TROY POLICE PATROL: Reports Provide a Few Lessons on How to Land in Jail


Troy-Somerset Gazette 

THIS IS HOW YOU WILL LAND IN JAIL – It was a Thursday afternoon when officers responded to the Image Sun Tanning Center’s parking lot. They came to check on the welfare of a subject who had been inside the business for a tan and fell asleep while tanning for 45 minutes. When she awoke she was disorientated and did not know why she was there tanning. She had left the business and was now sitting in a white 1997 Toyota Camry parked in the parking lot and was sleeping inside the vehicle. The officers arrived and noted the subject was still inside the vehicle with the engine running. The officers spoke with the subject, a 56-year-old female from Live Oak, Florida, and noted an odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. When asked, she admitted to having consumed one drink containing alcohol while at work before leaving to drive to the business to get a tan. She was asked to perform several sobriety evaluations to which she did but the officers noted that she performed poorly. She submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test with a result of .15% (so maybe it was more than one). She was arrested and transported to the Troy Police Lock-up Facility where she was read her Chemical Test Rights but 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 personnel. She was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol – 5th Offense (she has four prior OWI convictions) pending laboratory results.

SOMETIMES OFFICERS NEED THE AID OF A K9 OFFICER – It was 2:35 a.m. when the officer initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a silver Ford Escape for a traffic violation on Long Lake near Dequindre. The officer spoke with the driver, a 38-year-old male from Shelby Township, and requested to search his vehicle but the driver denied such. A Police Narcotics Canine was brought to the scene who did an exterior check of the vehicle. The Narcotics Canine indicated there were possible narcotics inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted by the officer and a metal cylinder was located inside the vehicle. Inside the cylinder was a bag that contained a white power believed to be cocaine, two pills (later identified as Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine – Schedule Two Controlled Substances) and a cut straw with a powder residue inside it. The suspected white powder was field tested with a narcotics test kit with the officer receiving a positive reaction for the presence of cocaine. The driver was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of an Amphetamine, and possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia.

FAILING TO SHOW FOR A COURT DATE IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA – Officers were at Robinwood and Van Courtland looking for a 20-year-old male from Troy who currently had a valid Misdemeanor Warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear in Court for a Larceny from an automobile case out of Utica. The officers approached the subject, identified themselves, and attempted to apprehend him. The subject began fighting with the officers and at one point, put his nails into the arm of one of the four officers, causing three four-inch claw marks into the officer’s skin. The subject was eventually arrested and charged with Hinder and Obstruction of a Police Officer, to add to his other charges.

STEALING THIS MUCH MERCHANDISE WILL DEFINITELY LEAD TO A JAIL SENTENCE – Apparently, this thief does not know that Troy has a Police Department office at Somerset Collection. A 21-year-old male from Livonia came to Saks Fifth Avenue and attempted to steal $2,200 worth of merchandise for sale in the store before being stopped by the Asset Protection Manager. He was arrested by the responding officers and charged with Retail Fraud – 1st Degree. He was also recognized as having committed a Retail Fraud on August 3 in which he stole $495 worth of merchandise that was for sale in the business. He was charged with Retail Fraud 2nd Degree as well. The suspect was in the company of an 18-year-old female also from Livonia who was also detained. She was asked if she was in possession of any weapons and she admitted there were two knives and a stun gun in her purse. The officers recovered a fully operable stun gun from the purse. She was arrested as well and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon Violation.

WHAT COULD THIS WOMAN HAVE EATEN AT THIS PRICE? A 39- year-old female from West Bloomfield came to the Walgreen’s and ingested the contents of a package, causing a loss to the business of $49.99. An employee observed her take the package into a restroom and from outside the door, heard the package being opened. Upon the subject leaving the restroom, the employee found the discarded package in a trash bin, empty of its contents. The employee approached the suspect who admitted swallowing the contents. The suspect was issued a misdemeanor citation for Retail Fraud – 3rd Degree by the responding officers and released from the scene.

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.