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Graffiti on the Rise and other Royal Oak Police Reports

Graffiti on the Rise and other Royal Oak Police Reportsmoderntax

(Royal Oak Police, Jan. 31, 2014)

Royal Oak Police Department Weekly Update

For the week of January 23, 2014 through January 30, 2014

Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile

5150 Coolidge (Meijer Department Store), 1-27-14, 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.:

Complainant parked his 2002 Dodge Caravan in the parking lot and entered the store. When he returned he discovered an unknown suspect stole his vehicle. 14-3069

Larceny from an Automobile

gallowaycollens13000 block of W. Thirteen Mile, 1-25-14 – 1-26-14, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.:

Complainant parked her 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the apartment complex parking lot. When she left for work the next morning she discovered an unknown suspect stole the catalytic converter from her vehicle. 14-3016

3000 block of W. Thirteen Mile, 1-24-14 – 1-25-14, 5:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.:

Complainant parked her 2012 Ford Escape in the apartment complex parking lot. When she returned she discovered an unknown suspect stole the catalytic converter from her vehicle. 14-2914


300 block of W. Seventh Street, 1-24-14, 8:52 a.m.:

Complainant reported she observed a suspicious person walking inside her office building. She asked the subject why he was in the building. He stated he came in to ask for directions and then left. Due to his DENGATE _Fern115_Adsuspicious behavior she immediately checked her purse and discovered her wallet was missing.

The suspect was described as a dark skinned black male in his 40’s, medium build, 5”09”-6”00”, 160 lbs, wearing a black knit cap, black coat and black pants. 14-2671

25352 Woodward (L.A. Fitness), 1-23-14, 8:12 p.m.:

Complainant reported he went to the gym area to play basketball. He placed his iPhone and headphones against the wall in the area. When he finished the game he discovered an unknown suspect stole his property. 14-2629

900 block of Knowles, 1-17-23 – 1-23-14, 4:03 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.:

Complainant reported he checked his vacant home and noticed the water was shut off. He went into the basement and observed an unknown suspect cut and removed the copper water lines. Further investigation thank you carol jacksonrevealed the suspect broke into the home through a basement window. 14-2605

Malicious Destruction of Property

3100 block of Greenfield, 1-25-14, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.:

Complainant parked her vehicle in the apartment complex parking lot. When she returned to her vehicle she discovered an unknown suspect maliciously scratched the trunk lid, near the lock, and broke off the vehicle emblem. 14-2845

Central Business District (CBD) and CN Railroad property:

Royal Oak officers noted an increase in graffiti in the CBD and on CN Railroad property. Based on their observations, officers began checking the CBD and other areas for graffiti. Over the course of the past week, fifteen (15) Malicious Destruction of Property reports were initiated. In reviewing these reports, there does not appear to a pattern or intentional targeting of specific locations. Business owners are Jim Shaffer ad EDITEDencouraged to report incidents of this nature to the police department. It is the business owners’ responsibility to have the graffiti removed as soon as possible. This is important because the presence of graffiti encourages others to mimic the activity.

Other Incidents

1800 W. Fourteen Mile (Penn’s Thai Kitchen), 1-27-14, 5:09 p.m.:

Complainant reported an unknown suspect called the business posing as a DTE Energy representative. The suspect told the complainant the business was behind on their electric bill and the power would be disconnected within an hour if the bill was not paid. The suspect instructed the complainant to purchase a pre-paid credit card with the amount needed to bring the account up-to-date and arrangements would be made to transfer the money.

The complainant was suspicious and contacted DTE Energy. A DTE representative verified the account ctechadwas current and no one from their company called her. This is a recent scam suspects are using to steal money from local businesses. Any business owner receiving a call of this nature should report it to the police department immediately. As a reminder, do not provide any account information or personal information to a caller in these instances and note any contact information provided by the suspect caller. 14-3059

734 S. Washington (Hookah Joes), 1-30-14, 2:37 a.m.:

Complainant was preparing to leave the business and started his vehicle to warm it up. He left it running, unlocked and went back inside the business. He checked on his vehicle a few minutes later and observed an unknown suspect driving his vehicle southbound on Washington.

A Royal Oak officer quickly located the vehicle on northbound Woodward, near Catalpa, and stopped it. The driver, a 24-year-old Bloomfield resident, was arrested for Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile. He is expected to be arraigned in the 44th

District Court tomorrow morning. 14-3300sidebar01sponsor

The following arrests were made during the period:

One (1) Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile

One (1) Parole Violation, Possession of Marijuana

One (1) Probation Violation, Misdemeanor Warrant

Five (5) Misdemeanor Warrant

Two (2) Domestic Assault and Battery

pride2014adOne (1) Domestic Assault and Battery, Entering Without Permission, Interfering with


One (1) Possession of Marijuana

One (1) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

One (1) Possession of Prescription Drugs

One (1) Possession of a Controlled Substance

One (1) Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Four (4) Operating While Intoxicatednicholas-schrock-allstate

One (1) Operating While Intoxicated II

One (1) Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Three (3) Driving While License Suspended, Misdemeanor Warrant

One (1) Driving While License Suspended, Possession of Prescription Drugs

One (1) Driving While License Suspended, Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Warrant

One (1) Obstructing a Police Officer

Four (4) Disorderly Conduct

One (1) Disorderly Conduct, Malicious Destruction of Property

HowesLocationOne (1) Urinating in Public, Minor in Possession of Alcohol

One (1) Minor in Possession of Alcohol

One (1) Consuming Alcohol in Public

One (1) Trespassing

Total Arrests: 37

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