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Police Blotter

Chelsea Police issue a summary of crimes in the city, usually on Monday evenings.

Fraudulent bank transfer attempt reported

On July 1, police were called to the 100 block of South Street at about 5 p.m. for a report of a fraudulent bank transfer that had been attempted on the victim’s bank account.

The victim told police she had been alerted by her bank that a large transfer request had been submitted. She told them she had not authorized it, the transaction was cancelled and she didn’t lose any money.

The case was closed pending further information from the bank on where and who submitted this request.

Family argument ends in an assault

On June 24 at about 8 p.m., police were called to the 1400 block of Carston Lane for a report of a family argument that resulted in an assault.

Officers met with all involved and the 18-year-old victim told police he was in the garage trying to put air in his mini bike tire using a bicycle pump.

According to the police report, the suspect, a 48-year-old Chelsea man and the victim’s future step-father said he told the victim to use the air compressor and the victim responded with a snide comment.

This upset the suspect, prompting him to grab the victim’s arm with both hands and back him into a work bench area and he shoved him against it, according to the police report.

The suspect gave his statement to the officers and stated that for a long time, he had been having an issue with the victim talking disrespectfully to people in the house.

The suspect said that he got upset and wanted to show him that his disrespectful attitude and language was going to cause him problems and get him in trouble in life.

Upon arrival, the suspect had already packed a bag of overnight clothes and was going to be staying somewhere else for a few days while things calmed down.

The suspect was released and advised that the case was going to be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s for review on a charge of assault and battery.

Flag thefts reported on Washington Street

On June 23 at about 11:30 a.m., police received a call that a flag had been stolen from the front porch area of a residence in the 200 block of Washington Street.

In addition, a neighbor in the 200 block of Washington Street went to the police department that morning to report that a flag had been stolen from his front porch.

The male complainant stated that the flag had been on the porch on June 22 at 9:30 pm and when he got up and eventually looked outside the following morning at 8:30 a.m., he noticed the flag was missing.

The female victim said she knew the flag was on the porch on June 22 at 9:30 p.m. and noticed it was missing when a neighbor, who also had his flag stolen, contacted her inquiring whether she knew her flag was gone.

Officers canvassed the area but were unable to locate the flags or any witnesses to the thefts.

On the morning of June 24, the officers were contacted and advised that an unknown woman and her young son had returned both stolen flags to a nearby neighbor.

The woman stated that she had found the flags wrapped up together near Beach Middle School.

No further information was available on a potential suspect(s).

Property damage reported

On June 19 at about 6 p.m., police were called to the 20000 block of W. Old US-12 for a property damage complaint.

Officers made contact with the complainant who showed the officer where two outside landscape style lights used to illuminate a sign had been possibly kicked or knocked over and broken.

The case was closed pending any further leads.

Broken window reported

On June 18 at about 8:10 a.m., police were called to the 100 block of N. Main Street for a report of a large window that was broken at a business.

The property owner was on scene when the officers arrived on the scene, and it was determined that nothing had been taken from the property and no entry inside had been made.

The case was closed pending any further leads.

Retail fraud reported

On June 6 at about 8 p.m., police were called to the 1200 block of S. Main Street for a report of retail fraud.

At this time, there are no further details available, and the incident remains open pending further investigation.

61-year-old Chelsea man arrested on multiple charges

On June 5 at about 6 p.m., police observed a vehicle swerving and being operated in a hazardous manner while making a loud noise.

After following the vehicle, police pulled over the driver in the 100 block of Van Buren Street and found the front of the vehicle had been severally damaged.

In addition, police got a call from a witness who told police about a vehicle that crossed a lane of traffic, hit a sign and continued on down the road.

The driver, a 61-year-old Chelsea man, had a suspended license, and was also wanted by an area agency for a domestic assault that had taken place earlier in the day.

The driver was placed under arrest and turned over to the area agency to be lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail on the domestic assault charge.

The case involving the hit and run crash and driving on a suspended driver’s license will be turned over to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Saline 17-year-old arrested for gun possession

On June 1 at about 12:30 a.m., police were called to the 1600 block of S. Main Street for a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Found inside the while Buick were three occupants who appeared to be sleeping with the car running and the lights on.

The officers knocked on the window and woke up the driver and the front seat passenger. A third passenger in the back of the car continued sleeping.

Police saw “the grip and stock of what appeared to be an AR Style rifle sticking out of a backpack in the backseat of the car in plain view,” according to the police report.

All three of the occupants were questioned as to who owned the gun and the backseat passenger, a 17-year-old Saline man, admitted that the rifle belonged to him.

A computer check revealed that the rifle in question had been reported stolen to another local law enforcement agency.

The rifle was processed and logged into evidence.

The suspect was transported to the Washtenaw County Jail and the case was submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review on a charge of transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm.

Chelsea man hit with a frying pan

On May 7 at about 1:30 a.m. police were called to the 200 block of West Middle Street for a report of family trouble.

When officers arrived, there was a man in the backyard with a head laceration who told police his live-in girlfriend was armed with a butcher knife and a frying pan.

The man told police he’d been struck multiple times by his 42-year-old Chelsea girlfriend and that she’d slashed a tire on his vehicle.

The officers entered the residence and located the woman who was extremely agitated, and she began yelling at the officers, according to the police report.

The situation was deescalated and eventually the suspect was placed under arrest by the officers on scene.

The case remains open pending the case being submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review on potential Aggravated Domestic Violence charges.

Chelsea man calls police for stalking complaint

On April 17 at 12:14 a.m., police were called to the 500 block of Wilkinson St. for a stalking complaint.

The caller reported that a woman in a Ford F-150 pickup truck had pulled into his driveway and began honking the horn and yelling out the window.

The man told police he believed the driver was a 54-year-old Dexter woman with whom he’d had a relationship, and this was not the first time she’d tried to make contact.

By the time police arrived, she’d left the property.

A letter was drafted by the responding officer and was sent to the suspect advising her not to return to the premises or have any further unsolicited contact with the complainant.

Any further contact would be treated as harassment and/or stalking type behavior and would be forwarded on to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s office for review.

Mailboxes damaged on Antique Court

On April 3 at about 1:15 a.m., police were called to the 400 block of Antique Court in Fairways subdivision for a report of malicious destruction of property.

The victim told police that she heard lots of loud banging and discovered her mailbox had been damaged and she saw two male suspects walking down the road.

When police arrived, the suspects took off on foot and although police gave chase, they got away.

The case remains open pending further investigation and review of nearby surveillance footage in the area.

Grass Lake man returns to business, breaks trespass notice

On April 4 at 3:35 p.m., police were called to the 1500 block of South Main Street for a report of a former employee, who had been recently fired,  refusing to leave the property.

The suspect, a 27-year-old Grass Lake man, was served with a formal trespass notice 3 weeks ago. This order prohibited him from coming on to the property for one year.

After the officers spoke to him, he still refused to leave the premises. The officers stood by until the subject eventually decided to leave the property.

The case was submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review on a charge of trespassing.

Counterfeit currency complaint

On March 25 at about 3 p.m., police were called to the 1200 block of S. Main Street for a report of counterfeit currency.

A manager told police that a cashier had taken a suspected counterfeit $20 bill from an unknown customer sometime between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 25 during a regular shift.

The manager stated that while doing a routine count of the money in the cash drawer, he noticed that the bill in question did not feel right and appeared to be just printed on regular copy paper.

No suspect information was available because it was unclear when exactly the bill was received.

The bill will be turned over to the United States Secret Service.

Angry person kicks hole in wall at business

On March 16 at about 1 p.m., police were called to the 1100 block of S. Main Street for a malicious destruction of property complaint.

According to the police report, the caller stated that she was sitting in her office in a strip mall area and suddenly heard a male voice yelling loudly. She then heard a loud smashing noise on the outside of her work area.

After the yelling subsided, according to the police report, she exited the office area to investigate and found an about 6-inch hole in the drywall in the common hallway.

After speaking with another person who witnessed the incident, it was determined that the suspect had become enraged and upon leaving the neighboring business, the suspect kicked a hole in the wall.

There was no suspect information available at the time of the report.

Traffic stop results in warrant arrest

On March 6 at about 2:25 p.m., police stopped a vehicle in the 500 block of S. Main Street without a license plate.

Police requested the driver’s identification and it was found that the 32-year-old Gregory man had a valid bench warrant for a traffic offense out of the Michigan State Police Jackson Post.

The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle and was placed under arrest.

Police searched the vehicle and also found a loaded handgun under the passenger seat and the driver did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon.

The case remains open pending review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for carrying a concealed firearm.

The suspect was turned over to the Michigan State Police for the warrant.

Chelsea police dispatched to Jackson Jail for man wanted on warrant

On March 5, at 7:05 p.m., police were dispatched to the Jackson County Jail to pick up a 33-year-old Jackson man wanted on a warrant from Chelsea.

The man was in violation of a court order stemming from a prior traffic-related arrest.

He was transported to the Washtenaw County Jail where he will be held pending a hearing before the judge. 

Chelsea police take transfer of Jackson man wanted on warrant

On March 4, at about noon, police were dispatched to the Park n Ride parking lot on M-52 to meet Blackman Township officials who were transporting a 33-year-old Jackson man with a valid warrant from Chelsea.

The man was wanted for a violation of a court order stemming from a prior traffic-related arrest.

He was taken to Washtenaw County Jail where he will be held pending a hearing before the judge.

Accident leads to DUI arrest

On Feb. 26 at about 12:38 a.m., police saw a car off the road, and it had struck a utility pole. The officer found a 43-year-old Stockbridge man uninjured, but police suspected he was under the influence.

After asking him to perform some standard field sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The man was transported for a medical evaluation and a routine blood draw to determine the level of intoxication.

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

Skateboarding down Main Street leads to arrest

On Feb. 25 at 12:07 a.m. in the 300 block of S. Main St., police observed a 22-year-old South Lyon man skateboarding down the middle of the traffic lane heading north on S. Main Street.

The officer stopped the man to get him out of the road for safety reasons, and he refused to provide his name or identification. He was arrested for failing to identify himself and for a disorderly person charge.

Eventually,  the suspect’s identity was determined, he was found to have a valid warrant and was in violation of a conditional bond release prohibiting him from possessing or using alcohol.

Police found him in possession of a 40 oz bottle of beer at the time of arrest and admitted to consuming two beers.

The case will be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review of the charges.

(Also of note: There have been additional recent instances of complaints regarding an unknown person skateboarding down the middle of Main Street wearing dark clothing and nearly causing accidents because motorists could not see the person.)

Stockbridge man arrested for retail fraud

On Feb. 19 at about 4:30 p.m., police were called to the 1200 block of S. Main St. for a report of retail fraud.

When police arrived, the caller told people the 21-year-old Stockbridge man had been detained but then had attempted to flee the store.

He was arrested for attempting to steal liquor from the business, taken to the police department and fingerprinted on the charges.

He was released pending warrant review and authorization by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Check written from closed account

On Feb. 19 at about noon, police were called to the 1200 block of S. Main St. to take a report about a business taking a check from a closed account.

The complainant told police that the suspect had written a check for $120 in August and upon submitting it to the bank, it was returned because that the checking account had been frozen or closed.

On Aug. 23, 2019, the complainant sent a letter to the suspect, a 40-year-old Athens, Michigan man, and notified him that if he did not resolve the matter by paying in full, they would request criminal charges.

As of Feb. 19, the complainant had been unable to collect on the check and received no communication from the suspect.

The complaint will be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for warrant review and authorization.

Hole found in front window

On Feb. 12 at about 4:30 p.m. police were called to the 100 block of N. Main Street for a property damage complaint.

The victim told police a hole had been found in her front window that appeared to be from a BB or other similar projectile.

The damage is believed to have taken place sometime between Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 9 a.m.

There was no suspect information at the time of the report.

Retail fraud reported

On Feb. 10 at about 6:30 p.m., police were called to the 1200 block of S. Main Street for a report of retail fraud.

A customer alerted a store employee that two people had loaded a shopping cart and carrying basket with meat and walked out of the side entrance of the store without paying.

A review of the video surveillance footage of the incident confirmed the incident.

No suspect vehicle description was available at the time of the report.

The case was closed pending any further information.

DUI accident leaves car stuck on railroad tracks

On Feb. 8 at about 12:40 a.m., police were called to Cleveland Street and Cavanaugh Lake Road for a report of a motor vehicle crash where the vehicle was stuck on the railroad tracks.

Amtrak police were notified of the incident and advised to stop any incoming train traffic until the vehicle could be moved.

The officers located the driver who told police she’d lost control of the vehicle in the snow and that the car belonged to her father.

She said she was on her way home from a bar in Jackson and then gave varying answers about how many drinks she had.

The driver, a 23-year-old Jackson woman, agreed to field sobriety tests and police determined there was enough probable cause to place the driver under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

She was transported to the hospital for a blood draw and then taken to 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.

Stolen license plate reported

Police were called to the 300 block of Elm Street on Jan. 27 at about 4:40 p.m. for the report of a stolen license plate.

The victim told police the plate was taken from his vehicle sometime between Jan. 26 at 8 a.m. and Jan. 27 at 4:40 p.m.

The plate was entered into the Michigan database as stolen.

Expired vehicle registration, no driver’s license

On Jan. 27 at 2:15 p.m., police pulled over a female driver at the intersection of Sibley Road and N. Main St for an expired registration.

When asked to provide her driver’s license, the 29-year-old Jackson woman told police she didn’t have any identification with her.

A check of the state’s database showed she didn’t have a driver’s license and she was issued a ticket for both never acquiring a driver’s license and an expired vehicle registration.

The vehicle was left parked legally and the driver was advised not to drive and to find alternate transportation.

Larceny from a vehicle

On Jan. 24 at about 5:20 p.m., police were called to the 400 block of N. Main St. for a report of a larceny from an auto.

The victim told police she parked her vehicle at about 4:15 p.m. and an hour later she was notified that someone had smashed her rear passenger seat window.

When she returned to her car, she found her wallet, containing cash and credit cards, was missing.

An attempt to use one of the credit cards was made at the Meijer in Scio Township but that attempt was unsuccessful.

The case remains open pending further investigation.

Larceny from a locker

On Jan. 26 at about 2:17 p.m., police were called to the 14000 block E. Old US-12 for a report of a larceny from a locker that took place on Jan. 25 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The victim said he left his wallet locked inside a locker for about an hour and a short time later, he noticed cash and credit cards were missing.

While trying to cancel his credit cards, he learned that there had been two fraudulent attempts to use his cards at an Apple store inside Twelve Oaks Mall, but both transactions were declined.

The case remains open pending further investigation.

Counterfeit $100 passed on South Main Street

On Jan. 14 at about 6 a.m., police were called to the 1600 block of S. Main St. for a report of counterfeit currency.

The victim told police that two men purchased instant lottery tickets and a couple of other various items totaling $99.92 and paid with a $100 bill and then left the store before the bill could be checked for authenticity.

When the clerk checked the bill, it was found to be counterfeit.

The suspects, determined to be a 30-year-old and 28-year-old Jackson men, are also under investigation for similar crimes in the Jackson area.

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

61-year-old Chelsea man arrested for DUI  

On  Jan. 13 at about 7:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the north side of town for a report of a possible drunk driver.

The caller stated that the driver appeared to be under the influence and was swerving and driving unusually slow.

The vehicle, a late model Ford F-Series pickup, was located turning onto Wilkinson Street and police observed the driver, a 61-year-old Chelsea man and pulled him over.

He was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, transported to the hospital for a blood draw, and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail.

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

Felonious assault reported

On Jan. 11 at about midnight, police responded to a report of a felonious assault in the 500 block of North Main Street.

According to the police report, a man and his friends were walking from a local business to their car and the victim noted a white man “paying much more attention” to him than would be normal.

The victim described the man as a white male with a dark beard wearing a dark flannel shirt, jeans and a ball cap. As he got closer, the victim noticed the suspect had a knife in his hand.

The victim yelled to his friends that the man had a knife and ran back into the business he’d left.

The suspect then fled on foot in the opposite direction and no physical injuries were reported to police.

Surveillance footage showed a potential suspect as a 38-year-old Chelsea man believed to be living in the 6000 block of Sibley Road.

Police found the man at his house, conducted an interview and arrested him for felonious assault.

The suspect was lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail pending arraignment.

Upon review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s office, a two-count warrant was authorized. Count 1 was possession of a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and count 2 was for felonious assault.

Malicious destruction of property reported

On Jan. 9 at about 9 a.m. in the 200 block of Wilkinson Street, police responded to a malicious destruction of property complaint.

Police found what appeared to be black spray paint had been sprayed over the windows and taillights on her vehicle.

The damage was believed to have been done sometime between Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and the time it was discovered on Jan. 9 at 8:58 a.m.

No suspect information was available at the time of the report.

Counterfeit bills passed at South Main Street business

On Jan. 3 at about 4:30 p.m., police were made aware of two incidents of counterfeit $50 bills.

While on routine patrol, a police officer was approached by an employee of a business in the 1100 block of S. Main Street.

The employee reported two separate incidents of receiving counterfeit $50 bills.

The first incident occurred Dec. 3 when a purchase was made using what turned out to be a counterfeit $50 bill. This incident was not reported at the time, and the counterfeit bill was held at the business.

Then on Jan. 3, at about 4:30 p.m. another attempt was made to pay for an item using a $50 bill. The complainant told police the bill “just didn’t feel right” and tested it with a fraud detection pen, according to the police report.

Although the bill passed, when checked for the watermarks and a security strip, none of those features were visible.

Upon being confronted with the information that the bill being fake, the suspect grabbed the bill and fled the area.

The counterfeit bill from the Dec. 3 incident will be forwarded on to the United States Secret Service.

Case closed pending any further leads on a potential suspect.

38-year-old Chelsea woman arrested for DUI

On Dec. 30 at about 12:43 a.m., police were called to the intersection of North Freer Road and Washington Street for a report of a possible drunk driver.

A Jeep was reported swerving all over the road and at one point stopping in the road for approximately 30 seconds.

Police found the vehicle in the 200 block of Washington Street parked in a driveway. Police found the vehicle still running and the rear windows were partially down. There was a white female sitting in the driver’s seat slumped over and passed out or sleeping.

Police knocked on the window and the driver, a 38-year-old Chelsea woman, eventually responded. She admitted to having “a bit” to drink.

Police noticed a strong odor of intoxicants emanating from the driver and she was asked to step out of the vehicle and perform standard field sobriety tests. She was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

A request for the suspect to submit to a portable breath test was denied as was a request to voluntarily submit to a blood alcohol analysis.

Police obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s blood and she was transported to the Chelsea Hospital for a blood draw.

The woman was processed and taken to Washtenaw County Jail.

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

47-year-old Grass Lake man arrested for DUI

On Dec. 24 at about 12:13 a.m., police were called to the 1300 block of Auston Lane for a report of a pick-up truck that was driving on lawns.

Police found the vehicle and performed a traffic stop. Inside was a 47-year-old Grass Lake man, who told police he was trying to go “back home” and seemed generally confused about what was happening.

The driver told the officer that he had not had anything to drink. The officer asked the driver if he would step out of the vehicle and perform some standard field sobriety tests and he agreed.

After submitting to a portable breath test, the suspect was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. He agreed to a blood draw to determine his level of intoxication and was transported to the Chelsea Hospital. At the conclusion of the blood draw, the suspect was 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.

North Main Street store front smashed by rock

On Dec. 22 at about noon, police were called to the 400 block of N. Main Street for a report of a malicious destruction of property.

The victim told police one of his front windows to his business had been broken.

The window was described as being approximately 6-foot by 6-foot and had an approximately 1-foot wide hole broken through it. A large rock was found on the sidewalk directly below the window.

The incident took place sometime between Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 22 around 11:10 a.m.

At the time of the report, there was no suspect information available.

Malicious destruction of property reported on Chestnut Street

 On Dec. 21 at about 9 p.m., police were called to the 50 block of Chestnut for a report of malicious destruction of property.

The home owners told police that they were inside the house watching TV at approximately 9 p.m. when they heard a loud noise, possibly of glass breaking.

Since the blinds were drawn, they could not see outside to tell who or what may have caused the noise. A small hole had penetrated both panes of glass in the approximate the size of a BB or a pellet.

No sign of the projectile was found.

A canvas of the neighborhood turned up no witnesses and the case was closed pending any further leads.

Larceny from building

On Dec. 21 at about 2:15 a.m., police were called to the 1600 block of Commerce Park Dr. for a report of a larceny from a building complaint.

The victim told police she’d left the room where she has been living at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 20 and went to work.

When she returned at midnight on Dec. 21, she noticed that several items in her living area seemed out of place. The victim told the officer that $40 was missing as well as a piece of jewelry that was a family heirloom.

The case remains open pending further investigation. 

Unlawful entry of a vehicle, nothing taken

On Dec. 17 at about 7:50 a.m., police were called to the 1500 block of Commerce Park Dr. for a report of an unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

The victim told police that she parked her vehicle in the parking lot and dropped her child off and when she returned to her vehicle, she noticed that her lunch bag was thrown onto the driver’s rear floorboard and her laptop bag was open.

She told police that she’d left the vehicle unlocked and was away from the vehicle from 7:15-7:20 a.m.

Nothing was taken and the case was closed pending further leads.


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