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Police Blotter

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

Man wanted on misdemeanor warrant arrested

On June 14 at about 3:16 p.m., Chelsea Police met Jackson Police off Clear Lake Road to pick up a 26-year-old Jackson man who was wanted for a misdemeanor warrant out of Chelsea.

The suspect was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for retail fraud.

The Jackson man was fingerprinted and lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail where he will be held pending arraignment on the charge.

Credit card fraud reported

On June 4 at about 11:40 a.m., police were called to the 200 block of Quiet Creek Ct for a report of a credit card fraud/identity theft that occurred in Virginia.

The victim told police that he noticed a fraudulent ATM transaction had taken place in Virginia for $203 on May 29, 2019.

The victim told police he’d been in contact with his credit union and they had already refunded him his money and reissued him a new card and account.

The case was closed pending any further details leading to the identity of the suspect.

Two instances of ATM fraud

On May 29 at 10 a.m., a man went to the Chelsea Police Department to report fraudulent charges on his ATM card.

The victim told police that he was doing a routine check of his bank accounts, and noticed an ATM transaction in Virginia for $402.75. Neither he nor his wife had been in Virginia so he told police he’d immediately notified his bank.

Later in the afternoon, a Sylvan Township resident went to the Chelsea Police Department to report an identical type of theft, but her account showed two transactions totaling approximately $805.

Both victims had the same financial institution and the ATM transactions occurred in Virginia.

The second person was advised to report her fraudulent transactions to the Michigan State Police that has police jurisdiction for the Sylvan Township area.

There are no suspects at this time.

Vehicle ‘keyed’ on South Main Street

On May 20 at about 4:45 p.m., police were called to the 1200 block of S. Main St. for a report of a vehicle that had been keyed.

The victim told police that he parked his vehicle in the parking lot at approximately 7:45 a.m. and went into work.

At about 1 p.m., he went out to his vehicle to eat his lunch and noted that the vehicle had no damage at that time. But when he returned at about 4:30 p.m., there was an about 18-inch, “very deep” scratch in the paint on the driver-side door.

The victim told police he parks his vehicle in the back of the parking lot to prevent accidental damage, and had no idea who might have caused the damage.

The case was closed pending any further leads.

Assault and battery reported

Police were called to the 900 block of S. Main St. on May 2 at about 10 p.m. for a report of assault and battery.

The victim told police he was inside a rest room cleaning it when he heard a knock on the door. He told the person to wait a minute while he finished cleaning and when he opened the door, the suspect confronted him.

According to the police report, the suspect began berating the employee about making him wait and when the employee tried to get around the suspect, the suspect punched the victim in the face causing damage to the victim’s glasses and minor injuries to the victim’s face.

The suspect was described as a white male wearing dark pants, dark sweatshirt with bright stripes down the sleeves and he had a full beard. The suspect was seen getting into a four-door vehicle of an unknown make or model and fled southbound on Main Street.

Multiple catalytic convertors stolen

On April 29 at about 8 p.m., police were called to the 800 block of W. Middle St. for a report of a stolen catalytic convertor.

The victim said she’d taken her vehicle to a mechanic because the vehicle didn’t seem to be running right and was excessively loud.

The mechanic called her and said the catalytic convertor had been cut from beneath the vehicle and stolen.

The victim stated that she believed the theft happened sometime between April 22 and 29.

The Chelsea Police Department also received two other catalytic converter thefts from the same location around the same time period and reported on the same date.

All incidents at this same location are filed under the same incident report. There are currently no suspects for any of the thefts.

Then on April 30 at about 1:26 p.m., police were called to the 700 block of W. Middle Street for a report of another stolen catalytic converter.

This victim told police that his vehicle was parked in the parking lot of his apartment and was running fine on April 28 and when he returned to his vehicle the following morning, he noticed that his vehicle was “very loud”.

The complainant took his vehicle to the mechanic shop and they called him and told him that his catalytic converter had been cut off and stolen. There are currently no known suspects for the theft.

Purse taken from N. Main Street restaurant

On April 28 at about 6:50 p.m., a woman reported her purse had been stolen from a booth in a restaurant in the 300 block of N. Main Street.

She told police about a half hour after leaving the location, she realized she’d forgotten her purse.

She notified the restaurant, but employees were unable to find the purse.

There are no leads on a potential suspect.

Money stolen from wallet stolen in South Main Street business

On April 27 at about 5:45 p.m., a woman flagged down police and told them her wallet had been stolen from a business in the 1200 block of S. Main Street.

She told police that she’d been shopping and stopped at the coffee grinding station and put her wallet and keys down near the grinding machine, according to the police report.

When she was done, her wallet and keys were gone. She alerted customer service and began searching for the wallet. Shortly thereafter, both items were found in the women’s rest room.

The woman said $70 in cash had been stolen out of the wallet but nothing else was missing.

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

Munith man arrested for multiple motor vehicle violations

On April 24 at about 11:30 a.m., police noticed a parked vehicle with an invalid and improper license plate parked in a lot in the 800 block of W. Middle Street.

Police watched for the driver of the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.

The 51-year-old Munith man did not have a valid driver’s license and the vehicle did not have a valid registration or insurance.

He was taken to the Chelsea Police Department for processing and was turned over to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for an unrelated charge of violation of a conditional bond release order.

The case for the charge of driving on a suspended license will be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review and charge authorization.

40-year-old Ypsilanti man arrested for DUI

On April 22 at about 2 a.m. in the 1600 block of South Main St., police found a man either sleeping or passed out in a parked vehicle in the parking lot.

According to the police report, the vehicle was still running and in gear and the driver’s foot was on the brake.

The vehicle was unlocked so police were able to reach in and put the vehicle in park, turn off the car and wake the driver.

Police observed an almost empty bottle of vodka sitting next to the driver in a cup holder.

The 40-year-old Ypsilanti man was asked to perform standard field sobriety tests, and was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to the hospital for a blood alcohol analysis, and medical staff opted to keep the suspect for further medical evaluation.

The blood will be submitted to the Michigan State Police for laboratory analysis and upon receiving the results, the case will be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for warrant review authorization.

66-year-old Chelsea man arrested for suspected DUI

On April 14 at about 1:35 a.m., a 66-year-old Chelsea man was arrested while traveling west in a white Chevrolet pick-up truck on Old US-12 after he was pulled over for erratic driving.

The man admitted to police that “he’d had a few” and was on his way home from a local bar, according to the police report.

He was asked to perform standard sobriety tests and was unsuccessful.

He was transported to the hospital for a blood analysis and then to the Chelsea Police Department for fingerprinting.

He was then 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.

Instant lottery tickets reported stolen from West Middle Street

On April 13 at about 7:29 p.m., police responded to the 800 block of W. Middle St. for a report of a theft of instant lottery tickets.

Upon arrival, the officer met with staff as well as the victim who stated that sometime in the past couple of days an unknown suspect(s) entered her room and took three instant lottery tickets as well as some miscellaneous documents, according to the police report.

The victim stated that the tickets had already been scratched and all three were winning tickets. The victim stated that she believed that the theft had occurred sometime between April 11-12.

The estimated value of the missing items was about $50.

At the time of the report, there were no suspects, and the case is closed pending further leads.

Driver on restricted license stopped for speeding

On April 6 at about 12:20 a.m., police stopped a vehicle that was speeding in the 500 block of N. Main Street.

Stopped was a white car traveling 48 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone, which was being driven by a 19-year-old Dexter Township man.

When asked for his license, registration and proof of insurance, he was not able to produce the vehicle’s registration.

According to the police report, the driver told police that he was currently on probation and had a restricted license, which only allowed him to drive to and from work.

The driver was given a warning on the speed and issued a ticket for no registration.

The driver was advised that the case would be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for authorization on a misdemeanor charge of violation of a restricted license.

Propane cylinders stolen from South Main Street

On March 28 at about 6:45 p.m., police were called to the 1600 block of South Main Street  for a report of the theft of two 20-pound propane cylinders.

The victim told police that the cylinders had been removed from their designated holding area on the front tongue of a travel trailer.

Video surveillance showed the suspect is a white male wearing blue jeans and a royal blue hooded sweatshirt.

The case was closed pending any further leads.

Older couple accused of retail fraud 

On March 28 at about 1:07 p.m., police were called to the 1200 block of South Main Street for the report of a retail fraud in progress.

Upon arrival, police spoke to the suspects, a 82-year-old Pinckney woman and a 74-year-old Pinckney man, who had been followed out the door by store employees.

The employees told police they’d been alerted to the pair who were spotted stealing multiple items.

A witness told employees that the female put items from the fresh meat area into some store shopping bags, which were in the cart and open.

The male proceeded to tie up the bags then continued on with his shopping cart, which contained a small number of grocery items.

The female left the store without going through a checkout lane and paying for the items. The male continued to the checkout lane to pay for his items and exited the store.

Police questioned the two, asking whether they could provide proof that they had purchased the meat items. Neither had a receipt, according to the police report.

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

Chelsea Police pick-up woman wanted on 2010 warrant

On March 20 at 9:35 p.m., Chelsea police were called to the parking lot of the Meijer store off Ann Arbor Saline Road to meet with the Saline Police Department.

Saline police had picked up a 52-year-old woman who was wanted by Chelsea police for a bench warrant originating from an assault and battery complaint that occurred in 2010.

The woman was transferred to the custody of the Chelsea Police Department and was transported to the Washtenaw County Jail where she was processed and lodged at the jail.

The warrant was cancelled and the case was closed.

Michigan Center woman arrested on outstanding charges

On Feb. 27 at about 7:44 p.m., police arrested a 28-year-old Michigan Center woman in the 500 block of Coliseum Drive.

A computer check revealed she was wanted on a felony charge of possession of cocaine as well as three misdemeanor bench warrants from Jackson County and the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman was placed under arrest and transported to the I-94 Mt. Hope Road exit and turned over to Jackson County without incident.

Assault and battery reported at youth hockey game

On Feb. 21 at about 8:30 p.m., police were called to the 500 block of Coliseum Drive for the report of an assault and battery.

The officers met with two females who were reportedly involved in a physical altercation in the stands while watching a youth hockey game.

According to the police report, statements were taken from witnesses and the two women involved in the altercation.

One was a 39-year-old female from Brownstown Township and the other was a 44-year-old Dexter woman.

The case remains open currently pending the review of some video of the incident as well as submission to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Counterfeit bills passed at drive thru window

On Feb. 11 at about 11:25 p.m., police were called to the 1500 block of South Main Street for a report of counterfeit bills.

According to the police report, “The complainant stated that a silver Cadillac Escalade driven by a black male as well as possibly 3-5 black male passengers pulled through the drive thru and placed an order for $9 worth of food.”

The employee was given change for a $100 bill. The driver then proceeded to the second drive thru window and placed another order at the window for $17 worth of food and paid with another $100 bill.

According to the police report, “Prior to receiving the food from the second order, the suspects fled the area in an unknown direction.”

Because of poor lighting, further description of the suspects could not be obtained.

The counterfeit bills will be submitted to the United States Secret Service for analysis.

The case was closed pending further leads.

Counterfeit bill passed at drive thru window

On Feb. 7 at about 7:40 p.m., police were called to the 1600 block of Commerce Park Dr. for a report of a counterfeit bill.

The victim told police that the driver of a vehicle went through the drive thru window and placed a $30 order and attempted to pay for the food with a counterfeit $100 bill.

When told the money was fake, the suspect sped away.

The bill will be submitted to the United States Secret Service for any further analysis or identification.

According to the police report, there were three black males in the vehicle, which was a tan or silver-colored sedan or SUV type vehicle with possibly an out-of-state license plate.

TV stolen

On Feb. 7 at about 11:50 a.m., police were called to the 200 block of Wilkinson St. for a report of a stolen TV.

The victim told police she was not sure when the TV had been stolen but believed it went missing on Feb. 6.

The victim told police the TV was still in the box and sitting near a folded-up card table. There was no sign of forced entry into the residence and nothing else appeared to be taken.

There are no further details available at the time of the complaint.

59-year-old Chelsea man accused of writing 12 bad checks

While on routine patrol, police responded to the 1200 block of South Main Street for the report of a non-sufficient funds check complaint.

The complainant told police that a 59-year-old Chelsea man had written 12 bad checks from Nov. 17-30, 2018, and that he’d sent a registered letter attempting to collect the funds, which was unsuccessful.

Police got a search warrant for the suspect’s bank records for the checking account.

The case remains open pending submission and review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for a charge of writing three or more non-sufficient fund checks within 10 days.

Theft of wine reported

On Jan. 12 at about 9:34 p.m. police on patrol in the 1600 block of South Main Street were alerted to the theft of two bottles of wine.

An employee told police that a woman had entered the store and purchased a bottle of wine.

She was in the parking lot about to leave and returned to the store and grabbed two more bottles of wine before running back to her vehicle and fleeing the area westbound on I-94.

The suspect was described and confirmed with video surveillance as a black female driving a white Dodge Durango with unknown out of state plates.

Case was closed pending any further leads.

Berkley man arrested for DUI

On Jan. 11 at about 9:10 p.m. police were called to the 1600 block of South Main Street for a report of a potentially intoxicated man who was attempting to get gas.

The caller, a patron of the establishment, stayed on the line with dispatch until the officers arrived.

The officers observed the 36-year-old Berkley man have difficulty putting the nozzle back in to the pump and stumble backwards, losing his balance.

The man admitted to drinking and said he was also confused as to what his current location was and where he was going, according to the police report.

The vehicle the suspect was driving also had significant damage to the driver side and to the front passenger side of the vehicle.

He was asked to perform standard field sobriety tests and to take a portable breath test.  He was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and transported to the Chelsea hospital for a blood draw.

He was then taken to the Chelsea Police Department for booking and to the Washtenaw County Jail.

The case remains open pending laboratory analysis by the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

Malicious destruction of property reported

On Dec. 31 at about 1:15 p.m., police were called to the 700 block of South Main St. for a eport of a malicious destruction of property.

According to the police report, an unknown suspect shot the victim’s front window with either a BB or pellet gun.

The victim told police the incident occurred sometime between Dec. 30 at 8:30 p.m. and when it was discovered on Dec. 31 at about 1 p.m.

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

Case was closed pending any further leads.

Malicious destruction of property reported

On Dec. 26 at about 5 p.m., police were called to the 100 block of Van Buren Street for a report of malicious destruction of property.

The homeowner told people he’d discovered BB sized holes in the home’s vinyl siding as well as a broken window pane.

The victim told police that the damage occurred sometime between Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 at 5 p.m.

There is no suspect information available, and the case is closed pending any further information on a potential suspect.

Contents of package reported stolen

On Dec. 26 at about 12:10 p.m., police were called to the 200 block of Harrison Street for a report of the theft of items from a mailed package.

The victim told police that he looked out his window and saw an opened box laying on the ground in front of his residence.

When he went to investigate, the package was addressed to him but the contents were missing. The thief left the box and the note that was included inside.

The victim contacted the sender and found that it had contained a folding pocket knife.

According to the USPS, the box had been delivered on Dec. 24.

The theft took place sometime between then and Dec. 26 at noon.

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