Police Blotter

Allen Park
Gun found on driver

A 19-year-old Detroit man was arrested Nov. 20 after police found a handgun in the waistband of his pants during a traffic stop.

About 8 p.m. that day, officers stopped a vehicle traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone, on northbound Southfield Freeway near Fern.

The man, the driver, could not produce a driver’s license. During a pat-down, a 9-millimeter Glock handgun was found in the man’s waistband. He could not produce a concealed carry license.

He said the gun was his he had just been to the shooting range, but police said the gun did not appear to have been recently fired. A records check revealed the gun was not registered to the man and he told police he had recently purchased it from the registered owner.

He was arrested and the vehicle, registered to his mother who was one of three passengers, was released to her. The other passengers were released at the scene.

Wallets swiped from store
Two employees of Metro PCS, 23063 W. Outer Drive, suspect a customer in the theft of their wallets Nov. 24.

About 2:30 p.m. that day, the women called to report they were working the sales floor about two hours prior when they saw a man head toward an “employees-only” area of the store.

They said they thought he was using the bathroom and thought nothing of it, but later discovered their wallets, which had been in purses inside the area, missing.

Both victims said they cancelled their credit cards but they had already been used in Detroit.

The man was described as black, in his 20s, and wearing blue jeans, a red plaid jacket, and a black baseball hat.

Police are awaiting surveillance footage.

Couple accused in wallet grab
A diner at Chili’s, 3230 Fairlane, reported someone stole her wallet from her purse about 5 p.m. Nov. 25.

She said she was sitting at a dining table with her family and later realized someone had reached into her purse, slung over the back of the chair, and grabbed her wallet. The wallet contained several credit cards and a Social Security card.

The suspects are a man and a woman seated at the table next to the victim’s. They were described as black and in their 30s. She said they ordered waters and left before they could order entrees. The woman was seated behind the victim, with access to her purse.

Tackle taken
Fishing tackle valued at more than $950 was reported stolen from a garage in the 14000 block of Philomene Monday.

About 7:30 a.m. that day, the owner called to report he had found the items taken about 6 a.m. that day. The garage was last seen secure about 11 p.m. the night prior.

Damage was evident to the side door lock. A miniature flashlight not belonging to the owner was found on a toolbox in the garage.

Valuables stolen from garage

A man woke up Nov. 16 to find valuables stolen from his garage in the 4200 block of Seymour. The victim told reporting police officers that someone stole a snowblower, valued at $500; four tires, valued at $800; stereo amplifiers, valued at $300; and stereo speakers, valued at $600, between midnight and 2 p.m. Nov. 16.

The victim said that he last checked his garage at midnight and nothing appeared out of order, but at 2 p.m. he noticed his belongings missing.

Woman’s car vandalized
A keyed car left a woman with questions after she discovered her vehicle, a 2012 Toyota, vandalized in her driveway in the 7500 block of Appoline about 10 a.m. Nov. 14.

The victim said she parked her car in her driveway about 11 p.m. Nov. 13 and the next day she noticed the scratches, located on the hood, and driver’s-side front and rear doors. The victim told police she does not know who scratched her car.

Purse taken from seat
A woman discovered her purse stolen about 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, 22216 Michigan Ave.

The woman reported to police that she sat at the restaurant’s bar about 2 p.m., and later noticed that someone stole her purse from the bar stool’s back. The victim said she had her identification card, credit cards and car keys in her purse. Restaurant staff said they did not see anyone take the victim’s purse; closed circuit television cameras in the restaurant showed the bar area, but did not show the bar stools in the frame.

Dearborn Heights
GPS unit, valuables taken from car

Someone stole a vehicle owner’s Global Positioning System unit and laptop computer from an IHOP parking lot, 24140 Ford Road, between 12:45 and 1:15 p.m. Nov. 25.

The thief pried open the passenger-side window and smashed the victim’s 2008 Chrysler minivan. The thief left a screwdriver behind, which detectives processed to find clues.

Thief takes wallet from inside car
A man discovered his wallet missing from his car’s console about 8 a.m. Nov. 26 in the 26000 block of Cherry Hill.

The victim reported to police that he parked his vehicle in his driveway sometime overnight on Nov. 25, and someone entered the vehicle and took the wallet, which contained the victim’s Social Security card, bank cards and an unknown amount of cash.

Copper piping removed from vacant house
A landlord reported to police that someone stole copper piping from one of his properties about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 26, in the 8400 block of Hazelton.

The victim said before the theft the locked property did not have any tenets, but someone unlocked the front door, removed piping from the basement and fled in an unknown direction.

Lincoln Park
Impaired driver takes out holiday display

Police took part in a Sunday afternoon car chase after spotting a reckless Fort Street driver who damaged a vehicle, Christmas display and flag pole before being taken into custody.

Patrol officers responded to a call at 1:15 p..m. Sunday of a reckless, likely intoxicated driver traveling north on Fort Street at an estimated 75 mph. Police caught the vehicle, a 2002 red Chevrolet as it passed Champaign.

The driver did not immediately respond to police lights. The vehicle struck a curb near Southfield; the right front tire broke away from the rim, and the three-wheeled vehicle turned sharply toward the median. Off the road the vehicle struck a Christmas display and hit a Canadian flag pole before coming to a stop.

The driver initially refused officer demands to exit the vehicle, and was pulled out and placed in restraints. Arresting officers reported that the driver had slurred speech, pinpoint pupils and was unsteady on his feet.

The driver told police he was under the influence of prescription medications. He was taken into custody and warrants were requested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, no proof of insurance, and resisting and obstructing police.

Break-in nets game system, laptop

A woman living in the 10000 block of Pine Street returned home from work shortly after 8 p.m. Nov. 23 and discovered the theft of a video game system and laptop computer.

The woman said she left about 9 a.m., and that her live-in boyfriend was also away from the house. Investigating police noted that a window screen had been removed and an unlocked window was the point of entry.

One or more burglars took from the home a $200 video game system, $200 laptop computer and assorted electronics.

The woman said a number of teen boys recently had been hanging out in front of the home. Police are investigating.

Hunter returns to burglarized home
A homeowner in the 25000 block of Mary Street returned from a hunting trip to find that his back door had been kicked in and an estimated $1,000 worth of electronics stolen.

The man told police he went hunting about 5 p.m. Nov. 23, and returned home shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday to discover the theft.

Investigating police collected evidence near the broken back door. Neighbors reported having heard dogs barking about 2:30 a.m.

Police are investigating.

Copper thief nabbed by cops

While checking a vacant house in a neighborhood often victimized by break-ins, police found an alleged copper pipe thief hiding in the basement of a home in the 5000 block of Montfaucon.

Lance Michael Waske, 27, was arraigned Sunday, charged with breaking and entering and as a habitual offender.

About 6 a.m. Nov. 24, two patrol officers noticed a basement light on and side gate ajar. After additional officers and a K-9 unit arrived, police entered the house and found a large black bag containing several pieces of copper piping.

Waske was discovered in the basement, hiding behind the furnace and water heater. Police collected evidence, transported Waske to custody where he was held on $2,500 cash bond. Police believe Waske may be responsible for other break-ins reported in the area.

Vase thrown during robbery

A resident of the 18500 block of Harman alleges an intruder Nov. 23 threw a vase at him before running out of his house.

The resident said about 8 p.m. that day, he returned home from shopping to find a man in his dining room picking up his laptop computer from a table. He said upon seeing him, the man picked up a vase from the table and threw it at him, missing him by inches, before running out the back door.

The bedroom and dining room were ransacked but the man did not find anything missing. Scrapes and pry marks were evident on the back door.

The suspect was last seen running south on Robert Avenue.

Officers searched the area, but found no one matching the suspect description.

The intruder was described as in his late teens or early 20s, with dark hair and a slim build and about 6 feet tall,

Stereo missing from car
A car stereo was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1700 block of Clarann Avenue Nov. 25.

About 11 a.m. that day, the owner called to report finding her dashboard broken and stereo missing.

She said she had gone to bed about midnight and did not see or hear anything suspicious.

Officers that evening were patrolling the area from 3 to 6 a.m. and did not see any footprints near the car in the newly fallen snow.

Drunken driver arrested

A man alleged to be involved in a hit-and-run collision on Pennsylvania was arrested for driving while intoxicated when officers stopped him on West Jefferson Nov. 23.

The other man involved in the collision called police about 3 p.m. that day to report the man, driving a 2004 Ford pickup truck, had struck his Chevrolet van from behind while stopped behind another stopped vehicle, pushing him into the vehicle in front of him.

The men agreed to meet in a nearby parking lot to exchange insurance information, but the pickup driver never showed up.

When officers stopped him, he smelled of alchohol and failed field sobriety tests. A bottle of schnapps was found in his front seat. He had two prior citations for driving while under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for felony DUI.

Vandals strike house

A woman in the 600 block of Hudson awoke Nov. 20 to find obscenities spray painted on the front of her house.

A drawing of a penis also was spray painted on the sidewalk.

The woman had last seen the area secure about 12:30 a.m. that morning. At 8 a.m. that day, she went outside and found the damage.

Neighbor sees break-in
A man looking out his kitchen window about 3 a.m. Nov. 21 saw what police suspect was an attempted robbery of a drug store.

The man said he was looking out of his window toward the back door of Wyandotte Drugs, 364 Eureka, when he saw a man, described as white and dressed in all black, pulling on the back door to the pharmacy. He walked away toward nearby apartments and then returned and pulled on the door again. The resident left the window to call police and when he returned the man was gone.

Officers found the security latch on the door was broken and contacted the security company. It appeared as though a crow bar was used on it.

Sweet tooth thief strikes diamond
A city employee called to report finding an unknown amount of candy missing from a baseball field concession stand at Memorial Park, 1940 Ludington St., Nov. 21.

No damage was found and nothing else appeared to be missing.

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