Police Blotter

Allen Park
Black Friday brawl at Best Buy

A Black Friday line at Best Buy, 3349 Fairlane, about 6:24 p.m. Nov. 24 allegedly turned violent.

An employee said she was coordinating the line for the sale outside the store when a 42-year-old Melvindale man approached her and became verbally abusive toward her and other customers. She took out her cell phone and the man allegedly grabbed it and threw it into a vehicle parked nearby before fleeing in his green Ford Escort.

Officers visited the man’s house but he could not be located.

Window smashed
The driver’s side window of a 2003 Dodge Neon was smashed out sometime before 10:18 p.m. Nov. 22.

The vehicle had been parked in the 15000 block of Hanover Avenue and officers believe a rock was thrown through the window. No suspects were located.

Dearborn
Jewelry taken during break-in

Jewelry valued at $2,600 was stolen between 4 p.m. Nov. 25 and 7 p.m. Nov. 26 from a house in the 2000 block of Hubbard Drive.

Ground-level bedrooms and an upstairs bedroom were ransacked. The victim said the stolen items were taken from one of the ground-level bedrooms.

Neighbors reported no suspicious activity.

Break-in nets watches, cash
Watches and cash valued at about $1,600 were stolen between 11 p.m. Nov. 20 and 5 p.m. Nov. 27 from a house in the 22000 block of Princeton.

The victim told police when he returned from being out of town, he noticed the front door was slightly open and two bedrooms and an office were ransacked.

In addition to the watches and money, pillowcases were also missing, which the victim believes the suspects used to carry the stolen items.

Thieves steal wedding ring
A diamond wedding ring valued at $900, along with cash and gift cards ($550), a watch ($130) and assorted costume jewelry ($50) were stolen about 5 p.m. Nov. 27 from a house in the 2000 block of Hubbard Drive.

The victim was out of town when the break-in occurred.

Officers found the southwest door kicked in and the northwest entry door unlocked. The living room, kitchen, three ground-level bedrooms, an upstairs bedroom and the basement were ransacked.

A wall-mounted television was pulled out from the living room wall and three guns were taken from their cases and left on the bed in the upstairs bedroom.

Dearborn Heights
Home invasion thwarted

Police arrested a 21-year-old Dearborn Heights resident about 5 p.m. Nov. 25 after he allegedly tried to break into a house in the 4000 block of Weddel.

The victim told police the suspect attempted to break into the house through the southeast bedroom window. Officers discovered fingerprints on the window and noticed the screen was pushed up.

The victim’s daughter, a 21-year-old Dearborn Heights resident who had a previous relationship with the suspect, said she was afraid he would assault her, so she requested a ride back to her father’s house. After the officer and the victim’s daughter left, the suspect was seen by a neighbor trying to break in through a glass door.

Knifepoint armed robbery nets $80
Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a woman about 7 p.m. Nov. 23 in the parking lot of Chase Bank, 24950 W. Warren.

The suspect is described as a black man wearing an orange shirt and a black ski mask. He was carrying a hunting knife.

The victim said she returned to her car after using the automated teller machine when the suspect demanded money several times. He lifted up his mask, took $80 from the victim and fled west.

The owner of a nearby pharmacy told police a black man matching the suspect’s description was seen behind the drugstore about 6:25 p.m.

Driver flashes woman
A woman told police a man exposed himself to her three times about 2 p.m. Nov. 23 as she was walking in the area of Powers and Edgewood.

The woman said a white male, driving a black Dodge Ram pickup truck, approached her slowly and exposed his penis from the driver’s seat by lifting his hips over the door frame. The suspect repeated the action twice before fleeing.

The woman walked to her uncle’s house where she reported the incident.

Pair suspected in store theft
Police are looking for two suspects who stole about $620 between 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 23 from Family Dollar, 3543 Beech Daly.

The store manager said the cashier tried to put money in the drop box, but the money would not go in the slot. The manager determined there was glue around the edges of the opening.

Surveillance cameras revealed one of the suspects, described as a black man in his 30s with short hair and wearing a blue jacket or hooded sweatshirt with gray sleeves, leaned over the counter and used a flat tool to take bills out of two drop boxes.

A second suspect who may have been acting as a lookout, described as a black man in his 30s with short hair and wearing a matching burgundy shirt and pants, requested help in the rear of the store while he was looking for a gold clock.

Lincoln Park
Car stolen from nail salon

Lincoln Park Police responded to a reported stolen 2007 Lexus ES350, valued at $10,000, taken from the parking lot of Kiss Nails, 1322 Dix.

The vehicle belonged to one of the salon’s staff, who reported that two black women, 20-30 years old, entered the store to get their nails done. One of the suspects went to the rear of the business to use the restroom, and it was believed they went through the victim’s coat pocket and removed a set of keys that included both the vehicle and business keys.

The vehicle’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network, and police noted a description of the suspects.

Riverview
Man’s motorcycle missing

A Trenton man who parked his 2004 Suzuki motorcycle in the parking lot of Kings Forest apartment complex, 19310 Fort, about 7 p.m. Nov. 25 came back to it two days later to find an empty parking spot.

The handles on the motorcycle had been locked and he had taken the keys with him.

Shopping trip invites theft
A resident of the 15000 block of Brookview got more than she bargained for during a shopping trip Nov. 26.

The woman returned home from a shopping trip to a 24-hour supermarket about 4 a.m. that day after leaving at about 11 p.m. the day before to find the front door of her apartment open and the rooms ransacked.

She said the doors had been locked and the front door had been secured with a deadbolt and no pry marks or damage were found. Entry was apparently gained through a sliding glass window that bad been locked with a malfunctioning mechanism.

Missing were two pairs of boots, a 50-inch LCD television and a 32-inch LCD television, a DVD player, a video game system, a mink coat, a leather coat, a desktop computer and various musical instruments and pieces of jewelry.

Southgate
Thanksgiving theft nabs minivan

The owner of a 1994 Pontiac Transport minivan valued at $1,000 told Southgate Police that sometime between midnight at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, someone stole the vehicle from an apartment complex parking lot.

The vehicle owner said he locked the van at about midnight in the 13000 block of Village Park Drive, and shortly after 8 a.m. noticed it was missing. He explained that the passenger side window did not close completely and was covered with plexiglass and duct tape. The vehicle’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Projector stolen during school break-in
Sometime during the Thanksgiving weekend break, one or more thieves broke into Shelters Elementary School, 12600 Fordline Road, and left with an overhead projector valued at $900.

School staff called police shortly after 7 a.m. Monday to report the theft. Police did not discover any signs of forced entry, and no alarms sounded during the break-in.

Melvindale
Hospital stay leads to theft

A hospital stay allegedly left a resident of the 17200 block of Raupp vulnerable to theft sometime before 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The man said when he was released, he found his cell phone, $300 cash, and his apartment keys missing.

Upon returning to his apartment several days later, he found a new cell phone and prescription pills missing. He suspects someone entered the apartment with the missing keys.

Vehicle damaged
A resident of the 17900 block of Reed Avenue found her car, parked outside of her house, damaged about 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

The resident said she suspects someone jumped on the roof or punched the metal of the roof, causing dents, but she did not witness anything.

Trenton
Friends didn’t ‘like’ one another

Trenton Police were called to the 2900 block of Concord shortly after midnight on Saturday, Nov. 26 to settle a dispute which began on the social networking site Facebook.

Responding officers encountered one woman who was crying and entering the home, and another sitting on the front lawn. The woman outside told police she came to the home to speak with the other woman over a dispute on Facebook. While talking to her the woman’s son appeared and pushed the woman away from the door.

The first woman denied trying to enter the home. The woman’s son admitted he heard the argument and pushed the other woman to prevent her from entering the home. The son and visiting woman took the situation outside and were soon reportedly wrestling around on the ground. The other woman soon joined, and was struck in the face.

Police observed all three participants had scrapes and bruises. A neighbor told police she saw nothing of the argument and fight.

None of the individuals involved wished to press charges, and officers advised the women to delete their Facebook accounts. Both stated they did not want any further contact with each other, although Trenton detectives were expected to soon be in touch.

Taylor
Drive-thru smash and grab

Taylor Police responded to an alarm at Arby’s, 27277 Eureka Road, shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 to investigate a possible break-in.

At the scene police were met by the store manager. No one was inside the building, but police discovered a broken drive-through window through which one or more thieves gained entrance.

Inside the office, a safe was discovered to have been damaged, likely by a hammer left lying nearby. The safe was opened by a key discovered by the thieves in a nearby drawer, and the manager said approximately $1,300 was missing.

A computer monitor linked to the store’s video surveillance was also broken, and police collected fingerprints from the scene.

Teen burglar ransacks home
A teenage burglar may be in possession of two stolen handguns after looting a home in the 9200 block of Hanley Ave. Nov. 21.

The homeowner told police that the house was empty after 9 a.m., and when his son returned hom from school shortly after 3 p.m. he discovered the house had been ransacked. Investigating police spoke with a neighbor across the street, who saw a teenage male wearing a black knit hat and a dark green hooded sweatshirt loitering in the neighborhood, knocking on doors and carrying a black guitar case.

Police believe that entry to the home was made through the kitchen window. Reportedly stolen were two handguns — a 9 millimeter and a target pistol — along with a laptop computer.

Another neighbor reported having seen three teenage males loitering in the area, and had approached the boys to see what they were doing. The neighbor took a cell phone camera picture of the youths, which was provided to police.

Wyandotte
Birthday bash leads to burglary

A woman returning to her house in the 3800 block of 21st got an unpleasant birthday surprise Nov. 27.

The resident, who had left at 6 p.m. the day prior to celebrate her birthday, returned about 2 a.m. that day to find her front door opened and rooms ransacked.

About $500 in collectable coins and an assortment of jewelry were missing.

Her son said he left the house at 8 p.m. on Nov. 26 and everything was normal.

Man walks in on burglar
A resident of a house in the 1600 block of 20th reported hearing strange noises about 11 p.m. Nov. 26. Upon investigating them, he walked into an apparent burglary.

The man said he was in the basement when he heard the noises from the kitchen above him. When he walked upstairs, he saw a man, described only as wearing a dark-colored jacket, hanging partly outside of the kitchen window, apparently on his way out of the house.

The window had not been locked. Nothing appeared to be missing and there were no signs of forced entry.

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