Police Blotter

Allen Park
Money taken while woman shopped

A shopper at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, reported that someone stole nearly $300 from her wallet while at the store Dec. 13.

About 11 a.m. that day, the woman called to report finding $295 missing from her wallet while in the checkout line.

She said about two hours prior, she had placed her wallet in the seat of a shopping cart while she shopped. When she went to check out, she noticed her wallet was open. When she looked inside, she saw $2, and hundreds missing.

She said she didn’t see anyone acting strange in the area or anyone near her shopping cart.

Officers were awaiting surveillance footage.

Blade bilking attempt goes bust
A 45-year-old Brownstown man was arrested Dec. 5 after allegedly attempting to steal several saw blades.

About 2:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane Drive, after a loss prevention employee reported seeing the man stuff three packs of saw blades into his shirt and attempt to leave the store without paying for them.

A pack of safety glasses were also found on the man. The total value of the stolen items was $58.31. A search revealed the man had only $2 on him at the time.

Vehicle damaged at Ford building
A vehicle owned by Ford Motor Co. was broken into sometime before 11 a.m. Dec. 13.

The van was parked in the southwest section of the parking lot of a Ford building at 1700 Fairlane.

Officers noted that entry was gained through the rear door of the van after someone attempted to enter the driver’s-side door, damaging its lock in the process.

No fingerprints were found and nothing seemed to be missing from the van.

Man stops car theft
A resident of the 3500 block of Wall Street may have stopped a break-in to his 2004 Dodge Intrepid.

About 3 a.m. that day, the man said he looked outside and saw someone inside his vehicle parked outside his house. He yelled and the man, described as white and wearing a dark hoodie, fled in a dark-colored vehicle.

The ignition inside the steering column was punched out.

License plate stolen
A license plate was discovered stolen off of a 1997 Saturn parked in a driveway of a house in the 14600 block of University Avenue sometime before 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

The owner said she had noticed it missing about 6 a.m. that day and had last seen it secure at midnight the day prior.

There are no witnesses or suspects.

Theft leaves car damaged

After a man grabbed a bite to eat at a restaurant in the 13000 block of Michigan Avenue, he discovered his father’s vehicle damaged and his Global Positioning System unit missing about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

The man reported to police officers that he parked the car in the city parking lot north of the restaurant about 5 p.m. and after he returned, several hours later, he discovered the front passenger’s-side door open and the car window shattered. The victim said he noticed the vehicle’s interior lights on after the theft.

Tires, rims stolen from vehicle
Someone stole tires and rims from a man’s Ford Edge, between 1 and 8 a.m. Dec. 14, in the 100 block of Lake Village Boulevard.

The victim reported the crime to police and said he parked his car at 1 a.m. at an apartment complex and his neighbor informed him of the theft. The tires and rims were valued at $1,200.

Dearborn Heights
Thief steals tools, accessories

A thief broke into a garage, about 10 a.m. Dec. 12 in the 4000 block of Ziegler, and stole tools and other accessories.

The victim contacted police and informed them that his garage door was pried open and his tools and motorcycle accessories were gone.

Wallet stolen from vehicle
A man discovered about 10 a.m. Dec. 17 that someone entered his vehicle and stole his wallet after he parked the vehicle in his driveway in the 1900 block of Kinmore at 9 p.m. Dec. 16.

The victim reported the crime at the police department and said when he returned to his vehicle on Dec. 17, he discovered his wallet, which contained his driver’s license and four credit cards, missing.

The victim also told police that when he canceled his credit cards, the credit card company informed him that someone attempted to use his card at 9 a.m. Dec. 17 at a gas station on Michigan Avenue and Inkster Road in Inkster.

Lincoln Park
Thieves strike on Christmas Eve

A couple returned home from church Monday evening and found their house in the 1500 block of Goddard had been broken into and a $500 laptop computer missing.

Police were notified the following morning. The man said that he and his wife were at Christmas Eve service and away from home from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Responding officers observed a bedroom window that had been broken. The man said the side door had been locked but was open when they returned.

Police took information on the missing computer and are investigating.

Idling Jeep stolen from driveway
A woman told police that her black 2012 Jeep Liberty, valued at $20,000, was stolen while running in her driveway.

Police responded to the 1600 block of Goddard at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 22. The woman said she started the vehicle and returned inside for a few minutes, during which time it was stolen.

The vehicle’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Saws stolen

Three saws were discovered missing from a garage in the 23400 block of Outer Drive sometime before 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12.

According to the report, the homeowner had last seen the garage secure the day prior. A number of footprints were found on the ground near the garage but the homeowner said they were from a search he conducted with his friends earlier.

Car vandalized in church lot on Christmas

Police went to Calvary Baptist Church, 15221 Eureka, Tuesday morning and met with a man whose 2002 Ford Crown Victoria was broken into either late Monday or early Tuesday morning.

The man told police he attended Monday evening services and last saw the car at 10 p.m. when he rode home with others.

Responding officers on Tuesday morning noted the driver’s side window was broken, and glass was on the ground near the door. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.

Catalytic converter stolen off Jeep
A woman in the 11000 block of Dorchester reported to police the theft of a catalytic converter of unknown value from her 1999 Chrysler Jeep.

The theft was reported at the police station at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 21, and occurred sometime during the previous night.

Man arrested after frequent knocking

A 50-year-old resident was arrested from an apartment in the 4200 block of Seventh after a woman in the same apartment building called to report he was harassing her.

The woman told police about 11 a.m. Dec. 23 that the man had been knocking on her door since the day prior. Officers told the man the woman did not wish to speak with him and did not share his romantic interest and to stay away from her.

An officer sat in his car on the street nearby and watched as the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, then returned to the woman’s apartment and knocked on her door again.

He was taken to the ground and arrested for disorderly person.

Money taken from donation box
An employee of Edible Arrangements, 2910 Van Alstyne, reported Dec. 23 that a customer allegedly had stolen money from a donation box days prior.

She said that about 7 p.m. two days before, a woman, described as white, in her late 50s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and skinny with a front tooth missing, placed and paid for an order inside the business.

The employee left the lobby to start the order and when she returned, saw the woman “messing” with something on the floor and then saw a charity donation box that had been on the counter was missing. She then saw it was laying on the floor, broken open and empty.

The customer said she didn’t realize the box was even there and the employee told her she would review surveillance footage, at which point the woman fled from the store in a blue Ford Fiesta.

The donation box contained about $5 in bills and coins.

Hit-and-run driver damages pole
Officers responded to the scene of a hit-and-run collision about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 23 in which a car hit a street light pole and fled.

The incident occurred at 23rd and Vinewood streets. When officers responded there, they saw the Honda Accord with both airbags deployed and the street light pole broken off at the ground.

Witnesses reported seeing a heavyset white man wearing a black coat run from the car north on 23rd. A records check traced the license plate to a Grosse Isle man.

A K-9 unit was deployed but lost the track near 22nd and Cedar.

Wyandotte Municipal Services was called to secure the pole.

The vehicle was towed.

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