August 2015 - Officer Steven Snell
Officer Steven Snell
The Novi Public Safety Administration would like to extend our appreciation and congratulations to Officer Steven Snell on his nomination and selection as the Novi Public Safety Employee of the Month, August 2015. Officer Snell was nominated by Sergeants Gilmore and Edgar and unanimously selected by the Implementation Committee for his conscientious work and persistent follow up on a reported credit fraud complaint.
On August 8th, Officer Snell responded to the police department lobby to speak to the victim of a credit fraud complaint. The victim shared someone obtained her credit card information and made fraudulent purchases at area retailers, including the Novi Target store. After obtaining all the relevant information from the victim, Officer Snell conducted follow up by collecting valuable video images of the suspect from the Target CCTV system and alerting store security of the fraud. Within a few days, the Target loss prevention officer noted the suspect returned to the store and immediately called the police department. Investigating officers attempted to detain the suspect but he resisted. After an intense struggle which resulted in one officer being injured, the suspect fled in a vehicle. The suspect was arrested the following day by SONIC as he left his apartment in Southfield. Investigators executed a search warrant at the suspect’s apartment and located key evidence linking him to both crimes in Novi, a loaded 9mm handgun hidden in a couch, and evidence of additional victims of identity theft.
Officer Snell’s sincere desire to help the citizens in the community combined with his attention to detail, relationships with local businesses, and strong work ethic resulted in a five count felony warrant being obtained against the subject for ID Theft, (2) Counts of Possession of Another’s Financial Transaction Device, Resist and Obstruct a Police Officer with Injury, and Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer. The suspect is currently lodged at the Oakland County Jail on $75,000.00 cash bond. Because of Officer Snell’s relentless follow up and assessment, a dangerous felon was apprehended.
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