As the holiday season quickly approaches, the Bowling Green Police Division suggests BG citizens and BGSU students keep a few thoughts in mind in order to protect your property from thieves.
- Verify all doors and windows are locked (to include the internal door leading from the garage into the house—do not rely on the automatic garage door opener for security).
- If possible, doors should have a deadbolt lock and a reinforced strike plate.
- Secure pet doors or flaps.
- Secure all sliding-glass doors with an additional wooden dowel or metal rod placed in the track.
- Close curtains and/or blinds.
- Use timers on internal lights, TV’s and/or radios.
- Use motion sensors on external lights.
- Have someone bring your refuse containers in if left out on the day you leave.
- Stop your mail and/or newspaper service or have someone pick them up so they do not accumulate.
- Trim shrubbery near entrances to your residence that provide concealment for burglars.
- Do not post on social media the dates and times you will be away from your residence.
Furthermore, the Bowling Green Police Division offers community services such as a “vacation check” in which officers perform periodic checks on your residence while you are away and notify you if a problem exists. For more information, or to schedule this service, please contact BGPD at 419-352-1131 to speak with a dispatcher.
On December 14, 2015 at approximately 1030hrs, the Bowling Green Police Division arrested Michael Minns II of West Palm Beach, FL for corrupting another with drugs. Minns is 21 years old.
The incident occurred on November 22, 2015 when Minns surreptitiously placed a controlled substance into the victim’s beverage while at a downtown Bowling Green restaurant. With the cooperation from the business, video was obtained showing Minns placing the substance into the victim’s beverage.
The incident remains under investigation.
The holiday season accounts for the highest shopping period during the year. More shoppers are out enjoying their gift buying experience; however, this also attributes to more opportunities for thieves to take advantage of others. Therefore, BGPD would like to provide shoppers with some tips on how to protect their new gifts and valuables.
- Lock your vehicle–to include when taking your cart to the cart stall after placing your items in your vehicle.
- Place valuables in the trunk or out of sight in your vehicle
- Do not leave your purse unattended in the shopping cart
- Report persons that seem to be loitering in the parking lot or walking up and down the aisles
- Be cognizant of your surroundings
- Avoid talking on cell phones while walking to and from your vehicle
- Online purchases and deliveries
- Avoid having packages delivered to an empty house—alternatives could be having it delivered to a trusted neighbor or your workplace or if not possible, ask to have the package placed in a less visible place than at the front door.
- Another option is to have the package held at the post office or delivery service to be picked up.
As always, if you notice anything suspicious or have a report to file, please contact BGPD at 419-352-1131.
On December 8, 2015, the Bowling Green Police Division arrested Awais Jehangir of Macomb, MI for the attempted robbery at Fifth Third Bank located at 275 S. Main St. Jehangir is 19 years of age.
The incident occurred on November 18th when the suspect entered the bank and produced a note demanding money from a teller. He was not provided any money and left the bank. Bowling Green investigators received assistance from Michigan State Police forensic services in conjunction with the Toledo FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. The Sheriff Enforcement Team from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department was also instrumental in the arrest of the suspect. The identification and apprehension of the suspect would not have been possible without this inter-agency cooperation.
The incident remains under investigation.
The Bowling Green Police Division is seeking information to identify the male subject in these photographs. The male subject is a suspect in a credit card theft and fraud in Bowling Green. If you have any information, please contact BGPD or Detective Andy Mulinix at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers 419-352-0077. You may be eligible for a reward if the information provided leads to the conviction of the suspect.
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FTO PROGRAM: The Field Training and Evaluating Program is an extension of the law enforcement selection process. It combines pre-field training with objective evaluations to ensure that the standards of a competent law enforcement officer are met. This is a 40 – hour course designed for experienced uniform patrol officers and corrections officers to learn the “new job/task” of becoming a Field Training Officer – FTO. The program will emphasize the FTO’s role in teaching, training, coaching and evaluating the recruit officer as they “earn” the right to wear your department’s uniform. Each student will receive a Field Training and Evaluation manual for this course.
⇒ Field Training Personnel Selection
⇒ Utilizing the Standard Evaluation Guidelines
⇒ Field Training Officer Conduct/Responsibilities
⇒ How the FTO Creates a Learning Environment
⇒ Remedial Training and the Problem Recruit
⇒ The Purpose of Documentation
⇒ Program Administration
⇒ Field Training Program Operation
⇒ Performance Evaluations
⇒ Legal Issues for the FTO
INSTRUCTOR: DeWolf and Associates: F/Lt. Patrick McGreevy retired in 2011 after serving 29 years with the Michigan State Police. F/Lt. McGreevy began his association with the FTO program in 1994 when he became an FTO. In 1996, he became an FTO school instructor and upon his assignment to East Lansing Headquarters in 1997, he became the Department’s FTO Coordinator. F/Lt. McGreevy oversaw the field training programs of several hundred probationary troopers in addition to coordinating and instructing numerous FTO schools for the Department. In his 17 year association with the FTO program, F/Lt. McGreevy trained and mentored three subsequent State Police FTO Coordinators in addition to instructing at all State Police FTO schools since 1996.
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The Bowling Green Police Division is continuing the investigation of a fatal crash that occurred on November 25, 2015.
The crash, reported to the Police Division at 2:38 P.M., claimed the life of the adult male operating a motorcycle eastbound on Wooster St. (SR-64 approaching I-75. The motorcycle struck the right front of a Ford Focus, as the adult female driver of that vehicle attempted to turn left (south) onto the entrance ramp to I-75, from westbound Wooster St. (SR-64).
The operator of the Ford was treated at the scene of the crash by Bowling Green Fire Division personnel, and the operator of the motorcycle was transported by Bowling Green Fire Division personnel to Wood County Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating an assault which occurred on Sunday, November 1st, 2015 at approximately 3:10 AM in the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church, 204 N. Summit St, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
Witnesses reported hearing yelling in the area of the church parking lot. A white vehicle and possibly a black Dodge Stratus were reported to have been seen leaving the area of the assault.
If you have any information regarding the assault contact Detective Andy Mulinix at the Bowling Green Police Division (419-352-2571), Wood County Crimestoppers (419-352-0077) or your local law enforcement agency.
In the past month and a half, the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan areas have been inundated with counterfeit $20 and $50 bills. The suspects are mainly targeting convenient stores and fast food chains; however, they have also been identified as passing bills at big box stores. Bowling Green Police are asking that local businesses stay vigilant when taking in cash and encourage the use of marking pens to identify counterfeit bills. If in doubt, please notify the local police immediately. Clerks are encouraged not to give the bills back to the individual and to notify police immediately of any suspicious activity.
If any local business is notified by their bank that they have received counterfeit bills with their deposits, please notify the police and attempt to narrow down a time frame of when the bill was taken in. Bowling Green Police are working with area law enforcement agencies but we need local business’ help to stop this trend.
If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Det. Brian Houser at 419-352-1131.