Police Blotter


Allen Park
Items stolen from house

A house in the 15000 block of College Avenue was broken into and items were stolen Oct. 25.

About 2 p.m. that day, the homeowner called to report that about an hour earlier he had returned home to find his front door kicked in.

A neighbor said she saw a white pickup truck pull up to the house about 10 a.m. and saw two suspects loading a stove and other items into the truck before leaving.

Missing was a 73-inch television set valued at $500, a laptop computer ($400), a cell phone ($700), a 32-inch TV ($400), a video camera, ($400), a bowling ball ($200), various jewelry and a coin collection.

The suspects were described as a white man, 40 to 50 with a medium build and wearing a bright blue shirt, and a white woman, about 20 to 30 with dark hair and wearing a white sweater.

The homeowner said his children were the last in the house, leaving for school about 8:30 a.m. that day.

Money missing after shift
An employee of Wendy’s, 14570 Southfield Road, allegedly stole money from his cash register while his manager’s back was turned.

About 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, a manager called police to say she had counted the register of a 17-year-old employee and noticed 12 $5 bills. She turned her back for a moment and when she turned back, she saw only one $5 bill.

The employee, a Melvindale resident, denied taking the money.

The manager said she and the employee were the only ones in the area at the time.

Mom arrested for swiping jacket
A woman was arrested Monday after allegedly attempting to steal a children’s jacket at T.J. Maxx, 3320 Fairlane, by putting it on her young son and leaving the store.

A loss prevention employee reported seeing the 23-year-old Detroit woman take a children’s jacket off the rack, remove the tags, and place it on her young son. She then passed all registers without attempting to pay for it.

She was arrested and transported to the Allen Park Police Department. The child was turned over to a friend who was with the pair.

Dearborn Heights
Thief steals cleaning supplies

A CVS/pharmacy customer allegedly stole items from the store, 25762 Van Born Road, Oct. 28.

The woman reported to police that about 1 p.m. the manager noticed a woman, described as black, between 5 feet 6 inches tall and 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 to 200 pounds, and wearing all black clothes and white shoes with her hair pulled in a bun, pick up four 150-ounce laundry detergent bottles and an eight pack of paper towels and place the items in a shopping cart then leave the store without attempting to pay for the items.

According to the report the manager attempted to stop the suspect who entered the passenger front seat of a blue Dodge Caravan with two of the four bottles of the laundry detergent and the paper towels; the driver of the vehicle was described a black woman wearing glasses.

During the scuffle the woman allegedly used foul language and slammed the door shut and headed north on Beech Daly.

The manager said she recovered two of the four laundry detergent bottles in the parking lot. The manager plans to give police surveillance videos of the theft.

Vehicle stolen out of driveway
A woman reported to police that someone stole her car from her driveway in the 7500 block of Fenton at an unknown time on Oct. 28.

The woman said she parked her dark blue 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt in her driveway on Oct. 27 and when she went to get into it shortly after 9 a.m. on Oct. 28 she did not see it in her driveway. The victim said she spoke with a neighbor who said on the early morning of Oct. 28 her car was still in the driveway.

Dearborn
Valuables taken from vehicle

Several valuables were stolen from a man’s car while it was parked in the care of Hyatt valet service at the Hyatt, 600 Town Center Drive.

The man reported to police that about 11 a.m. Oct. 16, a Hyatt valet service employee returned his vehicle to him and he noticed several items missing from the front compartment of his vehicle. The victim told police he believes a valet employee stole his belongings. A list of stolen items was not available.

After the alleged theft, the valet manager told the victim he will investigate the matter.

Vehicles damaged in hit-and-run incident
Someone allegedly hit a woman’s 2011 Ford Fusion about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 20 near the Southfield Freeway and then left the scene.

The woman reported to police that while driving to her job at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, a young woman, who drove a smaller sport utility vehicle struck her vehicle on Oakwood Boulevard. The victim said while stopped at a red light on the overpass for the Southfield Freeway the vehicle, possibly a Ford Escape, crashed into her vehicle’s driver’s side.

The victim said the driver left her vehicle to inspect the damage and the victim noticed her driver’s-side rearview mirror broken off and parts of her vehicle scratched and dented.

The victim said she told the other driver she planned on calling the police to make a report. The victim said after making the comment the other driver got back into her vehicle and drove off. The victim did not get license place information but said the vehicle might have damage to its front passenger’s side.

Lincoln Park
Fake World Series tickets bought for $900

A victim of a Craigslist scam reported to police that he’d purchased three tickets to the Oct. 28 World Series game for $900 that proved to be counterfeit.

The man told police he made contact with the seller and spoke three times with him on the phone prior to meeting on Oct. 26 to pick up the tickets.

After meeting at Walgreens, 1764 Fort St., the victim was uncertain about the tickets and attempted to follow the seller, a black man in his late 20s or early 30s driving a silver Ford Fusion with New Jersey license plates. The victim lost sight of the man soon after.

When the victim presented his tickets at Comerica Park, they were discovered to be counterfeit.

Truck stolen from parking lot
A man parked his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 1100 block of Morris about 8 a.m., from where he carpooled to work as an installer with WOW! cable.

When he returned to the parking lot about 9 p.m. the vehicle, valued at $10,000, was missing. Police responded to the call and observed shattered glass on the ground near where the truck was parked.

Also inside the truck were tools, 15 cable boxes, a Pioneer radio and other electronics of undetermined value.

Police determined that the truck was taken prior to 4 p.m., according to witnesses, and are investigating.

Melvindale
Identity theft reported

A resident of the 17300 block of Wall Street reported Tuesday that her identity had been stolen.

About 4 p.m. that day the woman walked into the station to report that she received a notice from the Social Security Administration telling her she owed back payments for failing to report that she obtained a job in 2011.

The woman said she had not been employed at that time.

She said nearly two years ago, she lost her checkbook, which had her Social Security number written inside of it.

Southgate
Traffic top nets fugitives

A police officer on patrol was parked at a red light behind a 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer, which a license plate check through the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed was reported stolen out of Detroit.

A driver and two passengers were seen in the sport utility vehicle; a second patrol car joined the traffic stop. The three occupants were asked to exit the vehicle, two of whom were found to have outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions including concealing stolen property. The driver’s license was revealed to have been suspended.

The vehicle was towed and impounded; the suspects were taken to the police station for citations.

Riverview
Scuffle in parking lot involves threats

A woman said a man threatened her and attempted to run her over with his car during an argument in the parking lot of Huntington Elementary School, 17752 Kennebec, Oct. 25.

At 3:30 p.m. that day, the woman reported that earlier while visiting her daughter and granddaughter at the school, she exchanged words with a man who honked his car’s horn at her daughter while she was backing her car up.

Both began yelling and after telling the woman she may get hurt if she stood there, the man allegedly “gunned” the engine on his 2012 Chevrolet Malibu and the car came within a foot of her.

She said he then exited his car and used foul language. The woman told him she memorized his license plate number and he took a picture of her with his cell phone “in case (he) came across her on the school grounds someday.”

Taylor
Dead-bolt lock prevents burglary

Police are looking for a short, slender man who made an unsuccessful attempt at breaking into a home in the 9600 block of Monroe Oct. 25.

The man and woman who live there had left for the day, and about 8:20 a.m. a neighbor heard loud noises. She looked out the window and saw a small man, possibly Hispanic, kicking at a side door.

The neighbor saw that both residents’ vehicles were gone. When she looked out the window, the suspect, believed to be 18 to 20 years old, left on foot.

Police took note of shoe prints on the door, and noted that the dead-bolt lock secured with long screws prevented the break-in attempt. Police are investigating.

Thief enters through unlocked window
A man who left his house in the 6400 block of Burr Avenue returned to discover that someone had broken in through a window and stole a 30-inch video game system.

Police were called to the scene about 5:15 p.m. Oct. 25. Officers took note of a screen window that had been sliced; the window itself was left unlocked while the resident was gone for an estimated 45 minutes.

The victim advised police of possible suspects, and officers are investigating.

Wyandotte
Equipment missing
A lawn mower and snowblower were discovered missing Oct. 28 from a garage in the 4000 block of 17th.

The homeowner said she last saw the equipment Oct. 20 and when she returned to the garage that day saw the side door forced open and pry marks on it. There are no suspects.

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