Police Blotter

Allen Park
Lost load dents grill

A Taylor man was driving his white 2008 Ford Escape north on Southfield Freeway near Outer Drive at about 6:15 p.m. Monday when a chair fell off the truck in front of him and struck his vehicle in the front bumper and grill.

The truck continued north without stopping. The man called a private company to tow his vehicle.

Acid bash
An obscene word was found burned with acid into a woman’s lawn and driveway in the 7200 block of Osage about 10 a.m. June 19.

The victim suspects a neighbor who was upset with her after a tree from her property fell on his house earlier in the year and caused damage to his gutter and roof.

She said she has had no contact with the neighbor since the tree incident, but that he recently had cut off part of the tree trunk and threw it on her property. Damage from the acid is estimated at about $700.

Hotel guest’s bling invites wrong kind of attention

Police arrested a 38-year-old Detroit man about 3 a.m. June 21 for attempting to rob a guest at the Hyatt Regency-Dearborn, 600 Town Center Drive.

The suspect’s target, a 20-year-old New Baltimore man, told police he had left his room door slightly ajar to go make a telephone call, and that when he returned he found the suspect rifling through his possessions.

The man asked the suspect who he was and what he was doing there, to which the suspect said, “Look at your chain. Look at your watch. You got money. I’d love to get some of your money.”

Believing he was about to be robbed, the man then said he would give the suspect some money, but that it was in his car. As they walked out of the hotel, the man passed a note to the front desk
requesting security.

Security guards asked the suspect to leave, but he refused until he found out police were called. Officers made the arrest at Town Center Drive and Valley View. Police said the suspect didn’t deny culpability, and that the only thing reported missing was an MP3 charging cable.

Cops called to stripper skirmish
A cocktail server suffered lacerations, fingernail scratches and swelling to her eye and torso as a result of a fight with an exotic dancer at BT’s, 14417 Michigan, about 3:45 p.m. June 14.

The victim, a 24-year-old Taylor woman, told police she was sitting with a customer when the suspect approached her and asked why she was stealing her customers, which caused the two to
begin feuding.

The suspect, a 25-year-old Allen Park woman, allegedly called the victim a “skank” because of an upper lip piercing. The comment caused the server to turn her head to look in disbelief at another employee, at which point the dancer punched her in the side of the head.

The two began fighting and ended up in a struggle on the floor, according to witnesses. The waitress told police she believes that is when she suffered the injuries.

An employee who witnessed the fracas said she saw the dancer punch the waitress first and added that there might have been a high-heeled shoe involved. The dancer had left by the time police arrived and reportedly was fired as a result of the incident.

Dearborn Heights
Pickpocket steals senior’s wallet

A pickpocket stole a 92-year-old man’s wallet while he was shopping at Randazzo’s Fruit Market, 24135 Joy, about 1:30 p.m. June 19. Police estimated the value of the wallet and its contents at $100.

The theft marks at least fourth time in three weeks that a wallet or purse has been stolen surreptitiously from a shopper at the store.

Police on lookout for stolen goods fencer
Police are looking for a 34-year-old Royal Oak man believed responsible for selling stolen goods at U.S. Jewelry & Loan, 4845 Beech Daly.

Officers were called to the store about 2:45 p.m. June 14 when a man whose power tools had been stolen discovered the items there after checking at other local pawn shops.

Coincidentally, as the man was talking with the store owner, the suspect who had sold the tools walked in with another bag of power tools to sell. Instantly recognizing him, the store owner began to question the suspect.

The suspect left the tools he was carrying on the the counter and fled on foot.

Lincoln Park
Argument draws woman out of car, thief in

A woman’s car was stolen about 2 a.m. June 19 as she stood outside Best Damn Sports Bar, 1216 Dix.

She had pulled her car out front and then got out when a friend got into an argument with some other patrons.

As she stood near the entrance talking to another friend, a man described as Hispanic, about 6 feet 3 inches tall and wearing a blue and white striped shirt got into her maroon 2002 Buick Century and drove north on Dix, then east on Outer Drive.

The woman told police she had turned the car off but left the key in the ignition.

Would-be burglar caught under stairs
Police were called about 11:15 p.m. June 19 to a house in the 1600 block of Leblanc on word of a break-in in progress.

They arrived to find a chair near the east side of the house underneath an open window. Officers then announced their presence, but received no response.

They proceeded inside and announced their presence once again and were met with silence. Officers then moved room to room before making it to the basement, where a 46-year-old resident was hiding behind a door under the stairwell.

Though ordered to come out, the man refused. Officers then wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him before arresting him for the break-in and resisting arrest.

The owner of the house said the man had done some maintenance work for her and was not otherwise allowed inside. Police said the house was mostly vacant.

Local drunks crave steamed beef

Officers responded to White Castle, 17431 Dix Ave., at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in response to a complaint of two intoxicated people inside.

Upon arrival they spoke with a 27-year-old Melvindale woman and a 37-year-old Romulus man. A check of the woman’s record showed multiple outstanding warrants and briefly was arrested. She then was released and both suspects were advised by officers to go home.

Screens cut, items stolen
A resident in the 1800 block of Hanna returned home about 1:15 p.m. Monday to find the screens on two of her house’s rear windows cut.

The screen on the south-side window was cut and the window was ajar. A small, brown jewelry box containing inexpensive jewelry was missing from the master bedroom.

An elderly neighbor who lives across the street said he saw a white male in a white shirt and dark-colored pants park a dark-colored car on the side of the victim’s home. The neighbor then saw the man get out of the car and knock on the victim’s door for several minutes, causing the victim’s large German shepherd to bark, which the neighbor said is uncommon.

SUV’s tires, rims targeted

Four tires and rims valued at $1,000 were removed from a green 2002 Ford Explorer in the 17100 block of Fort Street Monday evening.

Between 4 p.m. Monday and 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, a Brownstown Township woman left the vehicle parked and returned to find the items missing. The running boards on both sides were damaged.

Missing plate found
The license plate was stolen off a red 1998 Chevrolet in the 17400 block of Fort Street last week.

The owner said she washed the car and left it parked in her driveway about 6 p.m. Friday and discovered the plate missing at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Allen Park police recovered the plate on Monday and left a message with the victim to pick it up at the station.

Garage robbed

A number of tools and yard items were taken sometime before about noon June 18 from a garage in the 12700 block of Catalpa.

Missing items included a battery charger valued at $40, a power miter saw ($100), a tool box ($150), a cordless drill ($100), an edger ($100) and a lawn mower ($260).

Pry marks were found on the door and door frame.

AC unit turns hot
An air-conditioning unit was taken sometime before June 19 from a back yard in the 14800 block of Poplar.

Police said the wires had been cut, as had hoses that led to the house. The unit is valued at more than $1,000.

Tires, wheels taken from yard

Three tires and three rims were stolen between 10 a.m. June 14 and 10 a.m. Monday from a back yard in the 9400 block of William.

They had been covered by a tarp near a shed east of the house. The owner discovered them missing while mowing his lawn.

The tires were valued at $100 each, the rims at $150 each.

Trailer thieves get fax, lights
Two work trailers were robbed sometime between 5 p.m. June 18 and 7 a.m. Monday at the Taylor Business Center, 25637 Ecorse Road.

Locks on both were broken off. A fax machine and temporary lights were stolen from one trailer. The owner was unsure what had been taken from the other.

Money scam includes murder threat

An 18-year-old George Street resident reported receiving an e-mail death threat about 2 p.m. June 19.

She told police that a note from assassinteam@rocketmail.com said she would be killed at 7:30 p.m. that day if she failed to contact the sender and arrange some sort of payment. The e-mail also said one of the victim’s friends wanted her dead and hired the assassins, who the note said had been watching her.

She said she had not received any previous threats. Police advised her to use caution and common sense, but said the e-mail most likely was a hoax intended to defraud her out of money.

Three dogs bite woman
A woman living in the 2300 block of Medford was attacked just before 10 a.m. June 19 by three pit bulls that had escaped from a neighbor’s back yard.

She and her husband were walking along the street when a small dog ran up to them, the woman told police, but her husband was able to shoo it away and it ran back to its owner’s house. As they got farther along the street, that dog and two others came from across the street and proceeded to jump up on the woman and bite her.

Police said she suffered bites on her back right leg, left leg and lower back, and that her pants were torn in several places.

The dogs’ owner’s mother told police they likely have been vaccinated, and that her 15-year-old son had left a gate open, allowing the dogs to escape. The victim declined treatment on the scene and said she would drive herself to an emergency room.

Gumball machines taken from business

A man from a Hamilton, Ontario based business was in the 200 block of Maple to service a pair of gumball machines at a local business Monday when the two 25-cent, single-pillar machines were discovered missing.

The man said he last serviced the machines on March 31, and that employees at the business told him they had changed vendors and put his machines in the back room.

Employees said a white male driving a white van picked up the machines several weeks ago, and that they assumed the suspect was with the victim’s company.

Elephant activists slow circus
A city-sanctioned circus for children was disrupted by three animal rights activists about 6:45 p.m. June 19.

A circus manager and his co-worker were confronted by two men and one woman who claimed to be animal rights activists against the inhumane treatment of elephants.

The manager said two elephants were being directed into Yack Arena, 3131 Third Street, for the last show when the activists blocked the doorway and refused to leave. The activists eventually
moved, but began handing out brochures protesting the torture of elephants.

All three activists fled prior to police arrival. Officers observed about 100 people at the show and reported no evidence of abuse or injury to the animals there.

(Compiled by Chris Jacket, J. Patrick Pepper and Tom Tigani.)