Police Blotter

Allen Park
Tires slashed

A resident of the 8000 block of Winona found both driver’s-side tires on his 2003 Chevrolet Astro van flattened April 7.

He said he had parked it there about 10:30 p.m. the night prior and noticed the tires slashed about 1 a.m. that day.

Trailer taken
A landscaping company employee found a trailer missing from the parking lot about 2:40 p.m. April 5.

The 12-foot trailer had been kept in the parking lot of the business at 1555 Fairlane Circle and had not been used since Feb. 13.

Necklace nabber arrested
A 43-year-old Wyandotte woman was arrested after allegedly attempting to smuggle a necklace out of Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, by wearing it around her neck.

Officers responded about 1 p.m. after getting a call from the store’s loss prevention employee, who said she had seen the woman take the necklace, valued at $24 from the packaging, slip it around her neck and attempt to leave the store without paying for it.

When the loss prevention employee stopped her, she gave the necklace back, and also threw other items she had concealed, including earrings ($30), nail polish ($3.99) and hair bands ($3.79).

She was arrested and held in lieu of a $300 bond.

Receipt foretells theft
A McDonald’s receipt tipped a woman in the 19200 block of Brody to the eventual theft of her car.

About 1:30 a.m. Monday, the woman called to report finding a bag with the receipt in her car parked in her driveway the day prior, time stamped while she had been home.

She could not find the keys.

The next day, she was in the house when she saw the car’s headlights turn on. She looked outside and saw a tall man inside the vehicle, which then pulled out of the driveway onto Pelham.

Office broken into

An office in the 2000 block of Monroe was broken into sometime between March 28 and 31. An employee discovered the break-in when entering for work on April 1 and notified the police.

Police arriving found that the rear door to the building had been kicked in and that several cabinets and desktops appeared to have been ransacked.

An inventory conducted with the building owner showed that several bottles of prescription pills and some laptop computers had been taken.

No suspects have been arrested, but police believe the crime may have been committed by a patron of the business.

Vehicle stolen
A black 2009 Nissan Altima was stolen from a resident in the 300 block of Hampshire Court sometime between 9 p.m. on April 6 and 9:30 a.m. on April 7.

The victim discovered the missing vehicle when he was leaving for work. He told police that the vehicle may have been left unlocked with the “push to start” feature left in the center console.

He also told police that his wallet was in the center console and his work briefcase was in the backseat.

Dearborn Heights
Vehicle stolen

A woman returned from downtown Detroit to discover that her vehicle had been stolen April 5.

The brown 2003 Ford Explorer had been left at a friend’s house in the 25000 block of Kennedy while they went to participate in the Detroit Tigers opening day celebrations.

The victim believes the suspect to be an someone she formerly had a relationship with. She told police that she has been harassed since the relationship ended and that the suspect may have had an extra key to the vehicle.

Break-in discovered
A break-in was discovered on the 26000 block of McDonald around 5:30 a.m. April 5.

While warming up her vehicle for work, the owner of the house noticed that the breezeway door was ajar. She walked toward it to investigate and found three unknown men inside the garage. The men fled through the yard and north on McDonald.

She then called the police who conducted a search of the garage and dwelling area. After searching her property the victim told police that nothing appeared to be missing though the garage and her vehicle had been ransacked.

Police searched the area but were unable to find the men.

Gun missing during move

A man moving out of his apartment in the 17000 block of Fort Street noticed a .12 gauge shotgun missing about 1:30 p.m. April 1.

After an argument with his roommate the day prior, the man had left the house about 6 p.m. When he returned about 11 p.m., two friends of the roommate were helping her move out, as the lease was up the next day. About 1 a.m. that morning, he noticed the gun missing while packing his things.

The shotgun is valued at $800.

He called the roommate, who said she did not know where it was.

Items found missing
A woman called police April 2 to report finding various items missing from her apartment in the 15100 block of Brookview Drive.

The woman called after noticing her laptop computer, valued at $600, missing in March and then finding a pawn slip for it in the name of her former fiancee, who was recently arrested for unrelated warrants.

She then found other items, including a video game system ($300) two games ($100 together) and various jewelry ($1,570).

The woman called the pawn shop but they said the laptop was no longer there and they had not received any other items from the man.

Lincoln Park
Ax man taken into custody

A 20-year-old man police said may have been involved in recent car thefts was taken into custody after being found with a homemade ax, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Patrol officers were traveling in the 900 block of Cleveland about 1:30 a.m. April 5 when they saw a man walking in the road who appeared to be looking into parked vehicles. Police noted that the neighborhood had been victimized by several vehicle larcenies in recent weeks.

When officers told the man to stop they noticed an object in his hand that was determined to be a homemade ax — a table leg with a rusty ax blade attached. Asked if he had any other weapons or narcotics, the man admitted to a marijuana pipe and that he had what was determined to be 1.1 grams of marijuana.

The man told police he made the ax for a friend, and that he was on his way to deliver it when he was stopped. The man was given a citation and is expected in court this week to face charges of carrying a concealed weapon.

Appliances stolen from apartment
Police responded to a call from an apartment manager who said that someone broke in and stole appliances valued at more than $1,000 from a vacant rental unit.

The leasing agent told police that, some time between March 25 and April 6, the back window of an apartment in the 1800 block of Hamilton was entered and one or more thieves stole a $425 Frigidaire refrigerator, a $435 electric stove and $300 hot water heater.

Police noted the descriptions of the stolen items and are investigating.

Vehicles targeted for theft

A stolen Dodge Ram pickup truck was used by vehicle thieves who stole a Jeep from a nearby parking lot, police said.

Investigators were called to an apartment parking lot in the 15000 block of Garrison Lane early April 5, by a woman who said her 2003 Dodge Ram truck was missing from its space. Officers noted pieces of broken glass near where the vehicle was parked, and that a newer model Ram belong to her son was subject to an attempted theft. Police observed that the ignition had been punched into and wires were visible.

On Saturday, officers located the older model Ram in a nearby parking lot while investigating the reported theft of a 2000 Jeep Cherokee valued at $10,000. Police reports indicate that the stolen Ram had been used to drag the Jeep away from its parking space before it was stolen.

Police collected evidence at both locations. A description of the Cherokee was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Visitor passes out in clinic lobby

Police were called to Mid Town Animal Hospital about 4 p.m. Monday to deal with a man who had passed out while seated on a window sill in the lobby.

Officers awoke the 46-year-old man, who appeared to be extremely intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. A half-empty fifth of vodka was found in the pants pocket of the man, who was uncertain where he was.

“I’m pretty buzzed right now,” the man told police.

Police also found paperwork from 33rd District Court, where the man had been released earlier that morning and charged with indecent exposure and urinating in public. A woman reported seeing the man in Elizabeth Park where he had slept most of the day on a bench and had urinated near the creek.

The man was taken to Southshore Hospital for evaluation. Police are investigating whether the man violated bond by having consumed alcohol.

Teens take snacks

A group of teenagers allegedly stole various items from the Circle K, 540 Goddard, about 3 a.m. April 3.

A store employee called police about that time to report that about six teen boys – three described as black and three described as white – entered the store, stole packages of chips, candy and beef jerky, and ran out. He said all of the boys were wearing hooded sweatshirts of different colors.

He was not sure exactly what had been taken.

Spray painters target block
Several houses and cars on McKinley were targeted with spray paint April 3.

Among them were a 2004 Chevrolet Concord parked in the 1800 block of McKinley. Its owner found a large red spray paint swirl on the passenger side about 9 a.m. that morning and an obscene word spray painted on the driveway next to the car.

Also in the 1800 block, officers notified a homeowner that someone had sprayed “Obama” in red paint on the new garage door.

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