Macomb County crime briefs of the year

C&G Newspapers | Published December 28, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre Macomb County crime briefs from 2017:

 

Electric pole falls on vehicle, camper
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 6:08 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, police responded to the 8200 block of 23 Mile Road, near Van Dyke Avenue, for an electric pole that had fallen on the caller’s vehicle and camper. The wires were live.

 

Facebook Live video leads to home invasion
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Two Clinton Township men were arrested Jan. 7 after a Facebook Live video resulted in a home invasion and fight.

According to the report, Macomb County sheriff’s deputies responded to an address on South Morgan Court in Harrison Township at 11:50 p.m. for a fight in progress, with several people fleeing in a white sedan.

The witnesses said four male subjects in a white Pontiac Grand Am arrived at the home and kicked in the door to the residence and assaulted one of them. It is believed that the suspects were upset over a Facebook Live video insulting people of Mount Clemens, the report states.

A third-party witness observed the suspects kick in the door and knew one of the them through a friend. Deputies were only able to identify one of the suspects and made phone contact with him. The man and another person of interest arrived at the Sheriff’s Office at 7 a.m. and spoke with the deputy who took the original report. Both suspects minimized their involvement in the home invasion and fight, but each gave enough information to make arrests.  

The suspects were 23 and 24 years old and were charged with home invasion.

 

Resident reports suspicious scene
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:19 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, a caller in the 45300 block of Utica Green West, near West Utica and Mound roads, reported seeing spotlights, tarps and a mattress outside. 

The caller said three people were outside, wearing lights on their heads and dragging a black bag with something in it around the side of a building. Police located the subjects and discovered that they were students working on a film project.

 

Man allegedly refuses to stop ice skating
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 10:37 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, a caller in the 1900 block of Crystal Lake Drive, near 23 Mile and Dequindre roads, reported that a man wearing black pants and a blue hoodie was skating on the pond at the apartment complex and would not come off the ice, even though the manager told him there was no ice skating allowed. Police located the man and advised him.

 

‘Suspicious’ box is just a box
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 4:18 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, a caller in the 11400 block of North Woods Drive, near 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, reported that there was a suspicious brown box with clear packing tape on it on the sidewalk near a large pine tree and requested that police check it out. Police located the box, which turned out to be empty, and discarded it.

 

Cheetos bag stolen from vehicle
STERLING HEIGHTS — A Cheetos bag that reportedly contained money was stolen from an unlocked pizza delivery vehicle in the 43000 block of Hayes Road the night of Jan. 28, police said. The bag was reportedly kept in the vehicle’s center console.

 

Snowball-chucking man arrested
STERLING HEIGHTS — Police said they spotted a man near Triangle Drive and Utica Road hurl a snowball at a van and shout gibberish and expletives the afternoon of Feb. 6.

After police contacted the subject, he allegedly stooped to make another snowball and reportedly seemed ready to lob it. When police told the man to drop the ball of snow, the subject allegedly did so, but then adopted a clenched-fisted fighting stance and grew upset. Officers arrested the man, who wouldn’t cooperate with getting on the ground. The man allegedly tried to fight back and reached into his waistband.

Police said the man was arrested for throwing things at vehicles, disorderly conduct, and resisting and obstructing officers.

 

Deer discovers dental office
STERLING HEIGHTS — A dentist’s office in the 43000 block of Schoenherr Road reported that an intruder entered through a window Feb. 18. 

Police noted the presence of animal fur, blood and apparent mucus inside the office, but nothing seemed to have been taken. They concluded that the intruder could’ve been a deer.

 

Waterfowl rescue
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, a caller in the 1900 block of Crystal Lake Drive, near 23 Mile and Dequindre roads, reported that a goose was tangled up in fishing wire on the shore of the lake. The caller showed a responding officer the goose, and the officer cut the bird free from the fishing line. The goose flew across the lake and “was hanging with his other goose buddies upon (the) officer’s departure,” according to www.crimedar.com.

 

Mary statue stolen
STERLING HEIGHTS — A stone statue of Mary was reportedly stolen from a residence Feb. 19 or 20 in the 33000 block of Richard O Drive, near 14 Mile and Ryan roads, police said. The statue reportedly weighs between 200 and 300 pounds.

 

Just enjoying nature
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 9:26 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, a caller at River Bends Park, located near 22 Mile and Ryan roads, reported a “suspicious” occupied automobile. Responding police spoke to the subject, who turned out to be a retired man who was “enjoying nature.”

 

Man arrested after making threats with gun
MOUNT CLEMENS — A 57-year-old Mount Clemens man was arrested by Macomb County sheriff’s deputies March 2 following a report that he was making threats with a pistol at the Kingston Manor Apartments on Hubbard Avenue in Mount Clemens.

Deputies were called to the area at 10:50 a.m. According to a tenant, an intoxicated man who also resides at the apartment building had threatened others. Deputies met with the individual and recovered a replica revolver. The victim did not want to pursue charges, according to the report. 

As deputies were leaving the area, the intoxicated man began yelling out of his apartment window while waiving another pistol, saying, “Now I have a real gun. Now what?” The man refused to drop the weapon, and deputies forced entry into his apartment. He was then taken into custody.

 

Employee accused of assault by slushie
ST. CLAIR SHORES — A customer was seeing red after a drive-thru employee allegedly tossed a slushie into her car.

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Brad Benac said a 26-year-old Detroit woman was in the drive-thru of Checkers on Harper Avenue around 2:30 p.m. March 4 when she became irritated by the long wait in line and complained to the employee taking her order.

But when she pulled up to the window, the 39-year-old female employee allegedly threw a red slushie in her face.

“The girl in the car pulled up to the window, and the employee threw a red slushie out of the drive-thru window and into the car window,” Benac said. “The driver, her whole upper body was covered in red slushie.”

He said the employee, also a Detroit resident, could face charges of assault and battery and malicious destruction of property.

There were also children in the car with the woman, but no injuries were reported.

 

Fast food customers freak out
STERLING HEIGHTS — Police took a pair of reports of customers being disorderly at fast food restaurants recently.

On the night of March 11, an employee at a Taco Bell on 14 Mile Road told police that a customer had complained about a wrong order. When the worker told the customer that the order was right and no refund or exchange would be given, the customer allegedly “became highly upset,” lobbed the food into the workstation area and left, police said.

A separate incident involved a customer allegedly upset March 13 at an Arby’s restaurant on Van Dyke Avenue because the restaurant was out of iced tea, and the workers reportedly couldn’t produce more because it was late. The woman, who appeared to be in her 50s, allegedly threw napkins on the floor and operated the refreshment dispensers to make them spill liquids on the counters and make a mess, police said. The customer reportedly left with others in a van.

 

Truck reported stolen from bar parking lot
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sometime between March 28 and 29, officers were dispatched to Winner’s Bar and Grill, located off Harper Avenue. A truck had reportedly been doing doughnuts in the parking lot, prior to striking a power line and getting stuck. Officers spoke with the manager, who told police that the truck driver had been drinking alcohol in his establishment and is known to customers for doing doughnuts in the parking lot before leaving the premises.

A witness told officers that he saw the driver of the truck jump out of his vehicle and charge at another man. The man’s truck was then reported by the owner as being stolen. There were no specific suspects for the allegation of unlawfully driving away in an automobile.

 

Shopper gets hot
STERLING HEIGHTS — A supermarket manager told police March 30 that a customer at the store, located near 18 Mile and Dequindre roads, became angry with a cashier after his check wasn’t accepted. 

Before leaving, the customer allegedly pushed a shopping cart into a wall and broke a bottle of hot sauce by throwing it on the floor, according to the report.

 

Man threatened by butter knife
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On March 31, at LakePointe Senior Care & Rehab Center in the 37000 block of Harper Avenue, two residents argued until one allegedly threatened to kill the other. A resident later told police he was laying in his bed when he was approached by another resident, 83, who reportedly wielded a butter knife. The man holding the knife was taken to McLaren Macomb Hospital for mental evaluation.

 

Counterfeit bill passed at Del Taco
WARREN — The manager at Del Taco, 28692 Dequindre Road, called police to report receiving a counterfeit $20 bill on April 9.

According to a police report, the manager on duty said she was performing a daily reconciliation of cash transactions when she noticed a $20 bill that looked irregular. Upon further inspection, the entire bill was the wrong color and obviously counterfeit.

The bill was apparently passed sometime between 10 p.m. April 8 and 5:30 a.m. April 9. 

 

Men steal whitening strips
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Officers responded to a call from CVS in the 27000 block of Harper Avenue April 10 for a retail fraud that occurred the day before. 

The assistant manager told police that two men came into the store just after midnight April 9 and stole 12 Crest Whitestrips worth more than $50. Surveillance video shows the men getting into a large white van that pulled up to the door.

 

Headstrong hog
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 5:06 p.m. Thursday, April 26, a caller reported that a large pig was walking down the middle of Ryan Road, south of 23 Mile Road. Responding police made contact with the owner of the pig, who said a gate had accidentally not been secured. 

“Hopefully all the animals are back in the barnyard now,” read the description on www.crimedar.com.

 

Chicken chuckle
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 2:44 p.m. Thursday, April 27, a caller near 23 Mile and Ryan roads reported that there were chickens and roosters crossing the road and that they were going to cause an accident. Responding police found no chickens in the road, but advised their owner. According to www.crimedar.com, there was “still no answer as to why they are crossing the road.”

 

Thief steals sandwich, sausages
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On May 14, at 7-Eleven on Groesbeck Highway, a suspect walked into the store with another man. The suspect reportedly made a small purchase and left the store, and the friend stayed inside. The suspect allegedly returned to the store, grabbed a sandwich and seven hunter sausages and then walked out without paying for them. The suspect, 24, was wanted for retail fraud.

 

Trash can fire left on porch
ST. CLAIR SHORES — At 3:15 a.m. May 22, police were called to the 23000 block of Avalon Street after a man discovered a burning trash can on his neighbor’s porch. 

The 46-year-old resident said that she was asleep when she was awoken by her neighbor knocking on her door. She said he showed her that a trash can was on fire on her porch. The neighbor told police that he was awake and happened to look outside and see something on fire on the woman’s porch. Working together, the pair were able to contain the fire.

The woman said the trash can was originally on the curb. She said she didn’t know who would have done this.

 

Woman catches home invader
ST. CLAIR SHORES — On May 30 around 10:30 p.m., police were alerted to a home invasion in progress in the 22000 block of Clairwood Street. The 48-year-old resident told police that she left her home around 7:30 p.m. She returned three hours later to find that the side door on the east side of her house was open and the outside motion detection light was on.

She called 911, and while she was on the phone, she saw someone open her front door and look outside before closing it again. The home intruder, also a woman, then ran out through the east door, across the front lawn to the corner of Clairwood and 9-Mack Drive. The resident followed the suspect until police arrived and took her into custody.

The woman told police that nothing appeared to be missing, but there were two grocery bags filled with food and other items that she believed the suspect, who she knew, was trying to take. The 49-year-old suspect, from Eastpointe, told police that she wasn’t trying to take anything, just mess up the other woman’s house. The house had been ransacked, there was liquid spilled on the couch and items were knocked over. A bag of miscellaneous tools that didn’t belong to the victim was discovered in the kitchen.

 

Intoxicated bicyclist runs into car
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 10:23 p.m. Thursday, June 15, a caller near the 50100 block of Schoenherr Road, between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads, reported that an intoxicated subject ran his bike into the caller’s car. According to www.crimedar.com, there was a possible fight in progress. Police located the motorist and the bicyclist, advised them and sent them on their way.

 

Suspects break into Dairy Queen
UTICA — At approximately 1:14 p.m. Saturday, June 17, police responded to a report of an attempted break-in at the Dairy Queen on Van Dyke Avenue that had occurred while the store was closed. Police observed that the back glass door had been hit with enough force to shatter the bottom half, and that the front door also had been damaged.

Security camera footage from the night before shows three males inside the building whom the owners did not recognize. The footage, time stamped between 11:39 and 11:43 p.m., shows three “males acting excited and running around near the back entrances and restaurant freezer,” according to the police report. Police observed one of the males, wearing a Tigers shirt, “making gestures that looked like a gun and pointing in the general direction of the broken door.”

One of the owners said the cameras are motion-activated and no other footage was captured. She estimated the damage at $500 for both doors.

Police transferred the case to the detective bureau.

 

Woman attempts to fill dead boyfriend’s prescription
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man reportedly contacted the pharmacy at Heartland Drugs, in the 43000 block of Garfield Road, June 20 to inform employees that his patient had died. He advised them to no longer fill the man’s prescription.

However, the deceased man’s girlfriend allegedly showed up to the pharmacy with her friend and attempted to fill the prescription. The woman and her friend, ages 39 and 56, were both arrested for fraud.

 

Police make pizza customer pay
STERLING HEIGHTS — A pizza delivery employee reportedly went to a home in the 41000 block of Olivet Drive, near 19 Mile and Schoenherr roads, after midnight July 12. A resident reportedly took the pizza and refused to pay, shutting the door on the worker. Police then went to the home and told the resident to pay, and the resident complied.

 

Caller mistakenly reports human remains
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 11:14 a.m. July 13, a caller in the 54100 block of Arrowhead Drive, near 25 Mile and Jewell roads, reported seeing a box truck back up toward a garage the day before. The caller saw what the caller believed to be “human remains being put into trash barrels, then dirt was placed in the trash barrels as well.” The caller said the barrels were left at the rear of the home. 

Police spoke to the owner of the home, who police said “very cooperatively dumped out (the) trash barrels.” There was nothing inside the barrels but trash.

 

Bench tossed into pool
STERLING HEIGHTS — Someone tossed a flowerpot and a metal bench into a pool during the evening of July 15 in the 38000 block of River Park Drive, near Hayes and Clinton River roads, police said.

 

Dozens of wiper fluid bottles stolen
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An employee of the Marathon in the 43000 block of Gratiot Avenue opened the gas station July 21 and realized that windshield wiper fluid left outside had been stolen. The employee reviewed surveillance video and saw a suspect allegedly steal 36 bottles of fluid and put them in his vehicle. The employee told police he recognized the suspect, 51, from an incident when about 50 bottles of fluid were stolen around July 6. The suspect, who reportedly owns a red Ford Explorer, was being investigated.

 

Racing blamed for crash into tree
STERLING HEIGHTS — Police said a vehicle lost control and crashed into a tree in the median while it reportedly was racing another vehicle Aug. 7 westbound on Metropolitan Parkway, near Carpathia Boulevard.

Police said the 32-year-old driver was hospitalized with serious but “not immediately life-threatening” injuries.

 

Men arrested for assaulting neighbor
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 19, in the 20000 block of Abrahm Street, a man called police and reportedly said his children were collecting and throwing apples at a tree when they accidentally hit a neighbor. A couple of neighbors allegedly confronted the children’s father, with one suspect allegedly following the man into his home. The victim told police that the neighbor threw a kitchen knife at him. Another neighbor reportedly walked into his backyard and struck him with a two-by-four. The neighbors, ages 27 and 29, were arrested for felonious assault.

 

Man steals prophylactics
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Officers responded to a call from Rite Aid on Marter Road just before 1 p.m. Sept. 1. A 29-year-old employee told police that a man in his 30s came into the store and went to the condom display. The man allegedly concealed more than $450 worth of condoms on himself and then ran out an emergency exit on the south side of the building.

The man got into a white Volkswagen hatchback vehicle, and the employee was able to tell police a partial license plate number. The man drove away north on Jefferson Avenue.

 

Employee recovers stolen tip jar
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police were called to Chicken Shack on Harper Avenue after 10 p.m. Sept. 2 for a reported larceny. A 26-year-old employee told officers that she was working when a man entered the store. The employee asked the man if she could help him, but he indicated that he was waiting for a friend. After asking the man again if he needed help, the employee went to the back of the store. 

At that time, she said she saw the suspect grab the tip jar off the counter and run out of the store. She said she chased him and jumped into the bed of his gray, older-model Ford F-150 truck. The 35-year-old manager of the store came out to help her, but the man put the truck into reverse and drove off with the employee still in the bed of the truck.

The woman told police that she began to scream and the suspect stopped the truck. She demanded the tip jar back and the suspect returned it to her, stating that he had not taken any money from the jar. He began to drive again with the employee still in the bed of the truck, but then stopped and let her out of the truck.

The incident was captured on surveillance video.

 

Meat thieves caught red-handed
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 4, at Meijer in the 40000 block of Groesbeck Highway, loss prevention detained two suspects who had allegedly selected hundreds of dollars worth of meat and didn’t pay for any of it. Each suspect — a man, 34, and a woman, 35 — reportedly has a history of retail fraud and was arrested. 

 

13-year-old driver causes crash
STERLING HEIGHTS — A 13-year-old boy reportedly took his mother’s car without permission to go to McDonald’s and got involved in a three-car accident at Metropolitan Parkway and Van Dyke Avenue during the early morning of Oct. 6, police said. The boy was declared at fault, the report says.

 

Woman shoots man in restaurant after dispute
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 26, at McDonald’s in the 1000 block of Gratiot Avenue, a woman met with her children’s father. The father grabbed her phone and scrolled through it. When she realized he had her phone, she confronted him. The man elbowed her in the face, prompting the woman to pull out a 9 mm handgun and shoot the man. Employees said they heard the argument and the gunshot. The woman, 25, was arrested for shooting the man. The victim was determined to be a suspect in a domestic dispute.

 

Men brawl over PlayStation
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, a 30-year-old pedestrian with blood and scratches on his face waved down an officer on patrol in the area of Shelby Road and Yorktown Lane, just south of 21 Mile Road. 

He told the officer that he had just been in a fight at a friend’s house on Shiloh Way. He stated that he went to his friend’s home to retrieve his TV and PlayStation 4 gaming system that he had lent to the friend. The friend returned the television, but he said they began to argue over the PlayStation.

According to the police report, the complainant said the friend, also 30 years old and residing with his parents, went inside, came back out with the gaming system and threw it on the ground to smash it, but the owner tackled his friend to keep him from destroying the PlayStation. They wrestled and fought until the friend’s father came out and broke up the fight. The owner then said he left and flagged down the officer when he saw him while walking home.

Officers investigated both parties involved in the incident, and no one involved wished to press any charges or prosecute the matter. Police advised both men to avoid contact with each other in the future.

 

Woman gets physical with police
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 16, in the 15000 block of Flanagan Street, a woman, 36, was being arrested by police for domestic violence when she began getting physical with officers. She kicked police, and spat and cussed at them. She kicked and shattered the rear window of the police car, cutting her leg. One of the officers reportedly cut his hand on the broken glass. The woman was charged with assault and battery of a police officer.

 

Road rage reported
ST. CLAIR SHORES — A 27-year-old Roseville man called police around 6 p.m. Nov. 22 to report a road rage incident. The man said that he pulled out of a restaurant parking lot on Nine Mile Road at Greater Mack Avenue alongside a Buick. He drove next to the car for a time, and then all occupants in the Buick made rude hand gestures at him. The man said he laughed and continued driving west on Nine Mile Road, then got in front of the Buick at Harper Avenue.

At that point, the man said that the driver of the Buick got out of his vehicle, came up, banged on his window and, when the man rolled it down, spit in his face. The Roseville man got out and took a picture of the Buick’s license plate, and was pushed down by a passenger of the vehicle.

 

Man shot in leg after smoking session
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man reportedly walked to a home in the 24000 block of North Grange Street in an effort to get some marijuana Nov. 24 and was approached by a man who allegedly pulled out a gun, which led to a struggle between the men. 

The gun reportedly went off during the struggle, and a bullet hit the victim in the leg. 

Officers arrived and reportedly smelled marijuana in the victim’s vehicle. They later learned that the two men allegedly had smoked together prior to the fight. The suspect was treated at McLaren Macomb Hospital.