$6,000 in musical equipment stolen from the Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music; suspect charged with crimes for fraud at Verizon store – Daily Tribune

$6,000 worth of musical equipment stolen from music school

Jason Gittinger, owner of the Detroit School of Rock and Pop, discovered on Tuesday morning that someone had stolen about $6,000 worth of musical equipment from a locked trailer outside the school at 1109 S. Washington Avenue.

Police said two locks were cut from the trailer.

An acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a Fender jazz bass, part of an orange Sparkle Tama Star drum set, cables and a cymbal bag were stolen from the trailer.

The case was turned over to a detective and police said they were checking area pawnshops to see if any of the stolen music equipment was there.

Suspect charged with crimes for fraud at Verizon store

A 21-year-old New York man is charged with felony charges of identity theft and attempted fraud at the Verizon store at 31941 Woodward.

John Michael Almontesoriano was arraigned in Royal Oak 44th District Court on Tuesday and jailed on $2,500 cash bond.

Police were called to the store three days earlier by employees who said the suspect was trying to purchase a cell phone from a Pennsylvania man’s Verizon account with a fake ID.

The suspect told police he was approached by another person to enter the store to purchase a cellphone, police said, and believed it was a legal transaction.

However, the suspect later confessed and apologized to a detective for lying, police said.

Police say the suspect told them he was in college, needed the money, and was approached to scam Verizon.

Windows smashed in car break-ins at the Elks Club

The windows of two cars parked in front of the Elks Club, 2401 E. Fourth Street, were smashed and items were stolen.

Police said the owners discovered the thefts around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

A purse containing a woman’s ID, credit cards and $500 in cash was stolen from a vehicle.

Taken from the other care was a white plastic bag containing about $60 worth of puzzles.

That same night, rear windows were reported smashed on vehicles outside Planet Fitness, 2560 Crooks Road, and a car in the 2900 block of Crooks.

Men’s Burberry sandals taken while swimming in LA Fitness

A pair of men’s Burberry sandals worth $470 were stolen from LA Fitness, 25352 Woodward Ave. August 6.

The man told police he was in the health club pool and found his expensive sandals missing when he came out around 7.30pm.

There are surveillance cameras in the gymnasium, police said, but none of them face the pool where the theft occurred.

Ex-girlfriend suspected of vandalizing her new girlfriend’s pickup truck

Someone poured paint stripper on a woman’s Dodge Ram pickup while she was working at National Coney Island, 1812 N. Main Street, Wednesday night.

Police say the owner of the van recently began dating a man who also works at the restaurant.

The man’s ex-girlfriend’s vehicle was seen driving through the parking lot, police said.

The paint stripper caused approximately $1,000 in damage to the van.

Nearly $4,000 in stolen items from an unlocked garage

Several lawn equipment and other items with a total value of $3,390 were stolen from an unlocked garage in the 1500 block of Sunset Boulevard.

Items reported stolen on July 25 included a $1,300 Duro bike, a $650 battery starter box, a $360 air compressor, a $180 leaf blower, a $170, hedge trimmers, a sawzall, a tile cutter and some pipes.

Shoplifters hit Marathon gas station

Seven boxes containing nicotine vape pens were stolen from Marathon’s gas station at 1621 E. 11 Mile Road.

Police said three men entered the station around 7:30 p.m. on August 7. Two of them distracted the employee while the third leaned over the display case and took the vape pens.

The theft of $125 was discovered after reviewing surveillance video.

Police said they have a license plate number for the vehicle the shoplifters traveled in and are working to trace them.

-Mike McConnell, Tribune Editor

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