POLICE BLOTTER: Teenager walks away from home, found

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids Department of Public Safety officers responded to the following calls Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All calls might not be reported.

Monday

• Officers assisted Child Protective Services at 11:27 a.m. on the 400 block of Sanborn Avenue.

• Police assisted the Michigan State Police at 12:35 p.m.

• At 8:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to a suspicious person complaint on the 800 block of South State Street. The caller advised a man was running around the parking lot. Officers found the man, who said he was just exercising. He left the area shortly after officers arrived on scene.

• A traffic stop at 8:36 p.m. on Fourth Avenue near Baldwin Street resulted in the 19-year-old driver being cited for having an improper plate.

Tuesday

• Police responded to a mental health concern at 4:54 a.m. at Parkview.

• Officers received a walk-in missing child complaint at 2:42 p.m. from the 300 block of Sanborn. A 13-year-old boy walked away from his house. He was located near the city pool and returned home.

• A woman reported a phone scam at 2:49 p.m. She received a call from her “grandson,” who was in jail in Miami, Florida. She sent $8,000 in cash to an address in Miami. The phone number originated from Ontario, Canada.

• At 7:45 p.m., a 54-year-old man was arrested for failing to appear from Osceola County. During the arrest, the man reported he had hired a taxi to take his phone to Verizon Wireless to have it looked at. The man supposedly gave the driver the phone and $100 to cover the repair bill. He advised he was informed by the driver that the phone could not be repaired and he made arrangements for the phone and money to be dropped off; however, only the phone was dropped off. The driver was contacted and interviewed, but said the man had left the phone in the cab and she had talked to the family who had her drop it at the location agreed upon. The driver said she knew nothing of the money or repairs mentioned.

Wednesday

• At 12:08 a.m., officers received a suspicious person complaint on the 200 block of South Stewart Avenue. The caller told police she heard someone trying to get into the basement of the building, but the person left in a silver minivan. The van was located and stopped at the south end of town. A 32-year-old woman told police she has a key for the building and permission to store items in the basement of the building. A message was left for the building manager, who told police nothing appeared to be disturbed or removed from the basement. The woman was arrested on a friend of the court warrant.

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