Larceny by Conversion / Fraud involving iPhones, Neighbors, and the Police in Rochester Hills
Deputies responded to the 3000 block of S. Rochester Rd. (Sprint Store) for a fraud report. Deputies spoke to the complainant who stated that a package containing 2 iPhone 7s had been delivered to her home address. The complainant stated that she had not ordered the two phones. She attempted to return the iPhones to the Sprint store and was advised by the store employee that the phones had been paid for using a fraudulent credit card under the complainant’s name. Deputies were advised that a neighbor had obtained a phone number from one of the suspects of the fraud. The two suspects approached a neighbor of the complainant claiming that they had a package delivered to the wrong address and had asked that they be contacted when the package arrived. Deputies called the telephone number left by the suspects purporting to be the homeowner. Deputies were able to set up a meeting with the suspects under the guise of delivering the phones to them. The suspects were located at the preplanned meeting location and were taken into custody. After searching the suspect’s vehicle, another package containing iPhones was located. here have been multiple incidents with similar circumstances reported in the Rochester Hills area over the past few weeks. The suspects were transported by Deputies to the substation to speak with Detectives. The incident remains under investigation.
Two 18-year-old males were arrested, one from Oak Park and the other from Southfield.
A Detective responded to the substation to continue the investigation. The suspects were interviewed and admitted to have made multiple fraudulent purchases of additional iPhones. The suspects were lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending the issuance of criminal charges.
Summary Report provided by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office