Police Blotter

Allen Park
Woman attempts break-in

A 30-year-old Lincoln Park woman allegedly attempted to enter an apartment while the renters were inside early Tuesday morning.

The woman banged on the door of the apartment in the 11300 block of Goddard shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday. The inhabitants, a 28-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, were sitting on the couch and did not answer.

The Lincoln Park woman then banged harder on the door, causing the jamb to crack. The door began to open and the man forced it shut.

While officers were interviewing the witnesses, the woman came downstairs and began screaming at the residents of the apartment. She then began shouting obscenities at officers.

She was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Would-be thief brings rock, smashes window
A cigar shop was discovered broken into early Wednesday.

Officers responded just after 4 a.m. to an alarm from Smoky’s Fine Cigar’s, 15491 Southfield Road.

A shatter-resistant glass window had been smashed, and a large rock was on the floor inside the store. The main cash register was open, but nothing appeared to be disturbed.

Surveillance footage showed the suspect, a white man wearing a black knit hat and black hooded sweatshirt, bringing the rock to the store in a plastic bag.

Dearborn Heights
TVs, remote control stolen

Two television sets were stolen between 2:30 and 5:40 a.m. Thursday from a house in the 24000 block of Colgate.

The resident told police thieves gained entry as she slept and stole a 42-inch and a 32-inch TV, including the remote control for the larger set.

There were no signs of forced entry.

Identity thieves stick resident with bill
A resident of the 6000 block of Inkster Road reported March 8 that he received a $900 bill Jan.1 for charges he never made.

He told police he received a statement from a collection agency informing him that he was past due on a bill.

After doing some fact-checking, he discovered that thieves stole his personal information and opened an account with cellular phone provider.

Suspects sought in collection box theft
Police are looking for two boys who allegedly stole the collection box at 5 p.m. last Tuesday from River Oaks Marathon gas station, 20015 Ann Arbor Trail.

Witnesses said the boys came into the gas station, grabbed the box and left. The amount of cash it contained is unknown.

They were wearing tan pants and carrying backpacks and have been identified as students of Inkster High School.

One of the boys previously had stolen the box, but was caught.

Dearborn
Car, GPS unit go missing

A white 2001 Pontiac Grand Am was stolen between 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. March 14 from the 6000 block of Bingham.

It contained a Global Positioning System unit.

SUV swiped
A 2002 Jeep Liberty was stolen between 8 p.m. March 13 and 7 a.m. March 14 from a house in the 6000 block of Neckel.

The owner told police he parked it on Blesser overnight, and that when he came outside the next morning, it was gone.

No signs of forced entry were found, and the owner had all the keys to the vehicle.

Lincoln Park
Phone leads police to driver

A cell phone led police last week to a resident of the 1300 block of College who allegedly crashed his Jeep into another Jeep on Paris just west of Lafayette.

A resident said he was inside his house about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday when he heard a crash and went outside to investigate. He said he asked a man sitting in the driver’s seat of the striking Jeep if he was injured. The man replied that he was OK and asked the resident not to call police. The man then fled east on foot through an alley between Paris and College.

Police searched the vehicle driven by the man and found a cell phone on the driver’s-side floor board and traced it to a man who lives with his mother in a house in the 1300 block of College. They advised the mother to have her son contact police.

Store safe emptied
Several thousand dollars were taken about 6 a.m. Monday from Family Dollar, 2027 McKinley.

An employee who opened the store found the window had been broken out, and that the hinges had been sawed off a safe that had contained the cash.

Melvindale
Radio taken from vehicle

A radio was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 2400 block of Oakwood Boulevard shortly before 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The owner reported the driver’s-side window had been broken. He last had seen it intact when he parked it outside a business in the area that morning.

An employee of the business saw an older-model white car parked near it before the damage occurred. A white male with brown hair was sitting inside the white car but did not enter any of the nearby businesses.

Riverview
Drunken driver arrested

A 22-year-old Trenton man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after performing a U-turn on Sibley Road shortly after 2 a.m. March 12.

The man admitted to drinking a pitcher of beer by himself earlier in the evening.

The man registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.160 percent on a breath test. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08 percent.

Southgate
Burglars get jewelry, cash

Computers, jewelry and cash were taken sometime before March 11 from a house in the 13400 block of Walnut.

The residents had been gone for about a week before and had asked a neighbor to watch the house. They returned about 5:30 p.m. March 11 to find that a bedroom window had been entered, and that the inside had been ransacked. They also found a dresser drawer lying on a bed.

Missing items included several pieces of jewelry collectively valued at $3,000, three laptop computers valued at $2,000 and $800 cash.

Several footprints were found in the backyard.

Restaurant’s pipes cut
The back flow preventer was taken sometime before March 11 from the rear of Burger King, 15350 Eureka Road.

An employee told police that day that it had been cut from existing pipes, and that its wires were spliced back
together. Replacement cost is estimated at $600.

Taylor
Vandals target vehicles

Three vehicles were the targets of theft and vandalism overnight March 10 at a house in the 16600 block of Inkster Road.

A stereo, the battery, a shifter head and several lug nuts were taken from a Jeep. Hunting and fishing items including a one-shot shotgun were taken from another vehicle on which a tire had been cut. A tire also was cut on a third vehicle.

Stereos lifted
Stereos were stolen from several vehicles in the city’s southwest section overnight March 9.

One was a 1994 Plymouth minivan in the 15700 block of Court Village Lane. Other thefts included a $200 stereo in the 15100 block of Park Village Boulevard and stereos from a vehicle in the 15200 block of Pond Village Drive and from a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu in the 15400 block of Court Village Lane.

Trenton
Plumbing pilfered

Copper pipes were reported missing March 12 from a house in the 2900 block of Harrison.

A real estate agent said the pipes were removed from the basement between March 1 and 8, and that there were no signs of forced entry.

The pipes are valued at more than $200.

Wyandotte
Man steals CD players

A man allegedly stole two portable CD players March 10 from Walgreens, 3221 Fort St.

A manager saw the man take the CD players, valued together at $50, into the men’s restroom of the store. He was described as black and between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall.

A male employee followed him inside the bathroom and saw two empty packages for the players in the trash can. The man was attempting to conceal them inside his jacket, police said.

The employee threatened to call police and the man told him he was putting the players back, but left without doing so.

Ten minutes prior to the theft, the man, who was wearing a yellow jacket and blue baseball hat, was seen in front of the store carrying a duffel bag and was with another unknown man.

(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)