Police Blotter

Allen Park
Car scratched overnight

The owner of a 1986 Pontiac Trans Am reported finding his vehicle scratched about 3 p.m. Tuesday while it was parked overnight in the 9800 block of Fox Avenue.

An unknown blunt object was used to scratch the entire vehicle. The owner said he has not had any recent altercations with anyone and does not know who may have done it.

Sprinkler system stolen
A sprinkler system was discovered stolen from a house in the 6400 block of Pelham March 28.

The owner called police about 10:30 a.m. March 28 to report that he was doing yard work that day when he noticed the system, which he had not used since last summer, missing. He believes it was stolen for the copper and brass inside. It is worth $500.

Shoplifter arrested
An 18-year-old Detroit man was arrested March 29 after allegedly attempting to steal a package of video game console component cables from their packaging inside Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, where he was employed.

About 1 a.m. that day a loss prevention employee entered the men’s bathroom and heard the sounds of a package being ripped open. According to the report, the Detroit man then allegedly exited a stall and threw a package in the trash can.

The loss prevention employee retrieved the packaging and followed the man, who clocked out from his shift and attempted to leave the store without offering payment. The loss prevention officer approached the man and identified himself and reclaimed the merchandise.

Police responded and arrested the man.

Tools taken from truck
Several tools were discovered missing from the bed of a 2006 Ford F-150 parked in the 6600 block of Luana Avenue sometime before 8 a.m. March 29.

The owner said he returned to the truck after parking it in his driveway about 6 p.m. the night prior to find the truck cap window had been pried open and tools, including a compound saw and an air compressor, missing.

There were no suspects or evidence.

West Village Pharmacy broken into

The West Village Pharmacy at 2040 Monroe was broken into from 4:45 to 4:50 a.m. March 26 by four unknown men wearing face-covering masks and gloves.

Their entry triggered an alarm which alerted the police and the owner of the pharmacy. Upon their arrival it was discovered that multiple bottles of prescription pills were missing from the store.

Video surveillance showed a newer-model light-colored Nissan Sentra or Altima pull up outside the door and stop. The four disguised men got out and pried the door open.

After a short time inside they emerged and fled in the vehicle toward Monroe.

Shooting incident reported
A shooting was reported in the 23000 block of Cleveland Street at 2 p.m. on March 27.

A witness reported hearing a loud bang and going outside to find two men arguing in a driveway before entering their vehicles and driving in the direction of Grindley Park.

While at the scene the police received word that one of the men arrived at his Audette Street house with the drivers side window of the car shattered.

Police obtained permission to search the house on Cleveland Street and found a loaded magazine containing 9-millimeter rounds in the suspect’s room.

Police were unable to locate the suspect.

Dearborn Heights
Forced entry into home

A house in the 7300 block of Vernon was broken into about 7 p.m. March 29.

A witness told police that a newer Ford Explorer parked on Kennedy near the house with a man and woman inside. The woman went up to the house and knocked, receiving no answer, before returning to the vehicle.

Then the man got out and walked to a side door near the garage and kicked it in. While he was inside the woman got back in the vehicle and waited. The man re-emerged from the house quickly and ran back to the vehicle, which fled south.

The owner of the home was not present during the break-in, but upon returning made a search of the house and told police that he observed nothing missing.

Woman notices break-in attempt
A resident on the 6800 block of Country Lane noticed damage to her property indicating an attempted entry.

The victim discovered the attempt about 2 p.m. March 29 when she observed that the door jamb was busted outside of her apartment. She also reported that the entry door to the complex was packed with paper so that the door could not fully close and allow the electric bolt to engage the lock.

No entry was made into the apartment.

Construction trailer looted

Police are looking for thieves who broke into a work-site storage unit and stole nearly $3,000 worth of tools.

A foreman from Kirko Construction told police that sometime between 6 p.m. March 28 and 7 a.m. March 29 someone cut through the chain of a secured tool storage shed. An estimated $2,750 worth of tools were missing, including a $500 circular saw and $500 hammer drill, along with several nail guns, compressors and other tools.

Police collected evidence and descriptions of the missing tools and are investigating.

Gunshots reported at bar

A bar brawl shortly after midnight spilled out into the parking lot, where three gunshots were reported at White Rhino, 22615 Goddard Road.

Police responded about 12:30 a.m. March 30, to reports of gunfire from the parking lot. Police were told someone may have been shot, although no injuries were later reported.

Responding officers saw nearly 50 people in the parking lot, many of whom were fighting. One officer reported seeing at least five different fights when he arrived.

Police were told that two men had been arguing and fighting in the bar and one of them was escorted outside.

The other man followed, and once in the parking lot the first suspect, a black man in his early 20s, reportedly pulled out a handgun and fired two shots in the air and then a round in the direction of the other man. The man with the gun then left the area on foot.

Police searched the parking lot and discovered three Luger 9-millimeter casings.

Witnesses included a woman who claimed to have been hit in the head with a wooden handle while the fight developed inside the bar.

None of the patrons knew the supsect.

The bar owner told police that a fight had started inside and that those responsible were escorted out. Although he did not go outside, the owner said he heard three shots from the parking lot.

Crash leads to driver arrest

Police took a driver into custody who had driven a white 2000 Mercedes Benz into Blakely Drainage Creek near the intersection of King and Douglas Street shortly after 3:30 p.m. March 26.

Responding officers noted that the Mercedes was believed responsible for a hit-and-run crash that was reported less than an hour earlier on Fort Street. Officers responding to that call spoke with witnesses who said the Mercedes crashed into the rear-end passenger side of a 1994 Oldsmobile.

The victims from the hit-and-run were taken to Blakely Drainage Creek, where they identified the Mercedes as the vehicle that hit them.

Officers at the scene of the second crash interviewed the 53-year-old driver of the Mercedes, who “appeared intoxicated and was observed attempting to take pills.”

Officers confiscated the medication before taking the man to Oakwood Southshore for treatment.

“I don’t remember being in an accident, but I have seizures,” the man told police. “That’s documented, you can check it out.”

The man’s license was determined to have been twice suspended. He was cited for operating while impaired and driving on a suspended license.

Lincoln Park
Vandals break into vacant theater

Police are looking for one or more thieves who damaged a door to gain access to the vacant AMC Star Theatres Lincoln Park, 1748 Dix, as reported Monday evening.

Officers were dispatched shortly after 6:30 p.m. and found a rear steel exit door had been pried open near the handle. Nobody was located inside the building, and investigators were trying to determine what if anything was stolen.

Police were unable to secure the door and contacted property owners Belfor Property Restoration, representatives of which said they boarded up the damaged entry that day.

Man arrested after house party fight

A 32-year-old Dearborn Heights man was arrested March 31 after allegedly assaulting several people at a house party in the 900 block of Oak.

About 3:30 a.m. that day, officers responded to the house, where there had apparently been a large fight. A man was lying on the ground conscious but disoriented with a cut on the left side of his chin. He told police he did not remember the fight.

A second victim, who had suffered a punch to the left eye, said the man had punched several people at the party and then ran away.

Officers chased him as he jumped several fences but he stopped when commanded to do so and was arrested for non-aggravated assault.

(Compiled by James Mitchell, Bob Oliver and Andrea Poteet.)