Police Blotter

Allen Park
Camera equipment snagged

Someone bypassed stereo speakers, a television set and a computer but stole various camera equipment from a house in the 15000 block of Keppen Oct. 14.

A camera, zoom lens, 50 millimeter lens and assorted other camera equipment that had been in a camera bag by the side door were reported missing about 6:40 p.m. that day.

The owner said she saw the camera bag in place when she was home for lunch at about 11:30 a.m. and when she returned home about 5 p.m., the door was ajar and the bag was missing. Nothing else was disturbed.

The owner said she was sure she had locked the side door handle, but not the deadbolt.

Slurs scratched onto car
Racial slurs were scratched onto a 1995 Buick parked in the 14000 block of Moran sometime before 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

The words were keyed onto the hood and rear passenger door of the vehicle and a drawing of a penis was scratched onto the front passenger door. Puncture marks were on the hood and appeared to have been made by a large knife.

The vehicle owner said he parked in the driveway at 6 p.m. the night prior and returned to the car about 6:30 p.m. the next day.

He said he has no known enemies and has not had any problems with anyone recently.

Man tackles would-be thief
A man who saw two suspects attempting to steal his neighbor’s pickup truck tackled and attempted to subdue one of the suspects until police arrived.

About 7:47 a.m. a woman in the 15800 block of Pleasant Avenue called 911 to report that her husband was restraining in the yard a man who he had caught pulling wires from under the steering wheel of the vehicle parked in the 15800 block of Bellaire.

The man also said he saw a silver mini van following the would-be thief, but it sped off after the driver saw the man, who approached the suspect, pulled him out of the vehicle and shouted “I know the owner of this vehicle, and it’s not you.”

A struggle ensued, after which the suspect jumped on the hood of the moving silver van, which had circled back around to the house. Both suspects were arrested after officers boxed in their vehicle a few blocks away.

Suspected stolen property and marijuana paraphernalia were found on the men.

Dearborn Heights
Attempted auto theft stopped

Officers are looking for a suspect who who allegedly tried to steal a car about 5 a.m. Oct 15 from a house in the 25000 block of Eton.

A witness said he saw the would-be thief getting into his neighbor’s car. When he saw that he was soptted, the thief got out of the vehicle and tried to apologize to the witness, who then grabbed the suspect in an attempt to restrain him. The suspect broke free after punching the witness in the face and fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male with a thin build. He was wearing black pants and a white shirt.

No further information was available about the vehicle.

While you were sleeping …
A laptop computer valued at $1,000 and four duffel bags ($130) were stolen sometime before 8 a.m. Oct. 13 from a house in the 25000 block of Powers.

The victim said while he slept, the suspects entered his bedroom and took the computer, then entered the basement and took the duffel bags.

‘Hot’ property taken
A 50-gallon hot water tank valued at $300 was stolen about 10 a.m. Oct. 13 from a house in the 23000 block of Ann Arbor Trail.

The victim said the house belongs to his brother, who lives out-of-state. He said he last checked on the house on Oct. 11. When he went back the next day, he found the back door was broken and the tank missing.

Jewelry stolen from safe

A safe containing jewelry valued at about $15,000 was stolen sometime before 2:40 p.m. Oct. 17 from Quick Financial LLC, 5444 Schaefer.

The owner said he locked the building at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 and activated the alarm system. On Oct. 17, he received a call from a friend saying the building was unlocked. The owner found the sliding glass door on the building’s south side partially open and the rear door damaged. Large gouges were visible in the floor where officers determined the thieves took the safe.

Snatch-and-grab at auto parts store
Police are searching for a suspect who stole an undetermined amount of merchandise about 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 from AutoZone, 8947 Tireman.

A store employee said he saw the suspect looking at different items. After turning away to help a customer, the employee next noticed the suspect with a large bulge under the front of his coat. When he approached the front of the store, the anti-theft alarm was activated and the thief fled east on Tireman then north on Wisconsin.

He is described as a black male approximately six feet, six inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing overalls and a black knit cap.

Lincoln Park
Pipes taken from vacant house

A contractor reported to police a break-in at a vacant house in the 2100 block of White Ave. Oct. 18.

According to a police report, sometime before 1 p.m. that day, about 50 feet of copper piping, valued at $400, was taken from the basement after one or more thieves broke in through the back door. Officers observed damage to the door knob and latch.

Items found in trash bin

A generator and edger reported stolen the 17127 block of Clarann Oct. 17 had been recovered from a dumpster by police the day prior after a man reported at about noon that day that someone had dumped them in a trash receptacle in the 17100 block of Raupp.

The man who reported the items said he saw a dark-complected man dump them into the receptacle.

Gun pulled during bar brawl

A man allegedly brandished a handgun during a fight at Rack and Roll, 13634 Sibley about 1 a.m. Oct. 15.

Officers responded about that time to the bar, and found a disturbance throughout the establishment. One officer was struck with a bottle as he entered the bar.

While officers were clearing everyone out of the bar, several patrons reported to them that a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white script on the front had brandished a gun while leaving the bar’s back door.

Some said he was a member of a band that was to perform at the bar that evening but did not go on due to the fight.

None of the patrons gave their name to police and contact was not made with the suspect.

Van stolen off Howard Street

A resident of the 13000 block of Backus Street reported to police the theft of a blue 2002 Chrysler Town and Country van, valued at $4,000, that was discovered at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The vehicle’s owner told police that the van was parked alongside a house, was locked and all keys accounted for. Responding officers observed broken glass near where the van was parked. The vehicle’s description and registration were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Voyager taken from Barberry Street
The owner of a maroon 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager valued at $3,500 reported the theft of the vehicle at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 13. The owner told police it was last seen at 4:45 a.m. when her husband left for work.

The vehicle was paid for, all keys were located and it was locked when last seen.

Police observed broken glass near where the Sport Utility Vehicle was parked.

The vehicle’s description and registration were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Burglars take too much to carry

The only thing intruders didn’t get away with was a 50-inch TV, which a Taylor couple found broken, its screen smashed, near the back door. All told, a long list of TVs, jewelry, rifles and computers were taken from a house in the 5900 block of Weddell Ave. sometime the night of Oct. 12.

A man and woman left home at 7:30 p.m., returned at 1 a.m. to discover the back door forced open. Motion-detector lights in the backyard had been unscrewed, police reported.

Inside, investigators noted a ransacked home with drawers and cabinets pulled out and emptied. Investigators expected a complete list of missing items and their value from the victims.

Electronics stolen from house
A woman living in the 9200 block of West Point Ave. told Taylor Police that when she returned home from work at about 11:15 p.m. Oct. 15, she discovered a window and screen forced open. Stolen items included an Mp3 player, a video game system, a camera and a laptop computer. The woman did not provide serial numbers or estimated values.

Responding police observed force marks near the window and screen.

Thieves strike during short absence
A couple’s home in the 5800 block of Polk Ave. was burglarized while they were away for one hour.

The victims called police at about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16, when they returned home and discovered the theft of a television set, three laptop computers and other items. A specific list and values was being prepared.

Responding police observed a bedroom window that had been forced from its track.

A neighbor reported seeing a white male in his early 20s carrying a duffel bag from the house and getting into a waiting car, with another man in the driver’s seat.

Investigators took note of further descriptions and information.

Cash stolen from dart machines

Three dart machines were broken into and more than $600 was stolen from them at My Place Bar, 806 Biddle, sometime between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Monday.

Surveillance footage showed a black female and black man in their late 20s or early 30s and a black male in his late 50s allegedly stealing the money.

Wallet taken after ride
A wallet was allegedly stolen by its owner’s friend after the woman gave him a ride to his mother’s house in the 1000 block of Perry Oct. 13.

About 10:25 a.m. that day, the woman dropped the man off. She said as the car pulled up to his mother’s house, he reached into her purse, grabbed the wallet, and ran off.

The wallet contained $645 in cash and Social Security cards for the woman and her children.

The man, an acquaintance of the woman’s, had stayed at the woman’s house the night prior, after offering to exchange tattoo services for his stay. He gave a tattoo to her and to her friend.

Officers made contact with the woman’s mother, who said he had not been there. While officers were at her house, the woman received numerous texts from the man. In one of them, he said he took the money, but that it was to pay for the tattoos.

The man contacted police later that day, but declined requests to come into the station, saying he was in Huron Township and could not get a ride.

Line touch leads to home visit
A woman reported being followed home Oct. 16 by a man who she said inappropriately touched her while both were in line at Dunkin’ Donuts in Southgate.

Shortly before 4 p.m. that day, the woman was in line when she said she felt someone touch the side of her body and then the small of her back. She turned around to find a man, whom she had never seen before and described as white, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with short brown slightly graying hair and wearing a Planet Fitness T-shirt and a leather jacket.

She said he tried to “make small talk” with her but she did not engage him, and drove to her house in the 3300 block of 7th.

When she parked her car and exited, she said the man was behind her, standing in front of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He said he wanted to make it up to her, and she screamed at him to leave, which he did.

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