Stolen hunting gear from unlocked car, bottle bombs and more

Here is a look at some of the latest police reports, provided by the Rochester Police Department: Hunting equipment stolen from unlocked vehicle This week, Rochester Police officers responded to a larceny from a vehicle report on Watson Circle. The owner’s vehicle was parked on Saturday, March 8 and found by the owner on Sunday, March 9. It was reported that unknown suspects entered the unlocked vehicle and took some bow hunting equipment and a pair of sunglasses. The total value taken … [Read more...]

Crime Files: Forged probation signatures; stolen fur coat and more

Speed sign knocked over on Parkdale Ave. On Sunday, Jan. 26 around 2:30 a.m., a Rochester resident told police about a downed digital speed limit pole on Parkdale Ave. After the resident heard a loud bang outside their home, they saw the pole on the ground but were unable to identify the car that hit the speed sign. According to the report, vehicle tracks were seen leaving the roadway onto the sidewalk where the pole was found, disconnected from the base. Officers have no further … [Read more...]

100-pound urn stolen; resident cited for drug paraphernalia and more

According to reports received from the Rochester Police Department: 22-year-old stopped for not using headlights; possesses marijuana and paraphernalia On Tuesday, Dec. 10, around 11 p.m. a Rochester officer stopped a green truck who was seen driving without his headlights, near Main Street and Diversion Street. The 22-year-old driver from Shelby Township was later discovered to have marijuana in a bag along with two pipes for smoking. The driver was booked and released with three … [Read more...]

Ways to stay safe this winter, a message from the Rochester Police Department

As holiday shoppers muster around in a frenzy and the snow continues to  blanket Rochester, Chief of Police Steve Schettenhelm reminds residents of the best ways to stay safe this season. Preventing crime during the holidays When you are driving: Be cautious if driving alone at night. Keep all doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your vehicle. Park in well lighted areas. Never leave your vehicle unattended with children inside or while it is running. Do not leave … [Read more...]

Woman checks tires while backpack is stolen from her car; Medical building reports stolen rug and more

Woman stops to check car's tires, backpack taken from front seat On Monday, Nov. 4, Rochester Police met with a woman who reported her backpack was stolen from her car, just before 8 a.m. The woman, a Rochester resident, had pulled over on University Drive near Pine Street to check her tires, which were on the driver’s side of the car. While looking at her car, the woman heard a noise from the other side of her vehicle and saw two men wearing hooded sweatshirts covering most of their faces. … [Read more...]

Rochester, Troy PD accepts old prescriptions for disposal

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2013: Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have been looking for a reason to clean out your medicine cabinet to rid your shelves of all expired, unused or just unwanted pill bottles, now you have a set date for when you can do it. This Saturday, Oct. 26, the Rochester Police Department will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by accepting all unwanted medications at the station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The department is pairing … [Read more...]

Going, going, gone – Your last chance to own a piece of Main Street!

Last year, Rochester’s Main Street Makeover created quite a buzz in the Metro Detroit area and around the state.  The community was provided with the unprecedented opportunity to own a piece of Main Street through the purchase of items salvaged from the Main Street Makeover. By popular demand, we are re-opening the yard and offering one last chance for anyone who would like to own a piece of Rochester.  The Downtown Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The … [Read more...]

They’re here, but they’re not a huge threat: Learn what to do if you see a coyote in Rochester

Rochester Chief of Police Steve Schettenhelm sent out a fact sheet earlier today with details on how to identify coyotes and what to do if you spot one in your neighborhood. The notice comes after a seasonal increase in phone calls alerting the station that the furry residents have been trotting around Rochester. While the calls are few, “not every day or anything like that,” Schettenhelm says, most coyotes have been found roaming on the east side of Rochester, in the neighborhoods near … [Read more...]

Breaking and entering at Sweet Island Yogurt—If anyone has information, please contact Rochester Police

On Monday, Sept. 2, the Rochester Police Department investigated a breaking and entering at Sweet Island Yogurt on Main Street. The manager told officers she closed the business and locked up around 10:30 p.m. the night before—Sunday, Sept. 1. When she returned Monday morning, she found that the shop’s door, which faces the alley, had been pried open. A safe and two cash register drawers were taken and are still missing. If anyone has information, please contact Lt. David Wenzel at … [Read more...]

Search continues for missing Rochester man George Vanderweit

Rochester Chief of Police Steve Schettenhelm reminds residents that George Vanderweit, 70, is still missing. On July 5, Vanderweit went missing after leaving home to ride his green bike near Runyon Road and Dequindre Road. It was reported that he left without money, any identification or his cell phone. Several searches were unsuccessful in finding Vanderweit. "We've had a couple of sitings that haven't materialized to anything," he said. As his 71st birthday approaches, police continue … [Read more...]