Police Blotter

Allen Park
Stolen card used

Someone stole a woman’s purse from her shopping cart at Walmart in Taylor about 3 p.m. July 9. By the time she got home about 4 p.m., her Bridge card had already been used.

The woman called the card provider and was told more than $150 was put on her card from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane. The purchase was made at 3:16 p.m. that day, but Meijer declined to release the tape of the person who made the purchase.

Employee struck after theft
A loss prevention employee at Old Navy, 3260 Fairlane, was struck by a get-away vehicle in the parking lot after he chased suspects who allegedly stole merchandise July 9.

A 2006 Hummer driven by two suspects who allegedly stole activewear items totaling $85.76 allegedly backed up into the employee, pushing him back. He was not injured.

The man chased three women, described as black, two of them in pink tops and pants and the third in a black top and black pants, after they allegedly stuffed four pieces of activewear in their purses about 3 p.m. that day.

They ran out the door and the employee chased them. He saw two of them get into the tan or gray Hummer, but did not see where the third woman went.

The employee took down the license plate number, which was traced to a Redford woman.

Cell phone, other valuables stolen from unlocked car

A woman’s laptop computer, Global Positioning System unit, cell phone, book of checks and credit card were stolen from her 2004 Buick Regal between 9:15 p.m. July 21 and 8:30 a.m. July 13 in the 5700 block of Williamson.

The woman told police she forgot to lock her vehicle. No suspects were found.

GPS unit, car stereo stolen from car
Thieves broke into a woman’s mini van and stole her Global Positioning System unit and car stereo between 11 and 11:30 a.m. July 10 in the 23000 block of Ford.

No one in the area saw the unknown suspects according to the police report; the van was parked behind an office building.

Utility trailer stolen
A 14-foot utility trailer was stolen between 1 and 9 p.m. July 15 from Sunrise Wholesale, 5252 N. Oakman Boulevard.

The white utility trailer has hunting and deer decals on the sides and a drop-down rear door and a passenger side-access door. The unknown suspect cut the chains that secured the trailer to the building.

Dearborn Heights
A/C units stolen from condominium complex

Two air conditioning units were stolen between 3 p.m. July 18 and 9:30 a.m. July 19 from Horizon Real Estate Group, 1 Eden Park Drive.

A police officer said the unknown offender stole the central air conditioning units from the west side of the condominium complex. No suspects were found.

Products stolen from drugstore
A police officer was dispatched about 7:30 p.m. July 20 to Sav On Drugs, Inc., 20145 Ann Arbor Trail, after two women allegedly stole several items from the store.

The officer met with the manager who said his cashier paged him to the front of the store because the two women, described as black, were stealing unspecified items.

The cashier told police that the women took the items and then walked past the cash registers without paying and exited the store.

The cashier then ran out the front door in time to see the two women get into a silver Dodge Charger that had no license plate; no suspects were found.

Items stolen from vehicle
A man’s 2004 gray Durango was broken into and his Global Positioning System unit and vehicle’s owner’s manual were stolen between 10 p.m. July 21 and 4 p.m. July 22 in the 6000 block of Fenton.

Part of the victim’s driver’s-side window was missing. The man’s vehicle was parked on the street in front of his house, according to the police report.

The unknown offenders gained access to the victim’s vehicle through the its missing window; the victim had various account numbers written on the owner’s manual.

Game system missing after move

A man recently moved to Riverview from Las Vegas but to his surprise, all of his belongings did not.

The man walked into the Police Department about 2 p.m. July 19 to report his video game system, valued at $300, was missing when his items were delivered to his new apartment. He had hired a moving company based in Nevada.

He said the maker of the game system agreed under court-ordered subpoena to release the Internet protocol address of the person using the game system online.

Lincoln Park
Soccer mom victim of theft

Police were dispatched to Council Point Park Monday in response to a woman’s report of her purse, camera and cell phone taken from a vehicle in the parking lot.

The woman said that she and a friend — the owner of the 2008 Chevy Uplander — arrived at the park shortly after 7 p.m. to watch her son play in a soccer game. About 7:30 p.m. she saw that the passenger window was broken out of the vehicle; a $400 Olympus camera, white cell phone, purse and wallet were taken from the passenger seat.

The vehicle was locked, the owner told police. Information on the missing items was taken and police are investigating.

Apartment looted while tenant away
A woman returned from a weekend getaway about 4:30 p.m. July 22 to discover her apartment had been entered
and more than $1,000 worth of electronics was missing.

Police responded to the apartment building in the 1300 block of Old Goddard, and were told that the tenant left on July 17 for a vacation up north. When she returned, she noticed that someone had been through the apartment and that a $350 video game system, 42-inch TV and assorted video games were missing.

Responding police said that the apartment door “appeared to be kicked in from the outside.” Information about the missing items was noted and police are investigating.

Bogus utility workers strike twice

An elderly woman was robbed in her house when four men who claimed to be with the water department walked in to her house in the 12000 block of Wesley Street; two of the men may have committed a similar crime a week earlier on the next block.

About 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, a woman told police that four men walked in through an open front door, Public Safety Director Thomas Coombs said.

“They said they were from the water department,” Coombs said. “One of them said he hadn’t seen her in a while and gave her a hug; the other men broke off and started going through the house.”

The woman, in her 80s, asked what they wanted and was told “money,” Coombs said. The woman attempted to defend herself with a kitchen knife, which the men took away and assured her they would not harm her. The woman gave the men $700 from her purse.

Coombs said a near-identical incident was reported on July 12 from the 12000 block of Netherwood, where two men approached a man at his door and told him they were with the water department. The man refused to let them in.

In both incidents, the men were described as Hispanic or Middle Eastern. Coombs said they drove a red Jeep that appeared “boxy” in the back. Residents are advised to keep doors locked, and to notify police of any suspicious activity involving a newer red jeep.

Police seek smash-and-grab suspect

Trenton police are looking for a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, with a shaved head believed to be responsible for two vehicle break-ins.

Police were called to the Kennedy Ice Rink, 3101 West Road, about 6 p.m. July 21, when two separate vehicles were victimized by theft and vandalism.

One man told police he parked a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the arena’s front parking lot about 4:20 p.m. Shortly
before 6 p.m. he discovered the passenger window broken out and a number of items missing, including his wallet.

While speaking with the responding officer, the man received a call from his credit card company asking about purchases at Meijer in Woodhaven of about $900. A credit card belonging to the victim was also used at a Speedway in Woodhaven.

Investigators went to Speedway at West and Allen roads and Meijer, and obtained video surveillance footage of the suspect.

At Kennedy Ice Arena, a woman told police that her 2008 Ford Explorer was broken into at around the same time, and she was missing her purse and a personal DVD player.

Police are investigating.

Baseball game leads to thefts

Several vehicles were broken into while their owners were at a baseball game at Memorial Park about 8 p.m. Monday.

A woman said she parked her 2008 Jeep Commander at Ludington and 20th and when she came back from the game, her front driver’s side window was smashed and her wallet, which she had left in the car, was missing.

The same day, another couple reported parking their 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer in the same area for the game and coming back to find its front driver’s side window smashed out. The woman’s purse was missing from the vehicle.

Police believe the crimes are connected and the suspect is a white man with close-cropped hair wearing work boots and a dark shirt and driving a white Dodge van.

Missing painting may have been found for sale
A painting was discovered missing from the Bacon Memorial Library and its historic house after a former library director notified library staff that a painting matching its description was for sale at an antique outlet.

The painting, an 1870s-era print of the former River Park Hotel, was found missing from the house’s dining room after the former director emailed the current director to say she found an identical-looking painting for sale at a Howell antique mall where she was working and found it “a remarkable coincidence.”

The staff then inventoried the building and found the painting missing. It was last seen during Christmastime and is valued at $700, the same price placed on it at the antique mall.

Photos of both paintings were provided to police to help identify whether the painting is the same one missing from the library.

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