Police Blotter

Allen Park
Man steals games with threat of gun

A 25-year-old Dearborn man told employees at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, that he had a gun after they saw him take seven video games ($143 value) out of the packaging and attempt to exit the store with them concealed in his jacket.

About 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, loss prevention officers observed the theft and attempted to stop the man as he left and got into his silver 1991 Chrysler New Yorker, which had a Kentucky license plate. The man said, “Leave me alone, I don’t have anything” as he exited the store, and then told loss prevention officers to leave him alone because he had a gun.

Loss prevention employees allowed the man to leave because they felt threatened and called police. Police located him near Outer Drive and Southfield Freeway and arrested him for not having a license and armed robbery, although no gun was found on the suspect or in his vehicle.

Knife at throat, clerk gives up cash

A masked robber wielding a knife stole $2,700 cash at about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 16 from Andy’s Liquor Store, 4716 Greenfield.

The clerk told police the man quickly walked into the store, jumped over the counter, placed a 4-inch blade at his throat and demanded money. The clerk complied and opened the register, causing the robber to toss him aside and go for the cash. As the clerk fell to the ground, he hit the panic button under the counter and police were dispatched to the scene.

By the time officers arrived the robber had fled and couldn’t be located. The clerk told police he recognized the man’s voice and thought it was a regular customer who possibly lived in the row of houses behind the store.

He is described as a white man with graying reddish-brown hair, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 230 to 250 pounds and about 40 years old. The man reportedly has tattoos on both sides of his neck. He was wearing a dark blue bandana over the lower part of his face, a blue baseball cap, blue jeans and a blue shirt.

Police, U.S. Marshals arrest double homicide suspect
A team of police officers and U.S. Marshals arrested a 47-year-old Detroit man wanted for murder in Alabama at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at Five Star Chase Liquor, 7951 Chase.

Police were dispatched after a marshal called and said the suspect was inside the store. When officers arrived they formed a perimeter around the building and planned to arrest the man as he exited. But while they were waiting, the marshal called back and said the man had started threatening to kill people, causing authorities to rethink their plan.

After peeking through the window, the officers and marshals saw that the suspect was distracted and burst into the store with weapons drawn. The man, who also is a Michigan Department of Corrections parolee, surrendered without incident. Police said he would be transported back to Alabama to face the murder charges.

Dearborn Heights
Racist graffiti found at elementary school

Numerous racist and vulgar graffiti writings were found Oct. 10 at Hillcrest Elementary School, 7500 Vernon.

The school’s principal told police the graffiti was located in various places around the building, but had been removed by the time officers arrived. The principal provided police with pictures of the graffiti, one of which said, “Arabs make me sick.”

Police have not identified a suspect.

Teen mugged for shirt off his back, backpack
A 15-year-old boy was hospitalized with injuries suffered in an assault and robbery at about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 behind the Eton Senior Center, 22001 Powers.

The boy told police he was walking in the field behind the center when he was approached by two older adult black men. He said they then began punching and kicking him to the ground until he was unconscious. When he woke up, he was missing his shirt and a backpack, which contained some cologne, $5 cash, and a cell phone charger.

Police said the boy suffered significant bruising on his face and complained of severe pain in his right arm. He also was vomiting – often symptomatic of a concussion – so rescue personnel transported him to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for treatment.

At the scene, the boy’s father told police his other son had just been the victim of a similar assault and suggested the two incidents could be related.

Lincoln Park
Employee’s purse purloined

A designer purse valued at $100 was stolen about 7:20 a.m. Monday from a 1996 Plymouth Neon parked at McDonald’s, 4180 Fort St.

The owner, a store employee, said she was working at the time when a co-worker told her someone was inside her car, which was parked in the north end of the parking lot and was not locked. The co-worker was inside her own car on break when she saw a man exit the Neon and walk north through the lot.

The co-worker said the man had nothing with him when he got into the Neon, but was carrying a white bag when he got out. He then picked up another white bag left near a stop sign an began walking west on Goddard.

The purse, which is burgundy with leather handles, contained a driver’s license, a checkbook, a bank card and keys, but no cash, the owner said.

The man is described as white, in his late 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, and between 200 and 210 pounds. He was wearing a black stocking hat, a black coat and black pants; he also had a dark goatee.

Neighbors’ vehicles damaged in larceny attempt

Two women in the 400 block of Gale Boulevard called police about 9 a.m. Monday to report two attempted automotive larcenies.

One said she woke up and discovered the front locks on her 1998 Plymouth Neon had been damaged. She also noticed that the passenger side of her neighbor’s 2000 Buick LeSabre was damaged and alerted the neighbor.

Entry was not gained to either vehicle.

Dog chases away bloody intruder
A family dog in the 17200 block of Flint is believed to have saved the day during a burglary attempt that occurred between noon and 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

The residents returned home to find that a bedroom window screen had been taken out and a large amount of blood was on the ledge and wall.

Officers could not discern the blood’s origin. The homeowners said the dog had a history of getting out of the house through the window, but the animal had suffered no injuries. A neighbor found the dog outside the house and put it in the residents’ backyard.

Neighbors said they did not see or hear anything unusual, so officers collected the only evidence they could find: the screen and swabs of the blood.

Tool time in two neighborhoods

Power and hand tools were the target of garage thieves earlier this month in the 13100 block of Peach.

The owner said he was gone from 9 a.m. Oct. 2 to 12:30 p.m. Oct 16, and that when he returned, he discovered the items missing.

They included a reciprocating saw valued at $150, a $200 drill, $300 worth of hand tools and a $250 chain saw.

The owner said that while he was gone, the door was closed but not locked because of a malfunctioning door opener.
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Power and hand tools also were taken between 2 p.m. last Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday from a 2008 Ford E-250
van parked in front of a house in the 14900 block of Fairgrove.

The rear passenger-side cargo access door had been pried open. Missing items included $300 worth of hand tools, two drills valued at $180 each and a circular saw set valued at $300.

Stolen pipes cause water damage in vacant apartment
Police responded to a call from the manager of PennBrook Apartments, 15045 Brookview, about 10 a.m. Oct. 14 after damage was found in one of the units.

Officers accompanied a maintenance worker into a vacant apartment where copper pipe had been removed from the baseline heating units in the living room and a bedroom, resulting in water damage to the surrounding carpet in both rooms.

Damage is estimated at $1,300.

Woman nabbed for expired plate during school drop-off
An officer pulled over a 30-year-old resident about 8:45 a.m. Oct. 11 as she was driving south on Fort Street and turning into Greentrees Apartments, 19860 Fort.

Her 1999 Ford Windstar van’s plate had expired five days before, and her record showed a suspended license for an expired plate violation in 2009.

The woman said she was trying to clear her record and was driving only in order to drop her child off at Memorial Elementary School, 13425 Colvin, about one mile away. She said her family was staying with friends at Greentrees Apartments, and that she had her 14-month-old daughter in the van with her.

She was released at the scene.

Ring disappears after party

A resident of the 3300 block of Fourth came to the police station Monday to report the theft of his wife’s wedding band and engagement ring two days earlier.

He said held a party at his house Oct. 16 that was attended by about 10 friends and acquaintances. Everyone put their jackets in the bedroom on the couple’s bed as they arrived, the resident said.

He told police that since then he and his wife have been unable to find the ring, but has no specific suspicion of any of the party guests.

The two rings are fused together and valued at approximately $3,000. The ring is described as having a 14-karat white gold band with diamonds set into it. The engagement diamond is approximately 2 carats.

ID theft suspected in hospital billing
A resident of the 5400 block of Fort Street came to police headquarters Oct. 14 to say he had received two medical bills from Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in the mail dated June 18, 2010, that were not the result of him visiting or being treated there.

The bills totaled $691.60 and were racked up by a man using the resident’s identity, police said. Hospital officials advised him to report the incident to police.

Pregnant shopper robbed

A pregnant woman unloading her shopping cart about 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Save a Lot, 27254 Eureka Road, looked up and saw a woman running away with her purse.

The victim said because she is eight months along in her pregnancy, she was unable to give chase.

The designer purse contained $150 cash, debit cards, a Bridge Card, a Social Security card and debit cards.

The suspect is described as black, thin, about 25 years old and 5 feet 2 inches tall.

Missing codes make stolen computer useless
An ROTC instructor reported Oct. 14 that one of his military-issued laptop computers was stolen from a safe at Truman High School, 11211 Beech Daly.

The instructor said the computer won’t function without the proper identification number and a military-issued access card. He told police a student may have taken it.

Aggressive ranter abuses motorists near school

Numerous people called police about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 regarding a 36-year-old Southgate man who was standing in the road near Fourth and Walnut streets yelling at people as they drove past, attempting to start fights with motorists.

Three separate female motorists flagged down police, who said the women appeared very scared of the suspect. Garfield Elementary School also was letting out nearby at Fourth and Vinewood.

As the officer approached the man, he continued yelling at motorists while they sat in their parked vehicles. He refused to be quiet and leave, so he was arrested for being disorderly as several youth crossing guards watched nearby and were able to hear the man’s rants.

Because the rants were not making sense, the officer petitioned the man for a psychological evaluation.

Man’s aunt defends friendship with his girlfriend
A 29-year-old resident came into the station with his 57-year-old neighbor about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 to report that he had been threatened between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. that day.

The man said his 33-year-old aunt, also a Wyandotte resident, showed up at his residence with a small wooden bat and hunting knife. He was outside when she arrived and she confronted him, accusing him of damaging her friendship with his girlfriend.

The man said no verbal threats were made, but that she had pointed the knife at him.

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