Police Blotter

Allen Park
Vehicle tagged

Someone vandalized a vehicle parked in the 9200 block of Fox Avenue March 6 with a mix of religious and profane graffiti.

About 8 p.m. that day, the vehicle owner called to report seeing “God was here 3:16” scrawled in marker on the vehicle’s driver’s-side door. Profanity was written in the marker on the rear hatch.

Dog door used in theft
A dog door was the possible point of entry in a burglary Monday in the 14900 block of Keppen.

The family, arriving home from an out-of-town trip about 6 p.m. that day, and found no signs of forced entry but jewelry, $275 in cash, two handguns and 925,000 Iraqi dinars ($794).

The homeowner suspects her brother, who was recently released from prison in Florida.

Dearborn
Tailgate missing on parked vehicle

A man parked his 2011 Ford F150 in a parking lot and later found his vehicle’s tailgate missing.

April 9, in the 3000 block of S. Miller, the victim parked his vehicle in a lot on the Ford-Rouge property at about 1:45 p.m. When he returned at 11 p.m. and noticed his damaged tailgate.

There is no further information.

Woman assaulted in residence
An unknown suspect broke into a woman’s house March 31, and assaulted her mother in the 600 block of Yinger street, according to police reports.

About 7 p.m. April 8 in the 6000 block of Yinger St., the alleged suspect attempted to pry open the south entry door. The victim said she thinks the suspect was seeking revenge against her brother in the March 31 incident. It did not say in the report if the two incidences were related.

Closed cash register thwarted attempted larceny
A cashier at a bookstore confronted an alleged thief April 5, when she suspected a customer was attempting to steal money from the cash register.

About 11:40 a.m. at Rodegher Used Books, 23924 West Michigan Ave., a man came into the store and asked the employee to find a book for him. After looking for the book, the employee heard the man trying to open the cash register from the bottom. The man, described by police reports as a 5-feet-10-inch tall black man in his 20s, was unable to open the register because the owner placed tape over the register’s latch. He left the store empty handed, heading south on Telegraph.

When officers responded 20 minutes later to the attempted larceny, the employee said a similar incident occurred on March 23, but was never reported. This time a man was in a suit and tie asked the clerk the same question about finding a book, but took $20 from the cash register, discovered when the register was closed for the night. When the clerk confronted the man, he said he knocked over some pens by the register.

Dearborn Heights
Attempted break in failed at house with resident inside

Loud, continual pounding caused a resident to shout at attempted house invaders about 2:30 p.m. April 2 in the 20000 block of River Oaks Drive.

The victim was sitting inside with a care worker who then left to go to the store. Approximately five minutes later, according to police reports, an unknown person approached the front door and knocked hard on the door several minutes then left.

Several minutes later the person returned with a second person and began knocking on the front door and struck it very hard. The victim at the time was confined to a wheelchair and was sitting in the hall. When the door was struck two more times very hard the victim yelled out to the offenders asking what they were doing. They then fled.

The victim did not see the offenders but heard a man say something to another person prior to hitting the door. The door is described by the police report as solid wood and damage observed included a bent dead bolt lock and dislodged strike plate.

Attempted theft of stereo unsuccessful
A woman’s vehicle window was busted about 8 a.m. April 9 in the 20000 block of Annapolis.

Her 1989 Ford Ranger was legally parked on the street, according to the report, when and unknown offender busted the driver side window. The offender attempted to remove the car stereo but was unable to do so; the dashboard was damaged in the process. It was not certain if anything was taken. The responding officer saw a fingerprint on the driver’s side door near the window.

Loaded handgun, holster, magazine stolen from car
A man parked his locked vehicle from midnight to 8 a.m. April 6 in the 900 block of N. Inkster Road.

The victim reported to the police that his vehicle was broken into by unknown offender.

Entry was gained from the driver’s side rear vent window, where the victim’s loaded handgun, holster and extra magazine were stolen from an unlocked glove box.

Lincoln Park
Stolen car found in Detroit

A Lincoln Park woman told police her 2004 Chevrolet valued at $5,000 was stolen from her driveway in the 1800 block of Council Avenue.

The woman said she started the vehicle at about 8 p.m. Sunday, April 8, and it was stolen while she briefly went back inside the house.

According to police reports, the woman told dispatch when first calling that the car was stolen by her boyfriend. However, when officers arrived at her home, she denied saying it was her boyfriend, and told police she left the car running.

Lincoln Park police attempted to register the vehicle as stolen with the Law Enforcement Information Network, but the system indicated it had been impounded in Detroit. The car was reported as having been in an accident, and whomever was driving left the scene.

The woman was notified of where she could recover her vehicle.

Southgate
Bedroom window thief nabs tablet

After falling asleep on the sofa, a man in the 14000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue called police when he discovered a tablet, valued at $720, was stolen April 5.

The man called police at 5 p.m. April 6, and investigators noted that the bedroom window had been pushed open after someone cut through the screen. Police obtained information on the tablet and are investigating.

Vehicle for sale stolen from lot
Police are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle that was taken from a dealership parking lot April 7.

Investigators were told that a woman recently traded in a 2008 Ford Explorer for a vehicle of lesser value, a 2003 Honda, with Bruce Campbell Honda, 14801 Dix-Toledo Road. She was given a check in excess of $4,000 for the difference in value.

Dealership management was suspicious when a man walked in to inquire about the Explorer, even though it had not yet been advertised.

The vehicle’s description was entered in the Law Enforcement Information Network, and police are investigating.

Taylor
Jewelry stolen from unlocked home

Taylor police were called to the 12000 block of Inkster Road shortly after 5 p.m. April 6, by a homeowner reporting the theft of nearly $2,500 worth of jewelry.

“They leave the doors of the home unlocked and no forced entry was observed,” police reported.

The victim told officers that he left home at 8 a.m., and returned at 5 p.m. to discover the theft of a $2,000 gold ring with rubies and a diamond, and a $300 wedding band, among other items.

Police advised the victim to check local pawn shops.

Garage looted of electronics, hardware
A man in the 12000 block of Jackson Avenue told police that one or more thieves stole from his garage two laptops, valued at $1,000, and a $2,700 nitrous oxide system for fueling race cars.

The man told police he’d left the garage door open to allow a friend access during the day April 5. A surveillance camera captured someone other than the man’s friend entering the garage, and police are investigating.

Trenton
Tool thief hits neighboring sheds

Trenton police were called to the 4800 block of Valley at about 7:30 p.m. April 7, when a homeowner reported that his shed had been broken into.

The man and a neighbor first noticed the shed door open at about 7 p.m., and saw that the lock had been cut. Inside he noticed that a saw and jigsaw were missing; no estimated value was provided for the tools.

While police were on the scene, neighbors from the 4900 block of Valley said that their shed had also been broken into, and a weed whip was taken.

Police collected evidence at the first shed that was likely left behind by the thieves and are investigating.

Melvindale
Steel thief flees

A manager at Mill Steel, 18030 Rialto St., confronted an alleged scrap metal thief April 7 before the man sped off in a brown pickup truck.

The manager, who reported the incident about 10 a.m. Tuesday, said he saw the man, described as white and about 30 to 35 years old, take the scrap metal from a fenced-in area of the parking lot. When the manager approached the man, he drove off.

A check of the vehicle’s license plate number showed no prior record for the driver.

Riverview
Vandals hit several vehicles

A variety of items were thrown at parked vehicles March 29 to 31.

A sandbag was used to smash the front driver-side window of a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country parked in the 13000 block of Huntington March 29.

The sandbag was believed to be from a nearby construction site. Nothing was missing from the vehicle.

Bricks were used to smash a window each on a 2012 Toyota parked in the 17000 block of Koester and a 2011 Chevrolet parked in the 14000 block of Hamilton. Both were reported March 31.

Pieces of landscaping paver stone were thrown at a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro parked in the 18000 block of Harman. Scratches were found on the driver-side window and door. The incident was reported March 31.

Video game figure stolen
A customer in Game Stop, 17124 Fort St., allegedly stole a video game figurine March 30.

The customer, described as an 18- to 20-year-old white man, allegedly ran out of the store with a dragon statuette from the video game “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” valued at $100.

Another customer alerted store personnel to the theft while a line of customers formed at the register. The same customer said he saw the man leave in a blue mini van and took down the license plate.

Wyandotte
Booze thief strikes

A bottle of Jagermeister was stolen from CVS/pharmacy, 2025 Fort St., about 2 a.m. April 7.

A man described as in his late teens or early 20s and wearing a red zippered sweatshirt, jeans, a red hat and glasses and standing 5 feet 7 inches tall.

The bottle, valued at $33, had a security cap on it.

The suspect allegedly scaled a concrete wall and ran south down an alley where officers believe he entered a get-away vehicle.

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