Police Blotter

Allen Park
Man arrested for taking systems

A 27-year-old Detroit man was arrested Jan. 2 after allegedly stealing eight video game systems from his employer since December.

Officers responded to Target, 3100 Fairlane Drive, about 8:30 a.m. that day after receiving a call from the store’s loss prevention staff.

According to the report, the loss prevention officers observed the man stealing video game systems on four separate occasions . On Jan. 2, loss prevention staff confronted him about the thefts after seeing him conceal two more game systems in his clothes.

The man admitted taking the systems, but did not offer payment for them. He was fired. The systems are valued together at $1,360.

Ax used in theft
Officers are seeking two men who allegedly tried to break into a cell phone display case with an ax Jan. 4. at Meijer, 3564 Fairlane.

A loss prevention officer called police about noon that day after hearing glass break when she was inside the store’s office. She said she went to the area of the display case and was told two men had attempted to crack the case with an ax before leaving in an unknown vehicle.

The first man is described as black, wearing a gray long-sleeved T-shirt blue jeans, and a gray knit cap. The second man was described as black and wearing a black and yellow shirt with black pants. Both wore gloves and were average build and in their 20s or 30s.

On their way out of the store, the men dropped the ax, which was taken as evidence.

Woman arrested after bowling brawl
A fight between bowlers at Thunderbowl Lanes, 4200 Allen Road, Jan. 6 led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Detroit woman.

Officers responded to the bowling alley about 1:30 a.m. that day and spoke to a woman who said the Detroit woman had assaulted her in the parking lot.

She said the woman had began harassing her and her friends inside the alley, kicking their feet as she walked by them, stepping on their feet and stepping in front of them while they were taking photos. After the Detroit woman stepped on the alleged victim’s feet, the victim said she pushed her and the two began to throw punches until they were separated by alley security, who escorted the Detroit woman out of the building.

When the alleged victim and her friends left shortly after, she said the woman was waiting for them, holding either a jack handle or lug wrench in her hand. She again advanced on them and a snack bar employee who was standing near the doors attempted to hold the Detroit woman back while the women walked to their cars.

A few minutes later, the two of the woman’s friends said they felt a car rear-end theirs and looked to see the Detroit woman, who allegedly backed up and struck their car two more times. The driver stepped out to survey the damage and the Detroit woman threw the tool at her, striking her left hand. She grabbed it and threw it back at the woman. The women got back into their car and drove through the parking lot, but the Detroit woman again rammed the side of their car with hers.

The Detroit woman said the women had “jumped” her in the parking lot and she “was the victim.”

She was arrested for two counts of felony assault and malicious destruction of property.

A hot fuss
A man was allegedly punched in the face during an argument about sauna rules at L.A. Fitness, 3223 Fairlane, Jan. 6.

The alleged victim said he got into an argument with a 28-year-old Dearborn Heights man about 2:30 p.m. that day after the victim and his friends attempted to exit the sauna and re-enter without closing the door behind them. The Dearborn Heights man told them to keep the door closed and after an argument, he allegedly punched the other man in the face.

The alleged offender said it was the other man who did not close the sauna door and he did not punch him, but pushed him to get him “out of his face.”

The alleged victim had minor red marks on his upper lip, chin and cheek. He declined medical attention.

Bat used in ‘road rage’ beating
A man was allegedly assaulted during a “road rage” incident on Allen Road and Philomine about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

According to the report, the man was driving north on Allen when the suspect, described as a Hispanic man 25 to 30 standing about 5 deet 10 inches tall and wearing a gray hoodie and a black knit cap, began tailgating him. He stopped at a red light and the man pulled in front of his vehicle, exited the vehicle, leaned into his driver’s-side window, and grabbed the alleged victim’s shirt.

He said he punched the attacker in the face to protect himself and the man began punching him back. Another man, later identified as a 21-year-old Wyandotte man, exited the lead vehicle’s passenger’s side and struck the alleged victim with a baseball bat. The victim exited the car and fought with the men and he was struck with the bat in the back of the head and his back several times. The victim’s girlfriend got out of the car and the attackers ran to their vehicle and drove away north on Allen, before heading east on Southfield.

The girlfriend said she attempted to help the victim and was struck in the face with either the bat or a fist. No injuries were visible on her.

A check of the license plate revealed a photo of the registered owner, the Wyandotte man, and both victims identified him as the attacker with the bat.

Thief steals $1,000 in valuables

One thousand dollars worth of tool supplies were stolen about noon Jan. 2 in a parking lot at Shallow Chiropractic P.C., 24820 Michigan Ave.

The owner told a reporting officer that while he was at the chiropractic office someone broke into his van and took his tool bag containing the tools.

Vehicle stolen from parking lot
Someone stole a woman’s car after she ate at T.G.I. Friday’s, 720 Town Center Drive, Jan. 3. The woman said she parked her 2003 Dodge Caravan in the parking lot about 8:40 p.m. and when she left the restaurant about 10:30 p.m. she noticed the vehicle missing.

The owner told a reporting officer that she locked her vehicle and no one had permission to use it. The reporting officer noted that he did not see any broken glass near the vehicle.

Car damaged during visit

A man visited a friend at Greentrees Apartments, 2010 Fort St., Jan. 6 and when he came back to his 2012 Dodge vehicle, left in the parking lot, it was damaged.

He said he had parked it there the night prior and came back to it at 7 a.m. that day. The rear window was broken and the ignition lock had been tampered with. Total damage was estimated at $1,400.

Dearborn Heights
Valuables taken from garage

After a man came home from work he discovered five gallons of gas and several circular saws taken from his garage in the 8400 block Kinloch.

The man told a reporting police officer when returned to his house, about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4, he noticed the missing items. He told the officer that the theft most likely happened between Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, when his garage door was open.

Copper taken from house
A police officer discovered copper stolen from a house in the 8600 block of Riverview about 11:20 a.m. Jan 5. The
officer found the front door open and the padlock cut off then noticed copper piping taken from the basement ceiling and the water heater.

Snowblower stolen from garage
A homeowner discovered his snowblower stolen about 5:15 p.m. Jan 4 in the 8500 block of Glengary. The man told a reporting officer that the thief stole the snowblower from his garage and fled in an unknown direction. He noticed his locked garage door’s knob damaged after the theft.

Lincoln Park
Woman scares off likely thieves

Police are looking for two men last seen running out the side door of a Progress Avenue house after preparing to steal jewelry and other valuables.

A woman told investigators she returned home shortly after noon Tuesday and saw a small, gray two-door car parked in her driveway. She parked in the street and was walking toward the front door when two Hispanic men, both in their early 20s, ran out a side entrance.

Inside the woman saw a broken back window that had been pried open, and a jewelry box on the bathroom floor.

Police collected evidence and descriptions of the men and vehicle and are investigating.

Snowblower stolen

A snowblower was stolen from a house in the 17200 block of Flora Avenue sometime before 11 a.m. Jan. 5.

The snowblower had been secured to the house’s front porch with a nylon strap, which had been cut.

The snowblower was valued at $500.

Garage entered
A garage in the 17300 block of Eddon Avenue was found broken into about 5 p.m. Jan. 2.

The owner said she had left for work about 7:30 a.m. that morning and when she returned home about 5 p.m., she saw her garage door wide open. A padlock had been pried open and damaged and scrapes and dents were visible on the door. Nothing was found missing.

Stolen Jeep one of several targeted

Southgate and Taylor investigators are looking for one or more thieves specializing in Jeeps.

An employee of Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar, 19400 North Line Road, left work at 3 a.m. Jan. 6, and discovered her black 1999 Jeep Cherokee missing from where it was parked. The woman locked the Jeep and had the only keys in her possession.

Responding officers reported broken glass near where it was last seen. In the next parking space police observed a white Jeep idling with no one inside.

Also seen at the north end of the parking lot was a white Jeep Cherokee, discovered to have been vandalized in an attempted theft. Officers noted the window was broken, ignition pulled and radio missing.

Police were advised that the night before central dispatch sent an alert regarding attempted thefts of three Jeep vehicles in Taylor. Investigators said they are looking for the owner of a beige Jeep that was seen in areas near the attempted thefts; the license plate number provided by witnesses proved to have been stolen from another vehicle.

A description of the Jeep, valued at $2,000, was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network. Police are investigating.

Diamond rings taken from store
Southgate Police were called by the loss prevention officer at Meijer, 16300 Fort, who reported the theft of 22 diamond rings, with a total value of more than $20,000, taken from a display case that had been vandalized.

According to a police report, the rings were taken from the case sometime between 7 and 11:30 p.m. Jan. 6. A clerk noticed the case door broken and notified management.

The loss prevention officer said that there is a surveillance camera aimed at the jewelry display, but it was not activated at the time of the disappearance.

Lottery tickets swiped by thief

Police are looking for a man who walked into Get ’n’ Go, 10950 Beech Daly, and walked out with a locked container filled with instant lottery tickets.

At about 7 p.m. a white man in his late 20s entered the convenience store, walked to the counter and grabbed a box filled with eight books of lottery tickets of undisclosed value.

Police obtained a copy of surveillance camera images that showed the man, who wore a long-sleeved red shirt and black pants. He left the store and ran down Beech Daly and out of camera range.

Police are investigating.

Assault rifle reported stolen

An apartment resident in the 2000 block of Marian told police that a .40-caliber assault rifle and two magazines were stolen while he was at a doctor’s appointment.

Police responded to the call shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3. The man told police he left the apartment locked and secured at 3 p.m., and when he returned at 4 p.m. saw that the rifle was missing from a bedroom closet.

Police did not find any sign of forced entry. The man told investigators he believed it was an “inside job” by someone who has a key to the apartment.

The man was unable to immediately provide police with the weapon’s serial number. The paperwork, he said, was at his sister’s house where he keeps most of his guns.

Visit leads to vandalism

A mother in the 600 block of Ninth Street told police she suspects that friends of her 15-year-old son vandalized her 2011 Ford Focus parked in her driveway Jan. 5.

About 8 p.m. that day, the woman called to report finding the front and rear windshields on her vehicle smashed.

She said minutes before, two friends of her son, 15 and 19, stopped by to ask if he was home. She said he was not and they told her he owed them $35. She told them it was not smart of them to lend money to a 15-year-old with no job.

Minutes louder, she heard banging and saw the damage.

Men assaulted by woman’s boyfriend
Two men say the boyfriend of a 24-year-old resident they drove home from a neighborhood bar about 3 a.m. Monday assaulted them.

The men, a 21-year-old Woodhaven man and a 25-year-old Flat Rock man, said they met the woman at the bar and gave her a ride home to her apartment in the 3100 block of Fort after her boyfriend allegedly hit her. When they pulled up, they said the woman’s boyfriend, a 32-year-old Wyandotte man, ran up to their car and punched the Woodhaven man on the chin. He put his car in reverse to attempt to drive away, striking the woman’s car parked nearby.

He said he got out of the car to attempt to talk to the boyfriend, when he again punched him on the chin. He and the Flat Rock man fled the scene and called police.

Officers spoke to the woman, who was sitting in her vehicle “covered in blood and highly intoxicated.” She told police the blood was from falling on steps. She denied that the boyfriend had assaulted her, but said he broke up with her then left. Officers then noticed blood on her wrist and she told them she wanted to die and showed them lacerations to her wrist.

Neither man wished to press charges against the boyfriend, but wanted the damage to the vehicle documented.

A petition for a psychiatric evaluation was completed for the woman and she was admitted to a hospital.

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