Crime Files: Updates from the Rochester and Rochester Hills police departments

Check out some of the latest police reports collected from Sunday, March 17:

Brawl ends well

Around 8:15 p.m., Rochester officers broke up a fight near Fourth and Walnut Streets. The two Rochester Hills residents who had been brawling were assisted with rides home and charges were not pressed.

Statue theft leaves two with disorderly conduct charges

At roughly 4:00 p.m., a patrolling officer noticed two individuals carrying a Native American statue near the intersection of Main Street and Third Street.

When confronted, the subjects dropped the statue and ran. The officer chased the suspects, catching them in front of Main Street Billiards.

The male subject began fighting with both the officer and a Main Street Billiards security staff member.

The male subject was a 21-year-old resident of Rochester Hills who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A 23-year-old female accomplice from Rochester Hills was charged with disorderly conduct.

It was determined that the statue was taken from the 300 block of Main Street and was returned to its owners.

Stuck in the mud

Later in the evening, a driver was reported to have crashed near an apartment building in the 500 block of Great Oaks Apartments.

When officers arrived, the driver was found rocking the car in an attempt to remove it from the mud.

A breath test showed a blood alcohol level of .17%.

Officers took the 23-year-old Rochester resident into custody for operating under the influence.

Ice cold

Around 11:30 p.m., O’Connor’s Public House reported that someone was stealing bags of ice.

A 21-year-old from New Jersey told officers he was “acting like an idiot” and returned the eight bags of ice to the ice machine.

Management from O’Connor’s Public House did not press charges.

Antiques by Pamela armed robbery investigation ends as arrests are made

In November, three masked individuals robbed Antiques by Pamela (319 S. Main St.) at gunpoint, stealing several jewelry items.

Rochester Detectives Frank Moon and Merlin Taylor worked with Antiques by Pamela owner and the nearby Chicken Shack to identify three suspects.  Two of these suspects have been charged with armed robbery. The third suspect has cooperated in this investigation and is being charged in an unrelated narcotics case in Macomb County, according to Rochester Police.

Seventeen of the stolen jewelry items have been recovered but the remaining was sold or melted down and could not be returned. It was determined that there was not enough evidence to charge any of the suspects with the possession of the jewelry after it was taken in the robbery.

Johnny Matthew Hall, a 32-year-old resident of Troy was arrested in Cleveland, OH with the assistance of the US Marshalls Service. He was arraigned in 52-3 District Court on Monday, March 18. Bond was set at $150,000 cash. He was lodged in the Oakland County Jail

Kevin Andrew Papuga, a 22-year-old resident of White Lake Township turned himself in upon notice of the charges. He was arraigned in 52-3 District Court Monday, March 4. Bond was set at $25,000 cash or 10 percent. He has posted bond and has been released.

The Rochester Police Department would like to thank the following individuals and Law Enforcement agencies for their assistance during this very intense and complex investigation.

Chicken Shack, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, the Troy Police Department, the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office-Fugitive Apprehension Team (FAT), US Marshall’s Service and the Cuyahoga County Ohio Sheriff’s Office.

—The Rochester Hills Police Department, a substation of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, had no crime reports for this week.

Dispatch details

Have information on a crime? Or just want to contact the Rochester or Rochester Hills Police Department?

Please call 248-651-9621 to reach the Rochester Police Department and 248-537-3530 for the Rochester Hills Police Department.

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