Police blotter

Dearborn
Nicotine fiend robs drug store
A man with a sawed-off shotgun on Dec. 12 robbed CVS/Pharmacy, 10355 Warren, and wanted only cigarettes, police said.

A cashier told police that about 8:30 a.m. the man approached her clutching a black nylon backpack against his chest and placed a folded trash bag on to the sales counter. “Give me all the Newport cigarettes,” the man reportedly said before pulling the shotgun from his backpack.

The cashier said she filled the trash bag with about 15 cartons of the cigarettes and then, at the direction of the robber, laid on the floor as he fled through the exit. Store surveillance cameras didn’t capture the culprit on video, but the cashier provided police with a detailed description.

She said he was black, about 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches and about 170 pounds. His face was clean-shaven at the time of the incident, and he is said to have a medium complexion and “good” teeth. He was wearing a black baseball cap with white lettering and a black three-quarter length polyester-nylon blend jacket.

Kids caught throwing pennies at car of off-duty cop
Police arrested three teenagers on a slew of offenses after they allegedly threw pennies at the car of an off-duty Dearborn police officer at the Cherry Hill-Outer Drive intersection and then led a high-speed chase about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

The officer said he was stopped at a red light heading east on Cherry Hill when he heard several objects hit his car. When he looked in his mirror he saw the passenger in the car behind him throwing things, he said.

The officer said he pulled to the side of the road to allow the vehicle to pass and then began to follow it. When the suspects noticed they were being followed they began traveling at a high rate of speed in an effort to lose their pursuer.

But after a brief chase through residential neighborhoods, the driver of the car lost control while trying to turn left onto Law from southbound Sylvan. Police said the car hit the curb sideways and eventually came to rest on a lawn on the south side of Law.

When they were interviewed by police, the suspects admitted to throwing the pennies, calling it a “game they play for fun.” In the back seat of the car, police found a sock filled with pennies.

Dearborn Heights
Suspicious vehicle report leads to pot bust

Police were dispatched to the 25700 block of Orchard on reports of a suspicious vehicle and ended up making three arrests and seizing nearly 2 pounds of marijuana about 11 p.m. Dec. 15.

The responding officer said he saw a man and woman exit an older Dodge minivan and go into a nearby house. After about five minutes, the office said, he went to take a closer look at the still-running minivan. Inside, in plain view, he saw a marijuana cigar, a marijuana grinder and a large bag of marijuana, he said.

As he was looking in the van, he saw the man approach a Chevrolet Trailblazer in the driveway of the house he went into. The officer said the man acknowledged the van was his when asked, and he was subsequently placed under arrest. But the woman, who came out of the house shortly thereafter, was found to be the registered owner and was also placed under arrest.

When the officer walked up to the Trailblazer he also saw three large bags of marijuana sitting in the rear cargo area. The homeowners told the officer that the vehicle belonged to a man named “Luke,” but would not tell him where Luke was. The officer said he then saw a man run out the back door of the house and began pursuit.

After a brief chase, the man was apprehended and admitted he owned the Trailblazer. Police seized the drugs – about one-quarter pound from the van, and 1.5 pounds from the Trailblazer – and had the vehicles impounded.

Burglar hits vacant house
A furnace, hot water heater, and copper pipes were stolen from a vacant house in the 8456 block of Colonial sometime between Dec. 11 and 15.

A bank contractor reported the break-in when he went to inspect the house and found the side door kicked open.