Highlights from recent Birmingham police reports:
Check fraud suspect arrested, not charged on alleged home invasion
A man suspected of check fraud in connection with a March 31 home invasion was arrested Tuesday. The man, a 35-year-old from Warren, is being charged with check fraud in connection with a home invasion on the 1000 block of Abbey Street, where blank checks and jewelry were taken from the home, according to police reports.
According to police, the man is a friend of the homeowner’s boyfriend. After police determined the man cashed one of the stolen checks at the in downtown Birmingham, an arrest warrant was issued by the Oakland County’s prosecutor’s office. Tuesday, the man contacted the homeowner, offering to sell her stolen jewelry. According to reports, the pair arranged a meeting at the intersection of Eight Mile Road and Van Dyke in Warren, where Birmingham police were waiting and arrested the man.
According to Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan, the man was not charged with the home invasion, with the judge citing "insufficient evidence." However, the man was charged with check fraud and arraigned at the 48th District Court Wednesday.
Woman charged for trying to steal groceries from Papa Joe's
A Birmingham woman is charged with retail fraud after trying to steal from on Monday. According to police reports, the store’s owner saw the 47-year-old woman standing near the cashiers around 7:15 p.m. with a full cart of groceries. She was then observed walking by the cashier with her cart, leaving the store and heading to her car, police reports state.
The woman was opening her car trunk when the owner and another employee approached her. The woman claimed she forgot her money and was going to her car to get it, but police reports say she then tried to get in her car and drive away. Police arrived at that point and she was taken into custody. The approximate value of stolen property was $497.
This is the second theft from Papa Joe's in two weeks. A from the gourmet food market April 5 before being caught by police.
Jaguar stolen from garage on Hanna
There are still no suspects in the theft of a 1995 Jaguar taken from a residential garage April 8. According to police reports, the gold, four-door Jaguar was taken from a home on the 500 block of Hanna Street between 3:10-4 p.m. The homeowner was not home at the time and the garage door was closed, the police report stated. Police say it appears the suspect entered the garage through an unlocked window. The car’s second key was in the car’s center console.
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