On Aug. 28, police responded to a call from an employee of the regarding a suspect stealing liquor from the store, according to a report from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.
Police say that the Meijer employee recognized the suspect from a previous theft and called 911. The employee then followed the suspect around the store where she observed him concealing liquor bottles on a shelf under some bedding in a different part of the store and then leaving, according to the report.
Police say they spotted the suspect’s car driving through the Meijer parking lot at a high rate of speed with its headlights off, heading towards Hartland Road.
After stopping the vehicle, police questioned the suspect about the theft and police say the suspect admitted to having to having an alcohol and crack problem.
After searching the vehicle, police say they found two bottles of liquor, valued at $107, that was reported stolen from Meijer.
The suspect was arrested and lodged at the Livingston County Jail.
Fraudulent Car Bought Online
On Aug. 27, a Howell woman reported that she had tried to buy a Jeep through Craigslist and was now unable to contact the seller after wiring $2,400 to an account, according to a report from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.
Police say the woman researched the vehicle through the website and when she went to purchase it, was directed to a different website called “Google Checkout.” The woman then told police that she contacted what she thought was the Jeep’s owner over the phone and after agreeing to the price, wired the money to an address in Texas.
After hearing nothing back regarding the purchase, the woman again tried to contact the alleged owner and was unable to reach him. The woman then contacted Google where she learned that the website “Google Checkout” was a fraudulent website and learned that the purchase and vehicle were also fraudulent.
Police are continuing to investigate the case.
Dirt Bike Reported Stolen From Barn
A Hartland man reported that between the hours of 8 p.m. on Aug. 27 and 4 p.m. on Aug. 28 a dirt bike was missing from the barn located on the 700 block of Saddle Club Lane, according to a police report from the Livingston County Sheriff’s department.
Police say the man checked to make sure no one else had borrowed the bike and said he didn’t hear any bike sounds during the night.
The reported stolen bike is estimated at $8,000.