Police: Breaking and entering didn’t happen

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 4, 2016

Photo by Deb Jacques

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — After investigating a breaking and entering incident that allegedly occurred April 18 at a residence on Iverness Lane, near West Long Lake and Orchard Lake roads, the West Bloomfield Police Department determined that the incident did not happen and there is no suspect at large. 

Police officers were dispatched at 11:52 a.m. April 18 after a woman stated that a white man wearing a red baseball cap and dirty jeans gained entry to the house through an unlocked door. According to a press release from April 20, the woman alleged that the suspect struggled with her and then fled the scene.

Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson said April 26 that the woman had contacted the Police Department after the alleged attack and said the suspect had assaulted her. The woman also reportedly told police that her injuries required medical attention. 

Lawson would not provide details on how the woman said she was assaulted because the Police Department is turning the investigation over to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of filing a false police report. The police did not say whether the woman could be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. 

“The evidence that we located at the scene was not consistent with the statements she initially and continued to make to detectives as the investigation unfolded,” Lawson said. “With the investigation, the review of evidence and the subsequent interview of the alleged victim, we have determined that in fact there was no individual who entered the residence, and the assault as originally described did not take place.” 

At the time of the original report, the Police Department had increased patrol in the area. 

“Incidents like this divert important resources away from other investigations and is a waste of taxpayer money,” Lawson said.

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