Police Report Thefts, Damage to Cars in Neighboring Communities
Among news stories throughout the region, Novi, BIrmingham, West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Township police all report incidents that occurred over the past two weeks.
Area police departments provided the following reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt.
A catalytic converter was reportedly cut off a 2002 Pontiac parked in a parking lot on the 1200 block of Derby sometime between noon and 1 p.m. on Halloween. The incident is similar to a string of catalytic converter thefts in Bloomfield Township. According to the Bloomfield Patch, catalytic converteres were cut off two vehicles on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 at the Fox Hills Condominiums in Bloomfield Township — the fourth and fifth of such thefts in the township since the spring.
The converters, which are used to filter the engine's emissions, are commonly targeted by thieves because of the valuable metal components inside, such as platinum or palladium, authorities said.
A Novi police officer was dispatched to Fountain Walk Apartments on Oct. 30 after someone reported seeing a car on blocks and missing its wheels and tires, according to a Novi police report. The 2013 Ford Edge was found outside of the apartments, with lugnuts were left lying in the area, the report said.
Police recently have stepped up patrols in a neighborhood near the intersection of Hiller and Greer roads in response to a rash of break-ins to cars in which windows were broken. Items taken from seven cars overnight Nov. 3 included cash, electronics, and sporting equipment. Fourteen cars at locations on Mountain Ash, Dawncrest, Bloomfield Oaks, Cherry Blossom, Charrington, Alder and Winton had windows broken.
A Bloomfield Hills man charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and trying to lure her into his vehicle was recently ordered to stand trial. Oakland County Circuit Court records show Derek Wallin, 24, was bound over for trial on one count of attempted kidnapping, and one count criminal sexual conduct — fourth degree, following a preliminary hearing on Nov. 2. He remained at the Oakland County Jail Thursday on $100,000 bond.
Authorities accuse Wallin of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his silver Chevrolet Camaro in the area of Normandy and Tonawanda streets in Royal Oak at about 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6. The girl was walking alone in the area when he approached and offered her a ride and marijuana, police said. Read the full story on Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills Patch.
A Pontiac man charged with assaulting Bloomfield Township police officers during an altercation at the Jo-Ann Fabrics store in May recently pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple felony offenses, court officials said.
The decision essentially ends the criminal prosecution of Marleaux Milton Webb, 24, who in turn agreed to a civil commitment to a psychiatric facility for further evaluation and treatment, Webb’s attorney Markeisha Di'Ann Washington said. Read the full story on Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills Patch.
If you have questions about any of these calls, contact editor Joni Hubred-Golden, email@example.com.