Police Blotter

Allen Park
Bathroom ruse leads to theft

A visitor to a house in the 9000 block of Manor asked to use the homeowner’s bathroom Nov. 10, but allegedly left with $500 in cash.

The homeowner, who suffers from memory loss, opened the door about 5 p.m. that day to a white man and a white woman who said they lived in the neighborhood and pretended to know her. When she let them inside, they allegedly took the money from her purse, which was in the living room.

After they left, the woman called her daughter to say she didn’t recognize the two people who were in her house. The daughter found the money missing and called police.

Tooth taken during car break-in
A fake tooth was among items reported stolen from a vehicle parked in a lot in the 10000 block of Allen Pointe Nov. 10.

The owner said she parked the unlocked vehicle there about 4:40 p.m. that day and when she returned about three hours later, she discovered the tooth, along with a diamond ring, a white gold bracelet, and various CDs missing from the center console.

No other damage was found and there were no known suspects.

Locker room thief hits school
A cell phone valued at about $400 and $23 in cash were stolen from a locker room at Allen Park High School Nov. 11.

The victim, a student at the school, said he left the items in his locker at about 4:30 p.m. and headed to wrestling practice. When he returned about a half hour later, he said he found the lock broken and the floor around his and other lockers damaged. Police said they believe the suspect used a dumbbell to break the locks of about six lockers in the room and are reviewing surveillance footage.

Man arrested after throwing plate
A backpack and glass dinner plate were allegedly thrown at a police officer responding to a call of an out-of-control 22-year-old man Nov. 12.

When officers arrived to the house in the 17000 block of Euclid Avenue just after 4 a.m. that day, they observed the man standing near the side door yelling at someone. When officers yelled for him to show his hands, he took off his backpack and threw it at them before charging one of the officers and throwing the dinner plate at them. The officer moved out of the way of the plate and the other officer tackled the man, who then got up and ran west on Euclid.

Officers chased the man before eventually using a Taser on him.

His parents said the man had been drinking and an argument ensued, during which the man ransacked his bedroom and broke various objects.

The man was arrested for non-aggrivated assault.

Electronics nabbed during break-in

Video game systems and games valued at $2,300 and a 32-inch television ($500) were stolen about noon Nov. 14 from a house in the 1000 block of Riverside.

The victim said he entered the house through the front door. When he got to the kitchen, he noticed the rear door’s window was on the floor and garbage was thrown around.

The games and the television were taken from the victim’s and his brother’s upstairs bedrooms.
Neighbors said they did not see or hear any suspicious activity.

Break-in nets jewelry, cash
A gold bracelet valued at $200, a gold necklace ($500) and $5,300 in cash were stolen about 10:30 p.m Nov. 12 from a house in the 5000 block of Middlesex.

The victim discovered the items missing after returning home from a wedding. He said his daughter was the last one in the house and locked up abut 7 p.m. When the family returned home, they found closets and dressers ransacked in bedrooms on the first and second floors.

The bracelet and $3,000 were taken from a jewelry box on an end table in the dining room, the necklace was stolen from a closet in the southwest bedroom and $300 was taken from the northwest bedroom.

The victim said co-workers and friends knew his family would be at the wedding and his daughter reported seeing an unknown dark sport utility vehicle following her for several weeks, but she is not sure if the occupants are involved.

Sound system stolen following repair
A DVD car stereo valued at $700 was reported stolen from a silver 2002 Pontiac Trans Am about 4 p.m. Nov. 11 from H & N Auto Service, 2701 Monroe.

The victim said the receiver was stolen after he brought the car to the shop for repairs.

After the work was finished, the car was moved into the parking lot about 5 p.m.Nov. 11.

A mechanic did not know if the car was locked or unlocked when it was moved.

Dearborn Heights
Bicycle thief rides off
Police are searching for a thief who stole a bicycle valued about $260 at 5 p.m. Nov. 12 from Dunham’s Sports, 26312 Ford Rd.

The thief is described as a white male in his 30s with dark hair and acne. He was wearing a black coat and blue jeans and was carrying a black backpack.

He entered the store and walked toward the bicycles. He took one off the shelf and wheeled it to the front door where he got on and drove it out, fleeing in the direction of Ford Road.

Cash taken during apartment break-in
About $1,200 in cash was stolen at about 12:22 a.m. Nov. 10 from an apartment in the 6000 block of Inkster.

The victims said they left the apartment sometime before 7 p.m. When they returned, they found a bedroom ransacked and the money stolen from a tin can.

The suspects appeared to have smashed out the bedroom window with a rock.

The victims said at the time they left, two black males, described as in their early 20s with stocky builds, were inside the apartment corridor. The victims said the males have an affiliation with a neighboring tenant and believe they were involved.

Resident finds wounded deer in backyard
A deer with a broken left hind leg and possible internal injuries wandered into the south side of his property about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in the 5000 block of Detroit Street.

Police were alerted and put the deer down.

An officer from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the resident could keep the animal for food because it died on his property. The resident said he would process the deer himself.

Man treated for injuries after domestic disturbance
A Redford Township man involved in a domestic disturbance in Detroit approached officers about 3 a.m. Nov. 12 near the intersection of Telegraph and Warren.

Officers said he was covered in blood and said he had “done something bad.”

No other details were available.

Officers conducting surveillance reported seeing the man walking north in the traffic lanes, crossing them to approach the officers.

After speaking with him, officers determined he was involved in the incident and was on his way to his house in Redford Township. He left his damaged Buick on the corner of Mayburn and Kennedy streets.

The man was transported to Garden City Hospital by firefighters from the Dearborn Heights Fire Department where he was treated for a lacerated hand.

Lincoln Park
Robber leaves empty handed

A would-be robber left Dollar General, 1119 Fort St., with little to show for his efforts. Instead, the suspect left behind a jacket for police to consider.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, a black male approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, 230 pounds and between 30 and 40 years old entered the store and took a candy bar to the register for purchase. After buying the candy bar, the suspect, with a lazy eye, beard and glasses and wearing dark jeans and a dark jacket, told the clerk to leave the drawer open. The employee closed the drawer and asked the suspect if he wanted change. The suspect said yes, and asked the price of a pack of gum, which he purchased. Again, the man instructed the clerk to leave the drawer open, and had his right hand in a coat pocket. The clerk believed the suspect had a gun in the pocket.

When the clerk again shut the register drawer, the suspect left the store.

Responding officers discovered a jacket in the rear parking lot, believed to be the suspect’s. Police are investigating.

Car thief takes opportunity

A man who left the keys in an unlocked 2000 Chevy Blazer, estimated value $1,000, reported the vehicle stolen shortly after 11:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

The victim told police he parked the vehicle at about 6 p.m. in the 13000 block of Brest Road, and acknowledged that the keys were in the unlocked vehicle. When he awoke from a nap at 11 p.m., the Blazer was missing. The same vehicle, he reported, was previously stolen and found in an apartment complex near the intersection of Fort Street and Goddard Road. Police searched the area and were unable to locate the vehicle, the specifics of which were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Pizza, punches at birthday party
Police were reportedly called to Chuck E. Cheese’s, 15300 Dix-Toledo, when a birthday party turned into a brawl Nov. 12.

A 60-year-old woman reportedly took her two grandchildren, ages three and five, to the restaurant for a party. The woman told police that children from another party took a seat at their table, and were acting unruly. Although an adult intervened, the 60-year-old woman reportedly called the children “ignorant,” which initiated an attack by adults from the other party.

The woman reportedly sustained minor injuries after being hit in the head and neck. One man from the other party was taken to the police station and released a few hours later. Police are reviewing video surveillance tapes and are investigating.

Smash-and grabbers strike twice

Taylor Police are investigating burglaries on residential streets near the intersection of Telegraph and Wick roads.

About 11 p.m. Nov. 11, police were called to a house in the 24000 block of Chernick Road. The victim told police that he and his wife went for dinner at about 6 p.m., and returned a few hours later to discover a large rock had been thrown through a back window. Inside, one or more thieves sorted through jewelry boxes, selecting certain items to steal. Police said that a list of missing items will be prepared by the victim.

A few blocks away across Telegraph, a couple reported leaving their home in the 920 block of Syracuse for church at about 1 p.m. Nov. 12. When they returned an hour later, they discovered the theft of jewelry along with a laptop computer, camera and assorted coins and currency.

Police reported that it appeared someone attempted to kick the back door in. Failing to break the deadbolt, the thief instead threw a large rock through a rear widnow to gain entry.

Evidence from both addresses was collected, and police are investigating.

GPS stolen from charity truck

A volunteer with Purple Heart called Trenton police shortly at about 2:40 p.m. Nov. 12 to report the theft of a global positioning system unit from the charity service truck he was driving.

Officers responded to an address near Third and Cherry streets where the volunteer explained that, while he was picking up donations, two males stole a GPS unit valued at $100 from his truck, clearly marked with the Purple Heart name.

The suspects, one a white male approximately 18 years old, the other Middle Eastern and estimated as 20 years old, were nearby on a red scooter when the truck was parked on Cherry Street next to a church.

Along with the GPS system, the suspects stole a pack of cigarettes and the driver’s route book. Police searched the area but did not locate the suspects.

Deposits, withdrawals made with card

A Westland man reported Nov. 9 that his ATM card had been used twice the two days prior at Comerica Bank, 18225 Allen.

The man said his card was stolen while he was working in Detroit and he had recently found deposits totaling $3,000 and withdrawals totaling $200.

Tools missing from truck
A hammer drill, wrench and other tools valued at about $200 were stolen from a 1995 Ford pickup truck parked in the 4400 block of Oakwood Nov. 7.

The victims, who use the company-owned vehicle for work, said they left it unlocked as they retrieve tools from it often during the day. They parked it there at about 3 p.m. that day and when one of the men returned about a half hour later, he found his cigarettes missing from the truck. At 9 a.m. the next morning, he noticed the tools missing.

Unsolicited card accounts opened

A resident of the 20000 block of Coachwood reported Nov. 11 that he had received by mail 10 unsolicited prepaid credit cards in his name.

The man said he had not applied for the cards and the company told him the only way to do so was through email. No money was put on the cards and they were not activated.

Beer bandit strikes
A case of Budweiser beer was stolen by a customer of Circle K, 12705 Pennsylvania just before 1 a.m. Nov. 10.

The suspect, described as a white man in his early 20s with a thin build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, came into the store and began to look around. The clerk said the man looked suspicious, so he kept an eye on him. The shopper then asked the clerk where the lip balm was, and the clerk told him, then glanced down, at which point the man ran out of the store with the beer and headed east.

Bank brawl at ATM

An argument at an ATM allegedly turned violent Nov. 13.

About 2:30 p.m that day, a 41-year-old resident said she was pulling through the drive-through ATM at Chase Bank, 3200 Biddle, when a man and woman on foot began verbally abusing her, accusing her of cutting in front of them for the ATM.

She said she exited the vehicle and threw a cup of coffee that had been sitting on the ground, striking the 24-year-old Grosse Ile woman. She said the man, 27 and from Wyandotte, then grabbed her by the neck and pushed her into the backseat of her car, in which her two small children were seated, before punching her in the eye.

No marks were visible on the woman.

The man said the woman started the argument, yelling at the couple for attempting to use the ATM on foot. After the coffee was thrown, he said he pushed the woman away and she grabbed him around the head and neck. He showed police fresh cuts on his neck that he said were from her nails. He denied grabbing or punching the woman.

Police were waiting to view bank surveillance footage that possibly captured the fight.

Crack found on driver
About two grams of crack cocaine were found on a 48-year-old Detroit man during a traffic stop at Biddle and Vinewood Tuesday.

The 2000 Dodge Ram was stopped at about 10 a.m. that day for tinted front windows. The Detroit man said he had no drugs in the car, then later admitted there may be drugs in the car. The cocaine was found in nine sandwich bags in the vehicle’s center console.

Disorderly man disrupts diners
Customers buying pizza from Little Ceasars, 886 Ford, allegedly got some unwanted attention from a disruptive customer Nov. 9.
A 45-year-old Wyandotte man who had been repeatedly banned from the restaurant for disorderly behavior was reportedly showing up and harassing customers throughout the day, refusing to leave after repeated requests from management. At one point, he approached a woman eating with a small child and placed his hands on his genitals under his pants. The woman grabbed the child and left.

The man had apparently been at the restaurant off and on throughout the day, beginning at about 9 a.m. before it had opened, and left and returned several times. Police responded to the scene at about 11:30 a.m.

The Wyandotte Fire Department transported the man to the hospital for treatment of injuries he said he sustained at another business earlier in the day and was advised not to return to the business.

Burglary nets change
A cup containing $20 in change was the only thing missing after a break-in of a house in the 3000 block of 22nd reported to police about 9 a.m. Nov. 11.

An unlocked bedroom window was the apparent entry point, as police found a trash can with a footprint on top pushed up to it from the outside.

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