Police Blotter

Allen Park
Garage thief strikes

Items valued at more than $1,500 were stolen from a garage in the 14700 block of University April 18.

About 8 a.m that day, the homeowner said she found the side door to the garage kicked in and items, including a lawn mower, an air compressor, and an air conditioning unit, missing. The garage was last seen secure about 6 p.m. the day prior.

Car vandalized at elementary school
A Dodge Caliber parked in the lot at Bennie Elementary, 17401 Champaign, was found vandalized April 20.

About 11:30 p.m. that day, the owner returned to the vehicle to find the driver’s side had been spray painted with “7 Mile.”

Dog bites resident
A German shepherd belonging to a resident in the 6700 block of Norwood allegedly attacked a neighbor about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim said the man’s three German shepherds had gotten loose and he was walking toward the owner’s house to alert him when one of the dogs attacked him, biting him in the left leg, before letting go and biting his right leg. He suffered two puncture wounds and his clothing was torn.

The victim said the dogs often get out.

The owner was issued violations for dog at large and dog bite of a person.

Nearly $6,000 worth of items stolen from tool shed, garage

A woman was victim to a theft when her tool shed and garage were broken into between 4 p.m. April 20 and 8:30 p.m. April 23.

Officers responded at 9:20 p.m. on April 23, in the 7200 block of Kentucky after receiving a call about a breaking and entering. The victim spoke to her son who translated in English to the police what was stolen from her garage which includes: a portable camping stove, lawn mover, chrome dual burner grill and tool box containing miscellaneous tools. Items stolen from her shed include: three tool boxes, miscellaneous tools, a burgundy glass table with four chairs an umbrella and a snowblower.

The total value of her property stolen was $5,981, according to the police report. The double- locked side door of her garage door was pried open by an unknown device. Two padlocks were removed and no marks were on the shed door.

The victim’s son said April 21 at about 4 a.m. he woke up to a sound of a dog barking and he looked out of his window when he thought he saw the shed door open but he told police dispatch that he may have been seeing things.

Television stolen from apartment, entry gained with key
A television valued at $2,000 was stolen while a couple was vacationing.

Between 5 a.m. April 20 and 7:50 p.m. April 23, in the 5000 block of Heather Drive, the couple’s 55-inch television was taken from their apartment.

The report stated the wife left the couple’s apartment at about 5 a.m. April 20. It did not state when the husband left to join his wife in California. When they both returned at 7:50 p.m. on April 23 he discovered that his television was missing from their front living room, nothing else was reported missing. The couple believe the apartment maintenance might be involved, according to the report. There was no forced entry and a key was reported to have been used to open both the patio and apartment door. The report stated the suspect unlocked patio first but a latch prevented entry; the suspect entered apartment door with same key.

Tin snips found in car, no suspects
After leaving a wedding a woman received an unwanted gift inside of her car.

Around 8:40 p.m. April 20, at Dearborn Hills Golf Course, 1300 S. Telegraph, a woman found and old pair of tin snips inside of her 1999 Ford Taurus on her way home. The victim told Dearborn Police that she left her car locked in the parking lot during the wedding. The victim said her rear door is now difficult to open from the inside but it opens fine from outside. There is no visible damage that can be seen on the vehicle door.

Dearborn Heights
Two men sought in alleged theft at jewelry store

A retail fraud theft has police on the lookout for three men who were reported to have stolen a ring.

About 1 p.m. April 20 at A&E Gold & Silver Exchange Inc., 26410 Ford Road, two black men in their early 20s entered the store. The first man, described as wearing all black clothing, a black baseball cap and white tennis shoes, asked the store employee to see a ring. The 14-karat white gold ring was removed from behind the counter and the employee gave it to the first suspect. After receiving the ring, both suspects fled out the front door.

The second suspect, described as wearing a navy blue zip- up sweater with a plaid shirt underneath and blue jeans, allegedly acted as a lookout. Both suspects, described as clean shaven with short haircuts, fled south through Heights Shopping Center and got into a full-sized green van, driven by a third black man. The suspects were chased by the store manager into lot and another manager of a nearby store store saw two men get into a van parked at a nearby hardware store.

The investigation continues and finger prints and palm prints were lifted and there may be a video of the theft.

School video camera taken out of car; no suspects as of yet
A school project turned into a police report when a school camera was stolen out of a car. Around 9:30 a.m. April 20, three Dearborn High School students went into Gordon Food Service, 5720 N. Telegraph Road, to make a school video. GFS employees advised one of the students filming that he was not allowed to film in the store. The student then took the school video camera to the vehicle he arrived in, a black 1993 Ford Ranger.

The video camera was placed under the driver’s front side, according to the report. When the student went into the store and then left with his friends, the camera was reported missing. The student said there were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle and it was still locked. The school plans on giving the police the camera’s serial numbers for tracking.

Home invasion leaves woman without computer
A woman’s computer was stolen about midnight April 24,in the 4700 block of South John Daly, according to a police report. A police officer spoke with the victim who said an unknown suspect entered her residence through her southwest bedroom window, which was unlocked. There were no finger prints that could be successfully lifted for further investigation.

Lincoln Park
Purse snatched from pedestrian

A woman walking home from a friend’s house shortly before midnight Monday fell victim to a purse snatcher on foot.

Police reported that the woman was walking south on River Drive, just north of Emmons, when an unknown man, described as thin, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and gloves walked up behind her, grabbed her purse and took off running.

The woman tried to chase the thief, but he was too fast. The woman could not describe the suspect any further, she said.

Inside the purse were identification cards, a cell phone and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Bathroom trip leads to cash loss

An acquaintance of a woman living in an apartment complex in the 300 block of Gale allegedly stole $40 in cash Monday under the guise of using the bathroom.

The woman said she let the man in about 7 p.m. that day when he asked to use her bathroom because she recognized him from around the complex.

Once inside, she said he pocketed two $20 bills from her kitchen table and left, running to a nearby apartment.

Window linked to theft
Renters of a house in the 24000 block of Outer Drive linked a broken window on the rear of a house with a suspected break-in Tuesday.

About 5:30 p.m. that day, officers arrived at the house after a call regarding a burglary.

The occupants said everyone had left for the day by 8:40 a.m. that day, at about 5 p.m., two of the renter’s children came back and noticed the broken window. They noticed items missing and called their mother.

Officers noted that the window looked too small for anyone to fit through.

Apartment fire extinguished

Police officers assisted the Fire Department in a basement fire at Green Trees Apartment Building, 20040 Fort St., about 11 a.m. April 18.

According to the police report, smoke filled the complex’s first and second levels.

Police evacuated residents.

No further information was available about the cause of the fire and calls to the Riverview Fire Department were not returned by press time.

Thief hits pharmacy
A burglar struck Galleria Pharmacy, 14720 King sometime before 10 p.m. April 20.

The outside glass door was broken and an object was used to pry the glass out. An interior door from the office to the pharmacy was also broken.

Nothing seemed to be missing, but several pill bottles were scattered across the floor.

Texts foreshadow vandalism
Mysterious text messages ultimately foretold the damage a resident of the 14000 block of Shenandoah found to her 2010 Ford April 21.

The woman reported receiving threatening text messages from an unknown email address on her phone several times that day. One of them warned “one day someone is going to scratch your car from end to end.”

When the woman went to her car parked in front of her residence about 7 p.m. that day, she found exactly that: a continuous deep scratch around the exterior of her car.

A note on the car used profanity and accused her of stealing someone’s boyfriend.

The woman said she recently went on a date with a man who said he has been single since January. She called him, and he said he does not suspect his former girlfriend.

Smash-and-grab thieves strike twice

Police are investigating a pair of larceny complaints in which two vehicles parked at or near the YMCA, 16777 Northline Road, were broken into Tuesday and Wednesday.

A woman told police that she parked her Ford Expedition in the parking lot at about 9 a.m., Tuesday, and that another
motorist alerted YMCA staff at 10 a.m. that someone had smashed out a window. The woman said a $400 4G phone, purse, identification and perfume were taken.

A YMCA employee told police that on Wednesday he parked in a nearby Holiday Inn parking lot before reporting to work, and when leaving at 10 p.m. found that someone had broken a window of his Pontiac Grand Am and stole a sound board valued at $200.

Foreclosed house looted

An employee of SIebro Cleaning company hired by property owner Safeguard to restore a foreclosed house reported to Taylor Police the theft of a $1,500 air conditioning unit from a home in the 7500 block of Pelham Road.

Police said that when the cleaning service arrived at the house shortly before 9 a.m. April 19, they discovered the unit missing. Police officers responding to the call observed cut wires and pipes leading to where the air conditioner was seated.

Ladder leads to burglary
A woman told police that one or more thieves made use of an extension ladder to gain access to her house through a second-floor window, and made off with a $350 flat-screen TV and $500 laptop computer.

Police were called to the 15000 block of Court Village shortly after 6 p.m. April 22. The woman said that she left home at 5 p.m. Saturday and returned home to discover the merchandise theft. An extension ladder was on the ground near the front door, and the woman said the upstairs bedroom windows were not locked.

Police found no signs of forced entry and are investigating.

Playstation taken by burglars

Trenton Police are investigating the theft of a video game system taken from a home in the 3100 block of Charles sometime Sunday night or Monday.

Police responded to a woman’s call shortly after 4 p.m. Monday. The woman told police she left home at about 2 p.m. Sunday, and returned to discover the theft of a video game system and damage to the front door. Police observed the front door that was partly ripped from its frame.

Construction prank causes hazard

A prankster on Goddard Road April 22 nearly caused several head-on collisions.

Someone pulled several construction barrells out from their original spots on the road, reducing Goddard to one lane of traffic. Several cars nearly collided before the problem was fixed.

Bar burglar gets shirts
Someone broke into the Dotte Pub, 116 Oak St. Monday and made off with $200 worth of sweatshirts up for sale.

The theft was reported about noon that day.

Surveillance footage shows a white man open the door to the storage unit and take the items.

The day prior, police were contacted about a suspicious man near the business, but when officers arrived, no one was there.

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