Police Blotter

Allen Park
Break in attempted

Officers are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to break into a house in the 9000 block of Ruth just before 10 a.m. Monday.

The homeowner said she heard her dog scratching at the back door about that time and when she checked on the dog, she saw a white man wearing a white baseball cap and a dark-colored jacket and attempting to gain entry to her back door with a screwdriver.

The woman pounded on the glass and the man ran away, jumping a fence and running across Cabrini High School’s field before getting in the passenger side of a gold vehicle parked on Moore. The vehicle then drove east on Moore.

Guns stolen from house
Five firearms were reported stolen from a house in the 14000 block of Le Blanc Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

The homeowner said he left the house about 11 a.m. Friday, and when he returned several hours later, the side storm door was open. His basement door also was open, and his bedroom was ransacked. Missing were four handguns and a shotgun along with two watches, multiple pieces of jewelry valued at about $15,000, and a 32-inch TV.

The door deadbolt appeared to be pried open with a screwdriver.

Furniture, electronics damaged during break-in

A break-in sometime before 9:18 p.m. Jan. 28 left a house in the 900 block of Claremont with about $750 in damages.

The victim said when he and his wife returned home they found the side door unlocked and the house in disarray. A music player and a refrigerator in the kitchen were damaged, a recliner in the living room had three cuts in it and a telephone in the rear of the house was broken.

Gun only item taken from house
A handgun of undetermined value was stolen about 9 p.m. Jan. 26 from a house in the 22000 block of Heinze.

The victim said he returned from an out-of-state trip after receiving a phone call from his alarm company notifying him of movement in the house’s dining room.

Officers responded and found the handgun was the only item missing, taken from a bedroom night stand. The victim confirmed nothing else was taken.

Suspects sought in car part theft
A catalytic converter valued at $500 was stolen about 8 a.m. Jan. 28 from an alley behind Cedarland Bakery, 13027 Warren.

The victim said when she left work about 2 p.m., she found the catalytic converter for her 1996 Honda Odyssey missing. A coworker who witnessed the theft said he saw a brown 2001 Pontiac Montana minivan occupied by two black men back into a parking lot behind the victim’s minivan. When he left the bakery, he saw the van’s side door open and could hear a cutting noise.

Dearborn Heights
Electronics taken during break-in

A television valued at $800 and a video game system ($250) were stolen about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 31 from a house in the 24000 block of Belton.

The victim said he and his wife found the side door cracked. Officers also found a window in the southwest bedroom broken out and footprints in the backyard leading to an empty parking lot.

Resident‘s, daughter’s jewelry stolen
Five gold necklaces valued at $1,000 were stolen about 4 p.m. Jan. 26 from a house in the 6000 block of Evangeline.

The victim said she returned home and found the southwest bedroom window open. After checking the house, she said two small jewelry boxes containing the necklaces were missing.

Mobile phone stolen
A mobile phone valued at $400 was stolen about 1 p.m. Jan. 29 from a house in the 24000 block of Fordson Highway.

The victim said her nephew was knocking on the front door, but she refused to let him in. Her niece said while the victim was in the bathroom, the nephew walked in through the side door and took the phone before fleeing on foot.

Thieves take airbag
A factory-installed airbag valued at $150 was stolen abut 2:30 a.m. Jan. 27 from a 2007 Pontiac G6 parked across the street from a house in the 8000 block of Dale.

The victim said the suspects broke the rear passenger window of her car and stole the airbag. Surveillance cameras in front of the house showed two suspects approaching the vehicle before they fled east on Ann Arbor Trail on foot a short time later.

Lincoln Park
Bag of pot left at confrontation scene
A rush-hour motorist had harsh words with a teenage driver, who left behind a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana.

Lincoln Park Police were called to the intersection of Dix and Champaign shortly after 5 p.m. Jan. 27, where a motorist said he’d been cut off in traffic by a northbound Ford Focus. The man told police he stopped next to the vehicle at the intersection, and had words with the driver.

At that point, a thin white man, 6 feet tall in his late teens, stepped out of the Focus from the passenger seat and challenged the man to a fight. The man said he wasn’t going to hit a teenager, and went back to his vehicle.

The passenger stepped back toward the Focus, and a “large bag of suspected marijuana” fell out of his gray sweatshirt. The man left the bag where it dropped, and called police while the teens drove away. The police recorded descriptions and information, and are investigating.

The suspected marijuana tested positive, weighed 42.2 grams and was placed into evidence.

Nail polish at heart of shoplifting debate

Two women were banned from Dollar General, 18276 Allen, after store personnel accused them of attempting to steal a frozen pizza and two bottles of nail polish.

Store employees told police about 6 p.m. Tuesday they saw the shoppers, a 28-year-old Detroit woman and a 23-year-old Melvindale woman, pick up two bottles of nail polish and “believed” they intended to steal it, but set it down when they saw they were being watched.

The women said they each realized they could not pay for the nail polish, so they put them back and went to pay for the pizza.

Neither woman had merchandise for which they had not paid. One of them had holes cut in her pockets that police said could have been used for shoplifting.

Lawn set missing from house
Someone attempted to break in to a house in the 2300 block of Corbin Avenue sometime before 8 p.m. Jan. 28, but managed to get only a set of two patio chairs from the lawn.

The homeowner found pry marks on the front door when she arrived home from work about that time. Nothing else was missing and entry was not gained to the house.

Two arrested for driving wrong way

Police arrested two drivers last weekend for driving the wrong way on Fort Street.

About 2:40 a.m. Jan. 27, officers arrested an 18-year-old Dearborn woman after she allegedly drove north on a southbound portion of Fort Street. The woman failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath alcohol content level of 0.178 percent.

About 2 a.m. the next day, officers arrested a 26-year-old Taylor man who allegedly drove his 1997 Honda Accord north in a southbound lane of Fort Street. Officers conducting a traffic stop saw the car as it nearly collided with another vehicle.

The driver failed field sobriety tests and declined a preliminary breath test. He was arrested and then registered a BAC of 0.23 percent. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08 percent.

Purse, cash swiped at store

A woman told Southgate Police that, while shopping at Dollar Tree, 15080 Dix-Toledo Rd., she briefly sat down a bag containing her purse and wallet, which was reportedly stolen by another customer.

The woman said she was shopping at around 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the store, and her pink, fossil wallet containing $440 cash, identity and credit cards was in a bag she carried. After setting it down while shopping, she discovered it missing and notified the manager.

The store did not have surveillance cameras capturing images where the woman was shopping.

Drugs stolen from store

Surveillance video footage captured a burglar taking numerous prescription medications from Taylor Discount Pharmacy, 9320 Telegraph.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at 9:12 p.m. Jan. 29 and discovered the front door of the pharmacy had been pried open, and a secondary door kicked in for the burglar to gain entry. After the owner arrived, police reviewed video footage of a black male wearing blue jeans, a dark hooded sweatshirt, jacket and gloves. The man went behind the counter carrying a gray plastic tote, and opened a drawer that the owner said contained prescriptions awaiting customer pickup.

The owner told police that controlled substances are not kept in the same drawer that the burglar targeted. A complete list of what was taken was to be provided while police investigate.

Woman punched, robbed
A woman walking through the parking lot near Super China Buffet at the intersection of Telegraph and Chernick roads was approached, assaulted and robbed of the $9 in her pocket.

Police were called to the scene at about 10 a.m. Jan. 28, where the victim said a white male of undetermined age approached her and punched her several times in the face. She fell down, and the man told her to give him money.

The woman said she gave him the cash from her pocket, and he walked away in a hurry. She suffered several bruises and abrasions on her mouth and cheek, but declined medical attention.

Jewelry among stolen items
When a homeowner in the 12000 block of West Point Avenue returned after less than two hours away Jan. 26, he found that a burglar had broken in and stolen a cabinet’s worth of jewelry and other personal items.

Police were called to the house at about 4 p.m. and noted that entry was made by someone throwing a patio brick through a bedroom window. An unknown amount of jewelry was taken, along with personal items kept in a lock-box.

Two men working on a neighboring house said they observed a white male between 20 and 25 years old walking the block and looking at houses.

Police compiled a description of the unknown man, and are awaiting a complete list of stolen items.

Vehicle missing, recovered while owner in jail

A 1996 Chrysler Town and Country was reported stolen while its owner was in custody in Wyandotte Jail.

The man was arrested on Nov. 26 for domestic violence and released on Jan. 27 to find the vehicle missing which had been impounded by Southgate police. He later learned it had been impounded.

Five arrested in car
A gunshot led police to the arrest of five people in a car stocked with open liquor bottles and a handgun on Fort Street near Davis about 3 a.m. Jan. 28.

Officers heard the gunshot as the 2002 ford Taurus pulled onto the street from a fast food drive-through and followed the vehicle, which then turned left in violation of posted signs onto Northline Road. A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded handgun and two open liquor bottles and its driver, a 23-year-old South Rockwood man, was arrested along with four passengers, a 24-year-old Detroit man, a 23-year-old Lincoln Park woman, a 23-year-old River Rouge woman, and a 21-year-old Allen Park man.

Five spent casing were found in the vehicle.

A witness said the vehicle struck her vehicle in a parking lot and she said she heard the gunshot and thought it came from the vehicle.

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