Oakland County crime briefs of the year

By: C & G Sports Staff | C&G Newspapers | Published January 2, 2019

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre local crime briefs from 2018:


Drunken man arrested for kicking, spitting on restaurant employees
ROCHESTER — An officer observed an intoxicated man kick one restaurant employee and spit on another near the 200 block of Main Street at 2 a.m. Jan. 1. The man was not compliant with the officer’s commands, and the officer deployed a stun gun, which was successful in gaining the suspect’s compliance.

The suspect was later identified as a 25-year-old Shelby Township resident. Both restaurant employees declined to press charges for the assault. The man was arrested for disorderly intoxication and taken back to the Rochester Police Department, where it was revealed that his blood alcohol content was 0.13 percent. He was released the following day with a misdemeanor citation.


Patient busted for smoking crack in hospital bathroom
TROY — Security officers at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, 44201 Dequindre Road, were called to a patient’s room at 8:45 p.m. Jan. 7 after a nurse reported that the patient was acting suspiciously and possibly was using narcotics.

The security officers spoke with the patient, a 33-year-old Armada man. They searched him and found a crack pipe in his pants pocket and two cocaine rocks in a plastic bag in another pocket.

The patient reportedly admitted to smoking crack cocaine in the hospital bathroom. He was arrested and charged with possession of narcotic paraphernalia.


Taxi strikes man
FARMINGTON — A 57-year-old intoxicated man was issued a citation for disorderly conduct and was transported to a local hospital after being hit by a taxi he had just been a passenger in at around 3 a.m. Jan. 12.

Officers responded to a report that someone had been hit by a vehicle in the area of Grand River Avenue and Orchard Lake Road.

An investigation showed that the intoxicated passenger had gotten into a verbal argument with his taxi driver. As a result, he was kicked out of the taxi for his behavior, but he was struck by the taxi as the driver attempted to leave the area.


John Mayer fan arrested for intoxicated driving
BERKLEY — A 25-year-old Royal Oak man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at around 3:48 a.m. Jan. 21 near the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Webster Road.

An officer detected a vehicle driving at a speed of 72 mph on Woodward, according to police. After pulling over the man, the officer approached him and reportedly detected an odor of intoxicants. The man stated that he was coming from a work party in Pontiac and that he was driving around “jamming out to John Mayer,” according to the report.

The man said he did not drink any alcohol, and when asked if he knew how fast he was going, he reportedly said, “I plead the fifth, but I was going over the speed limit. I guarantee it, probably like 10 over.”

The man performed poorly on sobriety tests and refused to submit to a preliminary breath test. He was placed under arrest.


Woman accused of assaulting car wash employees
TROY — Police said a 24-year-old Detroit woman reportedly became enraged at employees at a car wash on Rochester Road just after 10:45 a.m. Feb. 5 for what she believed was poor service. She reportedly got out of her car, grabbed a push broom and struck an employee with the broom handle, injuring him. Police said she then grabbed a spray gun, sprayed the employee and another employee with water, and left the scene in a blue 2007 Honda Accord.

Police located the car at a rental car agency on Rochester Road and spoke with the driver, who reportedly identified the suspect as her sister. The suspect was arrested and charged with one count of felonious assault and two counts of assault and battery.


Man allegedly knocks on neighbor’s door, punches her
TROY — A woman living in the area of Wattles Road and Interstate 75 said her neighbor knocked on her door just after 10 p.m. Feb. 6, accused her of stealing his watch and tried to come inside.

The woman pushed him outside, and he punched her in her chest, then walked toward a black 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked at the home, the woman told police. She called police and saw that the window of a family member’s car had been smashed.

Police spoke with the suspect, a 47-year-old Troy man, who had dried blood on his left hand, above his knuckles, and on his T-shirt, according to a police report. He was arrested and charged with assault and malicious destruction of property.


‘Annoying’ friend reportedly steals woman’s pickup truck
TROY — A woman told police that she drove her 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck to Michigan Works!, 550 Stephenson Highway, just after 3 p.m. Feb. 9 to file for unemployment benefits with a friend, a 32-year-old Warren man.

She told police she allowed the friend to stay in her vehicle because he “became annoying” while he was inside the office. When she finished and returned to her pickup truck, it was gone, according to a police report.

She told police she called her friend, who said he had driven to a store nearby and was stopped by the police. She said the call was disconnected. Police said that they contacted other police in the area, but no such traffic stop had occurred.

The victim told police she’d left her purse containing the narcotic Suboxone and Xanax tablets in the vehicle. According to a police report, Warren police recovered the vehicle, and the friend was arrested.


Drunken woman found on couch in fire station
ROCHESTER — An officer was dispatched to the Rochester Fire Department after fire staff found an apparently intoxicated woman sleeping in their quarters, on a couch, at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 10.

The officer spoke with the woman, a 27-year-old Shelby Township resident, who claimed that she had been dropped off at the Fire Department. She could not explain how she had wandered in and fallen asleep. The officer noted that the woman was obviously intoxicated, and she was transported to the Rochester Police Department. She was later released with a citation for disorderly intoxication.


Women tussle in drop-off line at elementary school
TROY — A woman told police that she was in the drop-off line at Hamilton Elementary School, 5625 Northfield Parkway, at 9 a.m. Feb. 13 when the driver of a Lincoln MKX pulled in front of her.

The woman said she got out of her vehicle to “have a chat” with the Lincoln driver about the breach of etiquette, and the MKX driver, a 36-year-old Troy woman, reportedly became enraged and began screaming at her.

According to a police report, the Lincoln driver got out of her vehicle and pushed the other driver several times, finally knocking her to the ground.


Pizza placed on Jeep
TROY — A man on Brinston Drive, near John R and Maple roads, told police he awoke to a noise just after 4 a.m. Feb. 19 and discovered two people outside his home dumping pizza boxes and pizza onto his red 2016 Jeep Compass.

The victim told police that this was the third time that this had happened. There were no suspects.


Parent scare
CLAWSON — At approximately 6:12 a.m. Feb. 20, Clawson police received a call for a welfare check on a young boy in a winter coat and snow boots in the area of East 14 Mile Road and North Main Street. The responding officer spoke with the 6-year-old, who stated that he walked to the bookstore to “get Mommy and Daddy a book.”

The officer asked the boy to show him where he lived, and the boy took the officer to his nearby home. When the officer knocked on the open front door and announced his presence, the boy’s parents came running down the stairs, according to the report. They stated that they had tried to find their son inside the home, and when they could not, were in the process of getting dressed to check the area.

The officer advised the boy to let his parents know before he leaves the house again. The boy stated that he understood and gave the officer a high-five, according to the report.


Man robbed by alleged sex worker
SOUTHFIELD — A man told police he was robbed by a woman he had just met earlier in the evening Feb. 21 at a hotel in the 27000 block of Northwestern Highway.

According to police, the man had met the woman while shopping at a nearby business, and she asked him if he wanted to party. He agreed, and they made plans to meet at a nearby hotel.

Upon arrival, the victim said, he realized that the woman was a prostitute. He said he told her he wasn’t interested and attempted to leave the room. She allegedly jumped on his back and grabbed his phone out of his back pocket. She reportedly tried to block the guest room door so he couldn’t leave, and she then yelled “get down here” into her own cellphone, according to a police report.

The victim struggled to get past the woman and open the door, but waiting outside were two men, who pushed the victim back into the room. He said he wrestled with all three of the suspects on the ground, and one of the men pulled the victim’s shirt over his head and stuck something into his back. The suspect said it was a gun and told the man “not to make him use this,” the report states. The suspects took the victim’s cellphone and an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.


Woman assaults dry cleaning clerk for clothes
BIRMINGHAM — Employees at Martinizing Dry Cleaning, 34000 Woodward Avenue, told police an unknown woman came to the door and started pounding on it around 5 p.m., after the business had closed. On their way out of the building at the rear exit, the woman approached them and offered to pay $50 cash to allow her to retrieve her clothing. The employees refused, and the woman shoved one of them from behind. She then got into a white SUV and drove away.

An investigation was ongoing.


Woman gives police cutout of male genitalia
TROY — Police cited a 24-year-old Detroit woman, who police said was being loud and obnoxious, for littering after she reportedly tried to give a police sergeant a cutout of a man’s genitals at a hotel and told him to “shove it.”

According to reports, police asked her and other partygoers at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Troy, at 2600 Livernois Road, to leave the area just after 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Police said that when the police sergeant refused the cutout, the woman used curse words and dropped the cutout onto the sidewalk and refused to pick it up when police asked her to do so. Police issued her a misdemeanor citation for littering.


Man arrested for damaging bus sign
SOUTHFIELD — A man was placed in handcuffs for damaging a sign with his luggage.

According to police, officers were on routine patrol at around 3:49 p.m. Feb. 28 in the area of 12 Mile and Southfield roads when they saw a man acting in a disorderly manner.

Police said they saw the man attempt to throw his bicycle and luggage onto the grass adjacent to 12 Mile, then stumble as he attempted to walk, give the middle finger while looking at them, and hit a Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation pole with his luggage.

In the process, police said, the man almost hit another man at the bus stop with his luggage, and he caused a disruption in traffic flow.

Officers at the scene determined that the man was highly intoxicated, and he was taken into custody.


Shoplifting suspect has knife while in police car
TROY — Police assisted a loss prevention officer in apprehending a 19-year-old Detroit man who reportedly tried to steal $446 in merchandise from the Macy’s store at 2750 W. Big Beaver Road just after 12:30 p.m. March 9.

Police asked the suspect if he had anything that would cut or poke police, and he said he did, but it was in his wallet. He was arrested and placed in the police patrol vehicle for transport to the Troy Police Department. While en route, the officer noticed the suspect, who was handcuffed in the back seat, making furtive movements.

The officer stopped the police car and discovered that the suspect held a knife in his hand, which he surrendered to police, according to a police report. He was arrested and charged with second-degree retail fraud, a concealed weapon violation, and hindering and obstruction of a police officer.


Stolen police and fire uniforms recovered
FARMINGTON HILLS/DETROIT — After Farmington Hills Police Department and Farmington Hills Fire Department uniforms were stolen March 9 from Perfect Cleaners, located at 19500 W. McNichols Road near Outer Drive in Detroit, they were found dumped near Outer Drive and Lindsay Street in Detroit, according to a police press release. A number of pieces of clothing were found in plastic wrap or in nylon dry cleaning bags in various colors.

During the overnight hours of March 9, the cleaners were broken into and two delivery vans were stolen containing uniforms from the Farmington Hills Police and Fire departments and the Novi Police and Fire departments, according to the release.


Drag racers caught hitting 68 mph
BERKLEY — Two men were cited for drag racing at around 10:25 p.m. March 13 near the intersection of Berkley Avenue and Princeton Road.

According to the report, an officer was in the area of Henley Avenue and 11 Mile Road using radar when two vehicles started coming down 11 Mile. The two vehicles, which appeared to be directly next to each other, started accelerating and hit a top speed of 68 mph, police said.

The officer noted in his report that the drivers appeared to notice the police vehicle and slammed on their brakes. The officer activated the vehicle’s signal and was able to get both drivers to pull over.

A 31-year-old Southfield man was cited for drag racing and released from the scene. A 24-year-old Oak Park man also was cited for drag racing, as well as improper vehicle registration, and his vehicle was impounded.


Man arrested for indecent exposure
TROY — Police were called to the Quality Inn at 2537 Rochester Court just before 4:30 a.m. March 16 on a report of a man walking naked through the lobby and common areas. Police found the 33-year-old Clawson man on the second floor walking around and wearing only a baseball cap. He was carrying his tennis shoes and was babbling and speaking gibberish, according to a police report. Police said they found the room he was renting in disarray, with a broken lamp, a broken towel rod, a dresser moved to the center of the room and trash strewn about.

He was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.


Oysters, body wash stolen from store
ROCHESTER HILLS — According to a police report, a man was apprehended for retail fraud at 2:39 p.m. March 22 at the Walmart store located at 2500 Adams Road.

The man was discovered  leaving the store with unpaid items, including three cans of Bumble Bee Oysters and two Axe Body Wash boxed sets.

A department manager observed the suspect place the items into his shopping cart, walk to a closed checkout line and place the items into an empty Walmart bag before walking outside, the report states.


Driver cited for huffing
TROY — Police responded to the 3000 block of Kings Point Drive, near Wattles and John R roads, just after 5:15 p.m. March 23 after witnesses reported seeing the driver of a silver Dodge Journey huffing from a black can while stopped at a traffic light.

Witnesses were able to give police the license plate number of the vehicle, which was registered to a Troy address. Police located the vehicle and spoke with the driver, a 32-year-old Troy woman. Police saw a black compressed gas duster can in her purse and found 30 used nitrous oxide canisters on the passenger floor. Police issued her a misdemeanor citation for inhalation of a chemical agent.


Employee damages over 450 bagels
WEST BLOOMFIELD — A boss reported to the West Bloomfield Police Department that one of the business’s employees had damaged a quantity of bagels.

The caller, a manager at a shop on 14 Mile Road, said that at 12:55 p.m. March 25, an employee damaged around 455 bagels.

The caller reported the incident as a malicious destruction of property.

The incident was under investigation.


Stolen tiger statue found
FARMINGTON — A Farmington public safety sergeant was dispatched to a business on Grand River Avenue on a report that the business’s tiger statue had been stolen at 1:18 p.m. March 28.

The missing tiger statue was eventually located at Livonia Stevenson High School.

Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers went to the Livonia Police Department, took custody of the tiger statue and returned it to the business. The Livonia Police Department was reviewing surveillance footage at the school in attempts to identify a suspect.


Man reportedly steals K-9 training toy
TROY — Police placed scent tracks behind the Holiday Inn Express, near Stephenson Highway and 14 Mile Road, to train Troy police K-9 unit dogs at 7:30 p.m. April 5.

At the end of the trail, police left a dog toy for which the police dog would be searching. However, police said, a 40-year-old North Carolina man yelled at them from his hotel room and demanded to know what they were doing. According to a police report, an officer explained that they were training the police dog, and the officer told the man not to touch police property in the field, then left to start the track some distance away.

Police K-9 Eli then followed the trail, but the dog toy was not where police had left it.

Police determined the North Carolina man’s identity and located his white Ford Econoline van in the parking lot. Police looked inside the van and reportedly saw the missing toy in a cup holder.

As police impounded the vehicle, the North Carolina man reportedly came out and asked what was happening. He was issued a misdemeanor citation for larceny of police property. Eli’s ball was recovered.


Vacuum swiped
BIRMINGHAM — Employees at the Emagine Palladium Theater, 300 Hamilton Row, told police that a guest walked behind the counter at around 2 a.m. May 6 and stole a cordless Hoover vacuum.


Garden stolen
BERKLEY — The Public Safety Department responded to a larceny at around 9:20 a.m. May 10 at 2850 W. 11 Mile Road.

According to the police report, a raised garden was taken from Yad Ezra. It was described as 4 feet wide by 12 feet long and 2 feet high. It was taken sometime prior to May 8.

The approximate value of the garden is $500.


Opossum problem
CLAWSON — At approximately 9:46 a.m. Saturday, May 26, a caller in the 800 block of North Selfridge Boulevard, near Crooks and West 14 Mile roads, reported that an aggressive opossum had attacked her dog and then climbed a tree.

A responding officer located the opossum in the neighbor’s backyard. Police went to the neighbor’s house, and the neighbor assisted the police officer in bending over the tree so that the opossum could be free, according to the police report.

As soon as the opossum climbed off the tree, it ran away.


Woman issued citation for pizza theft
FARMINGTON HILLS — A condominium resident was issued a citation for larceny for less than $200 for allegedly taking a pizza “that was never recovered,” according to a police report.

Officers responded to the scene regarding a disorderly conduct report of a resident who refused to exit the pool area after closing time at around 10 p.m. June 2, police said.

A tenant told police that he had advised the woman to leave so he could lock the pool. She became upset and an argument ensued, according to a police report.

The tenant said that the woman then stole his $5 pizza and walked away. Officers responded to the scene and went to the woman’s home, where she was issued the citation.


Man misplaces phone, throws brick at truck
TROY — Police were called to Milverton Drive, near Maple and John R roads, just after 2 p.m. June 16 on a report that a man had thrown a brick at a vehicle.

Police said the suspect then got into a 2018 Ram 1500 pickup truck and drove toward Maple Road.

Officers stopped the driver, a 50-year-old Lake Orion man, who reportedly admitted that he had thrown the brick at the vehicle, which belonged to the owner of a business.

The man told police that he believes he left his phone inside the business, but the owner refused to review security tapes to help him find it.

According to police, the man then found his phone on the floorboards of his pickup truck. He  said it must have slipped out of his pocket, and he agreed to pay for damage to the other vehicle.

Police reportedly found two open containers of alcohol in the man’s pickup truck.

He was cited for transporting an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and was released from the scene after the business owner declined to press charges for malicious destruction of property.


Police cite man for public intoxication
CLAWSON — At approximately 11:29 p.m. June 16, police responded to the area of West 14 Mile Road, west of North Main Street, for a possibly intoxicated person.

Police located a 39-year-old Royal Oak man lying on his stomach across the sidewalk and grass in front of a used car lot, apparently watching traffic. He was missing one flip-flop, according to the police report.

The man told police that, prior to falling down, he was at his house, but was unable to answer where he lived or what city he was in. During questioning, the man made “random statements that had nothing to do with questions asked of him,” according to the report.

After a time, the man reportedly only responded to questions by saying, “I’m good,” and whistling twice.

When one officer asked for his license, he offered his cellphone, and when a different officer asked for his license, he handed over his wallet, and the officer retrieved his license.

Police recorded the man’s blood alcohol content at 0.23 percent after a personal breath test and, despite his inability to communicate, he entered the back of the police car.

Police transported him to his Royal Oak residence and issued him a misdemeanor citation for public intoxication. The man entered the home through the front door.


Suspect steals six-sided die
CLAWSON — At approximately 6:37 p.m. Aug. 3, employees from GOB Retail, 775 E. 14 Mile Road, reported that an unknown suspect had stolen a large six-sided die from the business the previous day.

Upon reviewing surveillance video, employees stated that they saw a man pocket the die, which measured 2.5 inches across and was valued at $17.95, and purchase a plastic card holder for 91 cents.

Clawson police told staff to contact them if the man appeared in the store again.


Bird in the bathroom
CLAWSON — At approximately 1:10 p.m. Aug. 10, a resident in the 700 block of West Maple Road, near North Selfridge Boulevard, called police to ask for assistance in removing a bird from her house, which she had locked in the bathroom.

Responding police found the bird flying around in the bathroom and were able to catch it and release it outside. Police advised the resident to contact her landlord to replace the vent through which the bird had entered.


Drunken woman falls asleep in tanning booth
TROY — Police were called to the parking lot of Image Sun Tanning Center, 134 W. Maple Road, just before 4 p.m. Aug. 16 to check on the welfare of a woman who had reportedly fallen asleep for 45 minutes while tanning.

According to the police report, when she awoke, she was disoriented and did not know why she was there.

Police said she had left the business and was sitting in a white 1997 Toyota Camry parked in the lot, sleeping, with the engine running.

The 56-year-old Live Oak, Florida, woman reportedly told police she had drunk one alcoholic drink at work before she left for the tanning center.

According to police, she failed sobriety tests and blew a 0.15 percent blood alcohol content on a breath test.

She was arrested and transported to the Troy Police Department, where she reportedly refused to take a second breath test and was charged with drunken driving fifth offense, pending lab results of a court-ordered blood test.


Teamwork saves overdose victim
ROYAL OAK — Just before 6:30 a.m. Aug. 17, Royal Oak first responders received a 911 call from the mother of a 31-year-old man who was unconscious on the floor and having difficulty breathing from a suspected drug overdose.

The man stopped breathing during the call, and the 911 dispatcher talked the man’s mother through initial CPR procedures, according to police.

Officers arrived minutes later, took over lifesaving efforts and administered a dose of Narcan. The man began to show improvement as Royal Oak Fire Department paramedics arrived and, after a second dose of Narcan, regained consciousness, police said.

First responders transported the man to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and he was expected to recover, police said.


‘Hello’ sends man running
CLAWSON — At approximately 11:04 p.m. Aug. 19, a caller made contact with an unknown man wearing a black hoodie and black pants while walking down Main Street, near Gramer Funeral Home.

The caller told police that when the caller said “Hello,” the unknown male took off running.

Police officers checked the area and were unable to locate anybody matching the description.


Doorbell video system stolen from front porch
ROYAL OAK — A complainant reported that sometime between 9 a.m. Sept. 3 and 9 p.m. Sept. 10, an unknown suspect stole the doorbell video system from the front door of her residence, located in the 3000 block of Woodslee Drive.


Popcorn-eating man drives drunk
BERKLEY — A 26-year-old Pontiac man was arrested for operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent or more at around 11:21 p.m. Sept. 4 near the intersection of Woodward Avenue and West 12 Mile Road.

The man was pulled over after police saw him driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the report. An officer noticed that the man was slouched over in his seat and appeared “lethargic as he slowly inserted a handful of popcorn into his mouth.”

The man’s speech was slurred and an odor of intoxicants coming from his vehicle was being masked by the smell of popcorn, according to the officer’s account. The man said that he was heading to Pontiac to see his children, and he admitted to consuming one beer, the report states.

After doing poorly on sobriety tests, the man gave a preliminary breath test of 0.175 percent blood alcohol content.


Man asked to stop calling pizza place
FARMINGTON — A customer of a Farmington pizza place was advised by police to not call the establishment again after the customer repeatedly made harassing phone calls because he was unhappy with an order.

The man, who was issued a refund for the order in question, still called and demanded to speak to a manager, the report states. Police were called over the matter at around 4:40 p.m. Sept. 6; the man eventually agreed to stop calling the pizza place.


Resident spots scam letter
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Officers responded to a home in the 300 block of North Glenhurst Drive Sept. 9 on reports of an attempted fraud.

The resident said he had received a letter in the mail from an unknown person demanding $29,300 worth of bitcoins as payment in order to “keep his secret safe” from a family member.

No money was exchanged, as the resident recognized the attempt as a scam.


Caller reports suspicious box
CLAWSON — At approximately 10:29 a.m. Sept. 11, a caller reported that she had come across a “suspicious” black box while walking her dog on Straub, near Main Street.

A responding police officer advised her that the box was a rat trap and that she shouldn’t handle them if she came across them, according to the police report.


Man fills fake prescription to get  5,340 narcotics tablets
BERKLEY — A case of prescription fraud was reported to the Berkley Public Safety Department at around 5:47 p.m. Sept. 18.

According to the police report, an officer was sent to a medical facility on West 11 Mile Road, where the owner, a doctor, told the officer that he had been contacted by an unknown pain clinic doctor in Owosso who had a 41-year-old Van Buren Township man come in for pain medication.

The patient had been getting prescriptions using the Berkley doctor’s handwritten signature. The Owosso doctor told the Berkley doctor this, but the Berkley doctor said he has no patient by that name.

Over a two-year period — from Sept. 28, 2016, to May 4, 2018 — the suspect was able to get 24 prescriptions for 30-milligram oxycodone pills, 22 prescriptions for 2-milligram alprazolam pills and 20 prescriptions for 22-milligram oxymorphone pills. This amounted to 2,160 tablets of oxycodone, 1,980 tablets of alprazolam and 1,200 tablets of oxymorphone.


Drunken man arrested for disorderly intoxication
ROCHESTER — Officers were dispatched to a bar in the 400 block of Main Street on a report of customer trouble at 1 a.m. Sept. 23.

An employee reported that a patron was upset about being cut off and claimed that someone had stolen his phone.

The officers spoke with the patron, who was drunk, according to reports, and refused to stop causing a scene or leave the bar. The patron, a 39-year-old Rochester Hills man, was arrested and transported to the Rochester Police Department, where he was held until sober.

He was released the following day with a pending court date for disorderly intoxication. Police said his phone was later located in his car.


Message mix-up
CLAWSON — On Oct. 4, police responded to a Clawson resident’s home for reports of suspicious text messages on the resident’s work cellphone.

A text sent Sept. 25 referred to having someone “slit her wrist so we can use blood,” and an Oct. 3 text read, “Bring ur clothes if u get this,” according to the police report.

The man said he did not know who the texts could be from and that he only uses the phone for work, according to the report.

Police were unable to make contact with the unknown number, which had a full mailbox, until they received a voicemail from a teacher at Detroit Country Day School Oct. 11. Upon calling back, the film teacher explained that his class was making a music video to the song “Demons,” by Imagine Dragons, and a student had been trying to contact another student who had gotten a new phone number, according to the report.

The teacher said the student “freaked out” when he received a call from the Clawson Police Department and that he told the student he would “clear this matter up on his behalf,” according to the report. He told police the mistake was due to a number change and nothing more.


Former employee breaks into restaurant
SOUTHFIELD — Police arrested two men for breaking into a restaurant.

At around 2:02 a.m. Oct. 15, officers were on patrol in the area of 12 Mile Road and Northwestern Highway when they observed two men walking in the parking lot of a shopping plaza that was closed.

The officers said they approached the two men and observed a sledgehammer on the ground within a few feet of the men. Both men also had on dark hooded sweatshirts and possessed gloves.

Police said one of the men had a crowbar hidden in his pant leg.

Neither man had an explanation for why they were in the area, and both were sweating profusely, police said.

Upon further investigation, officers found a broken window at a restaurant in the plaza. Entry was gained, and the safe inside the establishment was damaged.

Video surveillance footage showed images of the two men inside the restaurant, striking the safe with a small sledgehammer.

The manager of the restaurant told police that cash was missing from a cash drawer.

The cash drawer was recovered outside behind the restaurant, police said.

One of the suspects was a past employee of the restaurant.

Both men were arrested for breaking and entering.


Apartment complex employee arrested for larceny
SOUTHFIELD — An employee at a local apartment complex was arrested for allegedly stealing several items.

At around 11:52 a.m. Nov. 2, police were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 27000 block of Franklin Road on a report of a larceny.

The caller told police that a TV and a vacuum cleaner were stolen from their apartment, and they suspected an employee of committing the crime.

Security personnel at the apartment reviewed surveillance video and positively identified an employee as a suspect.

The video also showed a second man helping the employee, but he could not be identified.

The employee was on the scene at the time of the investigation and was arrested for larceny in a building.


Shoplifting suspect tries to bite police
TROY — Police responded to the Victoria’s Secret store at Oakland Mall just after 8 p.m. Dec. 6 on a report that a 48-year-old Harper Woods woman had tried to steal $1,282 in merchandise.

According to the police report, the woman actively resisted being detained, had to be assisted to the ground, and tried to bite police after being ordered not to do so.

She was arrested, and police reportedly found wire cutters used to remove anti-theft security sensors from merchandise in her vest pocket.

She was charged with first-degree retail fraud, assault and battery of a police officer, and possession of burglary tools.


Woman arrested for pushing shopper in store
TROY — A woman told police that she was completing her purchases in the self-checkout aisle of the Kroger store at 1237 Coolidge Highway just after 3:15 p.m. Dec. 8 when the 41-year-old Shelby Township woman waiting behind her grew impatient with how long it was taking her to finish paying her bill.

The Shelby Township woman reportedly reached around the woman checking out to use the credit card reader.

The woman checking out asked her to back away, but the Shelby Township woman refused and reportedly pushed her out of the way.

According to the police report, officers spoke with the Shelby Township woman, who told them that she felt the shopper was not moving out of the way quickly enough. She said they began to argue, and she admitted to pushing the victim away from her.

The Shelby Township woman was arrested and charged with assault and battery.


Smash-and-grab reported at Tiffany & Co.
TROY — A man entered the Tiffany & Co. store at Somerset Collection just after 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and reportedly sprayed the security officer with pepper spray and smashed a display case with a hammer, breaking the case.

Police said the man stole several pieces of jewelry before he fled the store in an unknown direction.

Police were investigating.