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False Report Allegedly Filed After One-Car Crash

The following information was provided by the West Bloomfield Township Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

reports from April 2-8 included 56 alarms, 16 crashes and nine arrests. Among the highlights:

False report allegedly filed after one-car crash

An 18-year-old West Bloomfield resident who was involved in a one-car crash April 7 while drunk allegedly lied to police and said he was carjacked, according to Lt. Tim Diamond.

Officers responded to the supposed carjacking report at the 6100 block of Upper Straits Boulevard around 7:30 that morning, as the man claimed that two men in hoods and sweatshirts had taken his black Audi brand vehicle without the use of force, Diamond said. Officers suspected the young man was intoxicated and eventually traced the story to a friend's house, from where he possibly drove away and hit a tree at a nearby residence.

The 18-year-old was arrested and later tested for alcohol above the legal limit. The young man was eventually charged with filing a false police report of a felony and pled not guilty. That charge carries a maximum sentence of four years in the Oakland County Jail. The man, who has a prior drinking offense on record, was released on $50,000 personal bond.

Purse stolen from car at Marshbank

It was reported that a purse had been stolen from a vehicle parked at on April 7, Diamond said.

The theft is alleged to have occurred between 3:15-4 p.m. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle, which was locked, but the windows had been left down. The Tumi brand purse contained a platinum ring valued at $8,000, Diamond said.

Home ransacked while residents on vacation

Police responded to a neighbor's call April 3 that a home on the 3600 block of Tyrconnel Trail had been broken into and ransacked while the residents were away on vacation, according to Diamond. Among the items reported missing after thieves broke in through the garage door were a black 2002 Chevy Trailblazer brand vehicle, two laptop computers, jewelry and two guitars, Diamond said.

Laptop stolen from construction site

Police responded to a report of larceny from a trailer at the construction site on the southeast corner of Maple and Drake roads on April 6. The building foreman there alleged that his laptop and wireless card were taken from a trailer there that serves as the office between 10:30-11:30 a.m. that day. The trailer typically has many people going in and out at a time, but that there is at least one suspect, Diamond said. Police are investigating the theft of the Dell brand laptop computer, valued at $1,500 and the wireless card, valued at $500.

If you have any information about these incidents, you can call West Bloomfield Police at (248) 975-9200. For questions about this report, email tim.rath@patch.com.

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