The following is a roundup of crime reports from the areas around Brighton.
A woman reported that her house on Scarborough Lane was broken into and the interior was spray painted with Asian racial slurs at the end of November, according to a Novi police report.
The woman did not report the crime until 10 days later when she was prompted to do so by her insurance provider, the report said, so she is not sure the exact day the incident occurred. She told police she did not know she should report it.
The woman currently lives in Indiana, but is in the process of moving back to Novi. Her elderly mother was staying at the house, which is located near Meadowbrook Road and Grand River Avenue, when the incident happened.
The woman said her mother called her that day in the evening to say the front door was open and damaged and that there was some type of marks all over the house, the report said. The woman said her mother cannot see well, so she immediately drove back to Novi because her description did not make any sense, the report said.
When the woman arrived, she said the front door appeared to have been kicked in, the report said. She found racial slurs spray painted in the kitchen, master bedroom and master bedroom, the report said.
The homeowner also said that a mattress in first floor bedroom appeared to have been stabbed numerous times with a knife and she found foam all over the area, the report said. The knife was left stuck in the mattress, and the woman recognized it as one from her kitchen.
The woman went through the house but could not find anything missing, the report said.
Novi police were unable to find any fingerprints, the report said.
Dearborn police responded to Macy's at Fairlane Town Center late Saturday night on reports that a man was wandering around the store way past closing time.
A security guard at the store saw the man walking around with a suitcase at 12:30 a.m. and stopped him, immediately calling police.
Police responded and spoke with the man, who told them that he wasn't trying to steal anything. Instead, the man said, he had been in the mall during normal business hours and had "shot up" with heroin in the bathroom, subsequently passing out from the drugs for several hours.
When he awoke, the mall was closed.
Police asked the man, identified as a 28-year-old Detroit resident, if he had any drugs on him. He consented to being searched, and police found two syringes and two caps with heroin residue in his pockets.
The man was arrested and charged with possession of paraphernalia.
Man Suffers Knife Wound in Dispute Over Woman
A 22-year-old White Lake resident is facing felony charges after police say he attacked another man in White Lake.
According to the report filed with the White Lake Police Department, the man walked out of his apartment at Hillview Village and found his 23-year-old wife speaking with another man Dec. 9 at 11 p.m.
The report stated the other man, a 30-year-old from Waterford, was the wife's boyfriend.
The White Lake resident attacked the Waterford man with a pocket knife, and the man received injuries to his hand, according to the report.
A neighbor witnessed the fight and intervened, the report states, and the cops were called.
The White Lake man was arrested and charged with assaut with a dangerous weapon - a four-year felony.
He was arraigned on the charge Tuesday, and released on a $5,000 bond.
"It could have been much worse," Lt. Don Nankervis said. "It's fortunate the neighbor stepped in and stopped things from escalating."
Police Searching for Tequila Thieves
Fenton Police received a report of stolen tequila at when store personnel contacted police to make the report at 1 p.m. Friday. The incident actually occurred at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, said Chief of Police Rick Aro.
Store employees told police they noticed three bottles of tequila missing on Friday and checked surveillance footage, Aro said. They discovered footage of a man and woman, both approximately 35 to 36 years old, entering the store Thursday, selecting bottles of liquor, going to another location in VG’s and concealing the liquor in their clothes, the police report said.
The two left the store without paying, Aro said. VG’s provided photos of the suspects, whom police are trying to identify. The woman, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 200 pounds with blond hair; and man, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds, might be involved in other thefts at the location, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fenton Police Department at 810-629-5311.