Police Blotter

Lincoln Park

Laundry equipment hammered

A washer and dryer in the basement of an apartment complex were damaged last Sunday in the 1700 block of Old Goddard.

A resident reported to management that he saw an unknown male in the basement striking the machines with a hammer, but didn’t think to call police, who were told later that the resident was unavailable for comment.

The coin boxes on the machines contained no coins, but were damaged. Repair cost is estimated at $500.

Monument pieces missing

A bronzed rifle and helmet were discovered missing Tuesday afternoon from the Veterans of Foreign Wars monument at Memorial Park, 3148 Fort St.
The items are valued at $1,000. It is unclear when the items were stolen. At press time a $500 reward was being offered for information leading to recovery of the missing items.


Tools, boxes gone after break-in

Two toolboxes and two tool sets were discovered missing about 1 p.m. Jan. 23 from a garage in the 14500 block of Pearl.

The boxes were valued at $50 and $100, the tool sets at $500 apiece.

Police said there was no sign of entry through a side door where the burglars apparently gained access.

Air pump removed

An air pump was discovered missing last Sunday afternoon from the Speedy gas station, 13720 Dix.
The pump was attached to pole outside the building; the pole was cut about 2 1/2 feet from the ground. The pump is valued at $1,500.


Tale of tape ends badly for shopper

A Detroit man shopping with his family at Wal-Mart, 7555 Telegraph, returned to his vehicle just after 9 p.m. Monday to find that several hundred dollars worth of recently purchased goods had been stolen.

He told police he had been shopping at other city stores and had bought clothing, shoes and video game equipment.

He said he parked his car at Wal-Mart about 8:20 p.m., and returned to find that a broken-out passenger window that had been taped over was used to gain access.

Police said the tape had been removed was lying on the ground next to the vehicle.

Condo robbed of jewelry, cash

A daylight break-in Jan. 19 at a condominium in the 14200 block of Jackson netted items including jewelry and about $300 cash for the burglars.

A complex management member saw the residence secured at about 11:30 a.m. that day, but returned about 12:30 to find a sliding glass door open and a television and some CDs had been moved.

The residence had been “totally ransacked,” police said, with drawers thrown around and lying on the floor of both levels.

The value of the missing jewelry was unknown.


Tanner calls in tantrum

Dissatisfaction with some incomplete tattoo work apparently caused a customer to phone repeated threats to the owner of Golden Glow Salon, 1666 Fort St.

A man called at least six times, the owner said, calling her names, threatening to stop payment on his check and saying she would be sorry.

The owner told police she offered to return a month’s payment for tanning treatments to the man and give him the phone number of the tattoo artist who began working on the tattoo. The artist no longer works at the salon.

Late-night shoplifters stopped

Police caught up with four Detroit residents just before 10 p.m. Jan. 23 after receiving word that they had just left CVS/pharmacy, 3575 West Road after stealing merchandise.

Minutes later, an officer stopped a van containing three men and a woman as it headed north on Grange Road. None of the occupants was the van’s registered owner.

The driver told police he had been buying lottery tickets. All four occupants were asked to get out, and inside the van police found two large plastic bags containing items with store tags.

Police said the driver and the woman had been spotted at the front register of the store distracting the cashier while the two other men stole the items, which were confiscated as evidence. The four were arrested and jailed.

Police are reviewing surveillance video of the incident.