2017-10-12 / Blotter

Police Blotter

Stolen clothes

BURTON — On Oct. 8, a victim told police he was robbed by a man who contacted him through Facebook Marketplace. The victim said he listed a pair of jeans and a tee-shirt for sale in Facebook Marketplace. He said the suspect agreed to meet him in the Kings Lane Apartments complex to purchase the clothing. When they met, the victim said the suspect matched his Facebook image and was wearing gray Michigan sweatpants and a white tank top. The victim said the suspect grabbed the clothing, saying “you might as well take a loss” and reaching in his pants, making an indication he had a gun. The victim said he immediately pulled away in fear for his safety. An officer took a screen shot image of the suspect from his Facebook account and attached it to the police report. The victim said the man took one pair of Rocawear jeans, valued at $169 and a white tee shirt, valued at $39. — T.T.

Unusual call

BURTON — On Oct. 3, a victim told police she was called by a man who said he was a deputy with the Grand Traverse Township Sheriff Department. She said the man told her she had a warrant because she did not appear for jury duty and advised her to go to the Burton Police Department with $900 to pay it off. After checking in LEIN, a Burton Police Department officer observed the woman did not have a warrant, and advised her to block the number of the caller. The officer called the number and the man who answered the phone identified himself by saying he worked for the Grand Traverse Township Sheriff Department. When the officer said he was with the Burton Police Department, the other man hung up. The officer tried calling numerous times until he got an answer. When the man finally answered, he told the officer he didn’t care who he was, using profanity. When asked, the man said he lived in Burton. Then the man said he was cashing all his green dot credit card money packs and that the police would never find him, then hung up. The officer looked for Ron Walker, the name the man gave to identify himself, and did not come up with any local hits. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department were notified of the incident and said this was not the first time someone posed as one of their deputies to defraud someone. — T.T.

Driving while intoxicated

BURTON —On. Oct.7, a caller told police there were several traffic cones scattered on the roadway in the area of S. Saginaw Street and Jolson Avenue, possibly because someone hit them. An officer called to the scene did observe several cones had been knocked down and started setting them back up. The officer then heard a vehicle heading southbound on Saginaw Street rapidly and observed a white vehicle approaching the cones, appearing to not get over and merge to the left. The vehicle hit a construction barrel, and then abruptly made a lane change to the left, passing the officer. When the officer pulled the driver over, he noticed his action seemed slow and sluggish, and his eyes were red, watery and bloodshot. When asked, the man eventually said he had just left Pachyderm Pub on S. Dort Highway and Hemphill Road and had drunk three drinks. The officer also saw a bottle of Red Berry New Amsterdam Vodka, which was half empty in the center console of the vehicle. After taking several tests, the driver was transported to Burton Police Department to take a breath test, which he failed. The driver’s driving license was confiscated, and he was issued a temporary driving permit. He was transported to the Flint City Jail, where he was lodged on charges of operating while intoxicated-super drunk and open intoxicants in motor vehicle. — T.T.

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