By Lonnie Huhman,
The month of April was another busy one in Scio Township for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.
One area in particular was with larcenies from autos.
In his monthly report to the Scio Township Board on May 14, WCSO Sgt. Nick Krings said larcenies were up 300 percent this month as compared to April 2018. Specifically, he said the majority of these cases last month were larcenies from autos.
He said they might get called break-ins, but that’s not necessarily the case.
“I say broken into loosely because almost all, if not all, are unlocked,” Krings said.
One particular case was reported on April 9, but probably occurred sometime over the night into the morning of April 7-8. The WCSO report said in the 2800 block of Sagebrush Circle in the Park at Sagebrush Circle Apartments a woman had her purse stolen from a car with her credit and debit cards taken. She received fraud alerts from her bank.
Her wallet was later found in a neighboring apartment complex. That case is under investigation and some suspects have been identified through surveillance.
Krings said if there’s one thing he preaches is that everyone should keep their vehicle doors locked. He said it doesn’t matter where you live, criminals are looking for easy access. He said Scio Farms and the Sagebrush area were hit hard by LFAs last month.
In another April case, a vehicle was stolen from a driveway in the 5000 block of Versailles. The owner told deputies the only set of keys was in their possession, but the investigation revealed there was a spare key in the car. The vehicle was later located unoccupied on I-94 near Ellsworth.
And in other cases noted at the meeting, WCSO Deputies responded to a Criminal Sexual Conduct complaint on April 22 that involved a minor living in the 300 block of Apple Lane. The investigation revealed the suspect was a family member who resided at the home. The WCSO worked with Child Protective Services to arrange for a safe location the child could stay at while the investigation is completed.
The WCSO Detective Bureau is investigating the case, which is being described as extensive and ongoing.
Deputies also responded last month to the Pilot Travel Center on Baker Road for a fight in progress. Upon arrival, deputies’ reported that one of the subjects involved was highly intoxicated and a further check of that man revealed outstanding felony warrants. While detaining him, deputies report he became verbally abusive and spat in a deputy’s face.
He was arrested for the warrants and charged with assault on a police officer.