Published June 19, 2013
Macomb man pleads to pizzeria robbery, carjacking
By Jeremy Selweski jSelweski@candgnews.com
MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 21-year-old Macomb Township man could be spending multiple years in prison for a pair of crimes involving armed robbery and carjacking at local pizzerias.
Joseph Crossley pleaded no contest in Macomb County Circuit Court June 6 to nine counts, including armed robbery, carjacking, assault with intent to rob and numerous firearms violations. He will be sentenced July 17 by Judge Mary Chrzanowski. He has requested that the judge sentence him at the low end of the sentencing 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 originally arrested in connection with two incidents that occurred in Macomb Township in early February. He is facing five charges for the first incident — an armed robbery of the Domino’s Pizza at 21 Mile and Card roads on 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.
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, the Sheriff’s Department reported that Crossley 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 suspect. Crossley was spotted driving the stolen car in Mount Clemens within the hour, and he was placed under arrest. The Sheriff’s Department stated that the handgun used had been stolen.
Crossley was linked to both crime scenes due to the clothing that he allegedly wore and the foot impressions that were left behind at the two pizzerias, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Circuit Court records indicate that in addition to the nine counts that he was facing June 6, Crossley had also been charged with second habitual status. The two pizzeria incidents violated his probation for a 2012 conviction for receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle. Crossley pleaded guilty to the violation and will also be sentenced for that crime July 17. He is currently being held in Macomb County Jail on two separate $250,000 bonds.
An attorney for Crossley could not be reached by press time.