Police Blotter


Allen Park

Trailer, contents missing

A trailer and its contents were discovered missing from a driveway in the 10000 block of Carter Feb. 11.

The owner said he left his house about 7 a.m. and when he came back about 5 p.m. noticed the 2002 Interstate trailer missing.

Inside the trailer was a dust collector, a leaf vacuum and a push lawnmower.

Bicycle bilked during assembly

A bicycle was stolen from in front of Allen Park High School, 18401 Champaign, during an assembly Feb. 12.

About 9:30 a.m. that day, the owner’s mother called police to report her son had secured the bike to a bench outside the school for the assembly and returned afterwards to find it missing.

Phones stolen

Display phones valued at more than $3,000 were discovered stolen from a Sprint store, 3428 Fairlane, Feb. 13.

Officers were dispatched on an alarm about 5:30 a.m. to find the front door lock twisted out of the door and wires to several display phones cut.

Fve cell phones valued at $3,049 were missing. Wires had also been ripped from a wall in a stock room.

Officers were awaiting surveillance footage.


House ransacked, valuables stolen

Upon seeing valuables missing from his house in the 7800 block of Coleman, a man called police Feb. 5.

The homeowner reported to police that after he left his house at 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and returned at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5, he saw his rear door open and his house ransacked. Someone stole the homeowner’s 9-inch television, valued at $100; 32-inch television, valued at $300; laptop computer, valued at $1,000; video game console, valued at $500; miscellaneous games, valued at $100; cell phone, valued at $100; and copper piping valued at $100.

The man said when he returned home he saw tire tracks that led from an alley to his house’s rear door; the rear door’s latch was damaged from the inside. The man told police that several of those valuables were stolen from his bedroom and living room. The homeowner said when he left the house on Feb. 4, he locked the door but not the deadbolt. He said he lives alone and family members knew he left.

Attempted vehicle theft goes awry

A woman reported to police about 11:50 a.m. Feb. 13 that someone stole valuables from her vehicle in the 7800 block of Coleman.

The woman said that between Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, someone broke into her 2012 Ford Taurus’ rear passenger’s-side door and stole her MP3 player, valued at $200, and $10.

Reporting officers noticed that someone destroyed her gear shift in a possible attempted vehicle robbery.

Dearborn Heights

Thief takes off with motorcycles

Two motorcycles were stolen from a homeowner’s garage in the 7400 block of Vernon. The man reported to police on Feb. 5 that someone stole his two his motorcycles, a 1999 black Harley Davidson and a 2008 black Suzuki, from his closed garage sometime between Feb. 3 and Feb. 5.

The homeowner told police that the suspect gained entry by entering an unlocked garage door.

Thieves dine and dash

Two men allegedly left IHOP, 24140 Ford Road, without paying their bill, about 4:40 p.m. Jan. 16.

A waitress reported to officers that two men, described as black, ate dinner and left the restaurant without paying their $16.58 bill. The men fled in a red 1998 Ford-type vehicle; their license plate number was reported to police officers.

Lincoln Park

Robbers take smokes from store

Cartons of cigarettes valued at more than $1,200 were taken by three robbers — one of whom was armed — from a tobacco store.

Police responded to a call from Crown Tobacco, 1676 Fort Street, at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 which reported that three men had left the store after taking 300 cartons of cigarettes at gunpoint.      The store employee said the first suspect, a black man in his mid-30s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, entered the store first and asked for a pack of cigarettes. The employee grabbed the cigarettes, and the suspect then pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun and told the employee to step away from the counter.

Two other suspects then entered the store from a rear door, a white man of unknown age, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and medium build, and a black man of unknown age wearing a ski mask. The two men carried large bags to a back shelf, which they then filled with cartons of cigarettes. The three left through the rear entrance, and the employee heard several car doors shout and a vehicle leaving the scene.

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


‘Doughnut’ driver arrested for marijuana posession

An 18-year-old Allen Park man was arrested after officers allegedly found four grams of marijuana in his Mercury Topaz during a traffic stop in the 2800 block of Bloomfield Feb. 16.

Officers responded to the area about 9 p.m. that day after receiving calls about a driver doing “doughnuts” on the street.

The marijuana was in a sandwich bag on the floor behind the vehicle’s passenger seat. He was unable to provide a medical marijuana card. He also could not provide a valid registration or proof of insurance.

Threat precedes dog theft

A resident of the 19500 block of Hanna Avenue alleges that a poster from whom she bought a dog on an online bulletin board stole the dog back Feb. 11.

She said she bought the dog for $200 after it was posted on the website, but later received a text from the unknown seller asking to sell the dog back because the seller’s daughter wanted it back.

The resident said they could buy it back but about 4 p.m. Feb. 11 said two suspects, described as a white man about 25 years old and standing about 6 feet 4 inches tall and a white woman about 5 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds, were at her door and requested the dog back, though they said they could not pay for it.

The woman reported the pair attempted to enter her house but she would not let them in. She said they told her they would call the police and “would be back for the dog.”

The dog was later discovered missing.


Money reported missing

A resident of the Bellaire Independent Senior Apartments reported the theft of more than $900 from his room Feb. 14.

The resident said he counted out $997 about 8 p.m. that night before going to bed. He got up the next morning and went to breakfast, and when he returned that morning about 8:30 to his room, said the money was missing.

He told police a health care worker had entered his room that morning to open his window.

According to the report, the worker, an administrator at the facility, said she did not go into the man’s room that day. She told police many of the staff are fearful of entering the man’s room because he often makes false accusations of theft or uses racial slurs and is being evicted because of his behavior.


Teen driver busted with pot

A 16-year-old girl admitted to police ownership of a small amount of marijuana found in her car Feb. 13 after police pulled her over for speeding.

Shortly after 9 p.m. police observed the girl’s 1999 Saturn driving northbound on Fort Street at 50 mph, 15 mph over the posted limit. After a traffic stop police asked the girl to exit the vehicle, and noticed a strong odor of marijuana. There were three other teenagers in the Saturn.

The driver originally told police that “someone in the vehicle might have marijuana,” but she wasn’t certain. Responding officers asked all occupants to exit the vehicle, one of whom said there was a small pill bottle with marijuana beneath the driver’s seat. The driver admitted to ownership of a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana in her purse.

The teens were transported to the Trenton police station, where the driver was charged and released to her grandfather.


Cameras, jewelry taken from home

Taylor police responded on Feb. 15 to a woman who returned home at 5 p.m. to discover her house in the 9100 block of Dudley Avenue had been burglarized.

The woman told police she left shortly before 6 a.m., and that her husband was not at home.             When she returned she saw that the back door had been kicked in, and that $1,200 worth of camera equipment and more than $1,800 worth of jewelry were missing.

Police noted the rear entrance appeared to have been pried open. A complete list of missing items is pending and police are investigating.


Money missing from car

More than $500 was stolen from a Taylor woman’s 1995 Buick while it was parked in the parking lot of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital sometime before 4:30 p.m. Monday.

A pair of women’s shoes also were missing.

Jerky-craving thief strikes Marathon

A burglar apparently had a late-night craving when he targeted a Marathon gas station at 2000 Biddle early Tuesday.

About 2 a.m. that day, officers responded to an alarm at the gas station when they saw the front door glass shattered and a stick of jerky on the ground outside it.

Sticks of the same brand of jerky were found on the floor inside the gas station and muddy shoe prints led from the front door to the front counter and to a beer cooler in the back of the store.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect, later identified as a 49-year-old resident, approach the front door, knock on the window, and then walk away. A few minutes later, the video shows the same man come back with a rock, which he uses to smash the window and crawl through it.

The footage also shows him go to the beer cooler and grab a single beer, before crawling back out of the window, falling onto the parking lot.

A man who matched the description of the subject from the video was arrested several streets away while officers were investigating at the location.

He had several sticks of jerky in his pocket.

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