Parking Spot Dispute, Tasered Shoplifters Among Reports from Area Police Departments

Crime reports from Northville, Bloomfield, Birmingham and Novi also include stolen tires and trees.

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.

Northville Patch

Man Yells at Woman Over Parking Spot

A 28-year-old woman called the Northville Police at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 to report a man had intimidated her in a city parking lot at Wing and Main streets. The woman said she was waiting to turn into a parking spot with her signal on. When she pulled into the spot, a male in his 40s got out of his car, yelled at her and called her a bitch, the report said.

The woman said the man had tried to take the spot before she could pull in, but that she was there waiting for the spot before he was, the report said. She said she was scared and just wanted the police to talk to the man so he doesn't do it again, the report said. The officer was unable to find the man. 

Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills Patch

Men Tried to Steal Tires After Getting Flat in Bloomfield Township

Two Detroit men face larceny charges after they allegedly tried to replace a flat tire with wheels removed from cars in the Bloomfield Township Target parking lot, police said.

Antonio Bragg, 22, and Marcele Holt, 21, of Detroit, are each charged with counts of felony larceny stemming from an incident Tuesday. Officers with the Bloomfield Township Police Department stopped the vehicle Brag and Holt were in on southbound Telegraph Road near Lone Pine Road after noticing it was driving without a tire, the summary stated. At about the same time, dispatchers received a call about a stolen tire and wheel from a customer's vehicle at Target.

Investigators determined that the men were driving through Bloomfield Township when a tire went flat, the summary stated. They allegedly tried to steal tires from two different vehicles, but the tires didn't fit. They then gave up and decided to make it home on just the wheel itself.

Birmingham Patch

Christmas Trees Stolen From Plant Station

Police are looking for one or more thieves who made off with 10 Christmas trees from The Plant Station last weekend.

According to police reports, the incident occurred overnight Friday, Nov. 23, with employees discovering the missing trees around 9 a.m. Saturday. The trees had been stored in a fenced lot, police reports state. Employees and police believe the thief or thieves pitched the Christmas trees over the fence and carried them away in some type of vehicle.

Novi Patch

Shoplifters Tasered by Police After Resisting Arrest

Two men were tasered by Novi police after they resisted arrest for retail fraud at Macy's, according to a police report.

The store's loss prevention officer told police on Nov. 23 that two men had stolen three pairs of pants and two long sleeve shirts from the store. The loss prevention officer said the two men were now walking westbound through the parking lot toward Novi road, the report said.

When the men saw the officers, they began running westbound through heavy mall traffic, and officers caught up with them behind Denny's, where one officer ordered them both to the ground, the report said. The men then split up and began running in opposite directions, the report said. Police caught up with one of the men, who refused to obey officers' commands and struggled with them. 

A sergeant arrived on the scene and tried to help control the man, but he continued to resist, the report said. The sergeant then applied a taser to the man and the officers were able to handcuff him, the report said.

The two officers were able to stand the man up and began walking him to the car, but as they got closer, the man started to drag his feet and stumbled forward, pulling one officer with him, the report said. The man's face hit the rear of the car, and the impact broke part of his tooth, the report said. The man refused medical treatment. The man was arrested on retail fraud charges and two counts of resisting and obstructing/assaulting a police officer, the report said.

One of the officers was tired and light-headed from the struggle and received treatment from CEMS at the scene, the report said.

Meanwhile, another officer followed the other man, who was found walking near Old Navy. The man began running away from the patrol car, and the officer ran after him, the report said. The officer told him to stop or he would use his taser, the report said. The man continued to run, so the officer used a taser, then was able to handcuff the man, the report said. The man was arrested on charges of retail fraud and one count of resisting a police officer, the report said.


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