Crime briefs of the year

Novi Note | Published January 17, 2022

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Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre local crime briefs from 2021:


Fight reported outside blood donation center
FARMINGTON HILLS –– On Feb. 22 an officer observed three males who appeared to be fighting in front a blood donation center on Grand River Avenue. The officer pulled into the driveway of the business as two of the males began chasing the other male down Grand River.

The males were all yelling and cussing at each other. Dispatchers were advised of a possible fight, and another car was sent to assist with the incident. Officers separated the three males.

Two males stated they had been on the bus from Detroit to Farmington Hills and went to the clinic to donate plasma on a weekly basis. They said they got into a verbal argument with another male on the bus and that he pulled a knife on the two of them and threatened them. A fight ensued.

They were adamant that the man had had a black knife in his pocket. Officers also spoke to the other male, who said the other two had attempted to rob him once he got off the bus. He stated that he wanted no trouble and was just looking to donate plasma.

No knife was found. The man stated that during the argument, he had pulled his phone out of his pocket, and the others may have mistaken his black phone for a knife.

The parties declined to press charges and went their separate ways.


Dock goes missing
WEST BLOOMFIELD — Sometime between March 8 and March 11, a 30-foot wooden dock valued at $1,500 was taken from the 4000 block of Pointview Drive.

The dock was located on the shoreline of the Zox subdivision.

No suspects were reported.


Dispute arises over sandwich
WEST BLOOMFIELD — In a report dated April 17 at 12:50 p.m., the 58-year-old owner of a restaurant reportedly took a 30-year-old woman’s keys and wallet off a counter after she refused to pay for a sandwich that was improperly made, according to a police report.

Officers instructed the man to return the wallet and keys.

The incident was set to be reviewed by detectives and submitted for possible charges.

Later that afternoon, a male subject reportedly called the owner and stated, “You better watch your back.”


Patron melts down over library fax machine
FARMINGTON –– On June 8, officers responded to the Farmington Community Library for a report that a disorderly library patron was yelling at staff.

Officers located the woman, who was yelling so loudly that officers could hear her from the front door entrance.

Officers learned from library staff that the disorderly patron was upset that the fax machine’s clock had the wrong time on it.

The patron would not stop yelling, even with officers present, so the library staff served her with a no trespassing order. The patron was escorted off library property without further incident.


Partial fingerprint, but no suspect, in stolen vehicle case
NOVI — A 28-year-old man reported that his vehicle had been stolen from the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 27000 S. Karevich Drive, near Novi Road and Interstate 96, sometime between 9 p.m. Sept. 8 and 12:57 a.m. Sept. 9.

Police who arrived at the scene found broken glass in the west parking lot of the hotel, near where the man’s 2021 red Dodge Challenger was last seen and parked. The owner believed that damage was done to one of the Challenger’s passenger-side windows. Hotel staff told police that there were no cameras surveilling the west parking lot.

Several items, including Oakley and Tom Ford sunglasses; miscellaneous clothing; Lenovo, HP Elite and Macbook Pro laptops; approximately $300 in cash; India and United States passports; and some jewelry items were in the Challenger when it went missing.

GPS tracking of the vehicle pinged in Detroit multiple times while police were investigating the case; however, the car could not be tracked down before the GPS signal on the car was lost.

Later on Sept. 9, an officer found a “neatly placed pile of items,” the police report stated, on a curb near the hotel. Two pairs of loose sunglasses and one pair with a case were located alongside a receipt from Gardner White, with the victim’s name on it, and other paperwork, including a vehicle owner manual.

A partial fingerprint was found and lifted from one of the loose sunglasses, but it ultimately didn’t lead to any further suspect information for detectives. The case was closed, pending new information.


Former employee suspected of embezzlement
WEST BLOOMFIELD — A general contractor business in the township reported that a former secretary embezzled $226,000 in business funds between September 2016 and September 2021.

The suspect was reportedly using business funds to pay herself a higher wage, pay credit card invoices and write business checks to herself.

The case was turned over to detectives for further investigation.


DoorDash driver has vehicle stolen
NOVI — At approximately 6:55 p.m. Oct. 16, officers from the Novi Police Department responded to a call from a DoorDash delivery driver who stated that her vehicle had been stolen while she was inside a restaurant picking up an order.

When interviewed, the driver of the vehicle said it was being borrowed from an acquaintance while her vehicle was being repaired. A laptop, cellphone and several other items were inside the vehicle.

Using a “find my phone” app, the vehicle was located in Grand Rapids and was recovered the morning of Oct. 17.


MacBook Pro stolen during Facebook exchange
NOVI — At approximately 1:15 p.m. Oct. 28, Novi police made contact with a victim who reported that he had a laptop stolen from him the previous night.

The victim listed a 16-inch MacBook Pro for sale on Facebook Marketplace. A buyer reached out and a price was agreed upon. The seller and the buyer met at an agreed-upon location.

Upon arrival, the buyer began looking through the computer before attempting to drive away without paying, according to the police report. The victim attempted to stop the vehicle from leaving by grabbing onto its window frame, but the victim fell down. The vehicle was then lost in heavy traffic.


Drunk man enters wrong home
FARMINGTON — Police responded to a report of an intoxicated male entering the victim’s apartment without permission at the Kingslane Apartments at 5 a.m. Nov. 1.

While officers were en route, the man left the building and was found on Warner Street attempting to gain access to a garage.

Officers arrived to find the man walking down Warner Street. They detained the man and noted that he was highly intoxicated.

Officers learned that he had been drinking at a bachelor party and left the party to go home. The man got lost and somehow entered the wrong apartment.

Once he realized that he was in the wrong apartment, he left and got lost in the subdivision behind the complex, thinking that he was in his subdivision in Farmington Hills.

Officers spoke with the victim, who said that the man had knocked on her door to her apartment, and when she opened the door, the man brushed by her and locked himself in her bathroom.

The victim’s father was able to persuade the man to leave the apartment while the police were called. The man was arrested for unlawful entry and disorderly intoxication. He was housed at the Farmington Jail until sober.


Dodge Charger stolen from parking lot
NOVI — Novi police responded to a report of a Dodge Charger being stolen from a hotel parking lot Dec. 9.

The victim told police that he parked at the hotel at approximately 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Shortly afterward, he and his wife went to dinner. While the victim did not see his vehicle in the parking lot, he told police he thought he would have noticed if it was missing.

When they returned to the vehicle the next morning, it was missing. Police investigated the parking space and found a small amount of broken glass on the ground.

The vehicle is described as a black 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye with tinted windows. The victim advised police that the only items in the vehicle were articles of clothing.