February 03, 2010 - Mailbox mischief
On Jan. 26, a Brandon deputy responded to the 1800 block of Viola. The complainant said someone took the mailbox off the post in front of his home. The case is open.
Seen but not caught—yet
On Jan. 26, a Brandon deputy responded to the 700 block of Oakwood Road for a home invasion in progress. The homeowner said he returned home to see a white male run out the side entry door of the attached garage. The complainant chased the suspect, who was described as about 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, wearing a black and white button down shirt, black skull cap and jeans. The complainant stopped pursuing the suspect for fear of disturbing the scene. A K-9 unit responded and followed a track through several yards, crossing Church Street and west past Allen to Cedar Lake. The trail ended in the 200 block of Cedar Street. The complainant said $200 in loose change was taken from a wooden container, as well as several gold jewelry items and a man's wristwatch. The case is open.
Up to no good
On Jan. 27, a 3:29 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to the 2400 block of Granger Road for a breaking and entering in progress. While eastbound on Granger Road en route to the complainant's home, the deputy observed two sets of footprints leading to and from several homes. The tracks stopped at Granger and Glass roads, as if the possible suspects had gotten in a vehicle. At the complainant's house, there were more footprints and a window was open. The homeowner was visibly shaken. Nothing appeared to be missing.
On Jan. 27, a Brandon deputy responded to the 700 block of Sally Z Court for larceny from an auto. The complainant said at about 5:30 a.m., he walked outside and saw two sets of footprints in the freshly fallen snow that led up to the side door of his garage and around his vehicle. There was no damage to the unlocked vehicle, but two items were stolen from it— a round, white frosted birthday cake purchased from Bueche's the day before and approximately $10 in loose coins. Police believe the suspects are the same from the above mentioned home invasion in progress.
On Jan. 28, at 12:20 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to S. Sashabaw and Oakhill roads for a report of of a reckless driver. The complainant and another witness followed the suspect in their vehicles to Wildwood Loop in the Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home Park. The complainant said he was northbound on Sashabaw Road in the left lane as the right lane was ending. A group home van in the right lane force merged into his lane and he tried to avoid hitting the van, but the van hit his truck, forcing him into the oncoming traffic lane. He followed the suspect and called police. A witness in the vehicle behind the complainant verified the events and followed, too. The suspect, in an attempt to get away from them, drove into a subdivison and across a private lawn before driving into the mobile home park. The suspect admitted hitting the truck and driving across the lawn.
She said the complainant wouldn't let her merge and sped up. The witness countered this was untrue and said once they stopped inside the mobile home park, the suspect got out of her van and started pounding her fists on the vehicle windows of the witness. The suspect was issued a citation for reckless driving and released. Later this same day, deputies responded to the home in the 5000 block of Durham Court where the suspect had driven across the lawn. The complainant was advised the woman had been cited for reckless driving and his complaint was forwarded for victim compensation when the suspect is prosecuted.
Pot o' trouble
On Jan. 28, at 3:38 p.m., a Brandon deputy made a traffic stop on a white Dodge pickup truck with a cracked windshield. The deputy detected the odor of marijuana from the vehicle. The driver handed over a small bag with green contents and a glass pipe. He said the marijuana was his. He was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shady business practice
On Jan. 29, a Brandon deputy responded to Village Court. The complainant said within the last couple weeks, someone entered the utility room of the unoccupied apartment building and removed copper piping from a hot water heater. The water had previously been shut off. She suspects her business partner, who is going through bankruptcy issues.
On Jan. 29, a Brandon deputy responded to the 4000 block of Shamrock Court for larceny of auto parts. The complainant said between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., someone stole a chrome bumper (for a Ford 150 pickup truck) that was next to his barn. The case is open.
Phoneless in Brandon
On Jan. 29, a Brandon deputy responded to the 3900 block of Poli Road for a report of a lost cell phone. The complainant's daughter took the phone to school, set it down in the locker room and is now unable to find it. The report was taken for insurance purposes.
On Jan. 30, at 2:18 a.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol westbound on Oakwood Road stopped the vehicle in front of him after it swung wide while turning northbound on Hadley Road, going into the oncoming traffic lane. The driver smelled of intoxicants. He said he'd had two beers about an hour and a half prior. A preliminary breathalyzer test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .173 percent. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated and taken to the Oakland County Jail.
On Jan. 30, at 9:25 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to the 200 block of Granger Road to assist the Brandon Fire Department with a car/house fire. The man at the home said he borrowed his girlfriend's Trail Blazer to visit his mother. He parked the vehicle in front of the garage and was only at the house for 30 minutes when the neighbor alerted them that the vehicle was on fire. The garage door and house siding also caught fire. The BFD put the blaze out. The fire appeared to be electrical.