Police blotter

Allen Park
Shoplifters caught at local stores
Nearly $400 in merchandise was shoplifted from Old Navy, 3260 Fairlane Drive, about 5 p.m. Sunday.

A man and woman in their late 20s from Monroe set off security alarms when leaving the store with two shopping bags of merchandise. Witnesses described them and their red 2000 Pontiac without license plates to responding officers. Other officers then found it and made a routine traffic stop, recovering the stolen merchandise and arresting the two.
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A 30-year-old Canton Township woman complained of heart trouble about 3 p.m. Monday after being taken into custody for leaving Target, 3100 Fairlane Drive, with three blouses stuffed in her jacket sleeves.

She had several outstanding warrants and was cited for retail fraud; she then was transported to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center by firefighters.
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A Detroit man was released on bond after being arrested for retail fraud for attempting to leave Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, about 6 p.m. Monday.

Police said he had underpaid $70 for pork ribs by switching the price stickers from cheaper cuts of meat.

Two Michigan Bridge cards were entered into evidence, and the man’s 1999 Cadillac STS was impounded.

Encoded key foils would-be car thief
A thief damaged the ignition but failed to make off with a black 2007 Dodge Caravan parked at Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane Drive, about noon Dec. 10.

A coded key is needed to start the vehicle.

Melvindale
Underage driver points gun at girls
A preteen male driver aimed a handgun at two teen girls about 10 a.m. Monday night at a red light at northbound Allen Road at Outer Drive.

The girls said they did not know the driver, but described him as white and approximately 11 years old with light brown hair. He was driving a gray, four-door late-1990s model Ford Explorer.

‘Reel’ crime
Approximately 50 DVD movies were stolen about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from an apartment in the 24000 block of Outer Drive.

The resident had left her apartment for a short time that morning, locking the door behind her. The door was damaged at the jamb in an apparent forced entry.

Riverview
Outboard boat motor missing
A 250 HP 2001 outboard Evinrude boat motor valued at $17,000, along with boat seats and electronics, were stolen from Boat Storage, 18110 W. Jefferson, between fall 2008 and Tuesday. The owner said the marina manager noticed that the boat’s cover had come loose.

In-dash radio, GPS gone
An in-dash Global Positioning System unit and radio were discovered missing from a blue 2008 Chrysler Town & Country parked in the 19000 block of Stonewood about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver’s-side window was smashed to gain entry.

Burgled bank card buys getaway gas
A thief used a bank card stolen Tuesday from a vehicle parked in the 14000 block of Shenandoah to buy gas at two different Detroit service stations.

The vehicle showed no signs of damage or forced entry. Officers advised the card owner to cancel her other missing credit cards.

Senior robbed at American House
On Dec. 7, a 75-year-old resident of American House, 20300 Fort St., reported the theft of three rings worth $1,000.

Among them were a silver wedding band with a diamond, a gold pinky ring with a diamond and a gold ring with a diamond in an onyx setting.

Wyandotte
Prepaid gift intercepted
A prepaid $500 credit card given as a gift to a Wyandotte woman recently was redeemed fraudulently.

The intended recipient reported the theft Dec. 11. The issuing company’s attorney advised her that the illegal redeemer lived in another part of the country and was a suspect in a similar incident.

Legion looted
About $2,000 cash and $400 worth of alcohol were taken early last Sunday after a break-in at American Legion Hall Post 447, 758 Oak.

Electronic games, a jukebox, pool table and karaoke equipment were left untouched.

Van vanishes
A white 1998 Ford Econoline van was stolen from the 100 block of Walnut early Monday morning. The ignition switch was found on the ground near where it had been parked.

A 28-foot-tall orange ladder was attached to the top of the van, which bore the words “cable internet” on both sides. The owner said $6,000 worth of tools were missing as well.