Police Blotter


Allen Park
Abandoned house vandalized

A door was found kicked in on an abandoned house in the 10800 block of Seavitt about 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

A neighbor called about that time to say he had discovered the foreclosed house’s back gate open and a window on its lower level kicked open.

Officers found property belonging to the former owners and cigar wrappers and other items on the floor of the family room. They suspected whoever broke the window probably used the family room to “party,” as the electricity is still on.

A TV was damaged in a bedroom, but no other damage was found.

A phone message was left with the real estate agent responsible for the house, asking for the window to be repaired.

Attempted shoplifter leaves empty handed
A woman who allegedly attempted to steal items valued at more than $170 from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, Nov. 16 left the store before police arrived, but got away empty handed.

The woman, described as black, in her 50s, standing 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 250 to 300 pounds, allegedly attempted to leave the store with items including several cases of beer, toilet paper, and paper towels, about 3:30 p.m. that day. A loss prevention employee approached her and directed the woman back into the store. The woman said she was not leaving the store, but wanted to use the restroom in the vestibule near the exit doors. No such restroom existed.

The woman then grabbed her purse and exited the store without the merchandise, leaving in a silver Chevrolet Cobalt before officers arrived.

The vehicle was traced to an owner born in 1933 and police do not consider the owner a suspect.

Items taken from car
Various items were discovered stolen from a 2008 Chrysler parked in the 17200 block of Midway Avenue about 6 a.m. Nov. 18.

The owner parked it in her driveway about 8 p.m. the day prior and when she woke up about 6 a.m., she noticed items, including a Global Positioning System unit, a wallet containing $25 in cash and credit cards, and a backpack containing school books and a stethoscope, missing from her car. The items are valued together at about $500.

There was no damage to the car and the owner cannot remember whether she locked it.

Southgate
Truck, pistol stolen from hotel lot

Southgate police are investigating the theft of a 2004 Ford F-250 Escort truck from the parking lot of Holiday Inn, 17201 Northline Road, that took place sometime early morning Nov. 18.

A hotel guest told police he last saw the truck about 3 a.m., and discovered it missing at 7 a.m.

Inside the vehicle was a handgun registered to the truck owner.

The owner told police he had all keys to the vehicle, valued at $18,000, and was certain it was locked when parked. Police did not discover any signs of broken glass or forced entry. Also stolen was a Dodge flat-bed trailer valued at $2,000 and an estimated $3,000 worth of tools.

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

Dearborn
Phone stolen from night club

A man’s night of fun turned into a night of questions after he reported to police that someone stole his cell phone about 2 a.m. Nov. 4, during his visit to Club Prestige, 5959 Schaefer Road.

The victim went to the police station to report his missing cell phone and told officers that he had his phone clipped to his pocket at night and when he went to leave the club in the early morning he couldn’t find it.

He told police he traced his phone with a phone finder application to Lava Java in Dearborn Heights but when the victim went to retrieve the phone he could not trace it anymore because someone turned the phone off, he said.

Thief takes bikes from front yard
A woman went shopping about 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and returned about an hour later to her house, in the 3500 block of Linden, to find her children’s bicycles stolen.

The woman reported to police that she did not see her son and daughter’s bicycles, a pink women’s 10-speed and a burgundy men’s 10-speed, in the front lawn of the house when she returned and her children did not move them. She told the reporting officer she does not know who might have been responsible for the theft.

Dearborn Heights
House ransacked, jewelry taken

A woman noticed her jewelry stolen after someone broke into her house about 8:30 p.m., Nov. 15, in the 26000 block of Ann Arbor Trail.

The victim told police she left for work in the early morning and when she returned she discovered her bedroom doors and dresser drawers open and items removed from the house. The victim also noticed various pieces of jewelry missing. The police later discovered that someone pried open her front door.

Credit card fraud raises suspicion
A man allegedly fraudulently used a credit card to purchase $2,500 worth of gift cards about 11:50 p.m. Nov. 16 at Speedway, 27349 Joy Road.

The manager reported to police that a man, described as black and wearing a Michigan State University sweatshirt, used the stolen credit card after first pumping $20 worth of gas.

Before the man purchased gift cards the cashier asked for identification. The name on the identification card matched with the credit card, and the employee went through with the transaction. The manager told the officer that he noticed the name after speaking with the employer and the same suspect used that credit card at another Speedway on Van Born and Merriman and at a Downriver gas station. The manager told police he has a video of the suspect’s transaction.

Lincoln Park
Teen charged with chain saw theft

Lincoln Park police were called to the 3600 block of North Shore Drive shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday by officers from the Wyandotte Police Department with information on the theft of a chain saw.

A 16-year-old boy was seen on North Shore Drive in Wyandotte carrying a $150 chain saw. Wyandotte police detained the teen, who admitted to having taken the tool from a Lincoln Park shed.

Lincoln Park police contacted the owner, who said he left his shed unlocked.

The teen told police, “I don’t know why I took the chain saw.” He was taken into custody and booked on breaking and entering charges. The chain saw was returned to its owner.

Running vehicle taken by thief
A man called police shortly before 7 a.m. Monday to report that his 1997 Mercury, valued at $1,500, was taken while the car was warming up.

The man told police he started the car in his driveway in the 1500 block of Cleveland to warm it up before taking his children to day care. Five minutes later the vehicle was missing.

A description of the Mercury was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Taylor
TV stolen during home invasion

A man living in the 6000 block of William Avenue called police about 4 p.m. Nov. 14 when he returned home and saw a side window broken.

Responding police confirmed no one was inside, took note of the broken window and a rear door that had been pried open. A rock was found inside near the broken window.

The man said that a 42-inch TV valued at $500 was missing, along with other undetermined items. Police are investigating.

Thief breaks window during burglary
Police were called to the 9800 block of Pardee Road at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 by a woman who returned home from work and saw a light on in the basement and a broken kitchen window.

Responding officers determined that the house was vacant. The woman said that a gym bag containing a $150 Mp3 player, assorted cash and coins and other items were missing.

Police took note of the broken window and believed the burglar left through the front door, which was discovered open and unlocked. The woman was certain she locked the door when leaving in the morning.

Trenton
Burglar sought in robbery

Police are looking for a man who broke into a house on Dwight Street Nov. 17 and stole a television and jewelry.

A homeowner called police about 7 p.m. from the block-long street off West Jefferson Avenue. The man said he returned home that evening and heard someone running down the stairs.

The burglar was seen running through the back yard, likely a white man wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and cap.

Inside the house the man discovered the theft of a 32-inch TV, a ladies gold wedding ring and man’s gold watch from an upstairs bedroom.

Responding police found a broken window and a brick inside on the floor. Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Firearm assault investigated
Police are looking into an alleged firearm assault that was reported at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in a West Jefferson Avenue parking lot.

A man told police he was in the parking lot talking with the suspect. The conversation became heated, and the reporting victim said he held up his hands to put distance between them. At that point the suspect pulled out a pistol from his waist band and pointed it at the man.

Another man joined the argument and also held a gun pointed at the victim after racking the slide.

Other individuals, believed to be family members, tried to intercede and calm the argument. The reporting man left and called the police.

The first man with a gun was described as middle-aged with a gray suit coat, the gun was a black, semi-automatic pistol, believed to be a 9mm.

The reporting victim said it was not the first time the suspect pulled a gun on him, but he had previously not reported the incident to the police.

Contact information for the two suspects was provided and police are investigating.

Melvindale
Drugs found on driver

Officers found what they believe to be a rock of crack cocaine on a man arrested for outstanding warrants after officers responded to a call of a disabled vehicle and one of its inhabitants running into the street on an Interstate 75 ramp off Schaffer about 2 a.m. Nov. 16.

The 43-year-old Monroe man said the battery of his Mercury Sable died and would not restart. He and his two passengers did not provide identification and the woman seen running into the road had been picked up by a friend before officers arrived.

The man was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant from Monroe. The two passengers gave what officers suspected were pseudonyms but a car came to pick them up before he could determine their real names.

The crack was found in a white bottle in the man’s clothing during booking.

Apartment flooded
Recently evicted tenants of an apartment complex in the 17000 block of Raupp allegedly got their revenge on the landlord when the apartment was discovered flooded Nov. 14.

The apartment manager checked on the apartment, vacated several months ago by the tenants, about 10 p.m. that day and found the bathtub left on and water overflowing onto the floors of the apartment. Carpeting throughout the apartment was soaked.

The apartment was last seen secure Nov. 8. Entry may have been made through a front window, the screen of which displayed minor damage.

Riverview
Items swiped from van

A computer monitor and Global Positioning System unit were stolen from a 1998 Ford van parked in the 18000 block of Koester Nov. 16.

About 4 a.m. the owner’s husband was preparing for work when he noticed the items missing. The doors had been left unlocked. The items were valued at $450 together. No damage was found on the van.

Drunken driver ditches car
An officer on patrol found an abandoned 2003 Ford Focus in the 1600 block of King with its undercarriage caught in a sewer main about 9 p.m. Nov. 18.

The vehicle was towed and the owner, a Riverview man, was contacted. He told police he had been drinking before driving to meet his friends in Woodhaven about three hours earlier when he got scared that he would be caught drunken driving and turned around in a parking lot to go back home. Instead of exiting the parking lot, the car ran over a curb and got stuck on the water main.

The man left the vehicle and walked home.

He was mailed a citation for careless driving.

The water main did not appear to be damaged but damage was evident on the rings around it. The Department of Public Works was contacted about the damage.

Wyandotte
Man impedes traffic

A resident was cited for possession of an open intoxicant and disorderly conduct after allegedly stumbling onto the roadway on Fort Street, impeding traffic.

About 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15, officers observed the man, who was carrying a paper bag containing a half-empty can of beer, stumble into the roadway, slowing down several cars, and then punch a construction cone, which fell over.

The man said he was going to his girlfriend’s house. He emitted an odor of intoxicants.

No signs found of alleged attack
A 71-year-old resident of the 2800 block of Third was treated for minor lacerations Nov. 15 but police doubt the story he gave them about how he received them.

About 3 p.m. that day, the man called police to say he was injured when four large men, two black and two white, barged through his unlocked front door with clubs and attacked him about 1 a.m. that day. He told police he fought the men off, and “knocked two of them out,” before they fled out the front door.

The man had blood near his eyebrow and on his left wrist and complained of pain in his head, left hand, legs and ribs. Wyandotte Fire Department EMS transferred him to a nearby emergency room for treatment.

Officers noted that the front room, where the attack allegedly took place, showed no signs of a struggle. Magazines and newspapers were in neat stacks throughout the room and a ashtray near the front door was undisturbed.

Cash missing from business
Up to $12,000 was found missing from Artcraft, 1105 Ford Nov. 15.

About 4 p.m. that day, the owner called to report that money from recent sales of property owned by the business was missing from a cash box in a bathroom off of a locked office area.

He said he and another employee were the only ones with access to the area.

The money, from $10,000 to $12,000 was taken sometime in the last few months, he said, adding that he had electricians install solar panels three months ago and they had access to the office area.

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