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Driver Threatened in Hartland, Brighton Family Loses More Than $13,000 in Christmas Gifts

The following information was supplied by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

On Nov. 19, a 53-year-old Waterford man was driving on Old US 23 and called 911 after another driver threatened him and then damaged his vehicle, according to a police report from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. 

Police said the incident occurred around 11 p.m. after the Waterford man had initially attempted to pass the car in front of him, which was travelling around 30 mph between Latson Road and Highland Road. 

The front car had swerved into the path of the victim’s car, according to the report, and the Waterford man was unable to pass, but eventually moved into the right lane of traffic at the light at Highland Road and Old US 23.

While at the light, police say, the driver of the first vehicle began yelling at the victim telling him he had a gun and then reached out his window and hit the car’s side mirror, breaking it.

Police say the suspect then told the victim to pull into the parking lot of the Speedway gas station, but the driver continued on down Highland Road.

According to the report, the victim then followed the suspect in his car down Highland Road past Leo’s Restaurant and continued to follow the car after it turned down an unknown road. The Waterford man was then advised by dispatch to stop following due to the threat of the gun.

The victim returned to the Speedway gas station where he gave a police report due to the damage to his vehicle. 

Man assaulted outside Buffalo Wild Wings

On Nov. 24, a Howell man reported that a man had assaulted him after leaving Buffalo Wild Wings in Howell, according to a police report.

Police say the 26-year-old victim was attempting to walk home around 2 a.m. when he was approached by an unknown man who shoved him and then punched him.

A witness told police that he saw the two men wrestling outside the restaurant and saw the victim get kicked while on the ground. The suspect left the scene after the witness spoke up, according to the report, but the witness was unable to identify the vehicle the suspect left in. 

Brighton home burglarized while family on vacation, items valued at more than $13,000

On Nov. 23, a Brighton woman reported that her home on the 1300 block of Pond Bluff Way had been broken into while her family had been on vacation, according to a police report.

Police say the woman returned home to find a gate leading into the back yard was open and a rock sitting at the base. After walking to the back of the house, the victim told police she saw a window had been broken which led into the home’s basement.

Items reported stolen from the home included a TV home theater system, Xbox 360, approximately 100 blue ray dvd’s, laptops and wrapped Christmas presents. Estimated value of total items stolen is more than $13,000 according to the report. 

The woman told police that her daughter had posted on Facebook about the family vacation. 

Items Stolen from Unlocked Car/Garage

On Nov. 13, between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. items were stolen from a Hartland home located on the 2000 block of Parkway Place, according to a police report. 

Police say a female family member, who was there visiting family, had left her Mini Cooper unlocked the previous night after returning home after midnight and the garage door open.

According to the report, after discovering her car door open the following morning, the victim discovered her wallet, valued at $10 and $400 in cash was missing.

The Hartland homeowner told police he heard dogs barking at 4:30 a.m., but did not get up. The Hartland man’s car, which was parked in the garage, had been entered as well and the homeowner reported that a power blower from the garage, valued at $300, was missing.

Purses, cash stolen from car parked in garage

On Nov. 20, a Hartland woman reported that between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., her car had been broken into on the 13000 block of Yale Place Ct., according to a police report.

Police say the 2010 Mercury Mariner had been parked inside the victim’s garage and was left unlocked with keys and purses left inside.

The overhead garage door had been left open, according to the report, and the woman noticed her purse, her daughters’ purse and the change holder missing when attempting to leave for work in the morning.

Two purses valued at $80, credit cards and $20 in cash were reported stolen.

DON November 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
What can we do to get more police on Livingston roads? Something needs to be done as crime in Livingston county is getting out of hand!
Robert McDonnell November 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
This happens every year around this time (holidays) the public need to be on the look out
Larry Johnson January 05, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Headline is incorrect. Family lost $13,000.00, not all Christmas gifts. Just an attention grabber!

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