LOOKS LIKE THESE FOLKS WERE IN TOWN FOR WORK, OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER. Police conducted an investigation at the Red Roof Inn at 4:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon on report of a prostitution complaint. The investigation led to an arrest of a 40-year-old female from Flushing who was charged with Prostitution, and the arrest of a 49-year-old male from Petoskey who was charged with Solicitation of a Prostitute. A third suspect, a 51-year-old male from Mayville, was also charged with Solicitation of a Prostitute, probably not a deductible business expense.
A SORRY ATTEMPT AT ESCAPING – Responding officers assisted the Macy’s Loss Prevention Officer in apprehending a 19-year-old male from Detroit, who came to the business and attempted to steal $446.07 worth of merchandise for sale in the store. The suspect was asked if he was in possession of anything that would cut or poke the officers and the suspect stated he did but that it was his wallet. The suspect was arrested and placed into a patrol vehicle to be transported to the police lock-up facility. With the patrol vehicle in motion, the transporting officer observed the arrested suspect making furtive movements while handcuffed in the back seat. The officer stopped the patrol vehicle and observed a knife in the suspect’s hand, which he surrendered. The suspect was charged with Retail Fraud – 2nd Degree, Carrying a Concealed Weapon Violation, and Hinder and Obstruction of a Police Officer.
DO THEY EVER HAVE A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE? Apparently not. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a black Chevrolet Tracker on Big Beaver for an equipment violation. The officers spoke with the driver, a 23- year-old female out of Detroit, and noted an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When asked, she denied having any marijuana inside the vehicle. The officers discovered her driver’s State of Michigan Operator’s License was ‘Suspended’ by the Michigan Secretary of State for several traffic violations in Detroit. She was arrested and while searching the vehicle, officers located a container in the center console that contained suspected marijuana. The suspected marijuana was field tested with a narcotics test kit with the officers receiving a positive reaction for the presence of marijuana. The driver was charged with Driving While License Suspended and Possession of Marijuana.
THINGS THAT RUIN YOUR DAY, like your car and wallet being stolen at the same time. A Coachman Drive resident discovered unknown suspect(s) stole her maroon 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer while the vehicle was parked in the parking lot. The victim states she was walking toward the vehicle and activated the unlock button on her key fob when suddenly the vehicle started. The victim stated the vehicle is not equipped with a remote starter but suddenly, an unknown suspect drove off with the vehicle. The victim was unable to see the suspect making it impossible to provide a description. Inside the vehicle was the victim’s Samsung Lite cellular phone and her husband’s wallet which contained his State of Michigan Operator’s License and his United States Social Security Card. Some free advice: You shouldn’t carry your Social Security Card. All anyone ever needs for a transaction is the last four numbers; memorize them.
MERCHANTS BEWARE: COUNTERFEIT MONEY KEEPS APPEARING – The Mobil Gas Station Manager on Livernois advised police that he was counting the money taken-in by his afternoon shift, and noticed a counterfeit five-dollar bill. The manager was unable to determine when the currency was taken and unsure which employee accepted it other than the prior day’s afternoon shift. The counterfeit currency was confiscated and will be sent to the United States Secret Service for their investigation.
WELL, THE COURT KNOWS WHOSE ACCOUNT WANTED TO USE THIS CREDIT CARD. A Winter Drive resident discovered unknown suspect(s) used his credit card account to complete a fraudulent online purchase for $312.15 from a business in Miami, Florida and had the merchandise shipped to an address in Detroit. Unknown suspect(s) also attempted to make a $1,400 payment at the 36th District Court in Detroit but were denied. Victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how his account information was compromised. He is still in possession of his credit card.
HERE’S A NEW ATTEMPT AT FRAUD. Maggiano’s manager reports an unknown suspect attempted to purchase a to-go order of $63.58 with a credit card that was declined. The business received a call from a subject identifying himself as the owner of the credit card who advised someone was attempting to complete a fraudulent purchase using his credit card numbers. When the suspect came into the business in an attempt to complete the purchase, the suspect was asked to produce identification. This prompted the suspect to leave in an unknown direction.
I AM GUESSING THEY TESTED HIM FOR DRUGS AFTER THIS ARREST. Officers responded to the Quality Inn at 4:21 a.m. on report of a man walking through the lobby and common areas naked. The officers arrived and found the subject, a 33-year-old male from Clawson, on the second floor walking around wearing only a baseball cap and carrying his tennis shoes. The officers noted that the subject was babbling and talking gibberish. The officers found his room that he was renting to be in disarray with a broken lamp, a broken towel rod, the dresser moved to the center of the room, and trash strew about. The subject was arrested and charged with Indecent Exposure.
Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, or any other offenses, please call the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477.