Police Blotter

Allen Park
Money disappears from car

Thieves stole $180 in twenty dollar bills from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 14000 block of Yost sometime between 1:30 p.m. June 5 and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The bills had been kept in the center console of the vehicle.

Painter strikes car
A 2005 black Chevrolet Impala was covered in off-white latex paint sometime before 11 p.m. June 5.

The vehicle had been parked in the 1500 block of Garfield since the Friday prior. When the owner returned from vacation two days later, she said some of the paint had been peeled off, but photos taken by a neighbor show the entire drivers side of the vehicle covered in paint.

She also said her former boyfriend’s car was similarly vandalized, and suspects his former girlfriend in both cases.

Water heater gone from house

A contractor hired by the residents of a house in the 6000 block of Yinger reported items missing about 10 a.m. June 3.

A hot water tank valued at $550, along with 45 feet of copper piping were missing. A neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, told police two male suspects carried the tank out of the house and placed it in the bed of a white pickup truck.

Van stolen
Thieves stole a 1998 Ford Econoline van between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. last Sunday from a house on the 5000 block of Neckel.

The owner told police it was parked in front of her house. She said the van was worth about $1,500, and there was nothing of value in it.

Traffic stop yields drugs

A marijuana cigarette was found Monday on a man who was pulled over for failing to yield at a stop sign on Rose about 10 a.m.

The marijuana was kept in a cigarette package on the front passenger seat. The driver, a Lincoln Park man, admitted it was marijuana and said he did not have a medical marijuana card.

He was issued a citation for possession of marijuana and failure to yield.

Dearborn Heights
Lawn mower theft stopped

A pair of would-be lawn mower thieves were caught by a neighbor at 4:45 p.m. June 4 on Kinfield near Kinloch.

The witness told police the suspects, a 30-year-old male and a 50-year-old male, parked a black pickup truck in front of his neighbor’s house in the 700 block of Centralia. The 30-year-old male went into the yard, took the lawn mower, and put it in the bed of the truck.

The witness then chased them after they left and made them return the mower.

Jewelry, cash missing from house
About $10,500 cash, assorted jewelry and electronics were taken between 1:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday from a house in the 6000 block of Hubbell.

Assorted credit cards were also taken.

The side door to the house was kicked in, and the bedrooms and computer room were ransacked.

Dispute over money leads to arrest
An Eastpointe resident was arrested at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday following a confrontation with a friend over money at a house in the 6000 block of Kinmore.

The victim, who has been friends with the arrestee since grade school, said she owed her an unknown amount of money.

The arrestee was demanding to be paid back, and went to the victim’s house to get the money. When the victim told her to leave, she entered the house through the breezeway door and tried to take the rings from the victim’s fingers.

A witness grabbed hold of the woman and took her out on the front porch where they waited for police to arrive.

Lincoln Park
Shopper reports stolen vehicle

While shopping at Meijer, 3710 Dix Ave., a 35-year-old woman’s 1990 Oldsmobile was taken from the parking lot.

Lincoln Park Police responded around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5 to the reported motor vehicle theft.

The vehicle belongs to the woman’s grandmother. The woman had the keys with her, and said the vehicle was paid for and not subject to repossession.

Police and store officials will review security camera tapes as the investigation remains open. The owner estimated the vehicle’s value at $4,000.

Laptop taken from home
Weekend thieves helped themselves to a laptop computer from an apartment in the 1300 block of Fort Street.

The renter called Lincoln Park Police shortly after 7 a.m. Monday to report the missing computer, which was last seen Friday, June 3. The complainant told police that he left his apartment unlocked several times over the weekend while doing laundry.

Police are investigating and advised the victim to check local pawn shops. The computer was valued at approximately $630.

Band brawl ends in arrest

A fight allegedly broke out at Rack and Roll Bar, 13634 Sibley, shortly before midnight May 31, after members of a band performing there damaged equipment belonging to the bar and its sound engineer.

The Rhode Island-based band allegedly removed ceiling tiles during their performance and threw them into the audience, then damaged a screen at the back of the stage which belonged to the sound engineer. The total damage is estimated at $150.

The engineer, a 50-year-old Melvindale man, then jumped on stage and attempted to stop the band, but its bass player, whose age is unknown, allegedly threw him off the stage. In retaliation, the Melvindale man shut off the sound feed to the band, whose lead singer, 27, then punched him in the chest and wrestled him to the ground before allegedly punching him in the side of the head.

The vocalist said he did not remember punching the man in the head, but said “I got in his face and we went at it.”

The vocalist was arrested for assault and battery.

Overnight theft nabs GPS system

A woman reported Monday that a global positioning system unit was taken during the night from her parked GMC Yukon in the 13000 block of Jobin Street.

Sometime after she went to bed at 11 p.m., the center console and glove box of her vehicle were ransacked, resulting in the loss of the GPS system, valued at $300, and the woman’s driver’s license.

Police found no signs of forced entry.

Work truck has ‘scraggly’ visitors
A man called Southgate Police from the Holiday Inn Hotel, 17201 Northline Road June 5, after confronting two men he found sitting in his work truck.

The complainant told police that, shortly after 1:40 am., he saw two “scraggly looking” men, approximately 35 – 45 years old, sitting in his truck in the parking lot. When confronted, the two jumped into a blue Ford Econoline van and drove off on Northline.

Missing from the truck were two bundles of extension cord, valued at $80. Police found no signs of forced entry.

Boat engine taken from yard

A homeowner in the 7200 block of Beech Daly Drive reported on Saturday, June 4 the larceny of an outboard motor that was attached to a boat in his driveway.

The man told police he’d last seen the eight-horsepower motor a few days earlier. Responding officers noted that two bolts which secured the engine to the boat were on the ground. Nearby they discovered tools including a rachet, five sockets and a crescent wrench.

Jukebox missing from bar
The owner of Alibi’s Bar and Grill, 21535 Van Born Road, notified police that a jukebox was taken from the bar between 2:30 and 9:30 a.m. on May 31.

Responding officers observed a broken glass window and the location of the missing jukebox. Nearby, police observed a Keno ticket scanner on the floor, believed to have been moved to allow access to the jukebox.

The owner described two strangers who were customers that day, separate from the crowd of “regulars” that she said typically made up the patronage. The woman told police she would provide additional information about the jukebox which was leased from a private company.

Tree trimming leads to hospital visit

A potential neighbor dispute and downed power line brought police to the 400 block of St. Joseph on June 5, where they found a man who’d injured himself while trimming a neighbor’s trees.

Responding officers spoke with a man who was seated on a front porch with ice on his face. The man told police he was cutting a tree down with a chainsaw and fell off the ladder. He landed on his feet but fell forward and struck his face on a wheelbarrow.

Officers observed that the man had alcohol on his breath; he admitted to having had four beers prior to climbing the ladder with a chainsaw to trim trees.

Why the branches were trimmed remained a question: The man claimed that his neighbor on St. Joseph, whose property held the trees being cut, gave him permission to trim the excess that hung over onto his property.

The woman told police she never consented to the trimming, and that they spoke two weeks earlier about the need for the trees to be cut. She did not want to be held responsible for her neighbor’s injuries, nor the downed power line that was severed during the trimming by a falling tree branch.

The injured man was transported to Oakwood Southshore Hospital for evaluation.

Woman harassed after phone number posted online
Tired of receiving unwanted text messages, phone calls and photos, a Trenton woman contacted police on Monday to report a suspicious situation.

The woman told police that, beginning two days earlier, she had received more than 50 text messages, 20 telephone calls and 10 pictures sent to her phone, all of which were of a sexual nature.

After questioning one caller, the woman was told her phone number was listed on an online bulletin board, “suggesting that she was interested in a good time” according to a police report.

The woman told police she’d recently had problems with a neighbor, and is concerned because she has a young child living in the home. Police are investigating, and the woman was advised to contact the bulletin board company to remove the ad.

Arrest attempt leads to bite

An officer was treated for minor injuries after a 19-year-old resident he was arresting allegedly bit him June 4.

The officer responded to the woman’s house in the 3000 block of 17th about 3:30 a.m. that day after receiving a tip from another officer that she was suspected in an assault on her former boyfriend earlier that day. The man alleged that she entered his bedroom through a window and punched him in the eye while he was asleep.

The woman told the officer she had been home all night, but when the officer felt the hood of her 2009 Ford Focus, it was warm, despite the 60-degree weather.

The woman began yelling at the officer and hiding in different parts of the house and a struggle ensued. He restrained her and she wiggled out of her sweatshirt and got free, but then advanced on him, swinging her arms and allegedly bit him in the middle finger of his left hand. Emergency Medical Technicians from the Fire Department responded and treated the officer. The skin was not broken, but teeth marks were visible.

The woman’s vehicle was impounded.

(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)