FPD handles vehicle larcenies, auto crash, shoplifting cases
The Frankenmuth Police blotter for the past week included larcenies from autos, a two-vehicle crash and a warrant arrest.
At 11:45am Monday, January 23, Genesee County law enforcement authorities were preparing to release a prisoner when a file check revealed the 39-year-old Flint female was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the FPD for fraud.
Officers traveled to the Genesee County Jail, arrested her and lodged her in the Saginaw County Jail on that charge.
On Saturday, January 21, a pair of automobile larcenies were reported at Zehnder’s Splash Village and Waterpark, 1300 South Main Street.
The first one was reported by a 38-year-old Troy female who found the interior of her car ransacked. She was not sure if she had locked her vehicle, however, there were no signs of forced entry.
Taken from the car were three I Pads, miscellaneous items from a backpack and clothing.
The second reported larceny came from a 29-year-old Flint woman, whose car was also gone through; there were no signs of forced entry. A Nintendo Switch was stolen from this vehicle.
FPD officers do have some leads, thanks to the hotel’s surveillance camera. A white female with long hair was seen leaving the parking lot around 1:20am in a older-model SUV, black in color, possibly a Ford model.
Around 3:30am that same morning, FPD officers on routine patrol found the missing clothing near the corner of Bradley and Reimer roads in northwest Frankenmuth Township.
Both larcenies remain under investigation, FPD Chief Don Mawer said.
On Thursday, January 19 around 5pm, the manager on duty at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, 1 Covered Bridge Lane, contacted officers to report an unknown female committed a retail fraud/shoplifting event in one of the gift shops. A pair of swim suits valued just under $100 were taken.
While officers were talking with the manager, another property agent who saw the surveillance video approached officers and said he knew who the suspect was, an 18-year-old Clio female. Officers got her cellphone number, made contact with and she reported to the police station, admitting she stole the swim suits. She was issued a citation for retail fraud and released.
Mawer said an 18-year-old Clio female and another female were not guests at the Lodge. They took the suits, changed in one of the restrooms and got into a pool before later leaving the property.
On Saturday, January 21 around 9:30pm, FPD officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of North Main Street and Roedel Road.
Mawer said both vehicles were traveling northbound. The first vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old Frankenmuth man, was stopped on North Main Street, preparing to make a westbound turn on to Roedel Road. The second vehicle, driven by a 24-year-old Clio female, failed to stop and caused a rear-end accident. She was solo.
The 17-year-old Frankenmuth driver had four other passengers, all from Frankenmuth: two 16-year-old females, one 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old male. Three of the teens complained of minor injuries and neck pain, however, all sought their own treatment.
Everyone was seat belted, however, the air bags did not deploy. Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Reinert & Bender Auto Repair and Towing. The Frankenmuth Fire Department also assisted with clean up and traffic.
The crash remains under investigation.
With Zehnder’s Snowfest 2023 this weekend, Mawer said there will be plenty of police presence on the weekend to assist with vehicular and pedestrian traffic and in Zehnder’s Warming Tent.