Police Blotter

Allen Park
‘Nurse’ suspected in cash theft

A homeowner in the 14500 block of Horger Avenue awoke July 25 to a surprise.

The woman reported waking up that morning to an unknown woman in her house. When she asked the woman who she was, she replied “I’m here to change your bandages.” The homeowner replied she did not have any bandages and the woman said she had the wrong house and left.

A search of the house later revealed $900 in cash missing from the house.

The woman is described as white, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 40 to 45 years old.

Money stolen from office
Nearly $250 was stolen from a rehabilitation center’s office sometime before 6 a.m. July 24.

About $20 was found missing from a donation box in the office of Henry Ford Rehabilation Center, 7445 Allen. The lock did not appear to be tampered with, but officers said the opening on top was large enough for coins to be removed.

File cabinets appeared to have been gone through and $50 put away for an employee appreciation fund was missing. In another cabinet $175 that had been collected for a golf outing was missing.

No suspects were found, but officers attempted unsuccessfully to contact the head of a cleaning crew who comes to the office at night.

Woman steals, hits employee
Police are looking for a woman who allegedly punched an Old Navy loss prevention employee in the face after he allegedly caught her stealing from the store, 3260 Fairlane.

About 7:25 p.m. July 26, officers responded to the store . The man said he saw the 24-year-old Melvindale woman selecting clothing and putting it in her purse. She then attempted to leave without paying for the items, valued at $84.70 and the employee approached her. She began to run and he chased her, grabbing the purse. She then allegedly spun around and punched him in the face. She dropped her purse and cell phone, containing identifiable information about her, on the ground and then fled in a black Toyota Camry.

Suspect breaks window at elementary school

An unknown suspect is believed to be behind a broken window and several similar incidents at Maple Elementary School, 6801 Mead St.

The suspect broke a double-paned glass window on the school building’s east side sometime between July 26 and July 30; the window is estimated at $900.

A man who reported the crime at about 8:15 a.m. July 30 told the responding police officer that someone recently committed a similar act against the school building that police are currently investigating.

When the officer checked the building he said he noticed the broken glass window on the school’s second floor and it looked like a rock was used to break the window. The officer did not locate any object left behind by the suspects.

Starter stolen from car engine
A man reports that the starter, valued at $100, was stolen from the engine of his 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, between 8:30 a.m. July 26 and 1:30 p.m. July 27 in the 1700 block of Mayburn.

The victim told the responding police officer that he did not know who the suspect was.

Dearborn Heights
Woman’s jewelry stolen from her house

A woman discovered her jewelry, a 14-karat gold bracelet, 14-karat gold 18-inch rope necklace and 14-karate gold moon-shaped earrings, missing at about 9 a.m. July 13 after she said she wanted to wear the jewelry.

The woman said her jewelry was stolen from her jewelry box on her bedroom dresser between midnight July 9 and 9 a.m. July 13 in the 24000 block of Hopkins; the woman suspected her out-of-state guest, who left after she noticed the jewelry missing.

The woman said the suspect is homeless. The woman could not reach the suspect after the crime.

Air-conditioner compressor, bicycle stolen from garage
An unknown suspect stole an air-conditioner compressor and bicycle after entering a garage’s loose window between 7:30 p.m. July 25 and 7 a.m. July 26 in the 5000 block of Weddell.

The unknown suspect pushed the loose window in, unlocked its dead bolt lock and entered the victim’s garage; the unknown offender fled in an unknown direction.

Stolen credit card used at stores several times
A woman’s credit card was stolen from her car between 3 and 6 a.m. July 5 in the 500 block of North Charlesworth, and later used at several stores in Dearborn and Detroit.

The victim said an unknown offender entered her locked vehicle that was parked in front of her house and after stealing her credit card, the person allegedly charged $75 to her account between 8 and 10 a.m. July 5 at a convenience store in Detroit.

The person then allegedly used her card at two other unknown times on the same day in Dearborn spending $68.74 and $83.05.

The police report said her vehicle showed no signs forced entry. The victim made the report on July 26; the police report did not mention why the woman waited to report the crime.

Lincoln Park
Burglar grabs car for getaway

A woman was awakened a few minutes before 2 a.m. July 28 by an intruder who left with, at least, her 2005 red Buick Rendezvous and her purse.

Lincoln Park Police are looking for a white man in his late 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a stocky build and brush cut hair. The man was wearing an orange jumpsuit at the time.

The woman said she fell asleep about 9:30 p.m. Friday in her home in the 1300 block of Cleveland Avenue, and awoke to see the man standing near her bedroom dresser. The woman yelled, and the man grabbed something — likely her purse — and ran off. The woman tried to scare the burglar off by pressing the alarm on her keychain, but the man apparently found the extra set of keys in the purse: The vehicle was not parked where the woman left it the night before.

Police entered the vehicle’s description in the Law Enforcement Information Network, and collected evidence at the scene.

House hit by drive-by attack
No injuries were reported from what police reported was a “drive-by” shooting in the 1500 block of Paris shortly after 10 p.m. July 29.

A 37-year-old man told police he was upstairs in a bedroom when he heard two shots. Also in the house were a 21-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, along with three young children.

Responding officers noted two bullet holes on the west side of the house, and confirmed that no one had been hit by gunshots.

Police collected evidence, spoke with neighbors who heard the shots, and questioned the homeowner as to possible subjects. Police noted that one of the residents of the home had recently broken a relationship, and that the former partner had “some ghetto friends” who might be responsible.

Plants disappear

Ten garden globes and five plants were found missing from a house in the 17300 block of Wall Street about 1 p.m Tuesday.

According to the report, the homeowner said the items were missing from his front yard garden. He said he had had problems with a neighbor, who may have been responsible.

Lawnmower missing
A homeowner in the 1800 block of Hann Avenue went outside her house about 7 a.m. Tuesday to find her garage door opened and a lawnmower missing.

Officers are investigating.

Car damaged three times

A resident of the 14045 block of Heritage said his 2001 Aztec has been damaged three times in the last three months. The last incident was reported July 25.

Each time gouges were discovered in various areas of the car. The most recent location was the driver’s-side rear window.

The vehicle had been parked in front of his house.

Items stolen from church
Various lawn care items were reported stolen from St. Cyprian’s church, 13249 Pennsylvania Rd., July 27.

A church employee said the doors on the maintenance garage were pried open and a chainsaw, wedge trimmer and leaf blower, valued together at more than $1,800, were missing.

A witness said she had seen a white man with a limp “messing” with the door and then load items into a light-colored four-door car and drive off.

Fake utility worker attempts home entry

Trenton Police took note of a man who allegedly tried to talk his way into a home on North Trenton Drive July 24; similar reports of fake utility workers had been heard two incidents the same week in Southgate.

A man called police and said that his mother, in her ‘80s, answered the door at about 1:20 p.m. to a man who said he was working for DTE Energy and needed to check a gas valve in the basement for a leak.

The woman said she knew nothing of a leak, and took note of the name given on the identification showed; she did not allow him in the home.

Police are looking for a white man, average height, with dark hair in his 30s. He wore a generic-appearing uniform.

Police confirmed that DTE Energy did not have any crews in the neighborhood, nor a representative by that name.

Police in Trenton, Southgate and neighboring Downriver communities advise that residents confirm any utility worker claims before allowing unexpected entry into their home; anyone with information on these or similar incidents is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Purse stolen from house

The front kitchen window of a house in the 1500 block of Dee was found cut July 28.

The owners called to report it at about 9 a.m. that day. One of the homeowners got home from work at about 8 a.m. that day and found the screen cut and thrown in the neighbor’s yard.

The window was still locked.

Later, his wife woke up and found her purse, containing several credit cards, identification and $225 in cash, missing.

They suspect entry was gained through the side door, which was left open because their son and his friends were hanging out in the garage.

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