Macomb County Crime of the Year: 2020

C&G Newspapers | Published January 13, 2021

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MACOMB COUNTY — Here's a look at some of the most interesting and bizarre items provided by police during the past year.


Man questioned after gun discovered in vehicle
WARREN — A truck driver told Warren police he forgot about a gun discovered in a suitcase inside of his semi cab at the gated entrance to the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal property on 11 Mile Road east of Mound Road Feb. 21.

The man, a 62-year-old Ohio resident, said the loaded Browning .25 caliber pistol was his grandfather’s and that it had passed to him from his mother. The gun was found during a search at a checkpoint at the entrance to the military installation at about 11:30 p.m.

According to a police report, the man was transported to the Warren jail and later released, pending the conclusion of the investigation. He reportedly told police that he forgot the gun was in his suitcase, that he didn’t want it and that the police could destroy it.


Items missing after squatters asked to leave home
WARREN — A resident notified Warren police on Aug. 3 after she found two strangers living in her home on Ehlert Avenue, south of Nine Mile Road and east of Schoenherr Road, and later discovered that several items were missing, including a vehicle.

According to a police report, the woman said she found a man and a woman living in the home on July 15. They reportedly said they moved in after an acquaintance rented the home to them. The door lock was found to be damaged at the time.

The occupants reportedly agreed to move out within 48 hours. When the owner returned, she reportedly found the home vacant, but observed that a vehicle, lawn mower and a window air conditioner were missing.

The case was assigned to a detective for further investigation, according to the report.


Reports: Fake $100 bills show up at Family Dollar stores
WARREN — Police were sent to Family Dollar on Schoenherr Road at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 after a man reportedly attempted to pass fake $100 bills.

According to a police report, the manager said the suspect entered the store at about 6 p.m. and asked a cashier to load a prepaid debit card with $500. He reportedly handed the cashier several $100 bills that failed the store’s marker test designed to detect counterfeit currency.

The man reportedly told employees he received the cash from another person as payment for an Apple iPhone he sold.

Police examined the bills and determined that all five bogus notes had the same serial number.

A similar situation was reported at the Family Dollar store on Nine Mile Road at 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 3. Again, a man asked an employee to load cash onto a prepaid card. According to a report, the employee immediately noticed that the $100 bills were counterfeit and told the man that the police would be summoned.

In both incidents, the man walked away before police arrived.


Driver falls asleep at crash scene, suspected to be on drugs
WARREN — Police officers were dispatched to the scene of an injury accident at 10 Mile Road and Lorraine Avenue at 6:06 p.m. Nov. 5 where they encountered a driver they believed to be under the influence of drugs.

According to a police report, officers were directing traffic near the scene of the crash when they were alerted to a driver in traffic who was asleep behind the wheel. An officer opened the driver’s door and placed the truck in park.

The driver was found to be sleeping, despite the activity at the scene of a major injury incident, next to emergency vehicles with lights activated. Officers woke the driver up and asked him to exit the vehicle. The driver’s speech was noted as slow and his movements were reportedly lethargic.

A bottle of pills was recovered from his pocket. The vehicle was towed and the man was taken into custody.


Woman’s home broken into, fridge unplugged
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On March 4 or 5, in the 24000 block of Lotus Drive, a woman who had been staying with family for a month and checking her home periodically discovered that something was awry in her apartment.

She told police that she received a call due to someone breaking into her home, unplugging the refrigerator and causing the area to smell. She found that her bracelet, purse, an Xbox and winter jacket were stolen. No suspects were listed.


ATM robbery attempt fails
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On May 23, at 7-Eleven at 41110 Hayes Road, a dark-colored Jeep backed up to the front door. A person exited the vehicle and used a red claw hammer to smash the front door.

The suspect reportedly took a chain and placed it around the ATM, with the other end attached to the Jeep. The chain broke when the vehicle accelerated. The suspect allegedly went back into the store, removed the chain and drove away with a damaged back door.


Gun discharges in laundry room
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On May 26, in the 44000 block of Bayview Avenue, a man heard a strange sound and awoke to find a bullet next to his bed frame. The hole from the bullet led to the laundry room. Officers spoke to another man, who told police he was selling his handgun and it accidentally discharged.

The weapon was tagged into evidence and the situation was being investigated for reckless discharge.


Man throws doughnut display case
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On June 4, at the Sunoco at 3511 Gratiot Ave., a man reported to police that a suspect had come in and started arguing with an employee. As the suspect left the building, he threw a display case containing doughnuts.


Woman throws knife at man on sidewalk
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On July 1, in the area of 15 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, a man called police after he was walking on the sidewalk and was chased by a woman who threw a knife at him.

Officers arrived on scene and spoke to the suspect, who reportedly told them she carries the knife for her protection. As they patted her down, she started screaming about the Illuminati and Ku Klux Klan, and said she was going to kill everyone and shoot down aircraft. She was arrested.


Woman on drugs calls police
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On July 17, a woman called dispatch stating that a man had pulled a gun on her.

Police arrived at the location and spoke with both parties. The woman never mentioned a gun to officers, but said that he pushed her. The man, 54, told police that the pair had been friends for years, but she took some “psychedelic” pills that were affecting her mind. The woman was transported for detox. At press time, the man was listed as a suspect.


Man assaulted in gas station parking lot
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 12, in the area of Hall Road and Gratiot Avenue, a man reported to police that he was involved in a car accident and pulled into a nearby BP gas station. He reportedly spoke to another man involved in the accident, who reportedly began yelling at the man, pulled his shirt over his head “hockey style” and hit him with his boot. The victim told police he got back in his vehicle and reported the incident at the police station.


Woman threatens cashier after beverage discovered stolen
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 18, at Dollar General at 15361 17 Mile Road, a woman walked in, selected an energy drink and placed it in her purse. When she went to pay for two other items, the clerk asked about the concealed beverage. The woman, 30, became belligerent and said, “I have a gun and I will shoot.”


Woman with baby in backseat pulls gun on fast food manager
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 27, at KFC at 37710 Gratiot Ave., a customer left with her order and then returned demanding a refund because the food wasn’t fresh. The clerk told her she had to wait for the manager, who had heard arguing and approached. The driver began yelling at the manager and pulled and cocked a gun in his direction. The manager reportedly told her he was going to call police, at which point she said she wasn’t afraid because she has a CPL. The suspect was reportedly driving a white Buick Regal or Chevrolet Malibu, and there was a male passenger and a baby in the backseat.


Malfunctioning machine leads to stolen cash
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 4 p.m. Jan. 11,  a resident came into the Police Department to report a larceny. The resident had used a local gas station ATM and attempted to withdraw cash. The machine did not seem to be working properly, and the resident walked away without any money.

The next day, the resident noticed that the withdrawal had gone through, according to the resident’s bank statement. The resident returned to the station and reviewed video of the incident. The video showed that the cash was dispensed right after the resident left. Shortly thereafter, an unknown female subject walked past and took the cash from the machine.


Hospital patient Woman swears at officers, claims to be Trump
STERLING HEIGHTS — Police were notified of a woman being disorderly in the parking lot of the Stardust Party Store, 35800 Van Dyke Ave., Feb. 24.

Police said the tipster said the woman had been asking customers in the store for money. She was reportedly told to leave, allegedly prompting her to cuss, exit the store and pull on door handles in the lot.

Police reportedly found her with her hands inside the back of her pants. She reportedly started swearing at the officers, saying, “I’m Donald Trump, b**ch.”

Police said the woman smelled like intoxicants and was having balance problems. She continued yelling around the customers, so police arrested her for disorderly conduct. She reportedly refused to declare her identity, so she was charged with resisting/obstructing a police officer.


Unknown man using restroom discovered inside of condo for sale
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 12:30 p.m. June 30, officers responded to the area of 22 Mile and Hayes roads for a report of a breaking and entering in progress.

The real estate agent was showing a vacant condo unit on Pond Place Drive to a client. The agent discovered a man inside who stated that he was just using the bathroom. The man left, riding off on a bicycle. No one was supposed to be inside the condo unit. Nothing appeared to be disturbed or missing, police said.


Drunken driver has door wide open
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officers observed a minivan traveling southbound on Van Dyke Avenue approaching 21 Mile Road with its passenger side door wide open at approximately 2:05 a.m. July 19. Officers stopped the vehicle on Janis Street to investigate.

Officers reportedly observed the driver displaying signs of intoxication and conducted field sobriety tests. The driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated-third offense and driving while license revoked.


Men allegedly expose themselves, pee at park
STERLING HEIGHTS — A witness told police that, during the afternoon of Aug. 22, two men on electric bikes under a pavilion at Freedom Hill County Park, 15000 Metropolitan Parkway, reportedly had their genitals exposed and were “peeing all over the place.”

The complainant reportedly witnessed the two men from a bike path around the same time a movie event at the park was starting. Police said they were unable to locate the suspects.


Drunken man goes on frenzy
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 4:25 p.m. Sept.15, officers were dispatched to Walmart at 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway for a suspicious person. Officers located the subject, who was highly intoxicated. Walmart personnel stated that the subject had been observed stealing two beers and then attempting to steal potted flowers after store personnel had confronted the subject.

The subject was asked to leave the area by the employees but was then seen riding around in one of the store’s motorized shopping carts, trying to hit customers and their vehicles. The subject was arrested for retail fraud and disorderly conduct.


Arrested man spits at police
STERLING HEIGHTS — The night of Sept. 19, officers went to a dining establishment in the 38500 block of Van Dyke Avenue after hearing that someone reportedly had assaulted an employee. Police reportedly learned that the male suspect was still inside, lying unresponsive on the floor.

Police arrived to hear a commotion as they went to a banquet room and saw the man being held on the floor.

Witnesses said some attendees had drunk too much and had started arguing with staff, though no one was reportedly attacked physically.

The person on the floor reportedly had fainted while yelling, but police said the person was screaming and swearing when they arrived. The suspect was handcuffed and arrested for disorderly behavior.

As he was escorted to the police car, he reportedly fainted again and fell in the parking lot, cutting his cheek. After the Fire Department arrived with a gurney, the man allegedly spat in an officer’s face. The suspect was cited for disorderly conduct and resisting a police officer, police said.


Couple seen having sex in truck
STERLING HEIGHTS — An indecent exposure report states that during the evening of Sept. 20, a couple was having sexual relations in a white GMC Sierra truck under a shining light pole by the Buffalo Wild Wings at 44833 Mound Road, near M-59.

According to the report, some passersby reportedly gave them a thumbs-up sign. Police arrived at the scene, but the couple was already gone.


Drunken man arrested for driving lawn mower to store
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officers were dispatched to the area of 23 Mile and Shelby roads for an intoxicated person driving a riding lawn mower who had just left a local business at approximately 7:20 p.m. Oct. 1.

The officers located the person on the lawn mower trying to back out of a parking spot at a different business nearby. The driver displayed obvious signs of intoxication and reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol and then driving the lawn mower from his residence to the store for beer. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated-third offense.


Test drive gone wrong
UTICA — At 11:50 a.m. Oct. 20, a 47-year-old man and a 29-year-old man walked into the Utica Home Depot and allegedly tried to steal two large bundles of Romex wire. The men reportedly fled in a black Chevy Impala with no plate. Utica police were called and stopped the vehicle, and they arrested both the driver and passenger for retail fraud. The vehicle was found to be from D&D Auto in Mount Clemens, and it had been taken for a test drive. The driver was linked to other wire thefts in the area, police said.


Woman found walking in traffic multiple times
UTICA  — Utica police received a call at approximately 6 p.m. Nov. 17 about a woman who was wandering in traffic at Hall Road and Van Dyke Avenue. Officers arrived and spotted her walking in traffic and attempted to reason with her.

She reportedly got in her vehicle and fled the area. A vehicle pursuit began and had to be terminated for public safety reasons. Police said the same woman returned to the intersection within an hour and began walking in traffic again. Officers were dispatched to the area again, and upon their arrival, the woman fled again.

Minutes later, the woman was spotted again and officers blocked in her vehicle and took her into custody. She was then taken to a hospital.


Neighbor accused of public urination
ST. CLAIR SHORES — On Jan. 30, police were called to the 28000 block of Joan Street after a 42-year-old woman reported that her 52-year-old neighbor had urinated out of his second-floor window, which faces the south side of her home. The woman said that she had seen the man expose himself to urinate out the window at least three times in January and a few times in August. The woman showed police a surveillance recording she had captured of the event.

When police contacted the man, he denied urinating out the window and said that he was pouring juice out the window each time. He was warned by police to cease urinating in public.


Employee accused of stealing Lotto tickets
ST. CLAIR SHORES — The manager of Speedway gas station, 20701 11 Mile Road, called police June 22 to report a theft by an employee.

The manager said the 24-year-old employee worked between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 20. During that time, the Hamtramck woman stole more than $1,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets. She was seen on surveillance video scratching off the barcode, scanning and cashing in winning tickets.


Boat stolen day of Jobbie Nooner
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Officers were called to Jefferson Beach Marina, 24400 Jefferson Ave., at 9:51 a.m. June 26 after a 46-year-old Detroit man reported that his boat had been stolen from a slip at the marina. He last saw the boat at 11 p.m. June 25, but when he arrived at 8 a.m. the next day, the boat was gone.

Surveillance footage from the marina showed a white Ram pickup truck arrive at 7 a.m. June 26. Two men got out of the truck with a bag of what appeared to be tools and cleaning equipment and entered the boat. One man then got out of the boat and left in the truck and the other man left the scene in the boat.

At 2 p.m., St. Clair Shores police were contacted by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office that they had two men in custody who were allegedly in possession of the stolen boat. A Macomb County Sheriff’s Office sergeant told police that the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office had stopped the stolen boat earlier in the morning and placed the two men, a 32-year-old from Holly and a 46-year-old from Detroit, under arrest. While in police custody, the Holly man told officers he “would’ve never been out there if I would’ve known there was going to be that many cops out there, let alone on (a) stolen boat,” according to the police report.


Concerns over speeding lead to guns drawn
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Around 4 p.m. July 21, officers responded to a call from the 21000 block of Alexander Street after two men pointed guns at each other during an altercation.

A 35-year-old man living in the 27000 block of Jefferson Avenue told police he was driving from Harper Avenue onto Alexander Street when a construction worker yelled at him to slow down. He backed his vehicle up and the pair began to argue. The man said the construction worker approached his vehicle and began slapping at him, never making contact. The man said he then stepped out of the vehicle, holding his gun down at his side. He said he never pointed it at the worker and put it back in the vehicle after a short time. When he turned back around, he said a different construction worker had pulled out his gun and ordered the St. Clair Shores man to put his gun down. The St. Clair Shores man had a valid concealed weapons permit.

Police spoke with the construction worker, a 48-year-old man from Flat Rock. He said the St. Clair Shores man had driven at a high rate of speed. He alleged that the St. Clair Shores man pointed the gun at him and racked a round, which is why he pulled his gun out in self-defense.


Man arrested after speeding through neighborhood
ST. CLAIR SHORES — An officer was on traffic patrol on Greater Mack Avenue between Detour and Shoreview streets at 8:48 p.m. Aug. 9 due to citizen complaints of speeders when a red Chevrolet Tahoe turned south from Port Street, then quickly onto Shoreview, squealing its tires.

Police pursued the vehicle onto Shoreview, but it was already approaching Jefferson Avenue, bouncing over potholes and cracks as it sped down the street. Police followed the vehicle onto Jefferson and then west onto Socia Street. The police officer reported hitting speeds of about 50 mph trying to get close to the vehicle. The vehicle turned south on Greater Mack Avenue and, as police followed, the officer noticed fresh damage to a white vinyl fence at the intersection.

With help from witnesses, police located the vehicle parked in a driveway in the 30000 block of Greater Mack Avenue, at Hoffman Street. As police approached the house, an older man came out to inform them that the vehicle belonged to his son’s friend, who was inside. The 25-year-old man came outside and told police that he had been driving the vehicle, but got to the home about an hour ago. Although police could smell a strong odor of intoxicants on the man, he denied having any alcohol that day. He eventually told police that he was scared his insurance rates would go up and that’s why he didn’t stop. He was arrested for fleeing and eluding police, failing to stop and report an accident, and operating while intoxicated.


Loud music leads to disorderly ticket
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police were called to the 21000 block of Broadway Street at 3:30 a.m. Aug. 26 for a report of a neighbor playing loud music. The caller said the person was listening to music in their vehicle in the backyard.

Police could hear the music several houses away from the address when they arrived. They tried to get the resident’s attention with flashlights, but were unsuccessful. The music was so loud that they could not yell over it, so officers entered the backyard. The 37-year-old woman turned off the music and immediately started yelling about who was in her backyard, becoming irate that officers were on her property. She yelled obscenities at the officers and followed them out to the street, continuing to be disorderly as they left. Police ticketed the woman for disorderly conduct.


Man brandishes gun instead of waiting for change
ST. CLAIR SHORES — At 10:20 a.m. Sept. 29, police were called to Autozone, 31009 Harper Ave., after a man allegedly brandished a gun at an employee.

The employee told police that a man paid for an item at the register and was supposed to receive change of 24 cents. The employee told the man the register was out of coin change at the moment, and the man became highly agitated and began to yell at the employee. The employee then gave the man back $1 instead of making him wait for the coins, but the suspect continued to yell about being disrespected and then pulled up his shirt to reveal a handgun as he walked out of the store. He pointed the gun at the employee and then got into a white Cadillac Escalade and drove away.


Woman stops men from ‘borrowing’ battery
ST. CLAIR SHORES — At 2 p.m. Oct. 3, police were called to Colony Marina, 24530 Jefferson Ave., for a potential larceny happening at that time. A woman said she had two suspects blocked in at the back of the marina.

The two men were standing behind a blue Yamaha, which was out of the water next to the caller’s boat. She explained that she had gone to check on her boat in the slip when she saw the two men on her boat removing her boat’s battery. She confronted them and they said they were just trying to use it to jump the battery on their Yamaha. They admitted as much to police, and agreed they should not have used the woman’s boat battery without her permission. They were told to leave the scene and that they would not be allowed back on the property.


Angry customer hurls coffee
ST. CLAIR SHORES — On the morning of Oct. 17, police were called to Tim Hortons at 23825 Harper Ave. after a customer allegedly threw a hot coffee at the manager. The manager told police that the customer had been through the drive-thru and placed an order before parking his vehicle and walking to the window to complain about the quality of the food.

The man was angry that the croissant was undercooked on his half-eaten sandwich and was yelling at the cashier, so the manager approached to explain the man would not receive a refund because he had already eaten half of the sandwich. The man then threw his extra-large hot coffee through the window at the manager.

She told police she had not been seriously injured, but her stomach was tender and red from the coffee. She said the man was driving a black SUV and may have been a regular customer.


Bowlers abscond with shoes
ST. CLAIR SHORES — At 9:30 p.m. Oct. 23, an employee at Shores Lanes, 31100 Harper Ave., called police to report that four people had just walked out with rented bowling shoes.

The employee said the foursome came in and rented shoes and time on a lane. Employees saw that the customers had brought their own liquor into the building and confiscated it. The group then decided to leave and took the rented shoes with them.


Resident will owe for damages to sidewalk
ST. CLAIR SHORES — An anonymous caller reported that freshly poured cement for a sidewalk had been damaged in the 21000 block of Rosedale Street Nov. 6.

When police arrived, they discovered initials and a date had been marked on the sidewalk. A 30-year-old resident told police those were his initials. He had used his finger to write in the fresh cement earlier in the afternoon. He said a construction worker told him that was inappropriate and he would be billed for the damage to be repaired or a new section of sidewalk to be poured.


Man shelters in unlocked vehicle
ST. CLAIR SHORES — At noon Nov. 15, police were called to Redline Automotive, 30101 Harper Ave., after a man allegedly got into one of the vehicles parked there. The caller said the man had been given food from a local restaurant and then was seen getting into a vehicle in the parking lot.

The man, a 58-year-old from Troy, told police who he was and said he had just gotten into the vehicle to escape the wind and rain while he ate the food he had received. When police searched for the man’s name, they could not find a record. The police did find paperwork from a local hospital in the man’s possession with another name, however, and discovered his true identity. The man was cited for providing a false identification to a police officer and disorderly conduct and sent away. There was no damage to the vehicle.


Portable toilets missing
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police were called to Fisher Dynamics, 33200 Fisher Road, Nov. 17 for a report of three stolen portable toilets. One was discovered to be missing Nov. 12 and two others were gone Nov. 16. The toilets cost $700 each to replace.