Police Blotter

Allen Park
Chemotherapy leads to theft

A chemotherapy treatment allegedly left a woman vulnerable to theft at Allen Park Health Center, 7105 Allen, Oct. 31.

The woman said she accompanied a friend receiving chemotherapy. Both women left the waiting room area to use the restroom and the victim left her purse and a binder containing financial information and checks in the room, occupied by a black man and a black woman.

When she returned, she found her checkbook, various checks and financial statements missing.

The woman reported the theft Nov. 2.

Hammer hurled through window
A mother and son watching television in their house in the 4000 block of Wall about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 3 got a surprise when a 3-pound sledgehammer flew into their window and landed on the floor.

The woman said the hammer came within inches of hitting her.

The son went outside to investigate and said the hammer appeared to be his and came from the backyard, the gate to which had been forced open.

No suspects were located.

Jewelry, cash missing
Burglars got away with jewelry and cash valued at more than $2,000 from an apartment in the 4600 block of Allen sometime before 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

Around that time the victim saw that a small wooden jewelry box containing jewelry and $150 in cash had been opened and the items were missing.

Stolen were a wedding ring valued at $1,200, a diamond and sapphire ring ($1,000), an engraved ruby ring ($200), and four gold chains valued at $200 each.

Grill used to enter house
A barbecue grill was allegedly used as a means to enter a house in the 4600 block of Allen Monday.

At about 5 p.m. that day, the homeowner returned back from work to find the southern door of the house unlocked, which he was sure he locked. A kitchen window above the sink was open and officers said a nearby grill must have been used to assist entry through the window.

Missing were a laptop computer valued at $1,000, a camera ($800), a zoom lens ($300), a digital video camera ($800), and a silver-colored hard drive valued at $100.

All of the stolen items had been near or on the kitchen table. Nothing else appeared out of place.

Home invasion nets thousands in goods

About $5,600 worth of items, including electronics, loose change and a vacuum cleaner, were taken about 2:41 p.m. Nov. 2 from a house in the 22000 block of Cleveland.

The victim told police her son came home from school and noticed the garage door open.

He went into the house and noticed a 22-inch television missing from the kitchen and a 42-inch television missing from the living room.

He called his mother, who told police her son was the last to leave the house at about 9 a.m.

Neighbors reported nothing suspicious.

Jewelry taken during break in
About $150 in jewelry, including a 1988 Dearborn High School class ring, were stolen sometime before 5:16 p.m. Oct. 27 from a house in the 3000 block of Dudley.

The victim said she found the door wall on the rear of the house partially open. The suspects went through the master bedroom, office and a spare bedroom. In the master bedroom, several dresser drawers were opened, and the box containing the jewelry was taken from the top of the dresser.

Officers determined the suspects kicked in the front door, located on the west side of the house, ripping the molding off the wall. The deadbolt on the door was damaged.

Car taken from front of house
A 1999 Jaguar XK8 was stolen about 10 a.m. Nov. 3 from a house in the 3000 block of Gertrude.

The victim told police he parked the car in front of his sister’s house about 4 p.m. Nov. 2. When he came outside the next day, the car was gone.

He said he is the only one who has keys to the car.

Dearborn Heights
Curtain opening thwarts home invasion

An attempted home invasion in the 400 block of Madison was stopped about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1 after the victim scared the suspect away.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 20s to early 30s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with dark hair and a moustache. He was wearing a dark hat and a blue coat with orange in it.

The victim told police that she woke up and started making her bed when she heard something at her bedroom window. She opened the curtains and and saw the would-be thief pushing her window up. The suspect stopped and started walking east through her backyard where he disappeared.

Thieves get golf clubs
A set of golf clubs of indeterminate value along with a laptop computer ($1,200) were stolen about 10 p.m. Oct. 30 from a house in the 26000 block of Hass.

The victim, who just recently moved to the area from Illinois, said he believes that someone forced open his side door and stole the items.

Thief first believed to be a resident
Police arrested an Inkster resident about 4:49 a.m. Oct. 29 for for taking about $930 in items from a house in the 24000 block of Powers.

Officers noticed a bicycle parked in the shadows in the area of Powers and Bailey. They noticed signs that it had been moved, and saw the suspect looking out from the front window.

While officers were checking vehicles and yards across the street from the house, they heard a door closing and fences rattling from the house’s back yard. An officer noticed the front northeast window open with the screen cut off and the rear door open. They also saw a large television set sitting on a patio near the side gate.

The suspect fled, carrying an orange backpack. A resident reported seeing a black male hiding behind cars at a house in the 24000 block of Pennie. He ran away as officers approached. He was arrested after a brief struggle, and admitted to the home invasion.

He claimed another individual was involved, but refused to name the alleged second suspect.

Goods taken from car
A global positioning system unit valued at $100, sunglasses ($250) and $25 in change were taken about 10:50 a.m. Nov. 1 from a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder parked in the driveway of a house in the 26000 block of Kingswood.

The victim told police the sport utility vehicle was locked when the suspect went inside and took the items.

Lincoln Park
Trailer found, truck remains missing

The owner of a 2003 Ford F-250 pick-up truck valued at $20,000 and a 1992 Wells Cargo trailer valued at $15,000 reported the vehicles missing Tuesday.

The victim told police he parked the rig in his driveway shortly after 4 a.m., and his wife noticed the vehicles missing when she awoke at 7 a.m. Responding officers did not observe any broken glass near where the truck was parked.

That afternoon, the empty trailer was found in Detroit near 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Reportedly stolen from inside were a riding lawn mower, a push mower and other landscaping tools with a total estimated value of $12,000.

Details of the truck were entered into the state Law Enforcement Information Network.

Tires taken from truck

The owner of a Chevrolet Silverado in the 16000 block of Walter reported Nov. 3 the theft of four stock tires and rims.

The victim called police shortly after 8:30 a.m. and said he parked the vehicle in his driveway the previous night at about 9 p.m. When he awoke, he saw the truck on four cement patio blocks, with all four wheels missing.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Equipment stolen from semi
The driver of a semi-truck left his rig in the parking lot in the 14000 block of Eureka at about 1 p.m. Oct. 5. At 11 a.m. the next morning, he reported to police that someone had taken electronic equipment from inside the cab.

Police reported that the passenger window of the truck was smashed, and console damage was visible as the driver said a CB radio valued at $250, a global positioning system unit valued at $100, a DVD player, cash and other items were missing.

Police are investigating, and footage from nearby store surveillance cameras are being reviewed.

Guitars grabbed from pole barn

Nearly $7,000 worth of guitars and drums were taken sometime after Oct. 31 from a pole barn in the 12000 block of Beech Daly.

Taylor Police responded to a call at about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2. The homeowner said he played in a band, and last looked inside his barn on Halloween.

The man, who plays in a band, reported the loss of four guitars, including a telecaster valued at $3,000, an electric guitar valued at $800 and pieces of a drum set worth an estimated $2,000.

Information on the stolen instruments and possible suspects were provided, and police are investigating.

Attempted tank theft thwarted

Someone allegedly attempted to steal propane tanks from a Sunoco gas station, 18215 Fort St., Nov. 6.

About 6 a.m. that day, an employee of a nearby restaurant called to report hearing loud noises near the propane tanks and seeing a thin white man driving a black pickup truck near them.

Officers found hole cut in the steel mesh covering where the tanks were stored, but said it was not large enough for a tank to fit through.

The man had left the scene before police arrived.

Paraphernalia surrendered to police
A box of suspected drug paraphernalia was turned over to the police department at about 4 p.m. Monday after it was found by the homeowner in the bedroom closet of a house in the 1800 block of Hill Top.

The box allegedly belonged to the homeowner’s 17-year-old daughter.

The box contained two tablets of an anti-depressant medication, a digital scale and five plastic sandwich bags full of a green leafy substance that tested negative for marijuana.

Wrench used in fight

A wrench and beer cans were allegedly used as weapons in a fight in the 600 block of Hudson just after midnight Monday.

The victim, a 26-year-old Lincoln Park man who had scratches all over his face, told police that he and two friends had been invited to the house by one of its inhabitants a 22-year-old man. When they arrived, a fight ensued, with the 22-year-old man allegedly brandishing a 14-inch wrench and the 26-year-old man throwing beer cans in retaliation before being chased and allegedly beaten by the man, his brother and a friend.

The 22-year-old man said the three showed up uninvited and a fight ensued when he asked them to leave.

Parking lot sleeper arrested
A Detroit man was arrested after he was found sleeping on a parking block in the area of 19th and Ford about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

After a pat-down revealed a broken bottle of whiskey, the man became belligerent with officers and was arrested. He was reportedly disruptive in his cell and pepper spray was used on him.

Trash cans burned
Two plastic trash cans that were found on fire in an alley near Eighth and Ford had been extinguished by residents before police arrived.

The plastic garbage cans were the only things damaged in the fire. No suspects were found.

School disrupter caught
A 29-year-old Lincoln Park man was arrested for disorderly conduct just before 8 a.m. Oct. 28 after refusing to leave Garfield Elementary School, 340 Superior.

The man entered the school shortly before then. When asked why he was there by a school secretary, he said in a slurred voice that he was looking for his cousin and gave a name that did not match any currently enrolled students.

The woman informed him he was mistaken and asked him to leave and he refused several times, before eventually leaving. He then allegedly pulled on the door of a locked and occupied car on the street outside the school. Its driver, who had a young daughter in the car, screamed and he ran away.

He was later found nearby and arrested.

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