ROCHESTER POLICE PATROL: Wind and Fire Keep First Responders Active


Rochester & Rochester Hills

By Megan Kelley

WIND, ANGRY NEIGHBORS, OR POSSIBLY ANGSTY TEENS – Officers responded to a call from a resident after a report of bird feeder larceny. Once at the residence, Officers spoke with the homeowner who told them that she had taken out her bird feeders and placed them on her deck before leaving to go to the grocery store at about 2:30 p.m. and arrived back home about 2 hours later to see that her bird feeders were nowhere to be seen. She searched the surrounding deck and backyard area to no avail before calling to police. Officers were also unable to locate the bird feeders and asked if she had any idea who might have stolen them. She stated that she did not want to say who she thinks took them but that she thought it might have been due to ongoing issues with her neighbor.

POLICE DOUBLE AS FIRE RESCUE – Officers were dispatched along with the Rochester Hills Fire Department to a vehicle on westbound M-59 just west of Dequindre road. Officers noticed a Saturn Vue just east of the on-ramp to westbound M-59 with flames emitting out of the lower front engine compartment with the driver still in the front seat. Officers had arrived before the Fire Department. One officer was able to use their own fire extinguisher to put the flames out while the other officer assisted the driver safely out of the vehicle. After the flames were subdued the officers noticed oil-leaking form the engine. The Fire Department arrived and confirmed that the fire was indeed out. No injuries were sustained and no arrests were made making for a happy ending to a rather terrifying start.

WHAT WAS THE PLAN? – A resident made a walk-in damage to private property report. The damage was to the victim’s Ford Escape so the officers were able to view the damage at the substation. Officers observed what appeared to be a pry mark about 4 inches below the rear hatch window to a decorative trim piece that would not serve as an entry point to the vehicle. The damage was approximately 5 inches wide and 1 inch deep. The victim stated that the damage must have occurred between April 25 at 4:00 p.m. and April 26 at 10:30 a.m. Both officers and the victim are unsure what the possible motive would be or who it might have been, there are currently no leads at this time.

GRUESOME DEATH CAUSED BY WIND – Deputies and Independence Township Fire Department responded to the 4700 block of Rattek for a subject trapped beneath a section of a large hardwood tree that broke free and had fallen on top of him. The subject, a 36 year old male resident of Waterford Twp, was obviously deceased. He was working on his employer’s property using a walk behind skid steer was spreading mulch and leaves to the back of the property when a large section of a tree broke free landing on his back. The impact forced his head forward into the steering levers of the machine and pinned him. Police say the levers went into the subject’s head, contributing to his death. The deceased was removed from beneath the section of the tree and turned over to the ME’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled for the morning. MIOSHA was contacted and advised regarding the incident.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, please call the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621 or the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, 248-858-4951.