TROY POLICE PATROL: Holidays Mean Thefts Are On the Rise

POLICE PATROL


Troy-Somerset Gazette 

LET’S START WITH THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT – Buy anyone who doesn’t already have one an RFID protected wallet or purse. Thieves are scanning your information just by walking by you while you’re shopping. They duplicate your credit and debit cards and enjoy a shopping trip at your expense. This week, a Terova Drive resident discovered unknown suspect(s) completed a fraudulent purchase in Georgia using her credit card. The resident did not give anyone permission to use her card and does not know how her personal account was compromised. Also this week, a Talbot Street resident discovered unknown suspect(s) completed two fraudulent withdrawals from her checking account for $329 and $352.

IT’S A SCAM, IT’S ALWAYS A SCAM – No government agency ever wants to be paid in gift cards and they will always contact you by mail if something is up with any of your accounts. This resident received a call from a subject who identified himself as an employee of the United States Social Security Administration. The subject knew the victim’s last for digits of his social security number and was advised he owed money to the Social Security Administration. He was told that if he didn’t purchase $400 in Google Play Gift Cards, the Federal Bureau of Investigations would come and arrest him. The victim informed the subject that he only had $100 and was told that would suffice. The victim did as instructed and provided the caller with the serial numbers to the gift cards. After realizing he was being scammed, he checked the balance in the Google Store and discovered the funds from the gift card had been depleted.

HEFTY MALL HAUL – A 15-year-old female from Sterling Heights came Macy’s at Oakland Mall and attempted to steal $298 worth of merchandise for sale in the store before being stopped by Loss Prevention. The suspect was charged with Retail Fraud – 2nd Degree and released into the custody of her father who signed her Juvenile Petition, agreeing to bring her to Juvenile Court upon notice.

RETAIL FRAUD AT SAKS – An 18- year-old male and a 15-year-old male, both from Center Line, came to Saks Fifth Avenue and attempted to steal $188 and $420 worth of merchandise before being stopped by Loss Prevention. The 18-year-old suspect was issued a misdemeanor citation for Retail Fraud – 3rd Degree by the responding officers and released from the scene. The 15-year-old male was arrested and charged with Retail Fraud – 2nd Degree. He was turned over into the custody of his mother who signed his Juvenile Petition.

GREED MUST INCREASE WITH AGE – Two 20-year-old females from Pontiac came to JCPenney’s and attempted to steal $1,116 worth of merchandise before being stopped by Loss Prevention. Both suspects were arrested by the responding officers and charged with Retail Fraud – 1st Degree. Security sees you – A 21-year-old female from Southfield came to the business and attempted to steal $489 worth of merchandise for sale in the store before being stopped by Loss Prevention. She was arrested by the responding officers and charged with Retail Fraud – 2nd Degree.

THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP FIND MY PHONE ON – This victim left the Red Robin restaurant, leaving his black Apple iPhone 7 behind on the table. After realizing his mistake, he returned but could not locate the phone.

NOT A POPULAR THEFT IN THE WINTER – Maybe it will be on Craigslist? A Coachman Drive resident discovered unknown suspect(s) were able to enter her storage unit located in the basement and stole her blue Trek Mountain Bike. The victim did not discover any damage to her storage unit door and is unable to provide any possible suspect(s).

WONDER IF SOMEONE WATCHED HER GO TO THE MAILBOX AND LIFT THE FLAG? A Blair Drive resident discovered unknown suspect(s) removed her outgoing mail from her mailbox. The mailbox contained three envelopes that she had placed checks into to pay bills.

IS THIS THE SAME GUY WHO EXPOSED HIMSELF A WEEK AGO? This incident, too, was at a store on 14 Mile. Our victim was shopping inside the business when an unknown male began to have a conversation with her. After several minutes, the victim began to feel uncomfortable with the subject and noticed he was exposing himself. The victim ran off and looked for an employee for help. The store was checked but the suspect was not located.

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.