Bullets Shot, Guns Confiscated at New Year's Eve Celebration

Highlights from Royal Oak Police Department reports from the past week.

The following information was supplied by the Royal Oak Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Bullets Shot, Guns Confiscated 

700 block of Hawthorne, Jan. 1, 12:07 a.m.: Royal Oak Officers responded to the area to investigate a report of several people shooting a rifle into the air in a backyard. Officers located fresh footprints in the snow in a backyard and located the individuals involved in a residence. Two of the subjects admitted to shooting several rounds from a shotgun in the air to celebrate the New Year.

Two shotguns and three long guns were confiscated from the residence. The Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the incident. No one was injured from the negligent discharge of the firearm. 

Breaking and entering


25818 Woodward (Affordable Flowers), Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, 4 p.m. – 12:41 a.m.: Royal Oak Officers responded to a report of open rear door at the business. When officers arrived they observed the front door was damaged. Further investigation revealed someone broke out the glass on the front door, entered the building and exited through the rear door. The owner of the business responded to the scene and determined nothing was stolen.


Car stolen


2500 block of Woodward, Dec. 3 – Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.: A man reported he parked his vehicle in the south parking lot of the apartment complex. When he returned to his vehicle he discovered someone stole it.


iPhones stolen 

1016 W. 11 Mile (Y.M.C.A.), Dec. 28, 1:11 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.:  A man reported he went to the Y.M.C.A. to use the facility. He locked his money and two iPhones in a locker. When he returned to the locker room he discovered someone removed his lock and stole his property. 

215 W. Fifth (Fifth Avenue), Dec. 28, 1 a.m.: A woman reported she was sitting at the bar on the second floor of the business. She placed her iPhone on the bar in front of her. She turned away for a few moments and someone stole her phone.


Items taken from cars

25352 Woodward (L.A. Fitness), Dec. 31, 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.:  A man reported he parked his car on the east side of the covered parking lot and entered the gym. When he returned, he discovered someone had broke out the rear window and stole a wallet, watch, wedding band, iPad, three laptop computers and an undisclosed amount of currency. 

3118 Greenfield (Prevailing Church), Jan. 1, 3 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: A man reported he parked his vehicle in the parking lot. When he returned to his vehicle he discovered someone attempted to steal the in-dash navigation system from his red 2005 GMC Yukon.


Motel guest arrested


825 E. 11 Mile (Royal Motor Inn), Dec. 31, 6:18 a.m.: Royal Oak Officers conducted a motel check and located a tenant with several outstanding misdemeanor warrants. The person was arrested without incident. 

If you have any information about any of these incidents, call Royal Oak Police at 248-246-3500. For questions about this blotter, email judy.davids@patch.com.

Sherry Lane January 03, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Thought I heard gunshots.. I'm 1 block from Hawthorne... come on people this is not Detroit
motord1212 January 04, 2014 at 09:50 AM
What right do they have to go into there house and take there guns - I can see a ticket for discharge inside city limits - how do you know that they shot them in the air an not the ground - drag the piping tom, I mean, witness out an make him swear to it an show his face to the home owners - how do you know that the neighbor wasn't looking into the home owners bedroom windows an taking pictures of his teenage girls changing close when he thinks he saw them shooting guns - did the police going into his house an take all of his computers an cameras to make sure he was not covering anything up - seams to me some rights have been stepped on here ! Ask yourself why do you have to sign in and leave your name and e-mail address to leave a comment - so you can be tracked, monitored, a file kept about your comments - if you say anything about guns are the police going to come kick your door down an try to take any thing they want out of your house - guilty by a phone call - sounds like judge Dread to me !
Rat Haven January 04, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Wow, they have always shot here for the last 4 decades and during the year at rodents. This is the first year that I heard it was unlawful to shoot here. Yes, it was more quite this year especially since one neighbor moved. Come to think of it, nothing stolen from property since than either.
Matt Turner January 04, 2014 at 11:16 AM
the sooner Royal Motor Inn is gone the better.
C January 04, 2014 at 02:20 PM
About every 1/2 hour, it was on the radio about not discharging a gun to celebrate the new year. There were many references to it being a safety issue, and that it was illegal. With all of the drinking going on, I thought it was a very good law.


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