Police blotter

Lincoln Park
Tailgate theft ‘party’
Tailgates were reported missing just after 10 a.m. last Sunday from four pickup trucks on two city streets.

All were from Chevrolet Silverado models. Among them were a 2008 parked in the 1800 block of Cicotte, whose gate was valued at $1,000, another 2008 in the 1700 block of Montie ($300), a 2009 in the 1800 block of Cicotte ($1,000) and a 2008 in the 1800 block of Montie ($300).

Elderly resident catches men in car
A 75-year-old resident of the 1000 block of London thwarted two thieves who had gotten into his car late Dec. 26.

He was returning home from walking his dog about 11 p.m. when he spotted two 20-year-old Lincoln Park men inside his 2004 Buick Rainier. The resident reached into the driver’s side and pulled out one of the men, who then got free and ran with the other man east on London toward Fort.

The man who had been pulled out of the car left behind a tennis shoe after the struggle. Police on patrol found him and the other man from the car, who was trying to hide behind a utility pole. Both men were intoxicated and were carrying store bags containing recently purchased merchandise.

One of the bags, from Gander Mountain, contained a men’s hooded jacket, a shirt, a satellite radio and antenna, an MP3 player, cologne and a screwdriver. The other bag, from Dick’s Sporting Goods, contained a receipt for a jacket that was being worn by the man who was not pulled from the car.

Both 20-year-olds were arrested.

Employee’s vehicle burglarized
The purse of an employee at Red Robin, 15777 Eureka, was stolen about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

It had been inside her 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette, which was parked in the southwest portion of the restaurant parking lot. The vehicle’s driver’s-side window had been broken out.

Contents of the purse included a debit card, miscellaneous paperwork, a Global Positioning System unit and several CDs. Police were uncertain of the value of the missing items, but said the window would cost $150 to replace.

Purse snatched outside store
A Taylor woman was leaving Walgreens, 20030 Ecorse Road, about 6:15 a.m. Dec. 23 when a man grabbed her purse.

He then ran south through the parking lot and around a light-colored sport utility vehicle before getting into the driver’s seat and driving north on Ziegler.

The purse contained the woman’s identification, $390 cash, a cell phone and other miscellaneous items. The woman was uninjured.

Trailer relieved of tools
The break-in of a 16-foot trailer parked at 21740 Trolley Industrial Drive netted several items Dec. 23.

The owner said the locks were cut off and that tools, including power tools, were taken, along with an air compressor, an air nailer and a hose.

Three other trailers also were broken into, police said, but it was unknown at the time whether any of the items they contained were taken.

Patient questions care quality
An emergency room worker at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, 5450 Fort St., said she was threatened by a patient about 1:50 p.m. Dec. 22.

The female patient, who was about 31 years old, told the worker that the patient was unhappy with the emergency room service, and that the worker should “look out for herself” while walking to her car in the parking lot.

The patient called the hospital about 10:30 p.m. that same day and threatened the worker again, police said.

Wrong turn ends in pot bust
A 19-year-old resident making an illegal right turn ended up getting himself and his passenger arrested for marijuana possession Monday night.

Police on patrol spotted a brown Ford Mustang as it turned right from southbound Fort Street to westbound West Road about 11:15 p.m., then turned left into the Mobil gas station, where the driver went inside.

The officer pulled up and and opened the door to the store and said he needed to speak to the driver, who was making a purchase. The driver came out and declined the officer’s suggestion to sit down in his vehicle.

The officer smelled burnt marijuana on the man and noticed his eyes were slightly bloodshot and glassy. The officer then asked if the man was carrying marijuana on his person, but the man denied it.

When asked for proof of insurance, the man opened the door to his car, and the officer smelled marijuana smoke coming from inside. The officer asked again if the man or his passenger had any marijuana, at which point the passenger, 18, pulled some out of his pocket.

After additional questioning and the threat of a K-9 search, the driver eventually produced a plastic bag of marijuana from the car’s center console.

Police then arrested the driver and his passenger. At the police station, the passenger also produced a second bag of marijuana from inside his shoe, as well as a bottle cap that had been made into a pipe.

The total amounts of marijuana confiscated were 4.9 grams from the passenger and 3.5 grams from the driver.