Police Blotter

Allen Park
Gun, cash swiped during workout

A patron of L.A. Fitness, 3223 Fairlane, came out after a workout about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to find a gun and money missing from his car.

The .40-caliber pistol was missing from the locked 2010 Chrysler’s driver’s-side door compartment and $1,000 was missing from a wallet that was still inside the car.

The man said he parked in a handicapped spot nearest the front door about 7:15 p.m. that day and went in to work out for about an hour. When he returned, he found the items missing.

He told police he remembered locking the doors and there was no evidence of tampering with the door lock and no visible fingerprints.

The receptionist of the office, who sits near where the car was parked, said she did not see anyone attempt to gain entry into the car.

Bicycle thwarts traffic
An errant bicycle confused motorists in the 9700 block of Sterling near Maylawn Tuesday afternoon.

About 2:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to the area where a blue and silver bicycle was sitting in the middle of the road. The bicycle, missing its right handle bar grip, was resting on its kickstand.

The caller did not recognize the bicycle or know who owned it.

Vehicles missing from lot
Two cars and a travel trailer belonging to customers of Towers Services, 11021 Goddard, were discovered broken into about 2 p.m. Aug. 11

The manager said the vehicles, including a 1994 Toyota, a 1999 Honda and a 1995 Starcraft trailer coach, were broken into overnight. Damage included pried-open doors and broken windows. Camping equipment was reported missing.

Car theft caught on camera

A man’s vehicle was stolen about 2:40 p.m. Aug. 12, from Roman Village, 9924 Dix Ave.

His 2003 Silver Toyota Camry was parked in the parking lot and stolen by a man who was seen on a surveillance camera, according to the police report. The man is described as having long, dark hair and wearing dark clothing, according to the police report.

The manager of Roman Village told police the surveillance footage showed the suspect run into the lot from the west and after a few seconds got into the vehicle and drove away heading south on Dale.

The manager gave a description of the suspect and said locals noted a possible suspect.

Reporting police officers spoke with the driver of the car who said he realized that he lost his keys after parking his car.

Suspect leaves graffiti on park building
A city employee discovered the words “BO$$ LIFE” spray painted on a building in the north side of Lapeer Park about 4:20 p.m. Aug. 8 at 10040 Lapeer St.

The employee, who is a lifeguard, told the reporting officer that he closed the pool about 6 p.m. Aug. 7 and at 10 a.m. the next day he opened the pool and found the graffiti on the building.

The lifeguard told police he did not have any suspect information and he did not see any other signs of graffiti or damage to the property.

Dearborn Heights
Man’s cell phone swiped, unusual trail left behind

A man reported to police that someone broke into his room, and stole his phone that was packaged to be shipped off to his phone provider about 8:44 a.m. Aug. 13 in the 24000 block of Stanford.

The man said a cryptic note was left by his landlord — accusing him of sexual acts with dogs; the victim said the landlord lives in North Carolina.

The victim said he suspects his roommate committed the theft and wrote the note. The victim also said he has had an ongoing conflict with his roommate who he served with eviction papers that take effect on Aug. 22.

AC unit damaged from cut copper wires
A business owner contacted the police about 3 p.m. Aug. 13 after finding out over the previous weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 someone cut an unknown amount of copper from her air-conditioning units.

The responding police officer investigated Laser & General Dentistry, 5760 N. Telegraph, and found copper wires were removed from the air-conditioning units.

The owner told police she discovered something was wrong when her air-conditioning units didn’t work when she turned them on.

Video games, game console, other valuables stolen from house
A woman’s valuables were stolen between 6 a.m. Aug. 7 and 6 a.m. Aug. 9 in the 6000 block of Kinloch.

The unknown person gained access to the victim’s house and stole her wedding ring, two video games, a game console, Mp3 player and $22.

There were no signs of forced entry, according to the police report.

Phone fraud nets nearly $4,000

A woman told police Monday that she was the victim of a wire fraud scheme after sending an unknown credit agency nearly $4,000 via Western Union and PayPal.

The woman said she received a phone call about 10 a.m. from a bill collector named Kevin, who told her if she did not pay $845.75 owed on an unspecified delinquent bill that she would be sent to jail. She was told she only had until 1 p.m. to respond.

The woman sent the funds via Western Union, and received a second call telling her that, since she responded promptly, her $845.75 payment would be returned to her in the form of a cashier’s check. First, though, she had to send an additional $3,000 for another past due bill. The woman sent $2,000 additional by Western Union, and $1,000 via PayPal. She also sent faxed copies of the Western Union cards and a copy of her driver’s license.

Police advised the woman to contact her credit bureaus to make sure her personal information was not misused.

Lincoln Park
Burglary witnessed by neighbors

Police are investigating a home invasion in the 2000 block of Pagel Avenue that took place about 4 p.m. Aug. 11.

A woman told police she was watching the home of a neighbor who was out of town, and called 911 when she saw the side door open. Responding officers entered the residence and found open windows and drawers, and signs that someone rummaged through the home including opened jewelry boxes.

It was unknown how many items were taken. Large electronics were still in the house.

Police questioned other neighbors, one of whom said he saw a man of undetermined age and race pull up to the home the previous night, park in the street and knock on the door. The suspect was driving a red minivan of undetermined make and model.

Another neighbor’s security camera captured the van as it pulled up to the house. Police are investigating.

Jewelry taken in home invasion
Nearly $3,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from a house in the 1900 block of London Avenue Tuesday afternoon. A woman said she left home about noon and returned shortly after 2 p.m. to find a side kitchen door open.

Police observed a bedroom window that had been forced or kicked open, and large shoe prints on and near the window. The bedroom was ransacked, and missing from a jewelry box were a gold wedding band, a diamond wedding ring and diamond earrings.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Purse snatcher arrested

A 17-year-old Detroit boy was arrested Aug. 9 after allegedly stealing a purse belonging to an employee of Coin Laundry, 2925 Oakwood, after she set it on the counter and left the building.

About 10 p.m. that day, officers arrived to talk to the woman, who said she left the purse for a couple minutes so she could make change at a business next door prior to closing.

Surveillance footage showed the boy enter the building, grab the purse and then look through drawers in the counter. Officers put out a description of the subject and another officer said he saw a man matching the description in the area about 10 minute before.

Officers caught up with the boy at a gas station on Schaefer and Fort and arrested him.

A not-so-cool getaway
A 41-year-old Melvindale man was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing an air conditioning unit from a house in the 18800 block of Harman.

A witness said he saw the man in the backyard of the house push the unit out of the backyard, down the sidewalk and into a garage next door.

Officers observed the man walk out of that house and across the street. When they asked what he was doing he said it was his mother’s house and he was looking for skunks.

The mother granted access to search the house and garage and police found the air conditioning unit matching the description of the stolen one inside, covered with a blanket. She said it had not been there when she parked her car there at 2 p.m. that day.

The man was arrested and told police, “It was in the alley. I didn’t steal it.”

Pills taken in pharmacy heist

Police are investigating the theft of 20 bottles of pills taken from Falcon Pharmacy, 15600 Northline Road, some-
time before 5:30 a.m. Aug. 8.

Police responded to an alarm from the drug store, and discovered the front glass door shattered. Cash was not taken, nor were any controlled substances. The pharmacy did not disclose what medication was stolen, and estimated it was 20 bottles worth of prescriptions.

The store manager said he was uncertain if the video surveillance cameras were operating. Police noted that wires had been cut in a power box at the rear of the store.

Cash stolen from apartment
A woman who said she received an “unfriendly” note from an apartment manager told police that nearly $3,000 in cash was stolen from her room.

Police were called to the apartments in the 14000 block of Pennsylvania at 6:30 p.m. Monday, where a woman said she returned home from work to find her room trashed with furniture knocked over, drawers opened and a mattress pushed to the side. Tucked under the mattress was a journal, inside which the woman said was $2,900 in cash.

The woman said she straightened the room up before police arrived. She said she had the only key to the apartment; her daughter lives with her and does not have a key, so the door was left unlocked.

Police noted that several laptop computers and a container marked “money” were not stolen. The woman said she believed that maintenance workers took her money, as other residents had complained of items being moved around in their homes.

Tires slashed

A resident of the 2100 block of Johnson exited her house about 7 a.m. Monday to find two tires slashed on her 2011 Ford Focus.

Once-inch punctures were found on both passenger tires. She said she had parked in front of her house the night before.

Fence missing
Someone broke down an 8-foot-long section of fence at Jaycees Park sometime before noon Aug. 10.

Parks and Recreation employees said they discovered the portion missing about that time and had last seen it intact about 11 a.m. two days prior.

Man injured saving cat
A loose pit bull terrier allegedly killed a cat belonging to a resident of the 1000 block of Elm Aug. 10.

About 5:30 p.m. that day, the man said he heard noises in his front yard and went outside to check. When he got there, he said he saw an unattended female pit bull terrier with his cat in its mouth, shaking its head violently.

The man went to stop it, pulling the cat from the dog’s grasp, but was allegedly bitten by the dog in the process. He had minor injuries to his hand and scratches on his face he suffered when the panicked cat jumped on his face after being freed.

The cat died shortly after being pulled from the dog’s mouth.

The female dog was wearing a tag with two phone numbers and the name of “Jane.” It was quarantined in the Wyandotte Animal Pound. Officers did not contact the owner.

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