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February 23, 2011 - Careless

On Feb. 16, at 4:12 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to M-15 for a report of a tractor/trailer driving recklessly. The deputy stopped the tractor-trailer on M-15 near Wolfe Road. The driver said while he was northbound on M-15 from I-75, he was behind a vehicle that was continuously tapping the brakes and causing him to take evasive action and drive off the road. A witness told the deputy that the tractor-trailer was following the car closely and appeared to try and run her off the road. The tractor-trailer driver was cited for careless driving.

Auto theft

On Feb. 16, a Brandon deputy responded to Southeastern Auto Sales, 1343 S. Ortonville Road for unlawful driving away of an automobile. The complainant said between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., someone stole a 1997 Dodge Neon from the lot that for sale and unplated. The case is open.

Birthday shenanigans

On Feb. 17, a Brandon deputy responded to the 3800 block of Redbud for a report of larceny. The complainant said his friend stole his wife's laptop computer. He said he and his friend went out for his birthday at arouknd 10:30 p.m. and came home at midnight and the friend slept on the couch while he checked Facebook. He said he went to bed and left the computer charging. The next day the computer was gone, he said, and his friend told him he took the laptop and traded it for drugs to a man named Mike in Pontiac. The complainant said his friend told him he would help him get the computer back and gave him a phone number for Mike. The deputy contacted the friend, who said he didn't steal the laptop. He said the complainant asked him for a ride and they went to a trailer park on Brown Road, where the complainant took the laptop into a trailer and came out without it. The deputy had both the complainant and his friend come to the substation to straighten things out. The deputy intereviewed the friend who said that after the complainant came out without the laptop, the next day he asked his friend for a ride to Meijer to write a check for a money order, because he needed to pay Mike to get the laptop back. In the deputy's second interview with the friend, the man said he and the complainant went to a party on Feb. 16 and he traded his navigation system for drugs, while the complainant traded his laptop for drugs. The complainant finally admitted they both traded the items for drugs. The complainant's wife said her husband and his friend both smoke marijuana and crack and this is not the first time her husband has traded items they own for drugs. The case is closed.

Copper caper

On Feb. 18, a Brandon deputy responded to an unoccupied foreclosed home in the 5200 block of Seymour Lake Road. The garage rear entry door was wide open and the door frame had been broken for entry. The interior house garage door was also broken. Copper pipes in the basement were cut and missing. The rear basement window was broken. The doors were resecured. The realtor said the house has an owner and a quick sale is pending.

All in the family

On Feb. 19, at 1:45 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to Taco Bell, 1152 S. Ortonville Road, for a suspicious vehicle with three occupants that had been in the parking lot for more than 30 minutes. When the deputy arrived, he found the vehicle with its engine running and foggy windows. In the vehicle was a male driver, 26, with his cousin, 15, and her friend, 16. The vehicle smelled of freshly burned marijuana and the driver said they smoked all the marijuana prior to the deputy's arrival. He then recanted and said that all that was left were roaches in a snuff can. He had Zig Zag rolling papers between his legs on the seat. A LEIN check showed he has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a minor in possession charge from 2003. On the driver's side floorboard was a partially full pint of Five O'Clock vodka. His cousin said that she was spending the night at her friend's house and they decided to text him and have him pick them up. He bought them each a bottle of orange juice to pour vodka in and they smoked marijuana. The driver was issued two misdemeanor citations, one for possession of marijuana and the other for furnishing liquor to persons under 21. He was released and advised. The girls were taken to the substation and their mothers picked them up. A report was forwarded to the court and to the Brandon school liaison officer.


On Feb. 19, a Brandon deputy responded to the 100 block of Mill Street for malicious destruction of property. The complainant said between midnight and 6 a.m., someone threw a volleyball-sized stone through a stained glass window.

Lost wallet

On Feb. 20, a report was filed at the Brandon substation for a lost wallet. The complainant had his wallet, which contains his driver's license, credit cards, and a copy of his birth certificate, at Subway in Ortonville on Feb. 19 and hasn't seen it since.

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