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Possible pot sale investigated
On Feb. 20 at about 11 p.m. police responded to a report of a possible sale of marijuana in the 900 block of South Main St.

The complainant told police he observed suspicious activity in the parking lot about 9 p.m. involving several males and confronted them.

The alleged seller denied knowledge of any drug sale.

However, the witness got a license plate number and the care remains open pending further investigation.

Fraud complaint
On Feb. 20 at about 4 p.m. in the 100 block of East Middle Street, police responded to a possible fraud complaint.

A business owner said he’d received a phone call from a woman who said she was a single mother with children who lives in Chelsea and was stranded with car problems.

The owner agreed to wire the woman $75 to help her get back to Chelsea. After wiring of funds, the business owner did some checking and began to feel he was uncomfortable with the woman’s story.
Police did local checks and determined that the female did not live anywhere near Chelsea and multiple attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

The case remains open pending the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s determination if any type of fraud charges could be pursued.

 

Car damaged during dispute
On Feb. 12 at about 12:40 p.m., police responded to west Old US-12 and Old Manchester Road for a report of damage to a vehicle.

A female victim told police that the night before she and her ex-boyfriend, a 19-year-old Chelsea man, got into an argument and he punched out the front windshield and rear view mirror of her vehicle.

The case remains open pending warrant review and authorization by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

Basketball loss leads to assault and battery, destruction of property charges
On Feb. 10 at about 7:30 p.m., police were called to the 500 block of Washington Street for a report of a 17-year-old Chelsea man who got angry following a basketball game, struck another person as well as several other items as he left the building.

According to the police report, he reportedly struck a victim, two drinking fountains and a trash receptacle that were in the hallway.

Bystanders followed the suspect out to the parking lot area where they witnessed him striking the victim’s parked vehicle cracking the windshield.

The case remains open pending warrant review and authorization by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for the charges of assault and battery as well as malicious destruction of property.

Warrant arrest made
On Feb. 7 at about 5 a.m. in the 700 block of West Middle Street, police arrested a 54-year-old Chelsea man who was wanted on a warrant for violation of his probation from the 14 A District Court. He was then transported to the Washtenaw County Jail.

Domestic assault charged
Chelsea Police responded to the 500 block of North Main Street on Feb. 4 at about 11:30 p.m. for a report of domestic assault in progress.

The male victim told police that the suspect, a 32-year-old Flint woman, got mad while dinner was being prepared, threw a glass plate across the room and began assaulting the victim. She was arrested and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office authorized the charge of domestic assault and she was later arraigned.

Check forgery and credit card fraud
On Feb. 3 at about 7:50 a.m., police were called to the 800 block of West Middle Street for a report of check forgery and credit card fraud.

The victim stated that she had had several checks stolen and her signature was forged on them and her credit card was used to make unauthorized purchases.

The case remains open pending further investigation and warrant review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

Laptop stolen at business
On Jan. 30 at about 5 p.m., police were called to the 1500 Block of South Main Street for a report of a stolen laptop.

A man left his laptop unattended on a table to use the restroom and came back to find it gone. Thanks to a witness, a 19-year-old Grass Lake man was identified as a possible suspect and police went to his home where he admitted to the crime.

The case remains open pending warrant review and authorization by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

Family problems led to warrant arrest
On Jan. 29 at about 6 p.m., police were alerted to a report of family trouble taking place in the 300 Block of East Middle Street involving a 24-year-old woman.

The victim went to the police station to report that the suspect, who lives in the home, was wanted on a warrant from Blackman Township for violation of her probation.

Police confirmed the outstanding warrant, went to the home and placed the woman under arrest. She was transported to the Clear Lake Road exit to meet with the Blackman Township Police Department.

Witness arrested, wanted on bench warrant
On Jan. 26, police were called to the 500 block of North Main Street at about 3:40 a.m., for a report of a domestic disturbance between a boyfriend and girlfriend.

The two were separated and allowed to leave the scene, but a witness to the incident was arrested when it was determined he was wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court

The witness, a 44-year-old Chelsea man, was arrested and taken to Washtenaw County Jail for failure to appear on a drinking and driving case in Chelsea.

Engagement ring and wedding band lost
On Jan. 23 at about 8:10 a.m., police were called to the 600 block of Fairways Lane for a report of a lost diamond engagement ring and wedding band.

Although the woman did not know the exact location of where she’d lost the rings, she told police it happened sometime between Jan. 16-17, possibly at her job in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Police took a report should anyone turn in the rings to the police department.

Chelsea 27-year-old man subdued and forcibly restrained
On Jan. 18 in the 300 block of Congdon Street at about 4:10 a.m., police were alerted to a man who was passed out and his roommates were concerned about his condition.

When they arrived, the Chelsea Fire Department and Huron Valley Ambulance were aiding the 27-year-old Chelsea man but he became combative and officers had “to subdue and forcibly restrain” him according to the police report.

According to the police report, “It was believed that the subject was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time, which altered the subject’s mood and personality.”

He was transported to Chelsea hospital for evaluation and the case remains open pending warrant review and authorization by the Washtenaw County Prosecutors Office.

Money stolen
On Jan. 18, police were called to the 800 block of West Middle Street at 8:37 p.m. for a report of larceny from a building complaint.

The female victim told police that on Jan. 16, her nephew went to her bank and withdrew $400 in cash, and placed the bank envelope containing the money in her purse.

The victim stated that she takes her purse with her when she is in the dining hall and never leaves it unattended, but the money had disappeared.

There are no suspects and the case remains closed pending further leads.

Car crash leads to arrest for driving under the influence of drugs
On Jan. 16 at about 10 p.m., police were called to the intersection of West Old US-12 and South Main Street for a report of a car crash.

According to the police report, witnesses said the 54-year-old Chelsea driver appeared to be “drunk” and was attempting to leave the scene of the accident. A witness told police that the driver had lost control of his vehicle and struck the crosswalk control box, then backed up and struck a snow bank.

After several minutes, the suspect exited the vehicle and fell down, a witness said.

The driver told police he had taken prescription medication. He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs and transported to the Chelsea Hospital for a chemical blood draw and transported to the Washtenaw County Jail.

The case remains open pending laboratory analysis by the Michigan State Police crime lab and warrant review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

License plate stolen from car
On Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m., a female victim arrived at the police department to report that she’d parked in the 300 block of North Main Street at 8 a.m. the day before and someone had taken her license plate while she was at work.

According to the police report, the victim returned to her car at about 5 p.m. that night and took her car to be washed in Jackson and an employee told her that her license plate was missing.

There are no suspects and the case remains closed pending further leads.

Driver jumps curb with vehicle, strikes parked vehicle
On Jan. 8 at about 6:30 p.m., Chelsea Police were called to the 1200 block of South Main Street for a report of a private property crash.

Witnesses told police that the vehicle was driven over a curb and struck a parked car.

The driver, a 54-year-old Chelsea man, admitted to taking prescription pain medication and was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

According to the police report, the driver “showed signs of intoxication, appearing unsteady on his feet, slurred speech and also had difficulty following directions.”

The man was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs and was transported to the Chelsea Hospital for a chemical test blood draw.

After he was taken to the Chelsea Police Department for processing, the man was transported to his residence because of his medical condition.

The case remains open pending laboratory analysis by the Michigan State Police crime lab of the suspect’s blood results and warrant review and authorization by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prescription meds taken from lunch bag
On Jan. 8 at about 3:15 a.m. police were called to the 600 block of East Industrial Drive for a report of larceny of prescription medication.

The victim told police that he’d placed a bottle of prescription pain medication inside his lunch bag and placed the lunch bag inside the refrigerator at the beginning of his shift. When he returned to get the bag, he discovered the prescription bottle was missing and told police he suspected two of his coworkers.

However, a search of both coworker’s their vehicles did not turn up the drugs.

The case remains closed pending any further leads.

Citizen’s call leads to arrest
On Jan. 2 at about 9:30 a.m., police were called about a suspicious male seen loitering in a wooded area near the 400 block of Elm Street.

The man was described as a thin, white, teen male, 6-feet tall, wearing baggy pants and a hooded flannel jacket and a black knit hat.

While conducting a search of the area, police found an unoccupied black sedan parked at a nearby intersection blocking traffic. A license plate check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Blackman Township earlier in the morning, according to the police report.

Police called in the U-M Department of Public Safety K-9 unit to search the area, but the search was unsuccessful.

A few hours later, police got a call from a resident who had spotted a man who fit the description in the area of McKinley Road and Jeanette Drive in Lima Township.

Chelsea Police, in conjunction with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended and arrested the 19-year-old Jackson man for suspicion of stolen property. He was transported to the Chelsea Police Department for questioning and it was determined that he’d left a treatment facility.

The case remains open pending further investigation and warrant review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

The man was returned to the facility to continue his treatment.

Chelsea Police issue a summary of crimes in the city, usually on Monday mornings. Previous crime stories can be found here.

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