Police Blotter: Shoplifters Arrested; Multiple Fraud Investigations Under Way
The following information was supplied by the Bloomfield Township Police Department and the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety. Arrests, where they are mentioned, do not indicate conviction.
Following are highlights from recent police reports:
A 52-year-old Auburn Hills man was arrested for allegedly stealing multiple bottles of expensive liquor from Costco, police reports said.
Bloomfield Township police officers responded to the store just before 1 p.m. on May 13 after store security reported the man tried to conceal three bottles of Hennessy cognac inside his coat. He was arrested without incident as he tried to leave the store. The officers booked the suspect at the police department and then turned the man over to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department for an outstanding warrant pertaining to the Friend of the Court, reports said. Charges for retail fraud are pending.
Officers also arrested a 42-year-old Waterford woman that tried to steal clothes and perfume from TJ Maxx on May 14, reports said.
Police responded to the store after security guards notified them that they saw the woman conceal the merchandise in her purse. The guards detained the woman until police arrived and she was arrested and released pending formal charges.
Bad check passed
Officers responded to the PNC Bank at 36300 Woodward Ave. on May 7 after a man tried to cash a counterfeit check, police said.
An employee at the branch said a man entered the bank at about 3 p.m. and passed her the check, but fled while the bank was trying to validate it. He left behind a driver's license prior to finishing the transaction, reports said. Investigators learned the same man cashed an identical counterfeit check earlier that day at the other PNC branch in Bloomfield at 3580 W. Maple Rd. The case remains under investigation.
- A resident on the township's east side reported a marine-boat battery was taken from a paddle boat stored on Wing Lake Beach sometime between May 9-11. The battery was valued at $85 and no suspect information was available, according to reports.
- A 1996 Buick Park Avenue was taken from the driveway of a home in the 6000 block of Woodbank Drive last week, reports said. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between May 8-11. No suspect information was available.
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to call the department’s investigations division at 248-433-7752.
Credit Card Fraud Reported
A Bloomfield Hills man reported that plane tickets for a flight overseas and concert tickets were fraudulently purchased with his credit card last, police reports said.
Officers with the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety responded to the 100 block of Kingsley Trail Road on May 12 to meet with the victim, who said his credit card company contacted him regarding unusual activity on his account. The company reported that the purchases included tickets for a trip abroad and concert tickets worth a total of $1,500, reports said. The investigation is underway and no suspect information was available.
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