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The Christmas season brings a spike to the retail shopping as persons spend their hard-earn dollars on gifts for loved ones.
The Christmas season also brings retail fraud and even counterfeit money into the stores.
The Frankenmuth Police Department handled two shoplifting cases and the passing of two counterfeit notes in the area over the past week to 10 days.
Both shoplifting cases took place over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1. The store was Humor Us in the Frankenmuth River Place, 925 South Main Street.
On November 30, a 21-year-old Ferndale female attempted to leave the store when the security alarms were set off. Employees detained her and found items on her person that were not paid for.
FPD officers arrived and found novelty items totaling $32. She was issued a trespass warning, the retail fraud paperwork was sent to the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office and she was released.
On December 1, a 43-year-old Saginaw female attempted to leave the same store and also set off the security alarm. Employees intervened and the FPD arrived to find $15 of items on her person.
She was issued a trespass warning, her paperwork was sent to the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office and she was released.
“They have super sharp property agents as they were able to catch both and detain them . . . they were very diligent,” FPD Chief Don Mawer said.
Ironically, on November 19, Mawer conducted a retail fraud and counterfeit money seminar in Frankenmuth. The seminar was well attended.
“I had just completed that shoplifting course and it seems every time I conduct one of these seminars there is an up tick in retail fraud,” Mawer said.
The FPD is also investigating two counterfeit notes found in the city. One was a $10 bill and the other, a $100 bill, was found at the Conlee gas station, South Main and East Jefferson streets.
The FPD investigated and turned the bill over to the U.S. Secret Service which tracks where bills come from.
Sunday evening, December 1, the FPD was contacted by the Vassar Police Department, stating they had a 29-year-old Millington man in custody who attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill in a Vassar business.
The man was lodged in the Tuscola County Jail. Meanwhile, the FPD interviewed the Conlee clerk and, through their investigation, determined the bill from Conlee and the one in Vassar matched “right down to the numbers.” Mawer said.
The investigation is continuing.
In other FPD news, officers responded to a two-vehicle accident around 3:15pm Monday, November 25.
A 70-year-old Frankenmuth man was traveling westbound on Genesee Street, near Hubinger Street, when he stopped for the red light at Main Street.
A 17-year-old Frankenmuth man was also westbound on Genesee and failed to stop, creating a rear-end collision.
The 17-year-old was taken by MMR Ambulance Service to a Saginaw-area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Reinert & Bender Auto Repair and Towing removed one of the vehicles; the other was drivable.
The pavement was wet at the time of the crash. Seat belts were worn and no tickets were issued.
Shortly after 1am Wednesday, November 27, officers on routine patrol observed a suspicious vehicle occupied by one person in a parking lot located in the 100 block of South Main Street.
An officer investigated and determined the occupant, a 17-year-old Frankenmuth female, was intoxicated.
She was issued ticket for being a minor in possession of alcohol by consumption. She was taken home and released to her parents.