Police Blotter

Allen Park

Ring missing after class

A wedding ring was stolen while its owner was in classes at Baker College, 4500 Enterprise Drive Feb. 21.

The woman said she removed it for nursing classes and put it in her wallet, which was in her backpack. After the class ended, she checked her wallet and saw that while other rings inside it were still there, her wedding ring was missing.

The ring is valued at $10,000.

House egged for second time

A resident of the 9000 block of Ruth came out of his house about noon Feb. 23 to find his house and car had been egged.

Egg yolks were visible on the house’s front window, the garage door, and the victim’s truck.

He said he had reported a similar incident last month.

Car taken during shift

An employee of Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, finished his shift about 10 p.m. Feb. 23 and walked out to the parking lot to find his 2001 Jeep missing.

He had parked it there about 10 a.m. that day. He said he believes the doors were locked.

Car on blocks, tires missing

A resident of the 17000 block of Keppen Avenue found his 2013 Lincoln MKX up on blocks and its tires and wheels missing when he came out of his house about 9 a.m. that morning.

The vehicle had been parked in the driveway overnight. It appeared as though the suspects gained entry by breaking the passenger-side back window and finding the lug nut key inside the side door pocket.

The driver’s side of the vehicle had been placed on concrete blocks but the passenger’s side was not supported.

Snow equipment stolen

Equipment worth more than $1,200 was discovered missing from a tractor kept at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25.

The owner of a lawn company which owns the tractor and stores it in the parking lot said he saw the black steel bucket for the tractor missing from near the tractor. It was used for snow removal.


Car vandalized in driveway

Someone damaged a woman’s vehicle in her driveway in the 4200 block of Firestone Jan. 29. The woman reported to police that between 12:20 and 6 a.m. that day, someone scratched her driver’s-side door with keys and slashed her tires.

She told reporting officers that she does not have problems with anyone and does not know who might have damaged her vehicle.

Thieves rob man of phone

A man’s cell phone was stolen about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 outside of Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive, by two men who responded to his Craigslist advertisement.

The men met that day after the seller called one of the suspects.

The first suspect was described as having a scar on the right side of his face and the second suspect was described as a short man with a beard. The suspects are both between 20 and 25 years old.

The seller told reporting officers that he gave one of the suspects his cell phone, valued at $600, when the suspect stepped closer to his own vehicle. When the seller told the man to come back to him, the suspect got into the passenger’s side of his vehicle and his partner drove off.

The man said he jumped halfway into the passenger’s-side window and attempted to retrieve the phone when the suspect punched him in the face and arms.

He hung out of the window as the driver drove for about 50 feet. The man eventually let go of the suspect and wrote down the vehicle’s license plate number.

A police officer reviewed the video surveillance footage and saw a suspect leaving the Walmart parking lot, according to a police report. He gave the video to the Dearborn Police Detective Bureau.

Dearborn Heights

Thief steals valuables from car in driveway

A woman called police after she discovered that someone stole valuables from her car in her driveway in the 4600 block of Monroe Boulevard about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

The woman told police officers that someone broke into her vehicle overnight on Feb. 19 and stole her a DVD player, portable DVD player and purse, which contained personal items and $20 in cash.

The woman said she noticed the missing items about 10 a.m. Feb. 20.

Tools taken from house

A homeowner discovered tools taken from his house and his aunt contacted police after she found that someone broke into his house in the 8400 block of Virgil about 3 p.m. Feb. 22.

The woman called police after she saw the front door of the house open about 10 inches.

The woman said she was supposed to meet with a potential tenant that afternoon.     Reporting police officers surveyed the house and noted that the door appeared to have been kicked in.

The woman said she remembered locking the doors in the house. The homeowner reported that the tools were taken from his basement.


Hospitalized woman’s bedroom ransacked

A woman’s bedroom was apparently broken into while she was staying at a local hospital.

About 7 a.m. Feb. 23 the woman’s husband called to report finding the bedroom door “jimmied open” and the lock popped.

All nightstand doors were open. It is unknown how intruders may have entered the house, as the doors were locked.

An unknown amount of costume jewelry was missing.


Break-in nets cash,  jewelry

Police responded to a home invasion call from the 15000 block of Reeck Road at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 22, where one or more thieves broke in while the family was at dinner.

The homeowner told officers that he, his wife and their children had gone out to dinner at 7 p.m., and returned to discover the entry door from an attached garage had been pried open.

A full inventory of missing items was pending, but officers were told that $800 in cash was taken from a bedroom desk, and two jewelry boxes were missing from another room that contained an undisclosed amount of valuables.

Police noted footprints in the snow that went through the back yard and over a wall; other prints were seen leading up to the front door.


Intruder steals safe, jewelry

A woman was awakened by noises about 11 p.m.  Feb. 23, made by an unknown man standing in her kitchen in her home in the 23000 block of Pinewood Drive.

The woman had fallen asleep on a living room sofa and awoke to a tall man in all dark clothing. The man ran from the home as the woman called police. She told responding officers that missing items included an office safe containing an undisclosed amount of jewelry, and the woman’s purse that was on the kitchen table.

Investigators noted foot prints in the snow from a rear window, the screen of which had been cut open, toward Baker Street.

Laptops, video game stolen

A one-hour window of opportunity was all it took for one or more thieves to break into a home in the 6800 block of Hipp Avenue  Feb. 21.

Police responded to a call from a woman who had left home for an hour and returned to discover the theft of two Acer laptops with a total value of $1,000 and an video game system valued at $500. Police reported that the thief likely entered through a sliding glass door that was not locked.


Suspected drunken driver causes multi-vehicle crash

Charges are expected to be filed against a suspected drunken driver police said was responsible for a collision that involved four vehicles on Van Horn Road.

Police responded to a crash report about 9:45 p.m. Feb. 22, where they found a 36-year-old man in a black 2005 Jeep Cherokee that reportedly caused the multi-car collision. The driver said he was “just fine,” although police observed a head laceration and blood on his face and shirt.

Witnesses told police that the suspect crossed over the center line as he approached a line of vehicles waiting for a train to cross near Division Street. The suspected driver hit a vehicle that was at the rear of the line and pushed it off the road and into the median before continuing on and striking another vehicle and pushed it into another. The Jeep was traveling fast enough for the crash to shear off the left front tire and axle.

The suspect’s injuries prevented responding officers from conducting field sobriety tests, although they noted that the suspect’s speech was slurred, and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot. The drivers of the other vehicles involved were not injured.

The suspect was transported to Oakwood Southshore for treatment, where a blood test was taken The suspected driver was released with a citation pending charges. A check with the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed that the driver had a prior conviction for Operating Under the Influence of Liquor in Wyandotte in 2009.

False plate leads to passenger arrests

A traffic stop for an expired license tag ended with the driver’s two passengers taken into custody for outstanding warrants.

About 10:30 p.m. Feb. 22, a patrol officer spotted a 2009 white Dodge Charger with an expired license plate. The officer pulled the Charger over and noted a small white sticker with “Aug” printed in magic marker in an attempt to disguise the expired registration.

The officer asked two women passengers for their names after they claimed not to have identification. The first woman’s name and date of birth was checked with the Law Enforcement Information Network which indicated eight outstanding warrants. The second woman provided a false birth date initially, but further investigation revealed a warrant was out on her.

The two women were taken to the Trenton police station and processed for the outstanding warrants. The vehicle was impounded and the driver cited for having an improper plate.


Mannequin missing

A decorative mannequin left on the porch of a house in the 3600 block of 19th was discovered missing about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

The owner, who often dresses up the male mannequin in holiday and seasonal outfits, said it had tan features and salt-and-pepper hair and was wearing a gray hoodie and a fishing hat with the words “Florida” and “Bite Me,” on it.

Surveillance footage shows a white man in his late teens or early 20s wearing a hoodie, hat, and jeans  get out of a vehicle parked near 19th and Orchard, walk up to the porch and grab the mannequin before running off to his car, which pulled away.

The mannequin is valued at about $200.

Liquor larceny reported

A shoplifter made off with a gallon jug of whiskey from CVS/pharmacy, 131 Elm, about 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

The clerk called police about that time to report a man, described as black and in his 40s with short black hair, had been looking at bottles in the liquor aisle and grabbed the whiskey. He then walked toward the front door without offering payment for it. The clerk asked if the man was going to pay for it and he replied “No!” and ran out of the door, leaving in a silver two-door Ford Focus.

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