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Crime Report: Woman Discovers Identity Stolen, Car Keyed

The following information was supplied by the Novi Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

A Troy woman said she didn’t know her identity had been stolen until she got an interesting piece of mail Jan. 22. The woman received a driver’s license with all of her information on it but with a picture that was not of her, according to a report. A note attached to the license stated that it had been found at a gas station near Telegraph and Five Mile roads, and the finder wanted to return it to her, the report said. The woman said she did not recognize the person in the picture, and the listed address was her old address, the report said. All of her mail is now forwarded to her current address.

According to the police report, the woman then checked her credit report and saw that two credit cards had been illegally opened in her name: one at in Novi and one at in Novi. Both were opened Dec. 8 inside the stores, the report said. The Best Buy card was used to purchase a computer, and clothing was purchased using the Target card.

The woman has notified the stores, and the loss prevention departments are investigating the incident, the report said. The stores agreed not to hold her responsible for charges, and the cards have been closed, the report said. The woman also found that her Social Security number was used to open the cards, the report said.

The woman contacted her local police department in Troy as well as the Novi Police. The case is pending further investigation, the report said.

Car keyed

A woman reported that her car was keyed sometime between 8 p.m. Jan. 9 and 6 a.m. Jan. 10, according to a police report. Her car was parked on Wellington Drive and was keyed in six places on the car, the report said. According to the report, the woman said she is not in any arguments but is aware of at least one other vehicle in the area that has been keyed. The police do not have any suspects or leads at this time, the report said.

Items stolen from vehicles

  • A woman reported that her purse and iPod were stolen from her car between 4-5 p.m. Thursday while it was parked outside of , according to a police report. The woman returned to her car after using the gym to find the rear passenger window broken and her items missing, the report said. She said she did not know whether the car had been locked because she had unlocked the car using her key fob, the report said.
  • An employee of reported that his watch, GPS and camera were stolen from his car while it was parked outside of the store between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 18, according to a police report. The man said a co-worker drove by the car at 4 p.m. and it was fine, the report said. But when the man returned to his car at 5 p.m., he found the front passenger window smashed and his items missing, the report said.

If you have questions about this blotter, contact Editor Rebecca Jaskot at rebecca.jaskot@patch.com.

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