Car catches on fire outside school, identity theft and other Riverview police briefs

A 2002 Buick sedan caught on fire in the east parking lot at Memorial Elementary School, 13425 Colvin. Officers arrived at about 6:20 p.m. Oct. 26 to find an active fire underneath the hood and front driver’s-side wheel well. Riverview firefighters extinguished the blaze.

The cause of the fire was attributed to deteriorating equipment. The owner, a Rockwood resident, said he parked the car there about 20 minutes prior to the fire breaking out.

A thief stole a LG 40-inch flat screen television out of an apartment in the 14000 block of Brookview. The resident said she left the apartment at about 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and discovered the TV set missing when she returned at about 9:45 p.m.

The door was still locked when she returned home, but her bedroom window was slightly open.

Credit card fraud was reported to police Nov. 3. A resident of the 18000 block of Marsha said that on Oct. 27 he received a credit card in the mail he didn’t apply for. The bank confirmed the credit card account was opened Oct. 20, but it had not been used.

On Nov. 2, the human resources department at his place of employment asked him if he had recently applied for unemployment benefits. He said he did not. Police advised him to place an alert on his credit card accounts.

On Nov. 5 a Southgate resident reported someone cut off a lock that secured her storage unit, in the 11000 block of Longsdorf. She said nothing appeared to be missing, but at the time of the report she didn’t have a chance to thoroughly inspect everything in the unit.

The woman told police the storage units next to hers also had missing locks.

A Lincoln Park woman told police an intruder has been breaking and entering into her mother’s apartment at American House, in the 20000 block of Fort Street. She arrived at the apartment on the morning of Nov. 12 to find the screen and glass door partially open. She said this happened before, which is why she made sure to tightly secure the door the last time she left the apartment.

The apartment was unoccupied, but her mother still has belongings inside, as family are moving her out. Police did not detect forced entry, but police said the apartment appeared to be ransacked. Nothing was taken or damaged.

On Nov. 14 a resident of the 17000 block of Brinson reported being a victim of identity theft. He told police that on Nov. 10 he was made aware of fraudulent activity on his credit account. A debt collector contacted him to collect $134 on an unpaid wireless phone bill. He was suspicious because he never was a customer of this particular wireless company.

He checked his credit report, discovering someone opened an account in his name on April 7, 2015, and closed it on Oct. 31, 2015. The scammer used his old mailing address from about 10 years ago.

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