A 33-year-old Belleville man is in custody awaiting charges for fraud in Washtenaw County that stemmed from the theft of a Birmingham resident's car, authorities said.
Officers with the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety responded to a home in the 1300 block of Pembroke at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday for a stolen vehicle report and learned that a 2000 Lincoln Continental was taken from the driveway, Chief David Hendrickson said. The vehicle belonged to a Birmingham resident who reported a wallet and credit cards were inside the car at the time.
The officers immediately entered the vehicle information into the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) so that other departments could be aware of the stolen car, and then contacted the victim's credit card companies, Hendrickson said. Investigators learned that one of the credit cards was used at a store in Washtenaw County, and contacted the store for a suspect description. While on the phone, a store employee told them that the suspect returned and attempted to use the card again.
The officers contacted the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department and deputies arrested the man at the store without incident, Hendrickson said. They also found the victim's property, including the car.
Charges are pending in Washtenaw County and the investigation into the vehicle theft continues.