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Berkley Crime Report: Thefts, Drunken Driver and More

The following information was supplied by the Berkley Public Safety Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Highlights from reports from the for March 8-16:

Fire-making homeless man arrested

March 11: An officer patroling the area around Henley and 11 Mile Road noticed the smell of smoke in the air around 4:30 p.m. The officer located the source, which he described in his report as a campfire being made behind a commercial building by a man later identified as a 25-year-old homeless man; the man said he was trying to keep warm. The officer found narcotics paraphernalia on the man and arrested him.

Suspect arrested after returnables stolen

March 8: Police were called to the convenience store on the 27000 block of Woodward in Berkley after a man reportedly stole a bag of returnable bottles. The suspect, a 35-year-old man, was pulled over in his car shortly after police were called. He was arrested on suspicion of larceny and also charged with driving under the influence.

Computer, headphones stolen from car

March 8: Police were called to the 3700 block of Prairie in Berkley after a vehicle owner discovered computer equipment and a pair of noise reduction headphones were stolen from his car. There is no suspect in the case.

Drunken driver arrested

March 10: Police pulled over a driver at Woodward Avenue and 12 Mile Road at 1:04 a.m. on suspicion of drunken driving. According to the arresting officer’s report, the driver appeared intoxicated and consented to a field sobriety test and blood alcohol test. The driver failed the field test and registered a blood alcohol level of .23 – nearly three times Michigan’s legal limit of .08. The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Residents or business owners who have information to report, or who notice something unusual in their neighborhood, are urged to call the at (248) 658-3380 or the Huntington Woods Public Safety Department at (248) 541-1180.

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