Convicted robber, carjacker to serve lengthy prison term

By: Jeremy Selweski | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 23, 2013

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A man who was recently convicted of two crimes involving armed robbery and carjacking at local pizzerias could be spending more than 30 years behind bars.

Joseph Crossley, 21, of Macomb Township, was sentenced in Macomb County Circuit Court July 17. He had been charged with nine felony counts — including armed robbery, carjacking, assault with intent to rob and numerous firearms violations — stemming from a pair of incidents that occurred in Macomb Township in early February.

Because of the extensive charges against Crossley, Judge Mary Chrzanowski sentenced him to multiple prison terms, with the longest covering 126 months to 30 years and the shortest covering two years with credit for 159 days already served. However, due to sentencing guidelines, several of these terms will be served concurrently.

Crossley’s defense attorney, Byron Pitts, could not be reached for comment at press time.

On June 6, Crossley pleaded no contest to all nine counts but requested that Chrzanowski sentence him at the low end of the guideline range. In criminal court, no-contest pleas are treated as an admission of guilt for the purposes of sentencing, but they also provide some additional legal protection in civil court.

Crossley was facing five charges for the first incident — an armed robbery of the Domino’s Pizza at 21 Mile and Card roads Feb. 3 — and four charges for the second — a carjacking and attempted robbery outside the Little Caesar’s Pizza near 21 Mile and North Avenue Feb. 8.

Circuit Court records indicate that Crossley also pleaded guilty to a charge of second habitual offender status. The two pizzeria incidents had violated his probation for a 2012 conviction for receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, when Crossley allegedly robbed Domino’s, he got away with more than $2,500 in cash and an employee’s cellphone. It is also believed that Crossley stole a pizza delivery driver’s car when he fled, as the vehicle was later found abandoned in a subdivision near the pizzeria.

At Little Caesar’s, Crossley reportedly approached two employees as they were leaving work, pulled out a handgun, demanded their money, forced them out of their vehicle and then drove off with it. When deputies arrived on the scene, the employees — who were unharmed in the carjacking — provided a description of the vehicle and the suspect. Crossley was spotted driving the stolen car in Mount Clemens within the hour, and he was placed under arrest.

Crossley was linked to both crime scenes due to the clothing that he wore and the foot impressions that he left behind at the two pizzerias, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The handgun that he used was also reportedly stolen.