Police Blotter

Allen Park
Marijuana seized from house

Marijuana plants and growing equipment were seized from a licensed grower in the 15600 block of Warwick Avenue about 4 p.m. Sept. 16 after he was found to be in violation of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.

Eleven mature and 10 “starter” marijuana plants were taken from the house, after a resident told police he was concerned about possible marijuana growing at the house. Various pieces of growing equipment, including four transformers and several grow lights, were also taken.

The resident has a medical marijuana card and a medical marijuana caregiver card, but two grow rooms were unlocked and one plant was growing in the backyard, in violation of the state law.

If the shoe fits …
A shopper at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, allegedly stole a pair of shoes from the store’s shoe department and replaced them with the pair he wore into the store Sept. 18.

About 5:30 p.m. that day, store loss prevention officers allegedly saw the 21-year-old Dearborn man steal the shoes, valued at $45, and place his own red athletic shoes into the box, which he replaced on the shelf. They said he also took a watch ($19.99) from a spindle on the jewelry counter and put it on his wrist before attempting to exit the store.

The man was arrested.

Store theft nets televisions
An unknown man allegedly dressed like an employee of Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, to steal several televisions from the store Sept. 13.

Surveillance footage shows a black male entering the store around 3 p.m. that day and obtaining a shopping cart and a second L-shaped cart. He was seen in several departments and in the back room of the store before using a ladder to climb over the wall to the media room, where he placed three televisions into the L-shaped cart and three into a blue tote container he had placed into the shopping cart.

He then exited the store without attempting to purchase any of the items.

The televisions are valued together at about $1,000.

Money taken from arcade games

Four arcade games at AMC Star Fairlane 21, 22216 Michigan Ave, were broken into sometime before 9 p.m. Sept. 2.

According to the report, the games’ coin boxes appeared to have been opened with a crowbar.

The theater’s manager said she didn’t know exactly how much was stolen, but the money count for the day was $30 short. She said a similar theft happened at an different AMC theater that week.

Air conditioner stolen
An air conditioning unit valued at $1,000 was stolen sometime before noon Sept. 2 from a house in the 8000 block of Shaddick.

The homeowner said the unit was last seen Aug. 27.

Dearborn Heights
Vehicle break-in at transmission shop

Factory-installed air bags valued at $2,000, various compact discs ($200) and coins ($10) were stolen from a vehicle about 3:10 p.m. Sept. 8 from Multi State Transmission, 6152 S. Telegraph Rd.

The victim, a Detroit resident, said the vehicle was locked and secured in the business’ parking lot.

Attempted home invasion thwarted
Two suspects were kept from breaking into a house about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the 26000 block of Midway by an alert resident.

The Charlesworth resident said he called 911 after he heard glass breaking and saw two male suspects, one wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans and the other wearing dark clothes, running away from the house. He said he chased them until he lost sight of them on Hass.

The double-paned glass window in the northeast bedroom was broken and a rock was found on the bed.

Officers later stopped two males who matched the description given by the caller. They were later released.

Lincoln Park
Smoke shop taken for cash, cigarettes

More than $6,000 in cash and merchandise was stolen from Lincoln Park Smokers, 1121 Southfield Road, shortly before 3 a.m. Monday.

Police were called to the scene when an alarm sounded at the strip mall store. After discovering no signs of forced entry at the smoke shop, police observed a cracked window glass at the neighboring storefront. Once the glass was pushed aside, police reached in, unlocked the door and inside located a crawl-space size hole in the wall bordering the smoke shop.

Evidence of the break-in was collected at the scene, as were images of a suspect from the store’s security camera. Police are looking for a light-skinned black male with a black mustache and goatee, wearing at the time of the break-in a gray hoodie with a block style letter ‘S’ on the back, gray pants and gloves.

The store’s owner reported to the scene and told police that approximately $2,100 in cash was taken along with an estimated $4,000 worth of cigarettes.

Juvenile suspects held in faucet theft
Two teens who allegedly stole plumbing hardware were taken into custody after witnesses pieced together the story for police.

At about 4 p.m. Sunday, two teen males believed to be 12 years old were seen breaking into a vacant home in the 1400 block of Fort Park, removing two unopened faucet sets and heading east on Russell toward Fort Street, one on foot the other riding a purple bicycle.

While officers interviewed the first witness near Vegas Market, the boys were reportedly seen on Fort Street near the post office. Police soon detained the suspects, who admitted to breaking into the house and taking the items; they told the officers where the stolen goods were concealed in an alley at Fort and Russell.

Additional witnesses described for police the boys’ attempt to sell the faucets before being told to leave the store.

The mothers of the two boys were notified, and provided a reporting date for further investigation and disposition.

Laptop stolen from house
A resident in the 1300 block of Washington told Lincoln Park police that a daytime burglary resulted in the theft of a laptop computer.

The victim told police he left for work at 5 a.m. Sept. 13 and returned shortly before 4 p.m. He noticed the gate was open as was a side entry door. Stepping inside the house, he thought he heard a noise and quickly left to call police.

Responding officers did not find anyone inside — and the victim did not observe anyone leaving — and were unable to find signs of forced entry. The victim told police the house was usually locked when vacant, although family members sometimes forgot to secure the doors before leaving.

A large flat-screen TV was lying on the living room floor, and police secured the scene to lift fingerprints from the surface.

Other than the laptop, valued at $700, the victim was unable to immediately determine if any other valuables were missing.

Woman arrested for prostitution
A 22-year-old resident was arrested for prostitution after allegedly soliciting an undercover Melvindale police officer.

About 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the officer was driving in the area of Dix-Toledo and Grace when a woman walking in the area made a hand gesture at him.

According to the report, he stopped at a stop sign and she approached him and asked what he was doing in the area at the early hour.

He replied that he was driving to work and she allegedly reached into the vehicle, grabbed the officer’s groin, and said “I’m starting work early too, why don’t you start it off with me?”

After asking if he was a cop, the woman negotiated a price of $50 for sex with the officer. He told her he had to go get the money, at which time he radioed assisting officers, who arrested the woman.

The woman denied the accusations, saying she works as a stripper and had only offered to give the officer a lap dance.

Boat engine, battery nabbed

A resident in the 12000 block of Veronica told Southgate police that, sometime between 3 p.m. Sept. 15 and 10 a.m. Sept. 17, one or more thieves broke through a padlock and stole a outboard engine from his boat.

The victim told police the boat was in his driveway, and the 1983 25-horsepower outboard motor engine, value unknown, was affixed by a padlock, which had been cut through. Also missing was a marine battery and box, valued at $100.

Police collected evidence at the scene and are investigating.

Cycle stolen overnight
A resident in the 11000 block of Burlington told Southgate police that someone stole his Harley-Davidson motorcycle sometime after 6 p.m. Sept. 8.

The owner of the 1993 bike, valued at $7,000, said he’d parked and locked the motorcycle the previous night. The bike was paid for and the owner could account for all keys. The vehicle’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Newly acquired car stolen
A woman in the 13000 block of Village Park Drive reported the theft of a 2000 silver Dodge Intrepid, valued at $1,000, that she had just purchased from a friend.

The victim told police that she last saw the vehicle the evening of Sept. 15, and shortly after 5 a.m. Sept. 16 it was missing from in front of her house.

She said the driver’s side door lock was not working properly.

The woman did not have the proper paperwork yet, and the previous owner was expected to provide police with further information.

The vehicle was listed in the Law Enforcement Information Network as having been stolen.

BB blast breaks window

A resident of the 17500 block of Matthews reported someone had shot his 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with a BB gun sometime between 6 p.m. Sept. 16 and 9 a.m. Sept. 17.

Five deep impressions with cracking were visible on the driver’s side window. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $75.

The owner suspects neighborhood children.

Thief enters through bedroom window

A woman awoke to noises at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, and searched her home in the 15000 block of Dupage Road to see what was upsetting the family dog. Neither she nor her 22-year-old son discovered anything suspicious.

Around noon, the son returned home for lunch, and found a chair outside his bedroom window. Inside, he discovered the theft of a Toshiba laptop computer, value unknown, and $160 in cash that had been in a shoe box beneath his bed.

Lincoln Park police searched the home and found no evidence of forced entry.

Televisions taken from house
A resident in the 23000 block of Crisler Street told police that, sometime between 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. Sept. 10, her house was broken into and two televisions were stolen.

The woman said she was away from home overnight, and returned to find her front door kicked in. Along with the televisions, the woman’s checkbook was taken, although she pointed out to police other valuables that were visible but untouched.

“Crime seems to be rising in the complex,” the police report noted of the residential area near Telegraph and Goddard.

Locker raid leads to drug seizure

Four Wilson Middle School students face students marijuana possession charges after a locker “sweep” at the school Sept. 15.

About 11 a.m., 1.1 grams of marijuana were found inside a deodorant bottle cap in the locker of a 13-year-old boy. Marijuana pipes containing residue were found in lockers assigned to a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy. Two packages of rolling papers and two containers with marijuana residue in them were found in a 13-year-old boy’s locker.

Police officers and the school’s principal met with the parents of each boy and explained charges would be pursued.

Woman hospitalized after suicide threats
A woman who was seen walking through the business district about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 crying and wearing little clothing was later hospitalized for a mental evaluation upon officers’ request.

The 45-year-old resident was crying and asking passersby for help and was dressed only in a thigh-length nightgown and hospital-style socks when officers approached her near Oak and Biddle. She threatened suicide, and was transported to Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital, where officers petitioned for the evaluation.

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