Police Blotter

Allen Park
Van taken during shopping trip

A shopper at Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane, Jan. 9 noticed her 1991 Chevrolet full-size van missing when she returned to the parking lot about 11 a.m. that day.

After being in the store for about an hour, she said she went back to the parking lot and could not locate her vehicle. Store security personnel checked surveillance footage of the parking lot but the vehicle, which had been parked far away from the store, was not visible on it.

There are no witnesses or suspects.

House broken into while owner at work
The owner of a house in the 19000 block of Champaign returned home from work about 6 p.m. Jan. 9 to find her front door open.

She locked the door when she left at 8 am. that day. When officers arrived, they saw dressers and closets that had been rifled through in the bedrooms. No other areas of the house appeared to be disturbed. Missing were a diamond ring, a gold necklace, coral earrings, and a gold and pearl bracelet.

A full list of missing items was being compiled.

Thief caught on camera
An alarm alerted police to a burglary at Empire Foods, 10270 Allen, about 3 a.m. Jan 11.

In addition to the shattered storefront window, officers also found a window bar for the exterior of another window on the ground and assumed it was attempted as a point of entry.

Surveillance footage showed an unknown man beating on the front bulletproof window with a red pipe wrench at 2:30 a.m. that day. About 20 minutes later, the man entered the store, leaving three minutes later with unknown loot.

Two unopened packs of cigarettes were found in the parking lot, likely dropped by the intruder.

The man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Money missing during hospital stay
A purse and $50 cash was reported stolen from an apartment in the 9900 block of Allen Pointe Drive Jan. 12.

Six days prior, the woman visited the apartment, occupied by her aunt, to check on it while her aunt was in the hospital. She saw the rear window screen had been cut out and the items were missing.

Boyfriend breaks in house
A woman called police about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 12 to report that her ex-boyfriend had broken into her house in the 9400 block of Hubert Avenue.

The homeowner had been out with a friend when she received a call from the ex-boyfriend, a 33-year-old resident, from inside her house threatening to come to her work and “blow her brains out.” He also threatened to burn down the house belonging to the friend the woman was out with.

She did not know where he was hiding inside the house. She said she came home because a dispatcher told her police could not respond to her house unless she was in it. She said he does not live there, but stays there sometimes.

According to the police report, officers had responded to several domestic disturbances at the house involving the couple.

The man was arrested for breaking and entering without force. He had a key to the house, which the woman said she never gave him.

Pants help thief hide liquor
A 36-year-old River Rouge man was arrested Monday after allegedly attempting to steal seven bottles of vodka by concealing them in his pants.

About 6 p.m. that day officers responded to Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, after store loss prevention employees called to report the theft.

Lincoln Park police officers called to report seeing a man who matched the description given to Allen Park officers at Outer Drive and Dix shortly after. Officers responded there and located the man, who had seven bottles of vodka, all of which still had the anti-theft devices intact, stuffed into his pants.

Fence folly

Someone stole a front yard iron fence in the 23000 block of Yale on Jan. 10. The homeowner reported the theft to police and said she doesn’t know who might have stolen her fence, valued at $275.

The woman said she discovered her fence was gone about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. She said she purchased the fence 20 years ago and has never experienced a theft and does not have any issues with anyone.

Valuables stolen from apartment
A man found several of his belongings stolen after he went to a gas station and returned to his apartment complex in the 5000 block of Oakman about 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

The man reported the crime at the Dearborn Heights Police Department and said about 4:30 p.m. that day he left his apartment and when he returned, he noticed his door was ajar, although he’d closed it.

The man reported missing his registered five-shot revolver handgun, a .38-caliber valued at $350; a silver-band ring, with a black center and two small diamonds on each side, valued at $450; and $150 in cash.

The man told police he last saw the items earlier in the morning and nothing else looked out of place.

Dearborn Heights
Cell phone stolen

After someone stole a cell phone from a woman’s house in the 25000 block of Stanford, she reported the crime to police on Jan. 10.

The woman told police about 4:30 p.m. that same day someone stole the phone between 5 and 8 p.m on Jan. 9. The woman said she returned to her house about 8 p.m. on Jan. 9 and found several items moved around. The thief entered the house through a back window on the south side of the house.

Tires taken out of garage
Four tires were stolen from a garage in the 26000 block of Wilson Drive about 6:15 p.m on Jan. 10.

The homeowner reported the crime at the police station and said someone stole his four 22-inch tires from his vehicle. The man told police that when his wife left the house, she left the garage door open and when he returned he discovered the tires missing.

A clean getaway
A man who allegedly steals laundry detergent on a weekly basis at Walgreens, 5709 S. Telegraph Road, was reportedly at it again about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

A store manager reported to police that a man removed one jug of laundry detergent from the shelf and walked past cash registers without paying and headed east on Van Born on a bicycle.

Another store employee followed the suspect and saw him drop his bicycle in the front yard of a house in the 5000 block of Pine and head east on foot through yards. A reporting officer took the bicycle to the police station.

The store manager reported that the theft is an ongoing problem with the same person who was advised in the past to stop trespassing, according to the report. The man continues to return to the store regularly, according to the report.

Lincoln Park
Guitars taken in house theft

While a homeowner was away for a few days, three guitars were taken after one or more thieves broke into a house in the 4100 block of Lafayette.

Police were called at 3 p.m. Monday by a woman who said she returned home to find three guitars — a $200 electric model and two $100 guitars — missing from the living room.

The woman was remodeling her house and staying with family, and had been away for three days.

Investigating officers noted a broken, double-pane window that was smashed to gain entry. Police are investigating.

Booze bandit nabbed at traffic stop
A getaway vehicle from a store robbery came close to hitting a police patrol car as it pulled out of Meijer, 3710 Dix, and officers soon caught up with one of the two suspects who took more than $300 worth of liquor.

A patrol car was turning north onto Dix shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday when a woman nearly struck the police vehicle while exiting the store. The patrol officer followed and ordered a traffic stop, during which two men stepped out from the passenger and rear seats and took off running east on Allard.

“I didn’t know they were going to do that,” the driver — the mother of one of the suspects — told the officer.

The woman told police that her son, age 32, and a friend believed to be in his early 40s paid her to drive them to Meijer.

She “did not know they were going into the store to steal,” she said, and parked near the west side of the store closest to the deli. Soon the two men emerged carrying red Meijer baskets filled with bottles of vodka, tequila, rum and other liquors.

The woman was arrested for pending charges of retail fraud. Her son was discovered soon after in a back yard on Winchester after being tracked down by a police dog. A warrant is being requested for the son’s friend.

The woman’s son and his friend were previously involved in a retail theft at the same Meijer.

Snow blower taken by false claim

A $600 Troy-Bilt snow removal machine was taken by a fraudulent customer who paid the $39.50 repair bill and walked away with the tool.

A customer left the machine for service at M&D Mowers, 15200 Fort, in late December. On Jan. 8, a man walked into the store to pick up the machine, and provided the name and phone number that matched the claim receipt.

A few days later the machine’s owner called and was told it had already been picked up.

An employee of M&D Mowers told police that, after servicing, the snow thrower was placed just outside the door in a row of other recently repaired tools. The claim tag — with the customer’s name and phone number — was attached to the machine.

Police were attempting to contact the owner and are investigating.

Gun buyer wants money back

A man told police he wanted a refund on $830 paid via Western Union to an online weapons broker for an A-15 assault rifle.

The man reported the civil matter to police Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. He told investigators he tried to buy the rifle from a dealer in North Carolina. After sending more than $800, the man was told to send additional money for shipping and shipping insurance, which he refused to pay.

The man told police he needed a report before Western Union would refund the money.

Video games stolen from unsecured home

A door left unsecured while a man and woman were away from home for a few hours allowed entry to their home in the 24000 block of Rosewood Avenue and the theft of a video game system.

Police were called to the home shortly before 3 a.m. Jan. 12. The man and woman were away from home since 11 p.m., and returned to find a door left slightly ajar rather than locked.

They reported the theft of a video game system and several games, with a total value of $400.

A full list of stolen items was pending, and police are investigating.

Vacant home stripped of pipes, wires
Police responded to a call from a contractor in charge of several houses in foreclosure who reported the theft of copper pipes, electrical wires and other fixtures from a vacant house in the 15000 block of Gage Avenue.

The contractor told police he’d last seen the house in December, and on Tuesday, Jan. 8 discovered that someone had broken in and stolen various furnishings. The kitchen and bathroom walls were both ripped apart and all copper pipes and electrical wiring was missing.

Police observed the side door to the home had been severely damaged, the rooms were in disarray and an unknown amount of materials were stolen.

Thief leaves tools behind

Someone broke into Del Ray Steel, 18900 Rialto, sometime before 2:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

An employee said he found the garage doors open about that time and contacted the owner, who found that the property was entered when someone pried open an exterior overheard door and bent an interior door.

Nothing appeared to be missing, but several tools not belonging to the business had been left behind.

Teens suspected in break-in
A 15-minute absence was enough for someone to break into a house in the 17600 block of Flora Avenue Jan. 9.

The homeowner said she left the house about 11 a.m. that day to pay a bill and when she returned 15 minutes later, noticed her house had been broken into.

Pry marks and shoe prints were visible on the back and front doors. Officer believe the back door was used as an entry point.

The woman told officers that when she arrived home from paying the bill, she saw a group of teenagers across the street who “looked suspiciously” at her, but by the time she had noticed the damage, they were gone.

A list of missing items was not provided.

Man arrested after two wrong addresses
A 54-year-old resident was arrested Tuesday for disorderly conduct after attempting to enter a house in the 3500 block of Clarence Avenue.

About 2 a.m. that day, the homeowner called to report she was awakened by a man attempting to get into her house. She yelled at him through the window and he swore at her and continued to attempt to get inside.

Officers arrived and saw the man pulling on the door handle. He smelled of intoxicants and told police he lived there.

The man had slurred speech and no identification. Officers offered to drive him home and he gave them an address which did not exist. They transported him to the 3500 block of McKitrick he had mentioned, but there was no house where he said there was.

He exited the vehicle and began yelling, telling officers that he paid their salary. He was transported to the police department.

Drunken driver arrested

A 19-year-old Trenton woman was arrested Wednesday after she was pulled over and officers found her license was suspended.

The woman gave officers a state identification card when they pulled her over on Biddle and Pennsylvania about 4:30 a.m. that day while allegedly driving 49 mph in a 35 mph zone.

When he told her it was not a driver’s license and conducted a records check of the name, he found she had warrants from Wyandotte and Trenton and her license had been suspended.

She told the officer she had given him her sister’s identification.

She was arrested, and during booking, registered a blood alcohol content level of 0.164 percent. The legal limit for driving in Michigan is 0.08 percent.

Her passenger was also intoxicated and her 2005 Chevrolet Silverado was impounded.

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