Police Blotter

Allen Park
Man robbed while biking

A man riding his bike north on Pelham was robbed of his wallet by two men driving by about 6 p.m. Aug. 26, police said.

The man said he was riding his bike about that time when an older-model black Ford Escort stopped in the far left lane of Pelham and two of its passengers — described as black men in their late teens, one of whom was slim with short hair and stood about 5 feet 7 inches tall — got out of the car and attacked him, attempting to grab his wallet from his back pocket.

While fighting with one of the men, the second struck him in the forehead and the man fell to the ground. One of the attackers grabbed his wallet and the two jumped into the vehicle and headed north onto Wick.

The wallet contained an identification card, a debit card and $5.

Radio stolen from car
A dashboard radio was reported stolen from a 1996 Dodge Ram about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

The vehicle was parked on Laurence and College. Its driver’s side window was broken out and the dashboard was ripped apart. The vehicle was last seen secure about 11:30 p.m. the day prior.

Neighbor fights radio thief
A vigilant neighbor attempted to, but could not stop, the theft of his neighbor’s car stereo about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

The man was sitting on his front porch in the 15100 block of Arlington about that time when he saw a white full-sized “low-rider” pickup truck pull up next to the neighbor’s 1996 Dodge Ram and then heard glass break. He walked down to the car and saw its window broken and a white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and stocky with reddish blonde hair, exiting the car with the radio.

The neighbor struck the man with his cane several times but the man jumped into the truck and fled the scene.

The vehicle owner said he had parked the vehicle in the street about 10 minutes prior. He said he did not see any vehicles follow him home.

Dearborn Heights
Catalytic converter stolen

Someone stole a catalytic converter about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the 8600 block of Arnold. The reporting officer spoke with the vehicle owner’s son who said that an unknown person took the catalytic converter from his father’s car, which was parked on the street. The reporting officer saw a clean cut in the exhaust pipe, where the converter was installed.

Deadbolt keeps out thieves in attempted home invasion

After taking a vacation, a man returned to his house about 9 p.m. Aug. 25 in the 3800 block of Roosevelt and noticed his rear door and deadbolt were damaged. He called the police.

The man told a police he was on vacation between Aug. 19 and Aug. 25 and that was the possible timeframe when the suspect attempted to enter his house.

The reporting police officer noticed the damaged door, damaged dead bolt and dented frame.

The homeowner said no one went into his house. The police officer spoke with neighbors who told the police they did not see any suspicious activity.

Tires, other valuables stolen from vehicle
Valuables inside of a car were stolen about 7:30 a.m., Aug. 25, at Comfort Inn, 20061 Michigan Ave.

Five wheels, two tires and a car jack were stolen in the south parking lot on the east end of the building. After an officer responded, he noticed the car’s front driver’s-side window smashed out. The reporting officer spoke with an inn employee who said she will attempt to retrieve any surveillance footage of the incident.

Lincoln stolen after pit stop
A man’s car was stolen after he left it unlocked and running while he went inside his house to pick up his cell phone about 9 p.m. Aug. 25 in the 1500 block of Ferney. Police, who searched the area, did not locate the 2001 silver four-door Lincoln LS.

The car owner told police he did not have plate information or insurance information at the time.

Car vandalized

Someone carved large gashes into the paint of a 2012 Buick parked in the 17600 block of Ruth Avenue Monday.

About 7 a.m. that day the owner reported finding scrapes on the driver’s side front panel, both doors and the rear panel apparently made with an unknown sharp object.

Items snagged from truck

Designer sunglasses, a laptop computer and $20 in change was stolen from a 2012 Dodge Ram parked in the 17800 block of Brentwood Aug. 26.

The owner said he had probably left the doors unlocked. The laptop computer is owned by his employer and is valued at $3,000. The sunglasses are valued at $300.

There were no signs of forced entry.

Bikes bilked
Two bikes chained outside of an apartment in the 17500 block of Fort were reported stolen about noon Aug. 20.

The bicycles, a Tony Hawk adult men’s bike and a Schwinn adult men’s bike, both blue, were last seen secure at about 2 p.m. the day prior.

Beer stolen from store
A man walked into Circle K,12705 Pennsylvania, about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 22 and stole a case of beer.

The man, described as in his late teens or early 20s, and about 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall and thin with facial hair, walked into the store, grabbed the case of beer, and ran out heading west.

Police investigate burglary report

A woman reported an alleged forced entry burglary after discovering the theft of a video game system and nearly $1,000 worth of jewelry.

The woman said she left her home in the 13000 block of Rosedale about 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18. When she returned at 9:30 p.m., she noticed the absence of a video game system valued at $250. She then saw that a back door dead bolt was not locked, although she distinctly remembered securing the door.

The woman told police she looked at a kitchen clock when she locked the dead bolt and remembered the exact time.

Also missing were several rings and jewelry taken from a bedroom box.

Police found no signs of forced entry, and are investigating.

Lincoln Park
Burglars caught at scene

Police are securing warrants on three men suspected of two possible burglaries on University Monday.

Police were first called to a home in the 1700 block of University about 5 a.m. by a woman who saw a man leave her home. The woman told police she was upstairs when her dog began barking on the main floor; downstairs she saw a large man carrying her laptop computer and cell phone exit the house.

The man ran to a red two-door Plymouth parked on the street. He turned and threw a hammer at the woman, which instead hit her dog. The woman took note of the license plate when the Plymouth — driven by another man — drove away.

Responding officers believed the same men were responsible for an earlier burglary one block away. Police drove to the residence listed for the Plymouth. Three men were in the house, according to a police report.

“When they knocked on the door the subjects ran into other rooms of the house and turned off the lights,” police reported. Police knocked and were permitted entry. One suspect was “hiding under the cabinet in the kitchen.”

Among other items police located the woman’s Dell laptop computer. The three were taken into custody; one of the men was held on several warrants including one from Florida.

Robber sought by police
Police are looking for a man suspected of a strong-arm robbery.

A man called police about 1 p.m. Aug. 26 to report that he was walking on Electric Avenue near Montie when the suspect approached on a silver bicycle and asked the man what he had in his pockets. The suspect — described as a black man in his late 20s, tall man with a husky build, wearing a blue-collared shirt and jeans, dismounted the bike and put the man in a bear hug. The man told police the suspect “appeared to be on drugs” and he was afraid the suspect had a weapon.

The suspect removed two cell phones from the man’s pockets, each valued at $400, along with $30 cash. He rode off toward Detroit Street.

Police are investigating.

Man tricked in bogus blacktop deal

A new homeowner told police he was the victim of fraud after giving $500 to a likely nonexistent company for repair work.

On Aug. 25 the man told police he had previously given a down payment to a man named “Tim” who provided an estimate for repaving a driveway in the 6900 block of Wilkie. A friend of the man saw “Tim” paving the parking lot of a bar on Inkster Road, and the homeowner drove to the bar and gave “Tim” his address to visit and provide an estimate.

“Tim” said he was with Sureway Construction, and provided an estimate of $1,450, with $500 given as a deposit. On the agreed upon start date, “Tim” failed to show and the homeowner’s attempts to contact him were unsuccessful.

According to police, the “generic” estimate form “Tim” provided to the homeowner included a handwritten company description and no address and “Tim’s” last name was illegible.

Police were unable to locate any company under that name doing business in Michigan, and were unable to contact Tim through the phone number he provided.

Cash stolen from discount store
The manager of Bulk Store, 22635 North Line, told police that an estimated $1,900 in cash was stolen from the business safe Aug. 23.

Near closing time, the owner said an employee closed out a cash register for the day and stored the bank deposit in the office safe about 7:45 p.m. A half hour later it was noticed that the safe door was open, and an estimated $1,900 in cash missing.

Employees described two of the few remaining customers to police: a man and woman who did not purchase anything but “acted suspiciously.” Police collected evidence, interviewed employees and are investigating.

Equipment rental victimized by break-in, theft
The owner of Frazier Rentals, 20102 Lorne Avenue, told police that sometime before 6:30 a.m. Aug. 24, one or more thieves broken into his business and stole tools, a welder and other equipment.

According to police reports, the owner arrived at work and noticed the gate open; police observed that the lock had been broken off, and a garage door opened. The owner was to provide a list and detailed information on three stolen tool boxes, a mig welder, torch and three floor jacks. Police are investigating.

Lawn mower sees theft suspect

A grandson mowing his grandmother’s lawn Aug. 20 said he may have seen a suspect believed to have stolen jewelry and a new television set still in the box.

The grandson said he was mowing the lawn sometime after 10:45 a.m. that day and his grandmother had left the side door of the house open while she was at church so he could go inside to get a drink.

While mowing the lawn, he said he saw a blue Ford Focus pull into the driveway and the driver asked if his grandmother was home. He said she was not and went back to mowing the lawn. As he was finishing up, he said he heard the side door slam and the Focus pull away.

When he went into the house later, he found the items missing and left a note for his grandmother to call him.

The grandmother attempted to call the grandson back for a second time to get a description of the subject but he could not be reached.

Ex-wife allegedly attacks sleeping boater
A man sleeping on his boat docked at Silver Shores Marina, 1 DeSana Drive, Aug. 24 said he was attacked by his ex-wife.

The man reported about 6 a.m. that day that he was asleep on his boat when he suffered a blow to his head. He looked up and saw his ex-wife standing above him, She allegedly screamed at him and fled the area.

He said he did not know what provoked the attack. Officers noticed bruising above his left eye.

He wishes to pursue criminal charges.

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