Police Blotter

Allen Park
Cell phones swiped from store

Three men allegedly got away from T-Mobile, 23063 Outer Drive, with two cell phones valued at $600 each.

Two of the men allegedly kept an employee and a manager busy with questions while an accomplice stole the two cell phones. All three then left in a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville. A license plate number was tracked and revealed the car was stolen from Clinton Township.

The men are described as black. One was wearing a white T-shirt and glasses and another was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts. A description of the man who allegedly stole the cell phones was not available.

Lawn tools taken
Various lawn equipment was stolen from a garage in the 3900 block of Roger Avenue sometime before 9 a.m. Sept. 10.

Missing were a lawn mower valued at $400, two snowblowers valued at $600 together, and a lawn edger valued at $300.

The owner said the garage door was not locked.

Ammunition missing from truck
Various ammunition was stolen from the back of a pickup truck parked in the 14000 block of Warwick Sept. 8.

Twenty AR-15 loaded magazines, eight AK-47 loaded magazines an AK-47 loaded double magazine and a box of assorted pistol ammunition was discovered missing from the truck’s bed about 8 p.m. that day.

Dearborn Heights
Purse stolen from parked car in driveway

A woman’s purse containing personal items was stolen between 11 p.m. Sept. 18 and 5:50 a.m. Sept. 19 from her driveway in the 26700 block of Ann Arbor Trail.

The victim told police that she parked her vehicle in her driveway at 11 p.m. Sept. 18 and saw the damage and property missing about 6 a.m. the next day. Officers saw her vehicle’s driver’s-side window broken and a landscaping brick inside the car. The victim told police her purse containing identification cards and debit and credit cards were missing from her vehicle.

Man’s wallet taken from his vehicle
A man’s wallet was stolen from his car about 6 p.m. Sept. 16 in the 5600 block of Beaver.

The man told reporting officers that he parked his vehicle in the driveway of his friend’s house about 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 and after returning to his house about 6 p.m. he noticed his wallet — containing his license, and credit cards and $150 cash— missing. The victim told police he did not lock his car and there were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle, according to the report.

Car radio taken from vehicle at friend’s house
A man’s car radio was stolen about 6:40 p.m. Sept. 18 in the 26500 block of Midway. According to the police report, the man parked his vehicle at his friend’s house and when he returned home he saw that someone broke his passenger window and took his radio out of his car. The thief fled in an unknown direction.

Mountain bike taken from apartment complex

A woman realized her green men’s mountain bike was stolen about 10 p.m. Sept. 12 from her apartment complex in the 7000 block of Freda.

The victim reported the alleged theft to police about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 13 because she said she was waiting to see if someone would return the bike.

The victim told reporting officers she had the sister of another tenant use the bike to purchase cigarettes for her. The tenant’s sister returned with the bike and about 10 p.m. the victim checked on her bike and discovered it was gone with the lock still in place.

According to the police report it is believed the bike was never locked.

The victim talked with the tenant about her sister having any involvement with the disappearance of the bike. The tenant declined to offer assistance, according to the police report.

Police said the victim described the tenant’s sister as white with an electronic tether on her ankle.

Cell phone, other valuables stolen from house

A man reported to police that several of his valuables were stolen between 10:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 7 a.m. Sept. 13 from his living room in the 1400 block of Elm.

The man told police that the unknown person broke into and climbed through his living room window, which faces south, and stole a cell phone, valued at $800; an LCD television, valued at $500; kilt pins, valued at $400; and a DVD player, valued at $60.

The victim also told police that he found a set of his golf clubs on the ground outside of the window. His son was sleeping at the house during the incident, according to the report. Officers checked for physical evidence and the victim’s son told the officers that he frequently enters the house through the window and the fresh hand prints the officers discovered were probably his, according to the report.

In-dash navigation system removed from vehicle
A woman’s in-dash navigation system was removed from her vehicle between 8:50 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. Sept. 13 in the 24400 block of Michigan Avenue.

The woman told police that while she was at work an unknown person forcibly removed the system from her van after she discovered the driver’s side door handle tampered with. The victim could not provide suspect information.

Truck moved, vandalized

The owner of Consessi’s Market, 13700 Sibley, said someone had vandalized and moved a vehicle he kept parked in the business’ parking lot overnight Sept. 2.

The owner said he saw the passenger and driver’s-side window smashed out of his 1995 Ford cargo truck. He was then told by an employee that he had seen the truck driving west on Sibley about 4:30 a.m. that day and then watched it pull into the lot at a high rate of speed. It was left next to the building.

A wooden-handled hammer was found laying next to the vehicle.

Lincoln Park
Car stolen from driveway

Police are investigating the reported theft of a four-door, maroon 1990 Chevrolet Caprice valued at $5,000.

The vehicle owner called police at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when he discovered the vehicle missing from the driveway to his house in the 3200 block of Richmond. The man told police he parked the car the night before, and that it was locked, paid for and all keys were accounted for.

Police did not discover evidence of forced entry or broken glass. The vehicle’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Garage thief nets tool haul
More than $3,000 worth of tools were reported stolen from a garage in the 1400 block of Charter, police said.

Officers responded to a call shortly after noon Sept. 16 from a homeowner who first noticed the garage door pulled off its hinges. Police observed pry marks near the door and took descriptions of stolen tools including a drill set, chain saw, belt sander, socket drill and assorted wrenches.

Trio of cycles stolen

Police are investigating the theft of three similar motorcycles that took place within a 24-hour period.

Police were called Sept. 15 to an apartment complex in the 13000 block of Courtside Way. A man told police that he parked his 2008 orange and black Suzuki motorcycle, valued at $13,000, about 10 p.m. the night before, and it was first noticed missing Saturday morning. The man had both sets of keys to the vehicle, and said that the thief had to either pick up the 1,700-pound motorcycle or break the steering column.

About 3:30 p.m. that afternoon, police were called to an address in the same apartment complex on Greenfield Way for the reported theft of a near-identical 2007 orange and black Suzuki motorcycle valued at $7,000. At 10:40 a.m. Sept. 16, a third orange and black Suzuki cycle was reported from a nearby parking lot.

Each of the motorcycles contained safety features designed to prevent the vehicles from being started without a key. Police entered the descriptions in the Law Enforcement Information Network and are investigating.

Burglar swipes jewelry

A woman awoke in the bedroom of her house in the 9200 block of Syracuse shortly after 6 a.m. Sept. 12 and saw a man crawling on the floor next to her bed. The woman watched the man walk out, called police and soon discovered the theft of two silver jewelry boxes from another bedroom.

Responding police took note of a broken window and a back screen door that appeared to have been pried open. A glove was found near a dresser that housed the missing jewelry boxes, which contained an unspecified assortment of costume jewelry, garnet rings, a watch and necklace.

Police collected evidence at the scene and are investigating.

Young thief steals bicycle
Police are searching for one of three children said to have stolen a bicycle from a 9-year-old playing at Rotary Park near the intersection of Emmett and Cornell avenues.

A woman told police that her child was with friends at the park and were approached by three children described as black and between 10 and 14 years old. Two of the children were on bicycles. The boy who was walking approached and asked if he could look at the victim’s bicycle that was lying on the ground. When the victim said yes, the suspect sat on the bicycle and rode away with the other two.

Police took descriptions of the children and missing bicycle and are investigating.

False alarm sparks gunshot

A home alarm sounded in the 2400 block of Fourth Street shortly after 6 a.m. Sept. 15. A woman woke up, retrieved a handgun from a lock box under her bed, and fired a round through a wall in the closet.

Responding police were told that the woman thought she was activating a laser sight on the weapon, and instead pulled the trigger. Officers located the slug on the closet floor and examined the weapon, a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber pistol, which still had five live rounds.

The woman provided registration and ownership papers for the weapon. The house was searched and nothing appeared out of place or missing, and no explanation was found for the security alarm.

Trailer taken after party

A camping trailer was discovered missing from its parking space in the 18400 block of Robert about 4 p.m. Sept. 10.

The homeowner said the trailer is registered to his mother, but is used mainly by him. He said he moved it from his driveway to the street two days prior to make room for parking for a child’s birthday party.

No value was listed for the trailer. Contact was made with the owner, who verified her son’s story.

Vehicle taken
A vehicle was reported stolen from the 18500 block of Robert Sept. 11.

About 4 p.m. that day the owner called to report that her vehicle, a description of which was not provided, was missing from its parking spot on the street. She said she noticed it missing about 6 a.m. that day.

The owner has all keys.

Vehicles targeted

Items were reported stolen from two vehicles parked near each other in the 4000 block of Quarry Sept. 4.

The driver of one of the vehicles, a 2006 Ford Explorer, said he found a diamond bracelet valued at $1,000 and a pocket knife valued at $30 missing from the vehicle that day. He reported the theft four days later because he said a vehicle belonging to a neighbor who was out of town was also targeted and he wanted to wait to inform him and report the thefts together. The vehicle was a work vehicle owned by the man’s boss.

The neighbor said he found missing from his 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer a women’s designer watch valued at $749, two diamond rings valued together at $1,785, and $142 in coins. He said he thought he had locked the vehicle, which displayed no signs of forced entry.

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