FIRST PAWFFICER CANDIDATE FALLS ILL – The department learned last Thursday some sad news, that their first candidate for police cat has developed a serious medical condition that is very contagious to other cats; It appears it might be feline leukemia. Since the staff member who has volunteered to be the “feline handler” has other cats in the home, they didn’t want to put them at risk. The department sought out a new pawfficer candidate with cats who have been “vetted” by the Michigan Humane Society to be disease-free, and the department was confident they would find a kitty to fill the role. If all went well, the cat will be sworn in at a 3 p.m. ceremony by Judges Maureen McKinnis and Kirsten Hartig. The department stated they were “very thankful to the Michigan Humane Society for their kindness and humane handling of out little police cat candidate. She will always be our first ‘pawfficer’ and have a special place in our hearts.”
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN. It was such a quiet plaza on Wattles Road when the Gazette called it home for over 20 years. There was the dry cleaner, a TV repairman, a dentist, a Chinese restaurant; Very little drama, except when someone knocked down the light pole in the middle of the parking lot with a bit of careless driving. But times change, even in Troy, and massage parlors have flourished. However, it appears the Red Moon Massage Parlor was offering a bit more than a relaxing massage. Neighbors had complained about traffic at late night hours (and the business was open until 10 p.m.), and that they were finding condoms in the parking lot. Not a good sign. Police arrived on April 26 to conduct a full inspection. And what did they find? Two of the female employees were providing sexual favors to male patrons. In addition, two of the other employees did not have a license, which is now required to work in a massage parlor. The police closed the Red Moon down and arrests were made. It seems, however, that the owner is planning to appeal the closure. There will be a hearing at city council on May 21.
THEFT COULD VERY WELL BE HER PROFESSION – A 55-year-old female from Windsor, Ontario came to the Macy’s at Somerset and attempted to steal $2,352 worth of merchandise for sale in the store before being stopped by Loss Prevention. She was also found to be in possession of wire cutters used to remove anti-theft security sensors attached to the clothing. She was arrested by the responding officers and charged with Retail Fraud – 1st Degree and Possession of Burglary Tools.
THIS IS TOO YOUNG TO BE STEALING – A 15-year-old female from Clinton Township and a 14-year-old female from Sterling Heights came to the business and attempted to steal $75 and $195 worth of merchandise for sale in the Sephora store before being stopped by Loss Prevention. Found in the possession of the suspects were merchandise found stolen from Victoria’s Secret and Hollister that they admitted to having taken and were returned to the respective businesses. Both suspects were charged with Retail Fraud – 3rd Degree and Trespassing and were turned over into the custody of the father of one of the suspects, who signed their Juvenile Petition Forms, agreeing to bring them to juvenile court upon notice.
NO ONE SHOULD BE IN A HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION AFTER HOURS, and they certainly shouldn’t be taking anything out of the home. If you see someone in a house like this after the dinner hour, call the police and have them checked out. This General Contractor discovered newlydelivered appliances to the home under construction on Macaw Drive had been stolen. A wall oven and a microwave had been delivered at 7:30 the morning prior and had yet to be installed. The front door to the residence was found standing open but there were no signs of forced entry into the new home. The contractor is unable to provide any suspect(s) as several laborers have keys to the home.
EVERYONE’S IDENTITY IS AT RISK – Remember the hackers hitting the credit bureaus? A Lakewood Drive resident was contacted by Nordstrom’s and advised that unknown suspect(s) attempted to open a credit account in her name using her social security number. The suspect(s) also attempted or opened fraudulent accounts with TMobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, which were either denied or immediately closed as fraudulent. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how her personal information was compromised.
Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, or any other offenses, please call the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477.