Police Blotter

Allen Park
Ice cream bandits net cash

More than $800 in cash was stolen during a break–in at Grant’s Soft Serve, 5103 Allen, Nov. 20.

Thieves apparently broke the north window near the rear door and cut the lock on a cabinet containing two bags, one containing $650 and one containing $240.

The owner’s wife had closed the store about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and when he opened it at 9:30 the next morning, he saw broken glass from the window outside the store.

Woman assaulted in parking lot
A woman who parked her 1997 Toyota in the parking lot of PNC Bank, 15635 Southfield, was allegedly assaulted by a man who she saw break her vehicle’s window about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 20.

She said the white man was standing next to her vehicle when “for no apparent reason” he smashed out the rear passenger window of the car with his left elbow.

When she confronted him about it, the man allegedly grabbed her by the face and slammed her head into a nearby vehicle before walking away.

The woman suffered a cut to her upper inner lip.

According to the report, the woman and her friends were asked to leave a nearby bar twice that evening after officers were called to investigate fights there.

Dearborn
Stray chickens seen near pet store

An officer responded to a complaint of several chickens living near the trash bins in the parking lot of PetSmart, 5650 Mercury Drive about 2 p.m. Nov. 17.

The officer captured two of the chickens and took them to the Dearborn Veterinary Clinic, where they will be held until they are adopted into a permanent care facility or a farm.

Wheels taken for a ride
Factory-installed wheels and tires for a black 2009 Infiniti G37 were stolen about 3 a.m. Nov. 19 from the driveway of a house in the 7000 block of Chase.

The car was found sitting on landscaping bricks that were removed from small retaining walls on the property.

The tires and wheels are valued at $15,000.

Stolen car found
A 1998 Dodge Stratus stolen from an 84-year-old St. Clair Shores resident was found about 1:45 p.m. Nov. 19 blocking the driveway of a house in the 5000 block of Middlesex.

The license plate was missing and a homemade temporary plate was in the back window. The driver’s side door lock was punched and the ignition was missing.

A Law Enforcement Information Network check of the car’s vehicle identification number revealed it was stolen Nov. 18.

The car was towed to Rusko’s Service Center, 14349 W. Warren.

Dearborn Heights
Police find homeless man in vacant house

A 61-year-old Detroit man was arrested about 5 p.m. Nov. 17 after he allegedly broke into a house in the 8000 block of Dale.

The owner of the house, which is vacant, said he went to the house to check on the interior. When he went upstairs to the southeast bedroom, he found the man lying on the floor sleeping.

Officers determined the man broke the door lock and broke the handle off of the sliding glass door and that he brought his belongings into the house and made a bed on the floor.

Suspect allegedly keeping missing dog
Police are looking for a woman who found a dog missing since Nov. 12 from a house in the 4000 block of Hipp and has not retured it.

The dog’s owner placed signs at 7-Eleven, 5697 Pelham. On Nov. 18, a woman entered the store and told the clerk, who is the victim’s brother, that she has the dog.

The woman called the dog’s owner Nov. 20 and said she has the dog, and asked for a reward. She allegedly said that she had people ready to buy the dog if no reward was offered.

The victim said she arranged for a meeting time and place, but the woman did not call back.

Electrical equipment stolen from truck
About 400 feet of copper valued at $500, along with four electrical cords of indeterminate value, were stolen about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 from a 2004 Ford Super Duty SRW parked in front of a house in the 24000 block of Powers.

The victim said said he parked the pickup truck in front of the house about 4 p.m. Nov. 18. When he went outside at 6 a.m. the next day, he found the items missing.

Fence taken from store parking lot
About 72 feet of aluminum fence valued at $4,000 was stolen about 12:21 p.m. Nov. 20 from Certified Shoe Repair, 25411 W. Warren.

The owner of the business said the thieves stole the fencing from the west side of the store’s parking lot.

A resident of the 7000 block of Gulley said he didn’t see or hear anything.

Melvindale
Shoplifter caught

A 39-year-old West Bloomfield man was arrested after allegedly shoplifting merchandise valued at more than $1,000 from CVS/pharmacy 18340 Allen about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday.

A clerk called police and kept them updated on the man’s movements as he allegedly stuffed items in his pockets. When he left the store, two police officers met him outside, handcuffed him, and retrieved the merchandise.

Car stolen from lot
A woman who parked her vehicle in the parkig lot at Homestead and Raupp roads about 9 p.m. Nov. 19 came back at about 10 a.m. the next day to find only a pile of broken glass.

A specific model for the vehicle, which had been locked when it was left, was not provided.

Lincoln Park
Burglars clear out house during overnight raid

A woman who was away from home for a night returned to find her house in the 1100 block of White Avenue ransacked and more than $10,000 worth of valuables stolen.

The victim called police shortly after 11 a.m. Nov. 20, having returned from an overnight absence. Police observed the back door had been pried open, and most every room was ransacked. The woman’s ex-husband, who was staying in a spare bedroom, was away on a hunting trip.

Among the items taken were three televisions, two of which were large flat-screen models of varying values, a laptop computer valued at $1,000, a laptop computer value at $2,500, a $300 video game system, and an assortment of jewelry including a $6,000 engagement ring.

Investigating officers were told of two possible suspects who had been loitering in the area for some time.

Car thieves seize opportunity
A woman who started her car to warm before driving her children to school provided a momentary window of opportunity that resulted in the theft of a 2002 Buick Rendezvous valued at $6,000.

Lincoln Park police responded to a call from the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue Tuesday morning. The victim told officers she started her vehicle about 8:10 a.m., went inside to get her children and five minutes later discovered the theft. She did not report seeing anyone suspicious in the area.

The vehicle’s description was entered in the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Riverview
Two arrested for apartment thefts

A homeless man and woman were arrested in connection with a string of storage unit thefts at Kings Forest Apartments, 19370 Fort St., Nov. 19.

A 21-year-old woman and 27-year-old man, with last known addresses of Brownstown and Allen Park respectively, were found through drivers licenses left in the basement and admitted to taking some of the items, but denied knowledge of others that were found, including a harmonica, two tennis rackets, an Army helmet and a computer. They were arrested for receiving and concealing stolen property.

A resident, who also works at the complex, had found the latch broken off her unit and items, including two purses and a wedding cake serving set, missing. Cushions were missing from a couch she had placed in a common area of the building and were later found in a furnace room with two empty syringes.

She told police there had been several other unreported break-ins at the complex and that a similar “homeless living area” had been dismantled in another building the day before.

Southgate
Mini-van stolen from street

A woman living in the 13000 block of Walnut Street reported the theft of her 1998 Dodge Caravan, valued at $2,000, that was parked and locked in front of her home. The victim told police she parked the vehicle about midnight Nov. 18. When her daughter returned home from work about 1:20 a.m., she noticed the vehicle missing.

Police observed broken glass near where the front driver’s side window was. The van’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Taylor
Open garage invites theft

Police were called to a residence in the 6800 block of Jackson Avenue early morning Nov. 12 by a man whose garage had been looted. The victim told police he was outside in the garage smoking a cigarette about 1 a.m., and when he went back inside for a few minutes he left the garage open.

A few minutes later, he went back out and discovered the theft of an assortment of power tools and two sets of golf clubs. The victim was expected to provide police with a list and description of missing items.

Trenton
Construction equipment damaged

Vandals struck overnight at A to Z Contracting, 325 King Road, sometime during the night of Nov. 15, breaking windows of back-end loaders.

Management arriving at the site Wednesday morning noticed the back windows of two Michigan Car front-end loaders were broken, which were backed up to the surrounding fence between the business property and railroad tracks. A rock was discovered on the dashboard of one of the vehicles.

Two weeks earlier, the manager evicted a company from the property, and police believe someone connected with that firm may be responsible. Surveillance cameras were being reviewed.

Wyandotte
Theft nets game system

A shopper at CVS/pharmacy, 2025 Fort St., allegedly stole a gaming console valued at $60 about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

The man, described as black and 5 feet 11 inches tall and wearing a flannel jacket, left in a black Oldsmobile with two other passengers, one of whom was using a “walking device,” and fled east on Ford.

A retail theft involving the same vehicle was reported a short time later in Lincoln Park.

Boy arrested after fight
A 17-year-old boy was arrested about noon Monday after a fight at Theodore Roosevelt High School.

The boy allegedly beat a 16-year-old boy who attempted to break up a fight between the 17-year-old’s girlfriend and another girl in a stairwell between classes at the school, leaving swelling and redness on his face, neck and arms.

The 16-year-old was released to his parents.

Bus brawl leads to arrest
An 18-year-old Southgate woman was arrested after allegedly scratching and biting a 14-year-old boy during a fight on a school bus parked at McKinley and Baumey about 8 a.m. Nov. 18.

The Southgate Community Schools bus had stopped to pick up the 14-year-old on its way to Beacon Day Treatment Center in River Rouge. When the boy made his way to the back of the bus, an argument ensued when the woman refused to move over.

Two bus aids attempted to break up the fight and one suffered injuries to her arms, legs and chest. They had broken up the fight by the time officers arrived.

The boy was released to his mother and the woman was transported to the Police Department. All involved refused medical treatment at the scene.

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