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Birmingham, Bloomfield Township crime briefs for month of May

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 26, 2020

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BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Here are the newsworthy incidents reported to local police during the last few weeks.

Customer enraged by unmasked workers
BIRMINGHAM — A manager at Kroger, 700 E. Maple Road, reported an altercation with a shopper at around 1 p.m. April 27. A customer allegedly was confrontational and argumentative with employees who allegedly were not wearing protective face masks.

Witnesses said the shopper made antagonizing gestures toward employees. An investigation is ongoing.


Change swiped from unlocked car
BIRMINGHAM — A resident in the 700 block of Willits Street told police that someone rummaged through their vehicles overnight May 6-7. A small amount of change was taken from both vehicles, which were parked outside and left unlocked at the time of the theft. There are no suspects or witnesses.


Outdoor lamp shattered
BIRMINGHAM — Residents in the 200 block of Hawthorne Street told police around 1 a.m. May 16 that the glass and bulb on a pole lamp in their yard had been shattered. There are no suspects or witnesses.


Walgreens reports three thefts in a week
BIRMINGHAM — From May 6 to 11, three incidents of retail fraud were reported at Walgreens pharmacy, 34300 Woodward Ave.

On May 5, employees reported that a man stole numerous items, including a Bluetooth speaker, a bottle of liquor and an employee’s wallet. The suspect in that incident is described as a black man in his late 40s or early 50s; 5 feet, 9 inches tall; with a balding head and a black beard.

On May 8, officers were dispatched to the store regarding a man who had allegedly stolen wine and left the scene on foot. Officers later located the suspect, a 48-year-old Detroit man, and cited him for retail fraud.

On May 11, officers were again dispatched to Walgreens, this time regarding a man who was seen taking items off the shelf and placing them in his coat. As he left the store, officers were on the scene and approached him. They confirmed there were multiple stolen items in his coat, and the 41-year-old Pontiac man was cited for retail fraud.


Tires reported slashed
BIRMINGHAM — A resident in the 700 block of Eton Street told police at around noon May 8 that two tires had been slashed on his vehicle. There are no suspects or witnesses.


ATV taken from dealer, found damaged
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Police received a report at 5 p.m. May 16 of a stolen all-terrain vehicle taken from Motor City Power Sports, 1645 Telegraph Road.

The general manager had received a call from the dealership’s owner that one of their Polaris Razor ATVs had been stolen from the storage yard and was found hidden behind a dumpster at a neighboring business.

The dealership recovered the vehicle, but the manager told police that the ATV had sustained several hundred dollars in damage during the theft. An investigation is ongoing.


Suspect steals blower
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — At around 2 p.m. May 12, police received a report of retail fraud from loss prevention staff at Lowe’s, 1801 Telegraph Road.

A man reportedly had gone into the store May 11, selected a backpack blower and put it in a shopping cart. The subject waited in line for a few minutes and then left the store without paying.

He’s described as a light-skinned black man wearing a red hoodie, a gray jacket, dark jogging pants and black-and-white Nike running shoes. He was seen leaving the store’s parking lot in a blue Chrysler minivan with a Michigan license plate of DC64149.

An investigation is ongoing.


Bricks swiped from home
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — At around 3 p.m. May 17, police received a larceny complaint from a home in the 100 block of Devon Road.

The resident said a delivery of bricks had been taken from the property sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day. An investigation is ongoing.