Police Blotter

Allen Park

Woman fights off garage intruder

A woman returning from work Jan. 24 said she fought off a man who broke into her garage in the 17000 block of Horger Avenue.

About 6:30 p.m. that night, the woman pulled into the garage to which she had left the door open. When she went to exit her vehicle, she saw a man, described as white, in his 30s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and “weathered looking,” approach her with his “hands in a manner that he was going to grab her by the neck and choke her,” according to the report.

She poked him in the eye with his fingertips and he ran through her backyard, hopped her fence, and headed east.

The woman called her landlord to see if the man was a former tenant, but the landlord said the former tenant would not have done that.

Officers followed footprints in the snow leading through the backyards of two houses in the block. Photographs were collected of the prints, which appeared to be a men’s size 11 or 11.5.

Nothing was found missing from the garage.

Car stolen during shift

An employee of Petco, 23155 Outer Drive, said he found his 2004 Dodge Intrepid missing from the parking lot about 7 p.m. Jan. 26.

The employee had completed a six-hour shift at the store when he returned to the parking lot and found the vehicle missing.

Wallet taken during movie

A woman who saw a 7 p.m. movie at Allen Park Theater, 6601 Allen Road, Jan. 26 said she left the movie to find her wallet missing from her purse.

She said she had placed the purse under her seat. Missing were the wallet, which contained credit cards and her driver’s license along with $50 in cash.

Woman arrested for stealing charity money

A 39-year-old Detroit woman was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing a donation box from Marathon gas station, 15500 Southfield Road.

When officers responded to the gas station, they saw the woman throwing cases of windshield wiper fluid across the parking lot. The clerk identified her as the woman who had stolen the donation box. She began to scream at the officer and was placed in the squad car.

The clerk told police that a man came in to buy gas about 12:30 a.m. that day and as he was waiting on him, he saw the woman run in the store, grab the box and enter a 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor. The clerk went out to confront her and she allegedly became angry and began throwing the boxes of fluid.

An officer searched her vehicle and found the donation box on the floor behind the driver’s seat. Officers later found a fast-food bag containing suckers from the donation display and a crack pipe on the woman.

The amount in the donation box was not listed.

Gun goes missing

A woman reported to police at 1 p.m. Tuesday the theft of her 9-millimeter handgun from her house in the 15000 block of Russell.

She said she had last seen the gun when she purchased it two months ago. She did not know the make or model of the gun and did not have paperwork for it but said she suspects her boyfriend sold it without her permission.



Homeowner scares off potential thieves

A homeowner who stepped outside for a smoke in front of his house in the 7800 block of Hartwell on Jan. 27 noticed a light on in his mother’s 2005 Dodge caravan about 2 a.m.

Two men then stepped out of the vehicle, ran south on Hartwell and headed west on Moross. The reporting officers did not locate the men, described as black, in the area.

The officers saw part of the steering column detached and the man told police he locked the vehicle’s doors and two sets of car keys were in the house.

Money, jacket stolen from room

Someone stole a man’s brown leather jacket, valued at $500, and $200 in cash after he went to work and left his Red Roof Inn Detroit – Dearborn room about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 26.

The man told reporting officers that when he returned to the hotel, 24130 Michigan Ave., about 9 p.m. that day, he noticed his room door open and valuables missing. The man told police that the inn’s cleaning service personnel left the door ajar.

Dearborn Heights

Runny nose thief steals tissues, coupons from car

A thief stole several items from a car about 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the 4000 block of Telegraph Road.

A man reported to police that he parked his unlocked car near his house for several days. When he went out to his vehicle that day, he noticed that someone stole his box of tissues, several car wash coupons, a car owner’s manual, a folder with miscellaneous paperwork and a clipboard. The car was not damaged in the theft.

Snow thrower stolen from garage

A man called police after he noticed that someone stole his snow thrower from his detached garage in the 8500 block of Berwyn at 11 p.m. Jan. 26.

Police noticed the lock on the garage’s side-entry door was damaged before and could not be locked to prevent the theft.

Nabber leaves car damaged

A woman called police after she found that someone attempted to steal her dashboard radio in the 6900 block of Inkster Road about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

The woman told police that day that she was legally parked at her residence at 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 25, but when she went to her vehicle at 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 26, she noticed someone entered it and attempted to move the radio, causing damage around its casing.

Someone stole her Mp3 player and her son’s educational electronic reading tablet.

Lincoln Park

Electronics taken from home

A woman and her children were away from their house in the 1400 block of Ford Boulevard Tuesday evening and returned to find the house burglarized.

Nearly $2,000 worth of electronics and jewelry were taken, according to police reports.

The woman said she left about 6:30 p.m. and at 11 p.m. found the front door unlocked, although she recalled securing it. A 52-inch TV, Mp3 player, video game system and other valuables were missing.

A complete list of stolen items was pending as police investigate.

Idling car stolen from driveway

A man in the 1500 block of Lejeune wanted to let his 2012 Ford Fusion, valued at $20,000, warm before taking it in for an oil change.

The idling vehicle was then taken by a man dressed in all dark clothing.

Police were called to the scene at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 26. The sport utility vehicle’s owner said he let the vehicle run to warm it up, and from a kitchen window saw a man get into it and drive away; a

black SUV that was parked nearby followed the stolen vehicle.

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


Resident reports money missing

A resident of Bellaire Retirement Apartments, 12621 Hale, said more than $900 had been stolen from him in the past month.

On Jan. 3, he said he had $450 in an envelope in his pants pockets when he sent his pants out to be laundered without realizing the money was still in them. The pants came back to him later but the money was missing.

On Jan. 11, he said he left an envelope with $510 on a table in his living room and went to bed. When he woke up, the money was missing.

He called police Jan. 15 to report both thefts and said management was evicting him for reporting the theft to them.

Officers contacted management of the building, who said they were evicting the man because he used a racial slur when reporting the Jan. 3 incident. They said they had never been told of the Jan. 11 incident. The man admitted to police that he had used a racial slur.

Converter missing from car

A resident of Royal Wood Apartments, 13800 Sibley, reported that he parked his 2003 Cavalier in the parking lot of complex Jan. 18, and when he returned to it the next day, it was not working properly.

He said the catalytic converter, valued at $400, was missing.

30-minute absence leads to break-in

A resident of the 14000 block of Brookview left his house for 30 minutes Jan. 22 and when he returned found his front door broken.

He left about 6 p.m. and returned about 6:30 p.m. Nothing was missing but a closet door which had been closed was open.

The detective bureau is investigating.


SUV stolen from bar lot

A man reported the theft of his 2003 Chevy Avalanche that had been parked for seven hours in the parking lot of Henry VIII South, 15480 Dix-Toledo.

The man told police he parked the sport utility vehicle, valued at $10,000, at 6 p.m. Jan. 23, and at 3 a.m. Thursday noticed it was no longer in the parking lot. The vehicle was paid for and insured and the owner had all keys accounted for.

Surveillance video footage revealed a man entering the vehicle shortly after midnight and driving off toward Reeck Road.

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


Burglars steal 15 rifles from house

While a homeowner was in Florida, a small arsenal of rifles was stolen from his house in the 25000 block of Eureka Road.

Police were contacted at 9 p.m. Jan. 27 by the man’s son, who is watching the house and had last seen everything secure several days earlier. He reported that at least 15 rifles were missing from a safe hidden by a wall map, a collection

that includes several shotguns, an M1 carbine, several military bolt action long guns and other weapons.

Police reported that entry was likely gained through a back bedroom window, outside of which several tools were found on the ground. A full list, estimated value and details are pending while police investigate.


Guitar, electronics taken in burglary

One or more thieves entered a house in the 200 block of Washington Street through a bedroom window and left with more than $1,300 worth of valuables.

Police were called to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. Jan. 23. The homeowner said he left around 9:30 a.m. and returned at 11 a.m. and discovered that someone broke in through a bedroom window.

Missing items included a video game system, a guitar valued at $500, a laptop computer, flat-screen TV and other valuables.

Police collected evidence and descriptions of the items and are investigating.

Problem driver hospitalized after crash

A 61-year-old man with a record including six impaired-driving incidents was being treated at Oakwood South Shore hospital after he allegedly caused a three-vehicle collision.

Police responded at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 23 to reports of a crash involving an intoxicated driver.

Two cars waited at a red light on eastbound West Road at Longmeadow when, according to police reports, the suspect’s 2002 black Lincoln plowed into the second of the two vehicles, sending it crashing into the first.

Witnesses said the suspect stepped from the vehicle and urinated on the roadside grass.

Responding officers attempted to interview the suspect, who had slurred speech and said he’d taken four Vicodin and an unknown amount of Xanax.

The suspect driver was determined to have six prior impaired driving incidents dating back to 1986. He was transported to the hospital for treatment and awaits charges.


Items missing from truck

Items were reported missing from a 1999 Ford F-150 parked in the 300 block of Walnut Jan. 20.

According to the report, about 10 p.m. the day prior, the man had parked his unlocked car in front of his house and the next morning found a spare tire and radio missing along with various tools.

Cell phone store robbed

Several people robbed T-Mobil, 3171 Fort St., Jan. 24.

The theft was reported about 9 a.m. the next morning. Missing were a cell phone valued at $700 and several accessories.

Surveillance footage shows three or four suspects pry the front doors open with pry bars and run into the building, heading directly for a storage area and bypassing display cases of expensive phones. They went for a locker in the room immediately, pried it open and rummaged through it. On the way out, one of the suspects grabbed the cell phone and accessories.

They were all wearing hoodies and gloves and the footage could not provide a detailed description. It appears as though flashlights were used and the theft was less than two minutes in length. Yellow paint transfer was found on the front door.

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