Police Blotter

Allen Park
Robber holds up store with fake gun

A man allegedly held up Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, Feb. 18 by claiming he had a gun.

The 45-year-old Lincoln Park man allegedly attempted to steal several craft supplies by concealing them in his shirt shortly before 8 a.m. that day.

The store’s loss prevention officer chased the man out of the store and according to the report, he yelled “I have a gun, back off,” before driving off in a white Ford station wagon.

Officers apprehended the man at the corner of Outer Drive and Southfield, where he said he told store employees he had a knife so they wouldn’t chase him. A search of the man did not turn up a gun or knife.

The man was arrested.

A woman driving the car was arrested but said she had no idea the passenger was going to rob the store and was later released pending further investigation.

Catalytic converter sawed off of car

A catalytic converter was found missing from a vehicle parked in he 7000 block of N. Oakman Feb. 21.

Around 8 a.m. that day, the resident started her white 2007 Buick Rendevous and noticed it was making a loud noise. The victim called her son who made a police report after noticing the catalytic converter was sawed off from underneath the vehicle. The victim said the vehicle was last intact around 10 p.m. the night before. No more information is available at this time.

Car fire set ablaze in UM-D parking lot
A car fire occurred around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen.

The owner of a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix said her vehicle had more than 250,000 miles and had a recent oil change with a minor oil leak. She said there were no other problems with the car.

Dearborn Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.

There was nothing of value in the car.

Garage door pried open and broken into
At 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 in the 5000 block of Porath, an individual pried a garage door open and entered the garage. Officers observed splinters around the door’s deadbolt on the ground. The victim is unsure if anything in the garage was taken.

Dearborn Heights
Store loses money during armed robbery

An unknown man in his 30s stole an undetermined amount of money around 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Dollar Bills in the 20000 block of Ann Arbor Trail.

The black man entered the store and told the clerk “give me all the money.” He had a black semi-automatic handgun with him. After taking the money he also demanded money from the store’s safe and then told the clerk “now you can call the police.”

He was said to have fled north from the location on Evergreen Avenue.

Bag containing wallet stolen off of porch
A pink Victoria Secret’s bag was stolen between 3:06 and 10:10 a.m. on Feb. 18 in the 4000 block of Dudley.

The unknown suspect stole the bag off a witnesses front porch then fled. The bag contained the victim’s wallet.

The witness and victim’s friend argued after leaving a party at a nightclub in Novi.

The victim left the bag on the bus at about 3 a.m. on Feb. 18. The victim’s friend got a text from the witness saying the victim’s bag was on the witness’s porch and she could retrieve it. The victim then discovered it was not on the witness’s porch. The witness said she is sure she put it on her porch and said she did not know what was in the bag or she would not have put it on the porch.

9mm hand gun stolen from vehicle
After visiting with a friend, a Dearborn Heights’ man noticed his SCC4 semi-automatic 9 mm handgun missing from his vehicle around midnight Feb. 18 in the 20000 block of Carlysle. He told the police there was no sign of forced entry into the vehicle and no broken glass.

The gun is registered in Michigan.

Lincoln Park
Woman scared by would-be burglars

A woman told Lincoln Park Police a frightening story of an attempted home invasion. The woman told police that two men she didn’t know were knocking at her door in the 3400 block of Fort Street, and when she didn’t open the door they tried kicking their way in.

The woman called police shortly before 5 p.m. Feb. 19, and said that two white men wearing all black clothing tried kicking her apartment door. When that proved unsuccessful, she saw them leave and soon reappear at the back door, which they also tried breaking to gain entry.

The woman told police the two men left in a black vehicle; police collected information at the scene.

Rings stolen, left behind
Two likely burglars may have stolen two gold rings valued at $5,000 from a house in the 1000 block of White, but the victim said they also left behind a blue envelope containing coins, rings and assorted jewelry.

A woman called police shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, and said that two men in their early 20s, possibly Middle Eastern, knocked on her door asking about doing concrete work.

Speaking quickly, the first man entered the house and steered the woman toward a side door, attempting to explain work that was needed.

The woman picked up a phone to call police, and both men left quickly in a dark green or blue Jeep Cherokee. After they drove away, the woman noticed two of her rings missing from a bedroom dresser.

She also noticed a blue shipping envelope that wasn’t hers, left on the bed. Inside, police said were several coins, rings and jewelry.

Police collected evidence and information and are investigating.

Thieves grab TV, stereo
A bedroom window that was likely left unlocked may have allowed a thief the access to steal more than $1,000
worth of electronics, including a 42-inch TV, stereo and digital camera.

Police were called to the 1600 block of Lafayette Boulevard shortly before 3 p.m. Feb. 19, where a man said he returned home from work and discovered the theft. The man told police he may have left the bedroom window unlocked, and no evidence of forced entry was found.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Disorderly man arrested

A 37-year-old Melvindale man was cited for disorderly person Feb. 17 after officers found him sitting under a viaduct in the 18400 block of Dix and Corbin.

About 4:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to the site after getting calls about the man staggering on the side of the road. The man had injuries to his forehead and the right side of his head and could not stand on his own. His words were slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and he repeated “I’m not a bad person” throughout the interview.

The Fire Department responded to treat the man’s injuries and he was transported to Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center.

Jewelry missing after home health visit

A home health care visit may have led to the theft of jewelry owned by a 68-year-old resident of the 11800 block of Garfield.

The man’s son, who also lives at the house, said the home health care aid came to help bathe his father just before noon Feb. 17 after about 15 minutes, the son had to leave and the next day, he noticed jewelry his father always wore was missing.

Neither man reported seeing anyone take the jewelry.

The jewelry, a gold Masonic ring valued at $500, a Gold Detroit Edison retirement ring valued at $500 and a gold chain with a disc pendant valued at $5 were missing.

Burglar grabs games, kids’ toys

Police were called to an apartment in the 9300 block of East Pickwick Circle earlier this month when a resident reported a break-in and theft of nearly $1,000 worth of electronics and children’s toys.

Sometime during the day Feb. 6, the apartment renter said that one or more thieves forced entry into the apartment and stole a $300 laptop computer, two video game players, a $100 pair of designer boots and a few toy cars belonging to her son.

Police reported that entry to the building was likely gained through a basement window, which was discovered forced open.

Thieves target parking lots

Trenton Police received reports of several vehicles that were looted on Feb. 18 from a parking lot on West Jefferson and an apartment complex on Riverside.

Shortly after 1 p.m., a man told police that a portable Global Positing System unit worth $150 was taken from his unlocked 2007 Ford Edge parked in the 2700 block of W. Jefferson. The man said he was at work for about four hours, and at 1 p.m. noticed the theft.

While police spoke with the man, two other victims told police their vehicles were looted, although only loose change was taken.

An hour later, police were called to the 2400 block of Riverside, where a man said that his Ford Escape was looted while in the parking lot of a condominium complex. Stolen were a wallet containing about $200 cash and credit cards, and a bag containing work items.

Police are investigating the incidents.

Tire punctured
Someone punctured a tire on a 2007 Dodge Caliber parked in the 500 block of Cedar Feb. 21.

Just before midnight that day, the vehicle owner was inside her house when she heard a loud “pop” noise from outside. She didn’t see anyone near the car, but saw one of the tires was completely flat and had a three-inch gash in it.

She said a former boyfriend’s funeral was scheduled for the next day and she knew several people who would want her to miss it.

Teens busted for pot
Three teens were arrested Feb. 15 for allegedly smoking marijuana at Jaycee’s Park.

About 3:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to the park after getting a tip from two other teens that the boys had what appeared to be marijuana in a Valentine’s Day gift bag.

Officers found 3.8 grams of marijuana in the bag, inside a backpack belonging to the 13-year-old Wyandotte boy. He was arrested along with a 13-year-old River Rouge boy and a 13-year-old Taylor boy and the teens were released to the custody of their parents.

(Compiled by Sherri Kolade, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)