Police blotter

Purse snatched at grocery store

A purse containing $60 cash and various credit cards was snatched from a woman exiting Kroger, 23303 Michigan, about 12:45 p.m. April 13.

The woman was walking toward the northwest exit, near the bottle return, when she noticed a man leaning against the wall. She said he looked like he was a store employee, but that when she walked near him, he grabbed the purse and started running.

The woman chased him briefly until he jumped a fence into the back yard of a Park Street residence. She told police she saw him enter a waiting red pickup truck on Park and flee.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle – and three additional suspects – at the Kroger store across the street at 23000 Michigan Avenue. Three of the suspects were 17 years old; one was 19. All four reside in Detroit just northeast of Dearborn.

Man arrested for stealing donation box
A 29-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stealing a charity donation box from the sales counter at Salam Food Center, 12922 Warren Ave., about 2:25 p.m. April 14.

Patrolling officers found the man walking west on Warren near the Esper Branch library. He denied taking anything from the store, but security cameras showed him removing the small box from the counter.

The man also had warrants outstanding from Wayne County Circuit Court for breaking and entering, as well as from 1st District Court in Monroe for malicious destruction of property.

Dearborn Heights
Children’s slide stolen

Police were dispatched about 7 p.m. April 16 to a house in the 5300 block of Pelham on reports of an attempted home invasion.

They found evidence of tampering on the rear entry door of the house, but the burglar apparently was unable to get in. The only thing reported missing was the slide from a playscape in the back yard.

Garage broken into
A burglar recently made off with a snowblower, lawnmower and bed from a garage in the 23000 block of Ann Arbor Trail.

The homeowner called police about 1 p.m. April 18 when he discovered the missing items. Responding officers said the side door to the garage had been pried open.