February 10, 2010 - Slamming sounds
A man who called police Feb. 1 told responding deputies he was in the bathroom about 9:30 p.m. when he heard a "slamming sound" coming from the front of his apartment in the 3000 block of Sunrise Circle. The man said he went into the living room to investigate and shouted "Who's there?" when he realized someone was trying to break through his entry door. The would-be intruder apparently heard the alarmed inquiry, because the resident then heard a male voice utter 'Oh (expletive),' followed by the sound of hurried downward clomping on the stairwell. The man said he looked out the window and saw a white male, about 6-foot, 170 lbs., clad in a in black hooded sweatshirt and white knit cap, run across the parking lot and hop into the passenger side of a silver Pontiac G6.
An employee arrived at a church in the 3500 block of Joslyn Feb. 2 to process Sunday donations and called police after discovering the building had been burglarized. Not only did someone break into her office, pry open her desk and steal a safe containing about $2,000, the employee pointed out, the culprit also opened other doors, rummaged through closets and stole a candy envelope and plastic water jug containing money. In the back of the church, deputies found the thief's point of entry—a broken window—and a brick.
An illegal immigrant was lodged at Oakland County Jail to await deportation Feb. 2 after a deputy pulled over the car the 31-year-old man was driving—the vehicle had a loud muffler—near Brown Road and Giddings. Noting the man spoke no English, the deputy switched to Spanish and reported the man admitted coming to the U.S. illegally three years ago. The deputy contacted U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement, and an agent authorized detention.
Watch where you're goin'
An Orion Township man living in the 3800 block of Bald Mountain Road called police Feb. 2 after waking to find his mailbox laying in the middle of the driveway with the post still attached. Deputies noted a single set of tire tracks going from south to north, where a vehicle had "clearly run into the box while it was mounted in the ground."
Don't do that
Deputies responded to a home in the 100 block of Evergreen Feb. 3 for the felony warrant pickup of a man wanted by the Michigan Attorney General's office on child neglect charges. The man was arrested and jailed at Oakland County Jail without incident.
Not my bill
A resident woman walked into the Orion Township substation to file a police report Feb. 3 after receiving notice from a collection agency in Ohio that she owed $1,999.24 to an account she had no knowledge of. Detectives were investigating the complaint as a case of stolen identity.
Shrewd on Shrewsbury
A man living in the 600 block of Shrewsbury called police Feb. 3 to report he noticed mail missing from his mailbox, including several checks. The man, who said he would check with his bank to determine whether any of the checks were fraudulently cashed, told police he asked around but said none of his neighbors reported seeing anything suspicious.
Lock it up
A 15-year-old Lake Orion High School student called police to report she'd left her i-Pod, along with $73 in cash, under her coat in the locker room about 3 p.m. and returned 45 minutes later to find both gone.
Smoked green, ran red
A 33-year-old Pontiac man was arrested Feb. 4 after a deputy—patrolling near Joslyn and Brown—saw the man run a red light around 2:30 p.m. and noted the "strong odor of burnt marijuana" after he pulled the man over and approached the vehicle. The driver was cited for possession, as well as driving while license suspended, and his green Saturn was impounded.
An Oakland County Sheriff's Office sergeant was injured on the job Feb. 6 when officers were dispatched to a home in the 3900 block of Fieldview after a caller reported a female—who sounded like she was in trouble—pounding on the door screaming. Responding units then went to a second residence, where a male was seen dragging a female into the house. When no one answered the door, deputies looked through a window and saw what appeared to be a body under a blanket. After finally gaining entrance, deputies determined the female under the blanket was intoxicated and the male in the home had been drinking, as well. While attempting to get information for a report, the sergeant was assaulted and punched by the male causing injury to the officer's forehead. The deputies and sergeant physically subdued the male and the sergeant, a 19-year OCSO veteran—also injured his ankle during the arrest. The male was transported to the jail and the sergeant went to POH Oxford for medical treatment.
Lake Orion Review Editor