Home Invasion Suspects Arrested; Offender Runs Into Telegraph Traffic

This information was supplied by the Bloomfield Township Police Department. Arrests, where they are mentioned, do not indicate conviction.


Bloomfield Township

Home Invasion Suspects Caught

Two men have been charged with multiple counts of burglary and home invasion in several communities following their arrest last week for an incident in Bloomfield Township, police reports said.

Andrew Willey, 26, and Christopher Drinkhorn, 21, both face multiple counts of burglary and home invasion for recent incidents in Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, and Bloomfield Township, according to court records. They were arrested on Sept. 13 by an Auburn Hills police officer in the area of Auburn Road near Churchill Road, not long after a reported burglary in the 1400 block of Lenox Street in the township.

Bloomfield Township police responded to a call about two men seen running down the sidewalk of Lenox and into a green SUV parked near the Adams Road intersection at about midnight. At about the same time, they received an alert about a home security system activated on Lenox. The vehicle was gone when officers arrived, however, an Auburn Hills officer who was listening to the radio traffic located it nearby and arrested the two occupants without incident.

Police found evidence of recent thefts in the vehicle, and upon further investigation, determined the men were linked to home invasions in Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, reports said. Drinkhorn, of Rochester of Hills, remains at the Oakland County Jail on $100,000 bond as of Friday morning, records show.

Willey, of Auburn Hills, also remains at the Oakland County Jail on $100,000, jail records show, but further charges are expected because it is not his first run-in with law enforcement. State prison records show he was convicted of cocaine possession and operating a vehicle without a license in Macomb County in 2011. Records show he was sentenced to probation in August 2011, and that he is currently listed as a probation absconder, meaning additional charges are pending.

Man flees police, and runs into traffic

A Southgate man suspected of driving with a suspended license now faces obstruction charges for running away from arresting officers and into traffic on Telegraph Road on Tuesday, according to police reports.

Michel Anthony Vanderlaan, 36, remains at the Oakland County Jail on five charges stemming from the incident, including violating probation, and violating terms of a personal protection order. Bloomfield Township police stopped the man's vehicle for an improper plate in the area of Lone Pine and Telegraph roads at about 8:30 p.m., reports said. Officers quickly learned his license was suspended, and as they escorted the driver from his car toward the patrol car, the man ran into traffic on Telegraph Road and was struck.

Reports said the man "bounced off" a northbound vehicle and kept his footing long enough to lead officers on a brief foot chase. He was eventually caught and taken to McLaren Hospital, where he was treated and released to authorities. No motorists were injured. Vanderlaan was arraigned Wednesday on counts of driving with a suspended license; invalid title and registration; obstructing an officer; contempt of court (PPO violation) and violating probation.

MIP Issued at Football Game

Bloomfield Township police issued two citations for minor-in-possession of alcohol at Lahser High School's Dauch Field during last Friday's football game, reports said. Officers working game security were told about two youths that appeared to intoxicated in the stands. Officers located the 17-year-old boys and determined they were under the influence of alcohol. Both were issued citations and ordered to leave the field. They were released to their parents.



  • A Lahser High School student told police he left his cell phone unattended on a bench in the boy's locker room at about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. It was gone when he returned a few minutes later. No suspect information was available.
  • A resident int he 2400 block of Heronwood reported that a moped was taken outside the back of their home sometime between Sept. 13-14. No suspect information was available.

Anyone with information on any of the incidents listed here should call the department at 248-433-7752.


Bloomfield Hills

Officials with the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety reported no major police or fire related incidents during the week.

For questions about this blotter, email Art.Aisner@Patch.com.


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