Police Blotter

Allen Park
Mowing man finds gun

A man mowing his lawn about 6:30 p.m. Monday found an unexpected surprise.

The resident of the 17100 block of Helen Avenue said he found a .40-caliber Taurus pistol in his bushes.

Officers ran a check on the gun and found it had been reported stolen out of Taylor a week earlier.

Shopping leads to purse theft
A woman shopping at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, July 3 turned her attention away from her cart for a moment and returned to find her purse missing.

About 5 p.m. that day the woman called police to say she was shopping there earlier in the day. Her purse was covered by items in her cart but when she bent down to inspect a crate of watermelons, an unknown person stole it.

She said she noticed her purse was missing a little later, when she went to the checkout line.

Woman injured in drive-through scuffle
A woman was injured during a scuffle at a fast-food drive-through window July 8.

The woman suffered minor injuries to her right wrist and her head after falling during an argument with an employee of a KFC in Lincoln Park about 9 p.m. but declined medical treatment at the scene.

After finding the drive-through closed, the woman allegedly parked behind the man’s car, blocking him from leaving work. She then allegedly followed him home to Allen Park, “running stop signs and tailgating him.” Near Roger and Keppen, the man stopped his car and confronted the woman, allegedly calling her a “bitch.”

The woman then allegedly approached the car, demanding an apology for swearing in front of her kids, allegedly yelling and grabbing at the door. She allegedly fell when the man started the car, which she was holding onto, to attempt to drive away.

The woman said she took the same route home she always does and did not realize she was behind the man until he got out of his car.

Dearborn Heights
Jewelry, lawn mower stolen from woman’s garage

A woman wants to press charges after her roommate told her, when questioned, that he stole some of her belongings about 4 p.m. May 28, in the 26000 block of Eton.

The victim said she was at work when she believes her roommate broke the lock off of her garage and took her jewelry and a lawn mower.

The victim believes more items might be missing and plans to report them at a later time.

The victim called the suspect and asked where her things where and he said he took the items and will pay her back when he gets his check, according to the report.

Laptop stolen; friend a suspect
A woman kicked her friend out of her house whom she suspected she stole her laptop about 7:40 p.m. June 26 in the 6000 block of North Silvery Lane.

The victim said she used her laptop about 11 p.m. June 25 and the next day she noticed it was missing from her bedroom. Police officers did not find any signs of forced entry. The suspect is a friend of the victim and had been staying at her house for a couple of nights, according to police reports.

The victim believes the suspect took the laptop although she did not see her take it. The victim confronted the suspect who denied taking the laptop and suggested she check her doors to see if someone broke in the house and took it. The victim told the suspect she is no longer welcome in her house. The report did not say if the woman is pressing charges against the suspect.

Earrings stolen from house, bedroom ransacked
A police officer investigated a home invasion report after a woman told police a pair of her gold earrings was stolen between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 29 in the 8000 block of Hazelton.

The officer spoke with the victim who said she was gone during that time. When she came home she found the front door closed but unlocked; the victim told police she knows she locked the front door.

The officer found that unknown suspects ransacked the woman’s bedroom and her gold earrings were stolen.

The officer also noticed in the basement that the unknown suspect broke out the northwest basement window to gain entry and the suspect left the house from the front door.

Lincoln Park
Man attempts robbery of man in wheelchair

Police are looking for a man who attempted to rob a wheelchair-bound resident during a power outage.

About 10:30 p.m. July 8, a 65-year-old man was sitting in his wheelchair on the porch of an apartment building in the 1100 block of Old Goddard. The porch was dark, as the building was temporarily without power.

The victim was approached by a black man in his late teens or early 20s, wearing all black with a black hat and a bandana covering his mouth and nose. The suspect pointed an unknown object and said, “give me your money.”

Another resident came out of the building, and the suspect ran north. Police are investigating.

Laptop, game console stolen
Nearly $1,000 worth of electronics were stolen after one or more thieves broke into a home in the 4000 block of Lafayette Blvd. Monday.

Police were called to the scene at about 10:30 p.m. when a woman returned home after being away since 4:30 p.m. and discovered her front door broken into.

A laptop computer valued at $350, a video games valued at $300 and assorted computer and video games were among the stolen items.

Responding police noted the damaged front door and collected evidence.

Ladder tips off owner to theft

An owner of a building in the 18900 block of Margaret said a ladder leaning against the building tipped him off to a theft about 9 p.m. Monday.

When he checked on the property, the owner said he saw a side window was opened and a ladder was pulled up to it. When he went inside, he found four industrial chain lifts and other items missing.

A flash light was found near the ladder and a tool cart was pulled up next to a fence on the property line. A hole was found cut into the fence. Tin snips were found near an electrical panel on the property.

Officers believe the thieves planned to return to collect the tool cart and the rest of the items.

Word burned into grass in park

Officers responded to Lapeer Park Hill for the third time in one week for an arson report.

According to the report, officers responded about 11:30 p.m. July 4 and found the word “moto” or “mojo” burned into the grass on the hill.

When firefighters extinguished the fire, some detected a smell that appeared to be gasoline, according to the police report. Police and fire personnel checked the area for possible accelerants and suspects but did not find anything.

Stereo stolen from vehicle
A woman’s car stereo was stolen between 11 p.m. July 6 and 10:30 a.m. July 7 in the 4000 block of Lois.

According to police reports, the woman left her vehicle unlocked and parked in her driveway.

There is no suspect information.

Eggs thrown at house results in damage, repairs
A man whose house was egged between 2 and 9 a.m. July 8 believes his teen-aged neighbor committed the act.

The man, who lives in the 22000 block of Marlboro, told police his house was egged at least eight times since January, and on July 8 an unknown person who egged his house caused damage to its windows, siding and limestone in front of the house.

The man said he believes his neighbor egged his house because the teen boy is a “problem kid” who creates issues with other neighbors on the street. The victim also said he and his family have no problems with anyone. The victim and his family members were unable to provide any information on the suspect.

Teens sought, found trouble at fireworks

Police were asked to assist Party Patrol volunteers to address three underage fireworks attendees causing problems at Rotary Park.

At about 10 p.m. July 4, patrol officers were asked by volunteer officers to address three underage boys who seemed intoxicated and causing problems for the spectators.

When first approached by Party Patrol volunteers, one of the teens began swearing, refused to leave and began to antagonize a police service dog, Truax. One teen approached by police took off his earpiece, handed it to his girlfriend, and “squared up to fight officers.”

He was then arrested for disorderly conduct. His two friends were issued minor in possession citations.

Vehicle used in break-in

Someone apparently tried to break into a business July 5 by running into it with a vehicle.

About 2 p.m. that day, the owner of Magnum Construction, 4120 Biddle, called to report the garage door of his business had been damaged.

There was damage to the door, as well as the cinder blocks around the door frame.

Officers believe an unknown vehicle backed into the door several times in an attempt to gain entry into it, and believe it may be connected with a similar theft to a business two blocks away.

Nothing was discovered missing.

Driver hits headstones
A driver with a learner’s permit allegedly ran over several gravestones at Mount Carmel Cemetery about 10 a.m. Monday.

The 61-year-old Southgate woman was driving with a passenger who did not have a valid driver’s license in the cemetery that day, when she allegedly lost control of her 1985 Chevrolet Caprice and ran into several headstones knocking them over.

She was cited for license violation and careless driving and the Caprice was impounded.

An estimate for the damage was not available.

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