Counterfeit Bills Passed at Dave & Busters, Armed Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

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

Copper Stolen From Taco Bell

Sometime between last Friday and Sunday a thief stole copper pipes from the back of the Taco Bell building in Utica, according to .

The pipes are valued at more than $600. Surveillance cameras do not pick up that portion of the building; therefore there are no suspects.

Elderly Man Receives Fraudulent Call

A 91-year-old Utica resident received a fraudulent call Wednesday from someone stating that his grandson had been arrested in Mexico and needed an immediate wire transfer.

The man told police he received a call around 9:30 a.m. from a man stating he was Flint police officer. The caller told the elderly man that his grandson had been arrested in Acapulco, Mexico, for dealing drugs, and he needed $2,900 for bail.

The caller told the elderly man to wire the money using Western Union to a phone number in Mexico.

The number given was linked to an Internet number based in Quebec, Canada, and had a fraud warning.

Counterfeit Money Passed at Dave & Busters

Counterfeit bills were discovered at Dave & Busters in Utica last week, according to a police report.

Servers found a fake $20 and several fake $100 bills.

There are no suspects at this time.

Police: Armed Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

A 37-year-old Detroit man was arrested after a Utica officer witnessed him yelling obscenities at pedestrians as he walked across the street and then urinated in a parking lot off Van Dyke.

The man told police he had consumed beer and liquor and blew a .22 during a blood and alcohol breathalyzer test. 

Officers found a 5-inch blade in the man's coat that can also be used as metal knuckles. While officers attempted to arrest the man, he became disorderly, trying to trip officers with his foot, and he even attempted to slip the handcuffs under his legs, according to a police report. 

While at the police station, officers stated that the man threatened them with violence and tried to break an officer's foot.

For questions on the police blotter, email marina.cracchiolo@patch.com.


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