be stolen from other stores including Macy’s Department Store, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Victoria’s Secret. Representatives from those businesses were contacted for their investigation. The female subjects, two 18-year-old females (thieves in training?) from Toledo, Ohio, were released pending further investigation.

HERE’S ANOTHER ITEM THIEVES LIKE, WHEELS AND TIRES. An Eckford resident discovered unknown suspect(s) attempted to steal the wheels and rims to his 2016 Lincoln MKX that was parked in his driveway. The vehicle had the lug nuts removed from the tires and two landscaping blocks had been moved from his backyard and placed on the driveway. Perhaps the car had wheel locks that sent the thief looking for a new target… Like this vehicle – An Easton Way Court resident discovered unknown suspect(s) stole the wheels and rims to his black 2016 Dodge Challenger while the vehicle was parked in his driveway. The vehicle was left on landscaping blocks.

THIS WAS NOT THE WAY TO FLINT – Officers initiated a traffic stop on a silver 2011 Chevrolet Traverse that was being driven erratically on southbound I-75. The officers spoke with the driver, a 57-year-old female from Flint, and noted she had blood-shot eyes, was unsteady on her feet, and had urinated on herself. The driver denied having consumed any alcohol and stated she was on her way home to Flint. The driver was asked to perform several sobriety evaluations to which she did but the officers noted that she performed poorly. She refused to submit to a Preliminary Breath Test and was arrested. She was transported to the Troy Police Lock-up Facility. There she was read her Chemical Test Rights but she refused to submit to a Breath Test. A search warrant for a blood test was drafted and signed by a local magistrate. The search warrant was executed and the driver’s blood was drawn by medical personal. Charges are pending lab results.

A WARNING FROM A NEIGHBOR GAS STATION PANHANDLER There is a man driving to local gas stations who have asked for money to put gas in his car claiming he won’t make it home without help with money for fuel. Yesterday he pulled up next to me at the Kroger fuel station on Rochester Rd. & I simply said you scammed me out of $3 a few weeks ago at Shell and took off without putting fuel in and he sped away. I believe he is panhandling and want to share this information. He was in a maroon sedan yesterday and a smaller blue vehicle when he asked me for money a few weeks ago at Shell.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, or any other offenses, please call the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call 524-0777.