Police Blotter

Allen Park
Business broken into

A business in the 18000 block of Ecorse Road was broken into sometime before 8 a.m. Nov. 9.

An employee of Pam and Company, 18732 Ecorse opened up shop about 8 a.m. that day to find the store had been broken into. The front door was damaged and the cash register had been rifled through. Only a drawer containing a bank purse containing cash from the store had been opened. The empty bank purse was lying on the floor.

A rear door also was found unlocked and closed.

All employees have keys to the front door but only the owner has keys to the back door. The doors were secured when the business was closed about 8 p.m. the day prior.

The amount of money missing was not included in the report.

Neighbor sees theft
A neighbor in the 16000 block of Hanfor Avenue called police about 11 a.m. Monday to say a man had forced his way into his neighbor’s house and fled with a television.

The witness said a man, described as black, about 225 pounds and in his 30s, had kicked the rear door open and driven off east toward Quandt in a late-model gray Mercury Marquise driven by another black man.

Dresser drawers were found open in the bedroom but the 46-inch television, valued at $1,400, was the only thing missing.

Valuables stolen from house

A man discovered several valuables stolen from his father’s house in the 14000 block of Hubbard Drive between 10 and 11:15 a.m. Nov. 8.

The man, who takes care of his deceased father’s house, reported to police that his brother went to the house at 10 a.m. and it appeared to be fine, but the caretaker said when he visited the house at 11:15 a.m. he found the front door open and damage done to another door and window.

The victim told officers that someone stole a 55-inch flat screen television, miscellaneous baseball cards, a laptop computer, valued at $400 and three children’s bicycles.

Rims, tires swiped from car lot
A LaFontaine Toyota dealership car salesman noticed rims and tires stolen off a car parked in a lot when he went to work Nov. 7 at 2027 S. Telegraph Road.

The salesman told reporting officers that he left work at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 and the next morning about 11 a.m. he saw the damage. The salesman said sometime overnight someone stole the parts from a 2012 Camry, leaving it sitting on bricks.

Car damaged during break-in
A woman noticed her in-dash Global Positioning System unit and DVD player stolen from her car while parked in the parking structure at Village Plaza, 23400 Michigan Ave.

The victim said she went to work at 8:30 a.m. and left about 4:50 p.m Nov. 7, at which point she noticed the damage.

The driver’s-side window was also damaged.

Dearborn Heights
Gone up in smoke

After a gas station owner purchased several cases of discounted cigarettes and left them in his car about 6:15 p.m. Nov. 7, in the 6400 block of Cambridge, he noticed about 8:30 p.m. someone stole them.

The victim reported to police that he parked his car in his driveway and when he returned to his car he saw his vehicle’s rear window shattered and the cigarettes, valued at $5,000, gone.

Possible thieves connected to break-in
Someone stole a woman’s crystal bookmark, valued at $50, about 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in the 6000 block of Rockdale.

The woman called police after discovering her house vandalized and her bookmark stolen.

The victim said she left her house about 12:30 p.m. when she saw a light gray or dirty white older vehicle driving nearby at a slow pace. She also said the vehicle stopped and let her pass through an intersection, a move that made the woman feel uneasy, she told police.

When she returned home she noticed pry marks near her door’s dead-bolt lock and damage done to her bedroom’s locked window.

The victim said she saw at least two people in the car and she thinks the individuals in the vehicle were involved in the theft.

Lincoln Park
Armed robber strikes Taco Bell

Police are looking for an armed man who made off with an unspecified amount of cash from Taco Bell, 2306 Dix-Toledo about 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

Police responded to a robbery-in-progress call from the restaurant and interviewed the manager. She described a white or light-skinned black man who wore a black knit cap with a face mask and walked up to the counter and demanded, “Give me all the money.” The man then pulled a rifle — believed to be a 12-gauge shotgun — from his pants and said he would shoot if necessary.

The man fired a round into the ceiling. The manager opened a safe and began giving the man stacks of bills.

“Those are all ones,” the man said. “I want the bigger money.”

He put the cash in a bag and left on foot. He walked west down Mill Street.

Responding officers tracked the man’s path with a K-9 unit and found the ski mask behind a bush in a Mill Street yard.

Police are reviewing surveillance video footage of the incident, and ask anyone with information to call 313-381-8378.

Shoplifter nabbed near scene
Police responded to a retail fraud call from CVS/pharmacy, 2400 Fort St., shortly after 5 p.m. Nov. 7 and soon after took a suspect in custody.

The store manager called police and described a white man, about 40 years old, who took numerous cans of body spray from a shelf and put them in a jacket. The man then walked out the door without paying for the items.

A police sergeant was nearby in an unmarked vehicle, and saw a man fitting that description walk out of a back yard and into a passing minivan.

The sergeant initiated a traffic stop and observed the suspect crouched down on the floor of the vehicle. More than two dozen cans of body spray were on the floor along with a jacket and Detroit Tigers cap, which the store manager said the suspect was wearing.

The suspect told police that he alone had taken the items, and that the driver of the van was not involved. The suspect was taken into custody and held pending further review by detectives.

Window broken

A couple in the 18900 block of Henry Avenue heard a loud noise about 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and looked to find their side-door window had been smashed.

The husband ran to the side door immediately, but didn’t see anything. He heard dogs barking in the alley.

An officer searched the surrounding streets but did not find suspects.

Sink smashed in break-in
The owner of a house of the 17100 block of Robert Avenue arrived at the house about 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to find her front door open and back door broken into.

There was damage to the back door, its lock, and its frame and a pedestal sink which had been sitting in front of the door awaiting installation had been knocked over and shattered.

The owner said her daughter lives at the house and she was unsure what was missing.

Window busted in parking lot

A Southgate man who parked his 1994 Ford Mustang in a parking lot of Rivergreen Apartments about 2 a.m. Nov. 10 came back to it about 11 a.m. that day to find the rear window busted.

Neighbors said they noticed the damage about 6 a.m. that day.

Crack found on driver
Two plastic sandwich bags of crack cocaine were found in a 1995 Ford stopped on Fort Street about 11 p.m. Nov. 7.

An officer stopped the vehicle after turning right into a parking lot with its left turn signal on.

The crack was found on the floor of the vehicle. The driver was arrested for possession of narcotics.

Playscape vandalized
A group of high school-aged children apparently attempted to set fire to a playscape at Memorial Elementary School, 13425 Calvin, about 6 p.m. Nov. 8.

A police officer responded about that time to a call of a fire at the playscape. He arrived and saw an item of clothing on fire near it and used a fire extinguisher to put it out.

The caller said she was in the eastern parking lot of the school when she saw a two-door green vehicle park in a nearbye church parking lot and three boys and two girls exit it and walk toward the playscape.

When she next saw the playscape, it was in flames. The children left in the car through an alley near Valade and Longsdorf.

There was no damage done to the playscape.

Phones stolen from porch

A woman ordered two phones that were delivered by UPS on Nov. 1 and likely stolen from her porch.

The woman said that AT&T confirmed delivery of two phones to her house in the 6100 block of Sylvia Avenue, each valued at $500. She was also told that the phones were activated in her name, and reported to police that whoever stole them had obtained enough personal information to open the account.

Police took note of the serial numbers for the devices, which were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Lawn mower stolen from garage
A locked garage was broken into and a $300 lawn mower stolen sometime before Nov. 11.

A homeowner in the 8000 block of Trafalgar Avenue reported to police that she went to mow her lawn about 5 p.m. and discovered the garage door had been kicked in and the lawn mower stolen. Police investigated, observed the damage to the door and entered the machine’s serial number into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

New truck stolen from lot

The co-owner of Dick Genthe Chevrolet, 15600 Eureka Road, told police that a ready-to-deliver 2013 Chevy Equinox valued at more than $32,000 was stolen from the dealership.

According to police reports, the vehicle was last seen at 6 p.m. Nov. 9. A salesman went to make final preparations for delivery on Monday and noticed the vehicle was missing. The vehicle was not yet registered, had no license plates and the OnStar system had not yet been activated.

The salesman told police that he noticed a set of keys for the vehicle was missing from his desk, but did not know of any suspects who might have taken them.

The vehicle’s description and specifics were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

SUV reported stolen
Police are looking for a stolen 1997 Ford Explorer that was reported missing from the parking lot of Motel 6, 18777 Northline Monday morning.

A guest of the motel called police about 7 a.m. Monday and said he last saw the sport utility vehicle, valued at $3,500, at 10 p.m. Sunday.

The vehicle was fully paid for and the man said he had possession of the only keys.

Police did not see any evidence of broken glass. The vehicle’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Hardware stolen from shed

A resident of the 4200 block of Norwood notified police on Nov. 9 that during the previous two days someone broke into his back yard and stole an estimated $750 worth of property from his shed.

The man told police that a backyard fence gate was locked, although the shed was not. Reported stolen were a brush guard for a full-size pick-up truck, a 20-gallon industrial vacuum and a stand-up household vacuum cleaner.

Police took note of descriptions of the missing items.

Computer stolen from car

A man’s work laptop computer was reported stolen from his 2001 Oldsmobile parked in his driveway in the 1200 block of 18th Street Tuesday.

He reported the theft of the laptop, owned by DTE Energy, about 9:30 p.m. that day. He said he had been off of work for the past month and just noticed the theft.

Family fight leads to slashed tires
A family fight apparently resulted in the slashing of tires on a 2010 Dodge Caravan while parked in the parking lot of a doctor’s office in the 2700 block of Eureka Nov. 7.

Surveillance footage shows a man, identified as the owner’s uncle, approach the vehicle, bend down and walk away. The front passenger side tire was later found slashed.

The owner said the family recently had an argument.

Boy found with marijuana
Police were called to Wilson Middle School about 9 a.m. Nov. 9 after staff found marijuana in a book bag belonging to 14-year-old student.

During an investigation by staff of an unrelated incident at the school, the principal found two plastic sandwich bags containing about 3.3 grams of marijuana in the backpack. The student said he was going to sell it.

He said he had bought it from a 30-year-old man known only as “Don” who lives in the city.

The boy was released to his father.

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