Police Blotter

Allen Park
Man arrested for attempted ammunition theft
A man was arrested after allegedly stealing four boxes of ammunition from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, Feb. 2.

About 4 p.m. that day, loss prevention personnel called police to report that the 42-year-old Taylor man had taken four boxes of ammunition from the store and attempted to leave without paying for it.

He was stopped outside the doors.

Vehicle vandalized in lot
A man’s 2002 Ford Explorer was vandalized while he was inside Guitar Center, 23133 Outer Drive, Feb. 2.

The man was inside the store for an undetermined amount of time and when he came back to the parking lot, he noticed the vehicle’s back window was smashed out.

Nothing appeared to be missing.

Key returner sought in wallet theft
A man who turned in a set of keys he found on a counter in Shell Gas Station, 15610 Southfield Road, about 7 a.m. Feb. 6 is suspected of stealing the wallet left beside them.

The wallet owner said he left his wallet and keys on a counter by the cashier stand in the gas station to walk to the back cooler and when he returned, noticed it missing.

His keys had been handed to the clerk and the victim believes the man who did so stole his wallet.

The man, described as Hispanic and wearing a dark-colored hoodie and a hat, left in a blue pickup truck. The clerk said he is a regular at the station.

The wallet contained no cash, but contained identification, debit and Social Security cards.

Officers were awaiting surveillance footage.

Window shot
A woman in the 9700 block of Quandt heard an “unfamiliar noise” about 11 p.m. Feb. 9 and the next day saw a rear window of her house had been shot.

The glass appeared to have been shot by a BB gun.

She said she suspects teenagers who hang out at an abandoned house behind hers.

Husband’s truck vandalized
A woman suspects a former boyfriend of vandalizing and stealing various equipment from her husband’s Ford F-150 parked in front of their house in the 6700 block of Shenandoah Feb. 9.

The husband walked out of his house that morning to find the inside of his truck vandalized and various disc jockey equipment missing.

A “K,” which is the first letter of the suspect’s last name, was spray painted on the back of the garage. Two cans of spray paint were found on the ground.

Trio takes wallet

A man was robbed at gunpoint by four people who stopped him on the street in the 3200 block of Hemlock and stole his wallet about 6:25 p.m. Feb. 10.

The man told reporting officers he was walking on Hemlock near Bingham when a woman, described as black, approached him and told him to come to her. When the man did not go to her, two men, described as black, approached him and one of the men gestured for the man to come to him. When the man did not approach the suspect, the suspect pulled out a gun, while another suspect, described as black, raided his pockets and stole his wallet, containing $200, an identification card and a Green Card.

The man told police he was not injured during the robbery.

Reported suspects return stolen phone
Suspects accused of stealing a woman’s cell phone about 11:45 Feb. 2 at Henry Ford Medical Center – Fairlane, 19401 Hubbard Drive, returned the cell phone, according to a police report.

While in a waiting room, a woman left her cell phone on a table to go into an exam room, and when she returned her cell phone was gone. The woman reported the theft to medical center security who called Dearborn police.

Reporting officers spoke with a witness who said a man and a woman sat down near the cell phone and as she headed into another hospital room, she looked at the man who looked “like he just took it.”

The witness described the suspects to officers who searched admittance records and found the woman, who matched the witness’ description. Police contacted the suspect who said she would check with her boyfriend and call back. After 15 minutes the police called back and left a message for her to return the phone or she would be named a suspect.

At 3:53 p.m. that day, someone returned the cell phone to hospital security.

Dearborn Heights
Truck stolen from street

After a man’s truck was stolen near his house in the 8600 block of Glengary about 7 a.m. Feb. 5, he reported the theft to police.

The man told reporting police officers that someone stole his 2002 F-250 Ford pickup truck, which was parked on the street overnight.

The reporting officer checked the area and saw no evidence of forced entry. The truck has one set of keys and the man showed the reporting officer his certificate of insurance, which expired in February.

Thief nabs copper
A real estate agent noticed copper missing from a recently sold house in the 6800 block of Plainfield about 4 p.m. Feb. 6.

The agent told police officers that when he went to check on the house, he found its front door lock taken off and the door frame damaged. When the agent checked the inside of the house, he found a dropped ceiling damaged in the basement and copper piping missing. The agent looked in the basement bathroom and discovered the paneling ripped off the bathroom wall. He later re-secured the front door with a padlock.

Lincoln Park
Laptop, jewelry stolen from home

More than $4,000 worth of jewelry and electronics were missing after one or more burglars broke into a house in the 1600 block of Capitol Avenue Monday.

Police were called to the scene at 8:30 p.m. The homeowner said she returned home a few minutes earlier after being away since noon.

The woman discovered a kitchen window had been broken, and the back door was unlocked although she recalled securing it before leaving.

Responding police noted that the bedrooms were ransacked.

The woman said that a silver laptop computer worth $500 was missing, along with an assortment of jewelry valued at more than $3,500.

A detailed list of missing items was expected, and police are investigating.

Drunken driver arrested

The lack of activated headlights on a 1992 Ford Thunderbird traveling on Sibley about 1 a.m. Feb. 10 led to the arrest of its drunken driver.

An officer pulled the car over near Riverview Street about that time and noticed the driver, a 39-year-old Lincoln Park man, had an odor of intoxicants. He failed field sobriety tests and on a preliminary breath test registered a 0.159 percent, above the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving in Michigan.

Burglars break into computer store
Police were called to The Computer Co., 19295 Eureka, by a store worker reporting for his shift shortly after 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7.

The man told police he arrived at the business and found the front glass door smashed. Inside he saw that a TV and LCD monitor were missing, and that power was cut. The store alarm is Internet-based and was no longer functioning.

The man told police he would provide a detailed inventory list of missing merchandise. Police are investigating.

Lost woman arrested for drunken driving

Police pulled over a woman who drove erratically near Fort Street and Sibley Road who was revealed to be more than three times the legal limit for drunken driving.

About 7:15 p.m. Feb. 9, a patrol officer followed the 42-year-old woman and observed her 1998 Volkswagen Jetta cross the center line, activate turn signals without turning and cross the right fog line.

The officer pulled the vehicle over, and the woman said she must have missed her turn because she was “still trying to figure out where her street is.”

The woman said she had lived in Trenton for about a year.

The officer smelled alcohol and asked the woman to submit to sobriety tests. She admitted to having several drinks, and was unable to recite the alphabet or count backward from 99.

A preliminary breath test revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.26. The legal limit for driving in Michigan is 0.08.

The woman was taken to the police station, lodged until sober, and given a citation for Operating While Intoxicated.

Burglars leave empty-handed

Police were called to a suspected burglary in the 6900 block of Oldham Avenue at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. The homeowner, a man who lives there with his elderly father, said that he returned home about 1 p.m. and found a window broken and door kicked in.

Initially the man told police that a TV and video game system were missing, but the items were soon located elsewhere in the ransacked house. Police took note of the damaged door. The man said he would provide a list of missing items.

School lot collision could be intentional

Officers responded to Roosevelt High School about 8 a.m. Monday where a student reported another student intentionally ran into his Chevrolet Impala with his 1991 Ford-150.

The alleged victim said the other student pulled into the spot directly behind him that morning, though many other spots were available, and struck his car, forcing it forward about six inches. The car sustained unknown damage.

The alleged victim said the other student had been harassing him for the past few months, leaving sharp items next to his tires in the parking lot in the hopes he would run over them. He had not seen the student do this, but a friend had told him he had.

Officers are investigating.

Tire slashed at high school
A visitor to Roosevelt High School Feb. 8 said she exited the school to find her 2004 Jeep Liberty, which had been parked in the parking lot, damaged.

The rear tire had been slashed.

The incident was reported the next day.

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

Police advisories
Cold weather crime prevention tips for vehicles
With the cold weather upon us it is important to remember
the following crime prevention tips to protect your vehicle:

• Avoid leaving vehicles running unattended, even for a short period. With the cold weather you may be tempted to warm up your vehicle;

if the vehicle is left unattended
this is an excellent opportunity for a car thief to steal the vehicle. If you prefer you may install a remote starter in your vehicle. A remote starter is a relatively inexpensive option to warm up your vehicle safely.

• Keep vehicles locked and windows rolled up even if the vehicle is parked in your driveway or in front of your home.

• Do not leave valuables (GPS units, MP3 players, laptops, money, etc.) visible in your vehicle. If possible, remove all valuables from your vehicle.

• Never leave any personal information in your vehicle such as vehicle title, registration or insurance.

• Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts

• Report all suspicious activity anonymously to 313-943-3030.

Free drug test kits available for parents
Free drug test kits are available to Wayne County residents. Parents may pick up a free testing kit — one kit per family while supplies last — at the HYPE Recreation
Center, 23302 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn Heights. Call 313-436-0043 for questions.

Beware of potential scams through mail
The Dearborn Police Department reminds the public to be suspicious of unusual or “too good to be true” offers sent through the mail.
Letters indicating that you will receive offers of free trips, airline tickets, or cash if you provide your personal information may be an attempt to steal your identity. They may also say you have
won a lottery and they need your account number to transfer the funds.

There are many variationsof this scam designed to obtain your personal information in an effort to make electronic withdraws from your bank account or assume your identity to obtain
fraudulent credit accounts.

The public is cautioned not to give out their personal
information. People should contact their bank or credit card company directly using the number provided on their credit card or bank statement to determine if they are legitimately trying to make contact. Never use phone numbers listed in the letters, as they will be fraudulent
as well.