Police Blotter

Allen Park
Shotgun damage to house

Someone fired a shotgun round into the rear of a house in the 14800 block of Keppen. The homeowner discovered the damage upon returning home May 5.

The shot appeared to be aimed at the energy meter and left numerous small holes in the vinyl siding and in the window screen.

A neighbor stated he did not hear anything resembling a shotgun blast but did notice the homeowner’s daughter and friends in the backyard May 4 which alarmed him.

The damage is estimated at $500.

Environmental debris pumps stolen
Environmental cleanup equipment was stolen from the water treatment plant at 14900 Moran between September and November 2012 while the victim was contracted to be there. The victim called police May 2 after realizing the equipment was missing.

The victim told police the equipment was rented in a very large lot and included various specialty equipment requiring special disassembly. The rental company finished an inventory of items and notified the victim of the missing equipment.

The victim advised, by insurance, to contact police to file a report. The missing equipment was valued at $12,000.

House broken into

A woman awoke to the sound of her dogs barking and discovered an person fleeing her house in the 5200 block of Reuter just before 5 a.m. May 3.

The woman noticed that the large sliding window on the south side of the house was open all the way and that an intruder was running toward the front door. She ran onto the front porch and observed the intruder getting into a dark, late model Ford on the opposite side of the street a few houses down the road. It traveled south on Reuter.

The woman then called the police, who searched the grounds for evidence. Outside of the sliding window they found a dining chair, which the woman said had previously been on the porch.

Nothing was reported missing, but the woman told police that a similar incident had happened to her next door neighbor approximately a month prior to her break-in.

Damage to vehicle reported
A man from Indiana visiting his parents discovered that two of his tires had been punctured on Bradford Court at 7:45 a.m. Monday.

The man told police that his silver, 2013 Ford Focus ST had been parked in the driveway since 9 p.m. the night before. When he went outside in the morning he discovered that the passenger front and rear tires were flat.

He attempted to put air in them with an air compressor and noticed puncture marks in both tires. When police arrived they also observed the puncture marks.

The man told police that he believed that the suspect may have had an argument with his parents prior to the incident. No evidence was discovered at the scene.

Dearborn Heights
Vehicle stolen from house

A white 2013 Ford Explorer was discovered missing in the 8100 block of Grayfield at 5:45 a.m. Monday.

The owner told police she had parked the vehicle there about 2 a.m. and found that it was missing at 5 a.m.

Inside the car was a clear rosary hanging from the rearview mirror. There also was an old English “D” on the rear bumper.

Police found broken glass in the street on the north side of the house. No suspect information is available.

Tires stolen from vehicle
A woman discovered that all four of her vehicle’s tires had been stolen from her vehicle in the 5700 block of Golfview at 6:40 a.m. May 4.

She found her 2011 Lincoln MKZ being supported by landscaping blocks in her driveway with all four tires and wheels missing.

The woman told police that the vehicle had been parked in the driveway all night and that she had not noticed any disturbances.

The thieves remain unknown.

Lincoln Park
Computers stolen from office

Police are investigating a weekend break-in at an office building and theft of more than $4,000 worth of computer monitors and equipment.

Officers responded to a call early Monday morning from an office building in the 1200 block of John A. Papalas. The business owner told investigators that sometime during the weekend one or more thieves used a pry bar and other tools to open a door and stole six computer monitors of various sizes and an $800 Dell tower.

Police located tools belonging to a building mechanic lying near the door. Along with the theft of the computers, the business owner said that a storage closet was entered and several phone lines and power cords were ripped out.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Business robbed, register found
Police responded to a security alarm at 11:30 p.m. May 5 from Lube Cube, 3164 Dix, and discovered a glass window broken out.

Investigators said that while nothing appeared to have been stolen — and police were awaiting security camera footage from the business owner — a cell phone was left behind. Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Vehicle recovered

Officers patrolling the 17200 block of Raupp May 4 came across a suspicious vehicle later discovered to be confirmed stolen out of Dearborn Heights.

There was clear damage to the ignition as well as other interior and exterior damage. The radio had been taken from the vehicle but the victim’s wallet was left inside.

The vehicle was taken to the Melvindale Police Impound Lot and the vehicle was removed from the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen out of Dearborn Heights.

Mailbox goes missing
Police responded to a report of theft in the 17300 block of Eddon April 30. The victim said the mailbox was stolen from the front porch during the night.

He suspects an ex-girlfriend stole the mailbox sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. because the ex showed up to the home and began banging on the doors and windows while walking around the property.

The man refused to answer the door because it was stated the accused regularly shows up at the residence to harass the victim.

Police advised the man on obtaining a personal protection order and a report was filed.

$15,000 Disappeared

Police are investigating the theft of a hipsack containing an estimated $15,000 in cash. The 77-year-old victim filed a claim on April 29 when he discovered the hipsack missing.

He reportedly kept the money hidden in his residence in the 20100 block of Coachwood Court. The last time the victim recalls seeing the money was in September and said he only checked on the money to prove to a friend the amount.

Man forging checks caught
A 48-year-old Ecorse man was arrested for check fraud April 25 in the Credit Union Service Center, 19224 Fort St.

Over the two days prior, police said the man previously cashed one fraudulent check in Ecorse, two in Brownstown, and one in Taylor before finally being turned away from another Taylor bank. According to the report, the teller could not hold the man long enough for Taylor police to arrive and notified surrounding banks of the type of check.

It wasn’t noted if the man tried to cash the same check or another fraudulent check at CUSC in Riverview.

Cash stolen from delivery truck

The driver of a soft drink delivery truck told police that while he was making a delivery at CVS, 13545 Eureka, on May 2, someone entered his vehicle and stole a safe containing an estimated $4,000 in cash.

Police responded at 2:45 p.m. and were told by the driver that he parked his truck and locked all doors but left a side window vent open. When he returned 45 minutes later he discovered that the padlock securing a floor safe had been cut and the safe, containing cash and a $400 money order was missing.

A CVS employee told police that the store had a security camera, but it was aimed at the opposite end of the alley where the truck was parked.

Police collected evidence at the scene and are investigating.

Back-to-back garage burglaries
Two garages on neighboring streets were targeted by a thief who made off with more than $1,000 worth of tools and
fishing equipment Monday afternoon.

Police responded to a call at 5:30 p.m. from the 13000 block of Birrell, where a homeowner said a man was seen walking through back yards and carrying a weed whip.

A similar report was taken from the 13000 block of Rosedale — an adjacent street in the subdivision east of Dix — where a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall wearing jeans, a dark shirt and ball cap was seen. Stolen items included a number of lawn and garden tools and fishing gear.

Police interviewed a neighbor who saw and described the young man — believed to be in his early 20s — carrying the items soon after she heard the garage door close, but was uncertain whether to call the police.

Statue head stolen

Police responded on April 30 to the 200 block of South Trenton Drive, where a man said that sometime during the previous two days his lawn had been vandalized.

The man told police that someone had pushed over his statue of the Virgin Mary. The fall caused the statue’s head to break off, and was then stolen.

Undocumented alien taken into custody
A driver’s failure to obey a railroad crossing light resulted in the detention of an illegal alien by the U.S. Border Patrol.

A patrol officer observed a red van traveling west on Van Horn about 2:40 p.m. May 2. During a traffic stop, the officer asked to see identification of the two passengers, one of whom provided a Mexican identification card that “appeared fraudulent,” according to police reports. The officer contacted U.S. Border Patrol agents, who took custody of the man.

Three counts of MDP

An attempted theft of a vehicle occurred in the 1750 block of Third Street May 4 and left serious damage. Someone unsuccessfully tampered with the ignition and damaged the steering column which made the vehicle inoperable.

Nothing had been stolen from the car.

Police responded to two separate events involving vehicles with punctured tires May 5. The driver’s side front and rear tires were punctures on a vehicle in the 1700 block of Elm, while the passenger’s side front and rear tires punctured on a second vehicle in the 1500 block of Sycamore.

Police noted on one report to having similar incidents within a few blocks.

While these incidents were similar in nature, no connections have been made. Police have no suspects.

(Compiled by Gabriel Goodwin, James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)