Teen charged following string of summer larcenies

By: Mary Beth Almond | Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 23, 2023

 Jaden Platinum Dantzler

Jaden Platinum Dantzler


BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP —  An 18-year-old man has been accused of a summer crime spree targeting multiple cars and homes in Bloomfield Township and Troy.

Jaden Platinum Dantzler was arraigned Oct. 10 in 48th District Court on a nine-count arrest warrant. He is charged with two counts of home invasion, third degree; two counts of larceny greater than $1,000, but less than $20,000; two counts of larceny-receive and conceal stolen property greater than $1,000, but less than $20,000; one count of fraudulent use of financial transaction device; and two counts of larceny $200 or more, but less than $1,000.

Officer Nick Soley of the Bloomfield Township police said the crimes took place in June.

On June 13, police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Meadowood Lane after a resident reported that two purses were stolen from a Porsche, and a briefcase and laptop were stolen from a BMW.

The same day, police were called to the 1800 block of Long Lake Shores Drive after a suspect drove a Rolls-Royce that had been parked in the attached garage down the street. The Rolls Royce was discovered running in the street and had been rummaged through, according to police.

Also that day, officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Long Lake Shores Drive after a resident reported that her Cadillac Escalade was “ransacked” and a gym bag containing two pairs of Apple AirPods, clothes, cosmetics and $50 was stolen.

Between June 14 and 16, police took two more reports of larceny from automobiles, one in the 400 block of South Evansdale and another in the 1800 block of Long Lake Shores Drive.

Dantzler was apprehended June 14, after the Troy Police Department received a call reporting that someone was attempting to steal a car in their city. The victim approached the subject, who exited the vehicle and fled from the residence. The victim was able to take a picture of the subject, who police said was Dantzler, as he was running away.

Dantzler then reportedly stole a Ford Explorer from another resident in Troy and left the area in the stolen vehicle, police said.

Members of the Troy Special Investigations Unit located the stolen Ford Explorer in Detroit and arrested the driver, who was identified as Dantzler.

During a search of Dantzler, Troy police located a wallet that contained several pieces of identification belonging to one of Bloomfield Township’s victims.

During a forensic search, police said, digital evidence was discovered showing Dantzler to be responsible for the larcenies from vehicles, home invasions and attempted motor vehicle thefts on Long Lake Shores Dr. The digital evidence included pictures of Dantzler inside of the Rolls Royce and several saved locations along Long Lake Shores Drive. Police said the dates and times recorded were all consistent with the dates and times of the crimes committed in Bloomfield Township.

“The Bloomfield Township Police Department is grateful for our relationship with our surrounding departments, and we thank the Troy Police Department and members of the Troy Special Investigations Unit for their hard work in this case,” Soley said in a statement.

Dantzler was given a $75,000 cash bond and lodged at the Oakland County Jail. He did not have an attorney on file at press time.