Police Blotter

Tires, rims stolen off vehicle

A hotel manager noticed four tires and rims missing when she came in to work at 7:19 a.m. March 19 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5200 N. Mercury Dr.

The manager noticed the parts missing off of a 2012 white Chevrolet Equinox. The license plate was out of Ohio.

The police officers were unable to inform any driver because no one who owned or drove the vehicle reported the crime.

Motorcycle stolen from parking lot
A man noticed his motorcycle was stolen after leaving for work around 10 a.m. March 20, in the 3000 block of South Miller. The man went to work at 3 a.m. according to police reports and the vehicle was last seen around 5 a.m. by the victim’s co-worker.

Copper plumbing stolen from house
A house in the 7000 block of Freda Street was the latest in a string of copper plumbing thefts. Between noon March 11 to 3 P.M. March 18, copper piping was stripped out of a house that was remodeled from top to bottom after being put on the market a few weeks ago.

A Dearborn police officer went to the location after a friend checking on the house noticed all of its copper was stolen. The officer noticed the screen window to some areas of the house were pushed up and several partial prints were on the glass. The basement copper piping was cut and taken.

The house was last seen intact about noon on March 1. Neighbors saw nothing suspicious, according to the report.

Dearborn Heights
Restaurant damaged in breaking and entering

Dorians Restaurant, 15401 S. Telegraph Road, experienced some damage at 12:30 a.m. March 12 12:29 a.m.

An officer responded about that time to an alarm at the restaurant. At the restaurant the officer noticed the rear glass door to the restaurant to be broken out and the door ajar. The officer checked the immediate area for evidence and found none. The officer cleared the building with a K-9 chase and found no one inside. The owner reports nothing was taken.

Car damaged with possible BB gun
An unidentified car was damaged with a possible BB gun between 8 p.m March 13 to 6 a.m. March 14 in the 20000 block of Tireman, according to police reports. A Dearborn Heights Police officer went to the location where the vehicle was parked curbside on Bern Street and was unable to retrieve any evidence. The person fled in an unknown direction by unknown means, according to the report, possibly in a gray pickup truck.

Residents victim of robbery at home
A Dearborn Heights man was sitting at home with his mother and younger sibling about 11:40 p.m. March 15 in the 2000 block of Stanford when he heard a knock on his door. The resident headed for the unlocked door when it was opened by two black men with handguns.

The alleged robbers demanded money from the victim, while asking who else was in the house. The man said he had no money and only his mother and sibling were at home.

Upon hearing the commotion, the victim’s mother and sibling came into the room, where the suspects stood in the foyer of the house, while one of them dug in the victim’s pocket, pulling out $50 in cash and left on foot. They were last seen heading west on Stanford.

A K-9 tracked them on West Stanford, South Beech Daly and East Lehigh Street in Inkster where the track ended.

Lincoln Park
Stolen van recovered

A Lincoln Park man’s 2002 Chrysler Voyager, valued at $5,000, was stolen between 3 and 4 a.m. March 17 from the 1400 block of Montie Road, and located by police in a vacant Detroit lot shortly before midnight.

The man told police the locked Voyager was stolen from his driveway, and that he had both keys. The vehicle’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network, and was identified later that night in the 2400 block of Vinewood Street, Detroit. Officers who recovered the vehicle noted that the ignition had been punched in, and the vehicle was towed for pick-up by the owner.

Broken door invites theft
An estimated $1,400 worth of electronics were stolen from a house in the 1300 block of Ethel Avenue sometime Sunday, March 18.

A 20-year-old woman called police at about 8 p.m., and said she left at about 1 p.m. and returned to discover the theft of a 46-inch plasma TV valued at $1,000, a PlayStation 3 video game system and assorted games.

The woman told police that the front door had been damaged the previous night during a party she hosted, and that she was unable to lock the door that afternoon. She told police there was no additional damage done during the theft.

Police advised the woman to visit local pawn shops and provide information regarding the items.

Traffic stop yields drugs

A traffic stop on Oakwood and Harman Avenue Monday resulted in an arrest when drug paraphernalia was found on the driver, a 25-year-old Dearborn man.

About 12:30 p.m. that day, officers stopped the vehicle, details about which were not listed, for driving 45 mph in a 40 mph zone, when they smelled an odor of marijuana and asked to search the man’s vehicle, a request he denied.

A K-9 search turned up a single-use marijuana cigarette.

Siding swiped
Several feet of aluminum siding were discovered missing from a house in the 2700 block of Corbin Avenue about 9 a.m. Monday.

The owner, who had moved out 10 days prior, said he checked on the house every day but recently noticed 90 square feet of siding ripped off the west side of the house, an area he had not checked regularly.

Attempted theft stopped
A man in the 18000 block of Robert Avenue thwarted a theft from his neighbor’s house about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

He was sitting on the back porch when he said a Hispanic man about 5 feet 9 inches tall, husky and bald, attempted to open the neighbor’s garage door. The witness said the man was carrying a bike and a tool box. The neighbor yelled at the man, and he left in a black Chevrolet Silverado.

Nothing was missing from the garage.

Warehouse raided overnight

More than $5,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from a warehouse not long after training sessions were held there.

Police were called to a warehouse used by Jackson Dawson Communications, 127000 Reeck Road, shortly after 9:30 a.m. Monday, two days after the theft was discovered. The manager told police that a training session attended by an unknown number of employees was held March 16, and the warehouse was secured at 6 p.m.

Saturday morning, the manager discovered a broken window and the theft of several thousand dollars worth of car-lock cable sets, and a 32-inch flat screen TV. It was believed that the thief was familiar with the building, as they avoided the motion sensors which would have activated the alarm.

Police observed broken glass on the outside of the building, but were unable to collect further evidence as the broken window was boarded and any damage inside was cleared.

Smash-and-grab thief lifts wallet
A security guard working in the 14000 block of Dix-Toledo reported the theft of his wallet and cell phone from his parked, locked 2007 Chevy Cobalt.

Police were called at about 2:30 a.m. March 18, by a man who said he locked his car at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. His car window was smashed, resulting in an estimated $500 worth of damage, and his wallet and phone were missing along with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Dog trapped during burglary

A teenage girl returned home to the 6700 block of Hipp after school at about 2:30 p.m. March 15, to find the family dog locked in the bathroom. When her father arrived three hours later, he discovered the theft of an estimated $550 in cash from a hallway dresser.

The man told police that bedrooms were ransacked, but that the cash was all that was taken. It was possible, he said, that the thief was someone known, as the dog would not likely have been willingly locked in the bathroom by a stranger.

Taylor police took note of the scene, and are investigating.

Would be thief held on warrants

An alert patrol officer may have prevented the theft of or damage to a large crane shovel at a construction site on West Jefferson.

A Trenton police officer cruising on Sibley near Jefferson heard a loud banging noise at about 1 p.m. March 18, and saw a man walking away from the likely source of the noise, a large metal crane shovel.

After turning around, the officer lost sight of the suspect. Near the construction equipment, he found a cordless drill stamped with initials, a broken drill bit and gouge marks on a metal locking pin connected to the shovel.

At the station, the officer removed the drill’s battery, and saw a name written on the casing. The name matched an address near where the shovel stood, and a Law Enforcement Information Network search revealed outstanding warrants and a suspended license.

The suspect was arrested at his home, and charges are pending related to the warrants.

Thief strikes museum

Someone allegedly attempted to steal an air conditioning unit from a city-owned museum property about 7 p.m. March 19.

A city employee called about that time to report she saw a black man, about 50 years old, “messing” with the air conditioning unit. When she asked him what he was doing, he said he was working on it. She called her supervisor, who told her no one was scheduled to repair the unit that day, and when she came back to the area, the man fled in a green Chevrolet S-10 south on Biddle.

The power cord and a copper pipe had been cut.

Man arrested after brawl
A 31-year-old Riverview man was arrested after a fight in front of a house in the 2800 block of Third Tuesday.

According to the report, about 3 p.m. that day, officers responded to the area after the fight broke out between a 32-year-old resident of the block, a 31-year-old Flat Rock man, and the Riverview man, a former brother-in-law of the resident.

The resident said the two men drove by his house and started a fight about the man’s former wife, when the Riverview man reportedly punched the resident in the face. He had redness around his right eye and declined medical treatment.

The Riverview man allegedly yelled and threatened the resident during the police interview and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

The fight happened as nearby Garfield Elementary School was letting students out for the day and many walked by the fight.

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