Police Blotter


Allen Park
Caught red handed

Two residents were arrested after allegedly spray painting more than 10 local businesses near Southfield and Allen roads Nov. 3.

About 11:30 a.m. that day officers were sent to the 15000 block of Southfield, where witnesses saw two male suspects, later identified as an 18-year-old Allen Park man and an Allen Park boy, spray painting businesses.

The age of the juvenile was not provided.

Both had spray paint on their hands and spray paint cans near their feet, according to the report. Both were arrested and transported to the police department.

Businesses in the area had similar spray paint markings, believed to be the “signatures” of the pair. The amount of damage is unknown but estimated at more than $1,000.

Found card alerts resident to robbery
A phone call from a credit company tipped a resident of the 15000 block of O’Connor Avenue off to a theft of items from her house Monday.

That day, the woman returned home after receiving a call from a representative of the credit company, who said a man called after finding her card in a change purse on a sidewalk in Detroit. All credit cards were still inside the purse, but an unknown amount of cash was missing.

About 3 p.m. that day, officers responded to the house, where they found the side door open with damage to the door jamb and wall.

Missing were a flat screen television, an Mp3 player, bank information, video game cartridges and a large amount of jewelry.

A winter hat with an Old English “D” on the front was found in the living room. A leather glove was found in the driveway.

Mother arrested for threats
The mother of a student at Allen Park Middle School was arrested after allegedly threatening to blow up the school and an administrator’s house during an argument about her son’s suspension.

About 8:40 a.m. that day, a school secretary reported that the mother had called and asked to speak to the principal and assistant principal regarding her 14-year-old son’s recent suspension. When the secretary told her they were both unavailable, she allegedly became angry and told the secretary she would sue the school, contact the school board and “blow up the school.”

When officers arrived at the school, the mother and her son were speaking with the principal in his office when she abruptly left and slammed the office door.

The principal told police that just before she left, the woman had told her son that since he was now a 14-year-old dropout, he would have to decide if he wanted to go to the vice principal’s home and “blow it up.”

She was arrested for making terrorist threats.

Dearborn
Woman leaves behind baby formula

A woman allegedly attempted to steal several cans of baby formula from CVS/pharmacy, 22060 Outer Drive, about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

A store pharmacist reported to police that the woman, described as white, between 25 and 35 years old, with her hair shaved on both sides, and wearing pink and dark-colored clothes, placed baby formula cans in a white cloth bag and left the store without paying. The pharmacist’s co-worker chased the woman on foot until she ran into the bathroom of a nearby sports lounge. The woman eventually exited the bathroom and got into her car heading south on Jackson.

The pharmacist reported that the woman left the undamaged baby formula cans in the bathroom and employees put them back on the shelf.

Computer stolen from house
After coming home from work, a man found his desktop computer stolen and his bedroom in shambles after someone broke into his house in the 7600 block of north Manor between 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

The man reported to police that he left his house to go to work at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and when he returned at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 31, he noticed his back door, on the east side of the house, open. He told reporting officers that he locked all doors before he left for work. The officers reported that they did not see any evidence of breaking and entering; the victim said his landlord has access to his house keys.

Dearborn Heights
Thief pops four wheelies

A man reported to police that someone stole four new tires from his backyard in the 4800 block of Katherine between Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.

About 10 a.m. Nov. 4 a reporting officer noticed the victim’s truck tires missing and on blocks in his fenced-in backyard. The victim said the tires cost him $1,900 and he normally locks his backyard gate but he didn’t during the timeframe of the theft.

The victim also said he heard noises during the night but did not have further information on whether the noises were connected to his stolen tires.

Saws, valuables taken from garage
A woman discovered valuables stolen out of her garage in the 18100 block of Powers about noon Nov. 2.

The woman told reporting officers that she left her house at 9 a.m. and came back at noon and found her garage broken in and an air compressor, two large wrench sets in a case, two saws and a snowblower missing.

The woman said more items might be missing. The officer reported not seeing any pry marks, scrape marks or fingerprints by the garage door.

Thief removes gaming system
Someone removed a gaming system from a house in the 24300 block of Hanover between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

The homeowner reported to police that the offender removed the gaming system off the entertainment system console in the living room and then left out the front door.

Melvindale
Woman awakes to break in

A resident of the 19100 block of Wood awoke about 2 a.m. Monday to someone attempting to break into her house.

She yelled at the man attempting to enter the front door and she said he left, heading north on Wood.

A K-9 officer unsuccessfully attempted to track the would-be intruder.

The door frame of the front door was damaged and dirt around the window sill was disturbed.

The woman did not get a description of the man, but said her house was broken into on two prior occasions.

Wet bandits strike house
The owner of a house in the 2300 block of Downing suspects recently evicted tenants of vandalizing the house.

About 7 p.m. Nov. 3, the woman called to report finding the water in all the faucets running and the heat turned up to its highest point when she arrived at the house earlier that day. A dog belonging to the former tenants was also inside the house. Nothing was physically broken.

Riverview
Drugs found on driver

Marijuana residue and hallucinogenic mushrooms were found in a 2009 Kia Rio driven by a 22-year-old Brownstown man Oct. 30.

About 11 p.m. that day, officers were driving on Fort when they stopped the vehicle, which had expired license plate tags.

When asked if he had any drugs on him, the man said he had marijuana and mushrooms. An unspecified amount of each were found in the car. He could not provide a driver’s license and a search revealed he had a valid one from Ohio but his Michigan license had been revoked.

He was arrested for possession of drugs and for driving with a suspended license.

Southgate
Tools taken during smash-and-grab from vehicle

Police were called to the parking lot of Adam and Eve, 12525 Dix-Toledo, shortly before 10 p.m. Nov. 3, by a woman reporting the theft of $300 worth of tools from her vehicle.

The woman said she parked her work vehicle, a 2006 Ford F-150, at about 9 p.m. A half hour later she noticed the side window had been smashed, and a bag containing a cordless power drill and other tools was missing.

Investigating officers noted broken glass near the truck, collected evidence and are investigating.

Taylor
Vacationer returns to burglarized home

A man and his wife returned to their home in the 16000 block of Ziegler Avenue after a five-day vacation and discovered a break-in, theft of electronics and extensive damage.

The couple called police shortly before 8 p.m. Oct. 30 when they returned home and saw the front door open.

They’d locked and secured the house before leaving the week before.

Along with the open front door they discovered the back door had been pried open, and interior doors kicked in. Stolen merchandise included a 32-inch TV valued at $700, a laptop computer and a 50-piece socket set. In addition to the missing items, responding police observed a 50-inch TV that had been severely damaged, and collected evidence from the ransacked house.

Laptop, jewelry stolen
A woman returned to her home in the 23000 block of Mary Avenue after a 24-hour absence and discovered the theft of a $600 laptop computer and jewelry valued at $600.

The woman called police shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Investigating officers observed a rear window screen that had been removed from a window with a non-functioning lock.

Police are investigating.

Trenton
Gutted geese found in dumpster

Police are investigating the illegal dumping of seven geese that were found in a dumpster behind the UAW union hall, 4571 Division.

Police were called to the scene at about 1:15 p.m. Friday, by the union president and animal control officers.

The union president told police he went to throw garbage into the dumpster and found seven dead geese. Upon further investigation the animal control officer found that the breast meat had been removed from four of the seven geese.

Police took note of the incident in case any further illegal dumping occurs.

Wyandotte
Money taken from purse

A woman in an apartment in the 2000 block of Biddle said someone entered the apartment and stole $40 from her purse.

The woman reported the alleged theft about 11 a.m. Oct. 31.

She said someone had previously entered the apartment to steal a necklace, but it was returned.

Vehicle vandalized
A 2003 Ford Windstar was vandalized while parked in an alley behind the 18000 block of Lindburg.

The windshield was broken and fresh scratches were on the passenger side.

The owner saw a 25-year-old neighborhood man run away from the vehicle.

Officers attempted to contact the man, but no one was home.

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