Chelsea Police issue a summary of crimes in the city, usually on Monday evenings.
Possible Domestic Assault Reported
On April 12 at about 4:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Middle Street for the report of a possible domestic assault.
Upon arrival, the officer met with the female victim who told police she had gotten into an argument with the suspect, a 41-year-old Jackson man, and he pushed her against the wall by her shoulders and neck.
She said he then went into the bedroom and took money and keys to the car they share and left the house in an unknown direction.
The case remains open pending further investigation and review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.
Tip Jar Theft Reported
On April 10 at about 8:26 p.m., police were called to the 500 block of N. Main Street for a report of a larceny of a tip jar and its contents.
The complainant told police that a man came in to pick up an online order but it wasn’t ready yet. He was told that as soon as the order was ready, it would be brought out to him.
The man left and was seen getting into a U-Haul vehicle in the parking lot. When the order was completed, it was brought out to the customer. The complainant noted that the person who came in originally was in the passenger seat and there was another male subject in the driver seat.
A short time later, the passenger in the vehicle returned and asked to purchase two drinks. As the victim turned, the suspect grabbed the tip jar and fled out of the business.
The case remains open pending further investigation.
On April 10 at about 10 a.m. a resident in the 500 block of Lane Street called the police department to report he had been a victim of a fraud.
He told police that on March 17, he received a telephone call from a person representing himself to be from “Dish TV”.
The victim said the caller told him his current equipment was believed to be old and outdated and he would need to be sent new equipment to prevent him from losing his service.
The caller told the victim he needed to send a check for the cost of the equipment and when the check was received, the equipment would be sent to his home.
Approximately three weeks later, the victim had not received his new equipment and received another phone call saying the first check was damaged upon receipt, so he needed to send another one.
The victim complied and sent the check, however, shortly thereafter he became suspicious and determined that the original check had, in fact, been cashed.
The complainant contacted his bank and was able to cancel the second check before it could be cashed.
The case was turned over to an investigator for further investigation.
Credit Card Fraud Reported
On April 1 at about 7 p.m., police met with a man who came to the police department to report credit card fraud.
He told police that four unauthorized transactions were discovered on March 31 and were reported to his bank on April 1.
The bank confirmed that the transactions were successfully processed and when officials were notified that the charges were fraudulent, he was advised to notify the police.
Bank officials told the man that they would begin an investigation and would shut down that specific account since it appeared to be compromised.
At the time of the report, no details were available on any potential suspects or the location of where these charges were made.
Police respond to threat complaint
On March 16 at about 11:57 a.m., police were called to the 1100 block of S. Main St. for a threat complaint.
The complainant stated that a customer had come into the business and due to some technical issues was told that his appointment for service had to be delayed.
The male suspect, a 26-year-old Munith man, was reported to have made a statement that the complainant viewed as a threat to burn down the business and then left the property without further incident.
Police contacted the suspect and he admitted to making the statement but said his intention was not to actually set the building on fire.
The case will be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s office for review to determine if any charges would be authorized.
Police respond to report of a fight outside apartment building
On March 11 at about 10:30 p.m., police were called to the 100 block of N. Main Street for a report of a fight in progress outside a nearby apartment.
The officers were met by the two men who had been involved in the altercation and a female witness. Conflicting statements from the people involved made it unclear who the aggressor was and neither wished to press charges.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that one of the men was currently out on bond for a previous domestic assault charge. The bond conditions prohibited him from having contact with the victim (who was the witness in the complaint) and prohibited him from being at the property.
The incident will be submitted to the court to review and determine what, if any, of the bond conditions were violated and what recourse to take against the potential violations of the court order.
Police arrest Jackson woman wanted on a felony warrant
On March 4 at about 12:20 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to the 700 block of S. Main Street to apprehend a person who was known to be in the area and was wanted on a felony drug charge out of Jackson County.
Upon arriving in the area, the suspect, a 35-year-old Jackson woman was located.
Officers approached her, positively identified her and placed her under arrest without incident.
The suspect was transported to the Clear Lake road exit on I-94 and she was turned over to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
Domestic Assault Reported
On Feb. 27, at about 7 a.m., police were called to the 100 block of North Main Street for a report of domestic assault.
Upon arrival, the officer met with the victim who stated that she had gotten into an argument with her live-in boyfriend and he had assaulted her and locked her out of the apartment.
The victim had visible injuries to her face and neck.
The suspect, a 35-year-old Chelsea man, was refusing to come to the door, but finally allowed police inside and after getting statements from both people, he was placed under arrest for domestic assault.
The man was transported to the Chelsea Police Department where he was processed and fingerprinted and then was transported to the Washtenaw County Jail.
On Feb. 28, the case was reviewed by the Prosecutor’s office and a 6-count warrant was authorized and he was arraigned while in jail.
Domestic Disturbance Reported
On Feb. 27 at about 5:30 a.m., police were called to the 200 block of E. Middle Street for a domestic disturbance complaint.
While en route to the scene, an officer observed one of the people involved walking on Van Buren Street. The officer stopped and spoke to the man who stated that he had been sleeping and had awoken to being punched in the head by his estranged girlfriend.
The man had visible injuries to the right side of his face. He told police he attempted to evade the punches and ran out of the house. Police told the man to wait in the patrol car while they spoke to the female involved.
The woman said she had been in bed and her estranged boyfriend had punched her in the head. She had a visible injury to her hands and her right hand appeared to possibly be broken.
An ambulance was called to the scene for a medical evaluation.
The woman said the injuries to her hand occurred when she was blocking the punches being thrown at her. She was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.
The man was released and allowed to go to his residence in Jackson and advised that the case in its entirety would be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
The prosecutor will review the case and determine if any charges will be authorized against either of the people involved.
On Feb. 24 at about 4:45 p.m., police were called to the 900 block of S. Main Street for a larceny complaint.
The victim told police while cleaning the car, the washable floor mats were clipped on the wall and but were missing when the job was complete.
The complainant did not see them laying anywhere nearby.
At the time of the report, there was no information available on a potential suspect who may have taken the floor mats.
The case was closed pending any further leads.
Tire tampering reported
On Feb. 21 at about 12:18 p.m. police took a complaint call from a resident in the 900 block of Moore Dr. reporting that his tires had been slashed, cut or otherwise tampered with on several occasions.
The complainant told police that these incidents began around Sept. 1, 2020 and continued through February and there were at least 6 or 7 documented incidents that ranged in the degree of severity.
The complainant stated that due to the number of times the tires had been damaged and the severity of the damage, he recently had to replace all four tires on the vehicle.
The incident remains open pending further investigation into potential suspect(s).
Dog bite complaint
On Feb. 17 at about 5 p.m. in the 40 block of Butternut Court, a dog bite complaint was lodged with police.
Medical personnel had also been dispatched to the scene due to the victim’s injuries.
The complainant stated while making a delivery to the house and upon approaching the front of the house to drop off the package, the dog broke through the front door of the house and attacked the victim.
The victim sustained injuries to their upper and lower arm and was bleeding as well.
The case remains open pending further investigation.
Catalytic converter cut from vehicle
On Feb. 10 at 3:40 p.m., police were called to the 300 block of Wilkinson St. for a report of a larceny from auto.
The complainant told police the vehicle had become noticeably louder in recent days. When it was taken to a repair shop, it was determined that the catalytic converter had been crudely cut off of the vehicle, possibly using a battery-operated saw.
It’s believed the theft took place between Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 9 at noon.
At the time of the report there was no suspect information available.
Identity Theft Reported
On Feb. 8 at about 12:18 p.m., police took an identity theft phone report from a resident in the 300 block of Fairways Lane that’s believed to have happened in November 2020.
The victim said he noticed a drastic drop in his credit score and upon further investigation it was determined that there was a delinquent AT&T DirecTV collection that had recently been reported.
He discovered that an account had been created in Georgia and his identity had been used to open it.
At the time of the report, no further details were able to be obtained regarding the identity of the suspect.
The officer assisted the complainant with filling out and signing the necessary documents to dispute this account as fraudulent and have the item removed.
Harrison Street resident victim of phone scam
On Jan. 25 at about 6:10 p.m., a victim of a scam went to the police station to report a telephone scam.
The resident from the 200 block of Harrison Street reported a phone call from a representative of a company that identified itself as AT&T DirecTV. The caller told the victim about a “special offer” for one year of service, but payment would have to be made upfront.
The victim was directed to go to a local retailer and purchase EBay gift cards for the upfront cost of $360.
The victim was advised that this promotion was through a partnership with EBay and that is why the gift cards had to be EBay gift cards.
After purchasing the gift cards, the victim supplied the activation numbers for the gift cards to the suspect and was given a “confirmation number.”
The next day, the victim grew suspicious of what had transpired and after contacting EBay was told that this was a scam.
Theft from resident bank account reported
On Jan. 15, a Chelsea police officer took a phone complaint from a resident in the 100 block of East Street of the theft of money from a bank account.
The victim told people he was reviewing his bank account and noticed several unauthorized transactions that had taken place between Dec. 23 and Dec. 28.
The case remains open pending the police receiving copies of the bank statements and attempts to make contact with a potential suspect, identified as a 45-year-old Chelsea man.
Malicious Destruction of Property Complaint
On Jan. 8 at about 1:20 p.m., police were called to the 1000 block of S. Main Street for a malicious destruction of property complaint.
Upon arrival, the officer met with the complainant who stated that he owns multiple clothing donation bins that are placed throughout area businesses.
The complainant stated that as he was visiting each location to retrieve the donated items, he observed that one of his donation bins had been damaged and the lock on it had been tampered with and damaged and an area of the box had been pried and damaged.
The complainant stated that the box was dropped off on Dec. 29, at around noon and the box was in good working condition at that time. The damage was discovered on Jan. 8 at around noon or 1 p.m.
Larceny of a Catalytic Converter
On Jan. 5 at about 11:53 a.m., police received a phone complaint regarding the theft of a catalytic converter that had been stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of Park Street.
The complainant stated that sometime between Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, an unknown suspect(s) cut the catalytic converter off her vehicle while it was parked in the parking lot.
The complainant stated that when she got into the vehicle on Sunday Jan. 3 and started the vehicle, it sounded a lot louder than normal. The complainant was unsure what the problem was and drove it to a nearby mechanic.
The mechanic called the complainant after looking at the vehicle and advised her that the catalytic converter had been cut off the vehicle.
At the time of the report, there was no suspect information available to report.
Chelsea Man Charged with Domestic Assault
On Dec. 30 at about 11 p.m., police were called to the area of Sycamore and Chestnut drives by several callers who reported a loud argument taking place.
Police located the two people involved in the 40 block of Chestnut Drive and it was determined that a domestic assault had taken place.
Police arrested a 37-year-old Chelsea man and he was transported to the Washtenaw County Jail.
A charge of domestic assault was authorized by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office and the man was arraigned on the charge.
Credit Card Fraud Reported
On Dec. 30 at 4:42 p.m. police were called to investigate a credit card charge report in the 1600 block of Commerce Park Drive.
The victim told police he’d received an email from Wal-Mart stating that his package had been delivered to an address in the 1600 block of Commerce Park Drive.
The victim was confused because he had not placed any recent orders to Wal-Mart and he does not live anywhere near the Chelsea area.
The victim told police that he verified the transaction was made with one of his credit cards without his knowledge, and that the package was sent to and confirmed by someone at that address and that it was sitting at the front desk awaiting his arrival.
Police went to the location and retrieved the package and advised staff members to notify the Chelsea Police Department if anyone attempted to claim the package.
At the time of the report, there was no suspect information available.
Possible domestic assault
On Dec. 26 at about 1 p.m., police were called to the 200 block of E. Middle Street for a welfare check for a 42-year-old Chelsea woman.
She had been seen standing outside and possibly in need of assistance, but when police arrived, she’d gone inside.
While investigating the scene, police found evidence and gathered witness statements that led them to believe a domestic assault may have taken place.
The case remains open and was submitted for review to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for potential domestic assault charges.
Property damage reported
On Dec. 26 at about 11:20 a.m., police were called to the 100 block of N. Main Street for a damage to property complaint.
Police met with the complainant who stated that sometime between Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 26 at 10 a.m., a statue on display in front of the business had been damaged.
The statue was described as concrete and about 2 feet tall. It was broken in half. At the time of the report, there is no further information on a potential suspect.
On Dec. 24 at about 12:20 p.m., police got a call from a resident that an Amazon package had been taken from outside a residence in the 100 block of South Street.
The complainant told police that on Dec. 24, a friend said a gift from Amazon had been delivered to the address on Dec. 23, but it could not be found.
The theft of the package occurred sometime between Dec. 23 at about 4 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 12:20 p.m.
At the time of the report there was no suspect information available.
Car crash damages property; alcohol, drugs found in vehicle
Police were called to a traffic accident on Dec. 19 at 7:45 p.m. in the 700 block of North Main Street.
Police found a late model large SUV had left the road, struck a parked car, then collided into a residence, crashing through a brick wall.
There were no injuries to the occupants of the house, but the driver was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
When police spoke to the driver, the officer could smell alcohol and asked if the driver had had anything to drink. The driver, a 27-year-old Ypsilanti woman, told police she’d had a couple beers but was confused about what time it was. She said she thought that it was midnight, when it was only 8 p.m.
The driver was taken by ambulance for a medical evaluation. When assessing the accident scene, several empty wine cooler bottles were located in the vehicle as well as an open bottle of liquor and a small amount of marijuana.
The officer went to the hospital and asked the driver whether she would submit to a blood alcohol analysis and she complied. The driver was left at the medical facility for medical treatment for her injuries.
The blood will be submitted to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab for analysis and when the results are returned, the case will be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Property damage reported on South Main Street
On Dec. 16 at about 11 a.m., police were called to the 900 block of South Main Street for a property damage complaint.
The complainant stated that he operates several donation drop off bins throughout southeastern Michigan and several of his donation bins had been damaged, possibly in an attempt to gain access or make them inoperable.
The complainant stated that he was not certain when the damage occurred or who may have done it, but wanted it documented since this has occurred at so many of the locations in case the incidents were related.
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