Public Safety — Feb. 3, 2021

The OCSO Orion Twp. Substation responded

to 440 calls from Jan. 25-31, 2021

• Felony Arrests: 0

• Misdemeanor Arrests: 0

• Traffic Accidents: 11

‘Amazon’ scammer gets woman to purchase gift cards

Deputies went to a home to take a fraud complaint at 1:36 p.m. Jan. 25 after a 49-year-old residence reported that she received an email notice from Amazon regarding possible fraudulent activity.

The woman called the number provided and spoke with an unknown male, who indicated that someone was attempting to charge several thousands of dollars to purchase pornography using her debit card.

The victim provided the caller with information regarding her financial accounts. The suspect then convinced the victim that in order to stop the fraud, she would have to purchase gift cards and provide him with the pin numbers, which she did.

All information was collected and turned over to the detectives to continue the investigation.

Woman finds a bullet hole in the door of her company van

A 40-year-old Lapeer resident reported she was driving the company van on Jan. 21 in Roseville.

Upon returning to the business, she noticed a bullet hole in the driver’s side sliding door of the vehicle.

Deputies went to the business on the 1900 block of Elmhurst Court for the Malicious Destruction of Property report at 2:49 p.m. Jan. 25, photographed the damage and are awaiting a total estimate from the victim.

This incident is under investigation.

Deputies, paramedics save woman from suspected overdose

Deputies and Star EMS responded to the 1400 block of Marina Pointe Boulevard at 6:09 a.m. Jan. 26 when it was reported that a woman at the residence was having a medical emergency and was not responsive.

Upon arrival, deputies located the victim and administered one dose of Naloxone to her.

Star EMS arrived on the scene and paramedics administered a second dose of Naloxone to the victim. Paramedics from Star EMS transported the victim to St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital for further treatment.

ID thief is collecting unemployment in woman’s name

A 53-year-old resident reported that she had started an account with Michigan unemployment due to concerns that she may have been laid off due to COVID – 19.

However, the victim never actually signed up for benefits, but received a letter containing a 1099 tax form indicating that she had collected unemployment in 2020.

Deputies met the woman at the Orion Twp. Substation at 5:14 p.m. Jan. 27 to discuss the ID Theft. The victim contacted the unemployment office and was advised that her social security number was used.

Authorities have not identified the suspects. All information was collected and turned over to the detectives to continue the investigation.

Orion deputy assists in Auburn Hills arrest of unruly suspect at the mall

An Orion Township deputy heard Auburn Hills police radio traffic requesting back-up assistance with an uncooperative person at the Great Lakes Crossing Mall.

When the Deputy arrived, around 6:33 p.m. Jan. 28, he saw Auburn Hills police officers struggling to handcuff the suspect, who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and was under arrest for trespassing.

The deputy assisted the Auburn Hills officer and the man was handcuffed without further incident.

‘Doctor’ extorts man with photos after online conversation

An Orion man met with deputies after someone claiming to be a doctor used extortion to try and get money from the victim.

Deputies met with the man at the Orion Twp. Substation at 11:43 a.m. Jan. 28 and learned that the A 20-year-old resident had been communicating with someone who claimed he was a doctor.

The suspect requested pictures of the Orion resident and a short time later this unknown person sent pictures back requesting a large amount of cash or the pictures would go public.

Authorities do now know the identity of the suspect.

All information was collected and turned over to the detectives. The incident is under investigation.

Scammer makes woman believe requests came from a co-worker

Deputies responded to the 300 block of Scripps Road for a fraud complaint at 3:06 p.m. Jan. 28 when a woman received an email requesting her to purchase five gift cards and send the numbers to what she believed was a co-worker.

The victim told police that she received another email with an additional request for another five gift cards. She then approached the co-worker to verify the information and she was told that this was a scam.

The woman immediately stopped communicating with the unknown person. All information was collected and turned over to the detectives.

Someone uses a hammer to break into a garage, items missing

A 50-year-old resident reported on Jan. 28 that sometime between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. someone broke the glass on the pedestrian door leading into the garage.

Deputies went to the home on the 4700 block of Georgia for a Malicious Destruction of Property report and, after investigating, determined that the suspect appeared to have used a hammer and pounded on the door to the residence until they gained entry.

The woman stated that nothing was damaged inside the home, but a few items were removed that belonged to her 20-year-old son.

Deputies photographed the damage and are awaiting a total estimate from the victim. This incident is under investigation.

Beware: Scammers will any method to get money

Deputies responded to the 3300 block of Aspen Road at 2:21 p.m. Jan. 29 for a credit card fraud.

A 70-year-old resident told police that she met an individual on the app Whatsapp around Thanksgiving. Just before Christmas the individual informed the victim that he purchased her a gift and wanted to send it to her, but she said “no.”

A couple of days after Christmas, the suspect contacted her on the app and requested $900 in order to send the gift. The woman purchased Ebay gift cards and provided the suspect with the information.

A few days later, the individual contacted her again and requested her credit card and informed her that of a $1,400 charge on her card.

All information was collected and turned over to the detectives. This incident is under investigation.

Thieves steal passports from an unlocked vehicle at a hotel

Deputies were dispatched to the 4900 block of Interpark Dr N (Springhill Suites) for a larceny report at 10:19 p.m. Jan. 31 after a woman’s personal documents were stolen.

The 60-year-old victim reported that she parked her vehicle in the parking lot at approximately 4 p.m. on Jan. 30 and, upon returning to her vehicle the next day, noticed that the center counsel of the vehicle was open.

When she checked she noticed that her two passports, and her passport identity card were stolen. The vehicle was believed to be unlocked and not damaged.

All evidence was collected and turned over to detectives.


Follow a few tips to avoid being a victim of scammers

Scams only work when the perpetrators convince you to believe or trust their unsubstantiated claims or stories. Your determination NOT to believe these “soliciting strangers” is the key to prevent scams.

The message: your phone, your computer, your house – your rules!

Rule 1: Never provide ANY information over the phone, in-person or online. Any legitimate business or agency will allow you time to verify their contact information and background information. If they pressure you to act immediately this is a red flag to Stop.

Rule 2: Never commit to making a “transaction” regardless of what is said. If it is too good to be true, it probably is. Bogus scams will always make you feel the deal is urgent. A “good deal” will be a good deal tomorrow!

Rule 3: Never wire money or use money cards such as Green Dot, PayPal, Amazon, Money Gram or any other electronic form of money transfer or ANY type of money cards! This is a huge red flag.

The goal of a scam is to obtain money that cannot be easily traced. Most scams require victims to wire money or send money cards. Stop participating!

– a safety reminder from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Orion Twp. Substation


The LOPD responded to

128 calls from Jan. 25-31, 2021

• Felony Arrests: 0

• Misdemeanor Arrests: 0

• Traffic Accidents: 2

Man skips court date on driving while intoxicated charge

The Lapeer County Sheriff contacted Lake Orion police at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 25 and notified the LOPD that they had a 43-year-old man from Lapeer in custody on a Lake Orion police warrant for Failing to Appear on an Operating While Intoxicated charge.

The man was advised to contact the court that he was supposed to go to for a hearing.

Driver fails to yield, causes traffic accident at Jackson/Anderson

Lake Orion Police responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Jackson and Anderson streets at 5:58 p.m. Jan. 26. One vehicle on Anderson failed to yield to westbound vehicle on Jackson. No injuries reported.

Lake Orion woman doesn’t stop after a property damage crash

A Lake Orion woman has a date in court after getting in an accident and then leaving the scene.

Lake Orion police responded to a reported traffic crash and hit-and-run at M-24 and Converse Court at 4:39 p.m. Jan. 29.

A witness followed the suspect, a 46-year-old Lake Orion woman, to her home and notified police, who arrested the woman and gave her a citation to appear in the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills for leaving the scene of property damage accident. No injuries were reported in the accident.

No damage in traffic crash

Lake Orion police responded to a reported traffic accident at Atwater and M-24 at 6:08 p.m. Jan. 30. Officers reported that there was no damage to the vehicles or injuries to the occupants.

Man cited for urinating in public

Lake Orion police were on patrol and observed a man go behind a South Broadway business around 11:56 p.m. Jan. 30.

Officers found the man urinating on the building. The 21-year-old Concord, North Carolina man was arrested and given an appearance citation to the 52-3 District Court for urinating in public.


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