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West Bloomfield police make arrest after business break-ins

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 30, 2018



WEST BLOOMFIELD — Police have arrested a man suspected of breaking and entering into a West Bloomfield restaurant. 

Members of the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium, or SONIC, along with personnel from local agencies, arrested Jermaine Lanier Wright, 46, of Detroit, July 22. 

SONIC is a multijurisdictional task force comprising detectives from the West Bloomfield Police Department, the Farmington Hills Police Department and the Novi Police Department. 

“This task force continues to assist us with major crimes,” said West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson. “This type of collaboration with other departments has been extremely fruitful.” 

Police said Wright was arrested for allegedly breaking and entering into Red Coat Tavern, located at 6745 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield. The incident happened at around 5 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

Police said SONIC officials were watching Wright after he broke into the bar, and they followed him to Southfield. Southfield officers assisted SONIC in the arrest.

Police said Wright gained entry to the business by smashing the glass out of an exterior door. An interior door was breached via a sledgehammer. 

SONIC detectives recovered $1,753.05 in cash, tools suspected to have been used in the crime and a black mask from Wright’s vehicle. 

Wright is a suspect in several other business breaking and entering cases, as well as ATM thefts throughout Oakland County, police said. 

“There is at least one other (incident) in West Bloomfield in the past couple months,” said Lawson. “SONIC has been investigating him for the past several months.”

Wright was arraigned in the 48th District Court by Judge Diane D’Agostini and was charged with one count of felony breaking and entering, according to court employees. The charge is a 10-year felony. 

Lawson said he expects that more charges will come for Wright. He is suspected of several other thefts from ATMs, liquor stores and bars.

“I believe there will be (additional charges),” Lawson said. “Nothing has been done yet.” 

Wright received a $100,000 bond, no 10 percent. 

He is being held at the Oakland County Jail. The investigation is ongoing. An attorney for Wright could not be reached for comment.