Crime briefs of the year in West Bloomfield

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 17, 2022

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

Power grab latest in ongoing dispute
WEST BLOOMFIELD — In an incident report dated Feb. 24, a 24-year-old suspect allegedly called DTE to have a 33-year-old resident’s power turned off in the area of Green Lake Road and Pinnock Drive, according to police.The report stated that this was an ongoing dispute between the two individuals.


Jogger threatened
WEST BLOOMFIELD — In an incident report dated March 7, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 26-year-old man said he was jogging on a sidewalk on Orchard Lake Road, near Pinehurst Drive, when a subject in a blue vehicle yelled, “I’m going to kill you on March 20, 2021.”

The victim was jogging northbound, with the vehicle traveling southbound.

The incident was listed as documentation only.


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.


Woman leaves without paying for lottery tickets
WEST BLOOMFIELD — A 43-year-old frequent customer entered a gas station on Orchard Lake Road and reportedly purchased $230 in lottery tickets at around 2 a.m. April 12.

The woman attempted to use her Michigan unemployment debit card, but it was declined for insufficient funds.

She allegedly agreed to come back and pay for her purchase but, as of April 13, had not done so.

The case was turned over to detectives.


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.”

The incident was turned over to detectives for follow-up.


Unwanted paint job at park bathroom
WEST BLOOMFIELD — Between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. May 25, a men’s bathroom at Bloomer Park was spray-painted red by an unknown individual.

No suspects were reported.


Handgun pulled after sunglasses swiped
WEST BLOOMFIELD — A man was sitting by an apartment pool in the 2000 block of Woodrow Wilson Boulevard when an unknown person took the sunglasses off his head and ran toward a vehicle at 2:45 p.m. June 5.

The victim began to approach the suspect, but the suspect pulled a handgun and fled in the vehicle.

The incident was under investigation.


Threat reported at hospital
WEST BLOOMFIELD — A man attempted to enter Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital via the employee entrance at about 9:45 p.m. June 7.

He was told to use the visitor entrance and proceeded to cuss at the employee who denied him entry.

After the subject gained proper access to the hospital, he was told he had to move his vehicle because it was blocking traffic.

The subject became more agitated and told the same employee he would kill her and her family.

No further encounters occurred.

Police were investigating.


Things get ‘rowdy’ at restaurant
WEST BLOOMFIELD — At approximately 12:10 a.m. June 12, two or three customers became “rowdy” at a restaurant on West Maple Road.

One of the customers grabbed a security guard’s buttocks.

The security guard was then surrounded by “several hostile customers” after telling the subject to leave the restaurant.

Fearing for his safety, the security guard subsequently used pepper spray, which caused the customers in question and others to leave the restaurant.


Property dispute escalates
WEST BLOOMFIELD — According to a police report, at approximately 2 p.m. June 7, a resident in the area of Orchard Lake and Middlebelt roads reported that a neighbor pointed a broomstick in a threatening manner due to an ongoing property line dispute.

The incident was reported to be under investigation.


Trouble reported
WEST BLOOMFIELD — In a report dated July 31, a 55-year-old male resident at a facility on Farmington Road was accused of threatening staff, screaming obscenities and smoking inside the facility throughout the day.

It was alleged that the suspect intentionally clogged a toilet, causing water to exit and overflow into a room he was in.

The suspect was discharged from the facility.

Detectives were set to review the case for potential charges.


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.