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Troy crime briefs for April 1-13 

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published April 16, 2020

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Police calls for service drop during Stay Home, Stay Safe order 

Troy police reported that in April they had handled 694 calls for service as of April 13, compared to 3,499 service calls for the same period in 2019. 

In March, the Troy Police Department handled 2,688 calls for service, compared to 4,207 service calls in March of 2019, a nearly 36% drop. 

Troy police said they investigated 18 car crashes so far in April, and investigated 155 car crashes in March, compared to 354 car crash investigations in March of 2019. 

 

Police investigate stay-at-home order violations 

Police were called to the Troy Skate Park at 3179 Livernois Road just after 10:45 a.m. April 3 to check on youths congregating there. Police said they talked to the youths, who reportedly left without incident, then locked the entrance gate to the park. 

Police were called to a home on Teasdale Drive, near Dequindre and Maple roads, at approximately 4:15 p.m. April 2 on a report of a social gathering in front of the home. According to the police report, the officer arrived to find six neighbors talking and advised them on social distancing. They reportedly dispersed without incident. 

Police said a man drove around a neighborhood in the area of Mesa Drive, near Wattles and Livernois roads, at 6:45 p.m. April 5, yelling that he was infected with COVID-19, reportedly in an attempt to scare neighborhood kids. The caller told police that the man has done this numerous times. Police said they were unable to locate him. 

Police were called to a home on Charnwood Drive, near Beach and Square Lake roads, just after 9:45 a.m. April 10, on a report that a homeowner was having workers install new cabinets. Police said they informed the homeowner that the stay-at-home order did not permit such work and he reportedly agreed to dismiss the workers. 

 

Items stolen from cars 

The catalytic converter was reportedly stolen from a 2010 Ford Escape parked on Lovington Drive, near Dequindre and 14 Mile roads, between 12:30 p.m. April 1 and noon April 2. 

Windows on three vehicles parked on Kirts Boulevard, near Livernois and Big Beaver roads, were reportedly smashed  between April 11 and 12. Cash, CDs and loose change were reported stolen. 

A window was reportedly smashed and a purse was stolen from a vehicle parked on Kirts Boulevard between midnight and 4 a.m. April 7. 

 

Energy drinks reported stolen from grocery stores 

Employees at the Kroger store at 2105 W. South Blvd. reported to police that a man loaded up a cart with Red bull and left without paying at 4:30 p.m. April 7. 

Employees at the Kroger store at 3125 John R Road reported to police that a man pushed a cart full of crab legs, valued at about $500, out of the store without paying just before 9:30 a.m. April 6. When a store employee asked the man to show his receipt, the man reportedly said it was no problem and he would do so, but he instead loaded up the boxes into a maroon Chrysler minivan and fled the store. 

 

Drunken woman found more than four times over legal limit 

Police were called to the 1800 block of Hopedale Drive, near John R and Square Lake roads, just before 10:30 a.m. April 12 on a report of a suspicious car being driven by a woman who appeared to be “high on drugs.” 

The caller said the woman tried to drive away and struck a car. 

According to the police report, the driver, a 52-year-old Troy woman, told police she had had “a lot” of alcohol to drink.

She reportedly failed sobriety tests and blew a 0.375% blood alcohol content on a breath test. She was transported to Beaumont Hospital, Troy, due to the dangerously high level of intoxication, and police said she refused a blood test there. 

Charges are pending the results of a court-ordered blood test. 

— Terry Oparka

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