Police Blotter

Allen Park
Lunch box bilked

A lunch box containing a man’s wallet was stolen from a sidewalk in the 15700 block of Harrison about 10 a.m. June 7.

The man said he put the lunch box there and entered the residence for about four minutes. When he returned, his lunch box was gone.

A construction worker working on a house nearby told the man he saw a red Ford Escape pull in front of the house and leave a few minutes later. It is not known if the vehicle is involved.

The wallet contained the man’s identification and several credit cards.

Fence sections stolen
Two sections of a plastic privacy fence were stolen from a house in the 14800 block of Warwick Avenue.

The homeowner reported June 8th that within the week prior two sections of her fence were stolen. She also reported two sections missing prior to May 30.

The fence is valued at $300.

Ring my bell
A woman accused of stealing five door bells from Home Depot, 3165 Fairlane, Tuesday, told police she did so because she needed them for her job.

The woman, a 32-year-old River Rouge resident, was arrested about noon that day, after loss prevention officers allegedly caught her placing the door bells in her purse and leaving the store without paying for them.

According to the report, the woman told officers she stole the bells because she was low on cash and needed them for her job.

The door bells are valued at $130.

Dearborn Heights
Global positioning system/radio unit stolen out of car

A man’s Global Positioning System unit was stolen out of his car between 6:30 and about 7:50 p.m. June 9, in the parking lot of Red Lobster, 6850 N. Telegraph Road.

The man said he parked his white 2010 Chrysler 300 in the parking lot and went inside to eat about 6:30 p.m. When he came back outside at 7:47 p.m. he discovered his front passenger side door window was smashed out and his Global Positioning System unit had been taken. A police officer called to the scene observed the dashboard had been broken because of the thief getting the unit out. There were no suspects.

Unknown suspects steal lawn mower, yard decorations, items
A man’s lawnmower and several yard decorations were stolen while he was not at his house at about 7:50 p.m. June 9, in the 25000 block of Currier.

The man said his lawnmower was removed from his unsecured shed along with other objects from his yard, but he believes the breaking and entering occurred on May 24. He said on May 24, his neighbor witnessed his lawn being cut by a city contractor and he saw unidentified subjects loading items into their vehicle. The neighbor also said she never saw anything belonging to the victim being loaded into the subject’s vehicles.

Television, tablet stolen from house
Two men allegedly got away with stealing a television and a tablet about 3:15 p.m., June 10, in the 8000 block of Riverdale.

Officers were dispatched on a call of two men, described as black and tall with thin builds, with one wearing camouflage shorts and a camouflage hat, carrying the property and escaping. Witnesses told police the men carried the items across Riverdale then northeast on Belton, then north on Grayfield. The officers checked the house and did not see forced entry, yet the officer noted the front screen door had damage to it.

Once inside of the house, officers found a small dog and television inside. The officers found dresser drawers pulled out in the rear bedrooms and thrown on the floor. The officers were unable to determine if any property was taken.

A man living in a nearby house said two men came to his door earlier in the day and asked for a girl named Precious; when he told them no one lived there by that name, the men went to another location and he never saw them again. There were no suspects.

Vehicle stolen from driveway

A man parked his vehicle in his driveway about 10 p.m. June 9 in the 15000 block of Colson, and discovered it missing the next day.

The man’s vehicle, described as a silver 2010 Ford Taurus with 19-inch chrome wheels, was stolen at about 8 a.m. Inside of his trunk were golf clubs, according to police reports. The man told police he was up to date on his payments. There was no debris or glass in the driveway.

No suspects were reported.

Not so neighborly thief steals lawnmower
A woman let a man who she thought was her neighbor borrow her lawn mower, and when he didn’t return it, she reported it stolen hours later at 1 p.m. June 9 in the 6000 block of Yinger.

The suspect, described as a 30-year-old Middle Eastern man with a thin build and curly black hair, is suspected to have stolen her electric push mower.

The victim told police she heard a knock at her house’s front door and the man asked to borrow her lawn mower. He told her he lived nearby and would return it shortly. The victim retrieved the lawn mower from her garage and gave it to the man. After two hours the victim thought the suspect would not return the mower. The victim does not know or recognize the suspect. No suspects were reported by the time of this report.

Witness attempts to thwart property damage
A man flagged down police about 11:40 June 8, after reportedly hearing a man break a window at Greenfield Profession Group, 6050 N. Greenfield.

A 5-foot-by-4-foot window was shattered at the northwest corner of the building. No suspects were found, but an older silver Malibu is the possible getaway car.

Officers on patrol noticed a piece of brick sitting inside the building with broken window glass and noticed no other businesses inside of the center appeared to be damaged. It is unknown if the suspect gained entry into the business.

The officers spoke with the witness who said he was standing near the alley and saw an older man parked in an alley near the business. The witness heard a crashing noise and the car drove up to the northwest window and threw the brick. The suspect, who was not physically described, fled in his car.

Lincoln Park
Woman mugged for cell phone

Lincoln Park Police were flagged down shortly after 10 p.m. June 10 by a woman who reported having just been robbed of her cellular phone.

The woman told police she was walking along Fort Street north of Emmons and talking on her phone. She said she was grabbed from behind and put into a choke hold. The man took her phone and ran southbound on foot.

The woman described the suspect as a black man about 25 years old, “tall and skinny” and wearing a white shirt with red symbols. The woman did not require medical treatment.

Car stolen, recovered
Lincoln Park and Detroit police teamed to locate a car stolen from a Fort Street parking lot June 10.

A woman attending a Bible study session called police shortly before 5 p.m. to report that her 1999 Honda Civic was stolen from the parking lot. The woman said she locked the Civic and a steering wheel-locking device before going inside.

Investigating officers discovered no signs of forced entry, but entered the vehicle’s description into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

On Tuesday, Lincoln Park police were notified by Detroit officers that the Civic was located at about 6 a.m. near the intersection of Cicotte and McGraw. The vehicle identification number was intact as was the license plate, although the vehicle interior was burned. The Civic’s owner was notified and provided information for her insurance company.

Familiar motorist adds to tickets
A patrol officer operating a radar device at the intersection of Fort Street and Stewart observed “a vehicle traveling at highway speeds” at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, measured at 81 mph in a 35 mph speed zone.

The officer followed the speeding vehicle and performed a traffic stop. A 28-year-old Lincoln Park man was driving, and when asked how fast he thought he was traveling answered, “I don’t know, 50 or 60.”

The man recognized the officer, and volunteered the information, “you wrote me a ticket last month on Champaign.”

The man told police he was late for a funeral, and had four other occupants in the car, including two children ages 8 and 10.

The man admitted he was speeding but did not know why he was pulled over.

“It’s not like I was swerving around and causing trouble,” the man said.

The man was arrested for reckless driving, taken into custody and the vehicle impounded. A warrant requesting charges was submitted to the county prosecutor.

Pantsless man arrested

A 19-year-old Lincoln Park man was arrested June 10 after allegedly attempting to fight another man at the city’s Melvindale Days festival with his pants down.

When an officer assigned to the festival approached the man about 10:21 p.m. that day, he was being held back by two other men while yelling at another man. The Lincoln Park man’s pants were around his ankles with his underwear exposed.

Officers arrested the man, who according to the report had glassy red eyes and told police he had consumed beer and marijuana that day.

He was transported to the police station, where he registered a breath alcohol level of 0.18 percent. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08 percent.

He was issued citations for disorderly person and minor in possession.

Items found in neighbor’s yard
Items reported missing from a garage in the 3600 block of Clarence Avenue June 11 were found in a neighbor’s
back yard.

About 9 a.m. that day, officers reported to the house, where the owner said someone had broken the lock on the garage and attempted to steal a lawnmower and leaf blower. He recovered the property from the neighbor’s back yard, but could not identify any fingerprints.

Car thieves target apartment lot

A mini van was stolen and an attempt made on another vehicle within two days’ time at an apartment complex parking lot.

One man told police that he parked his 2002 Red Dodge Dakota in the parking lot of Maple Village Apartments, 15785 Goddard, late June 8, and at about 4 a.m. Saturday noticed it was missing from his parking space.

The man told police that he’d had the vehicle serviced earlier in the week, and left a second set of keys in the cup holder. Inside the stolen vehicle was a bag containing $450 worth of cooking knives.

Investigators did not observe any signs of forced entry at the site, and entered the Dakota’s description into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

In the same lot, another resident called police shortly after 8 a.m. Monday to report the attempted theft of a 2006 Jeep Liberty. The man parked the vehicle shortly after midnight, and in the morning saw first that the interior was in disarray and contents of the glove compartment tossed around. The ignition was damaged and cylinder left on the driver’s side floor.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Burglars leave empty-handed
An attempted burglary at M & D Mowers, 15200 Fort St., resulted in a damaged window but no loss of money or merchandise.

Police responded to a security alarm shortly after 5 a.m. June 10, and found at the store a broken front window through which one or more would-be burglars gained entry. Officers noted that the window’s aluminum support frame was bent and twisted away from the opening. On the ground they found a hammer likely used to break the window glass.

The store owner told police that the cash register is emptied every night, and all money secured away from the front counter. After looking through the store and office, the owner said that nothing appeared to be missing.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Items missing from garage

A couple whose house burned down were storing their belongings in a garage in the 1700 block of Eighth when an unknown thief allegedly snagged them.

About 11 a.m. June 6, officers spoke with the residents, who said they had walked out to the garage about 30 minutes prior when they noticed several items missing. The couple had last checked the garage the afternoon prior.

Missing were a compressor valued at $250, a karaoke mixer valued at $650, an amplifier valued at $150, and various tools and tool pouches.

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