Police Blotter

Vehicle stolen from driveway

A silver 2012 Ford Explorer was reported stolen from a driveway in the 18000 block of Outer Drive about 11 a.m. May 27.

The homeowner told police that the vehicle had been parked in the driveway since approximately 11:15 p.m. the previous night and that it belonged to his son who was out of town on vacation. The theft was discovered about 8 a.m.

The homeowner also said jewelry and paintings valued at $2,000 were the car.

Police were able to contact the victim, who said that he had the set of keys to the vehicle with him but that a second set recently had turned up missing from his house.

No broken glass was discovered in the driveway and no suspect information was available.

GPS unit stolen from vehicle
A woman returning home discovered that her husband’s blue 2008 Chrysler Aspen had been broken into in the 100 block of Mohawk at 11:15 a.m. May 27.

The woman noticed that the rear passenger window had been smashed and that the Global Positioning System was missing. Nothing else from inside the vehicle appeared to be missing.

The husband told police he did not hear the robbery take place but that an unknown person had knocked on the front door very early that morning. When he went to see who it was there was nobody there.

The vehicle had been parked in the driveway since 12:30 a.m.

No suspect information was available.

Dearborn Heights
Vehicle damaged

A man called police to investigate damage to his vehicle in the 4100 block of Mayfair at 5 p.m. May 24.

The man had parked a gold 1998 Dodge Intrepid that he had recently taken possession of in his driveway overnight. When he returned to the vehicle he discovered that the passenger side windows had been broken and that the windshield was cracked.

Nothing was reported missing from inside the vehicle and the doors were still locked.

Police are investigating the incident.

Nothing taken in break-in
A man called police at 1:15 p.m. May 21 to report that an intruder had broken out the east bedroom window to gain access to his house in the 5600 block of Jackson.

The man had been away from the house since May 18.

Police discovered blankets on the floor that appeared to be a bed used by the intruder. There were also signs that the intruder used the bathroom to shower and shave.

Nothing appeared to be missing from the house.

A search of the house and property yielded no evidence.

Lincoln Park
Thieves target van for smash-and-grab

Police were called to a man’s home in the 3100 block of Wilson Monday morning to investigate a vehicle break-in and theft of a Global Positioning System.

The man told police that sometime between 1 and 10:30 a.m. someone had smashed out his driver’s-side window and took the Garmin GPS along with a Husky bag filled with tools.

Police took note of evidence and are investigating.

Police recover stolen car
Not long after a man reported the theft of his 1998 Dodge Stratus from in front of his house in the 1600 block of Brest Avenue, Lincoln Park police were able to report that the car was located a few miles away in Soutghate.

The man told police he’d left for work about 10:50 p.m. May 26, and returned at 7:30 a.m. Monday to discover the vehicle theft.

A check with the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed that the car had been found on Drysdale Street by Southgate police. A side window had been smashed for access, and the ignition had been punched in when stolen.

Handgun stolen

Officers responded to a complaint at 12:57 p.m. May 16 for a stolen handgun taken from the bar in the victim’s basement in the 15700 block of Golfview. The man told police the gun was last seen about a month ago stored in a case behind the bar. He said three construction workers and a cable installer had entered the residence within the last month, as well as his mother, brother and a friend.

He told police he doesn’t suspect the family members or the friend. He said he owns other firearms that needed to be registered, and the gun stolen was not listed in the Law Enforcement Information Network as owned by the man. He told police the handgun was purchased in Brownstown from its previous owner some time in 1991.

The handgun was a black, semi-automatic 9-millimeter, which is valued at $900. Besides the gun, was the gun’s case and two 16-capacity magazines were missing.

Improper plates found on vehicle
Police initiated a traffic stop about 2 a.m. May 26 on a vehicle for defective equipment because the license plate lights were burnt out. The registration and plates were found to be invalid. Police said the vehicle’s owner could not provide a valid driver’s license, but he said he had the paperwork for its reinstatement.

Police said the man could not produce the paperwork, but the victim’s wife was given a ride home where she located it. The man was released on the scene, police stated, but the vehicle was impounded for fraudulent registration and the license plate was confiscated.

Cable security gear stolen from van

A Comcast employee reported to police the theft of $1,000 worth of security equipment from a take-home vehicle.

Police were called to the 13000 block of Callendar at 9:30 a.m. May 27 by a cable company employee. Police noted that the driver’s side window of a 2010 Ford van had been smashed, and wiring and housing for the electronics had been vandalized and scattered on the floor. A touch-panel screen and other items were reported stolen.

Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

TVs stolen from store

Police responded to an alarm short after 10 p.m. May 25 from Gardner-White furniture, 7680 Telegraph, and upon arrival discovered a broken window and theft of two television screens.

Officers reported seeing the store’s rear window had been smashed, and located a rock on the ground nearby. A representative of the store soon arrived and provided police with an initial list of missing items, notably two 51-inch TVs valued at $700 each.

Police checked for evidence and were awaiting a complete list of stolen merchandise and security video.

Break-in nets jewelry
A woman was away from her apartment in the 9500 block of West Pickwick from about 1:30 to 7 p.m. May 21, and returned to find she’d been robbed of jewelry, including a $250 ring.

Police responded to the call and noted that a rear glass door had been broken for access. Investigators spoke to a neighbor who said she saw a young black man who seemed to be prying at the window about 4:30 p.m., but she could not describe him nor did she call police at the time.

Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Man of many names flees hospital

Police are investigating a complaint of fraud after officials from Oakwood Southshore Hospital, 5450 Fort St., reported a patient had obtained treatment then left without arranging payment.

Police were called to the hospital shortly before 11 a.m. May 24, and were told by security officers and medical staff that a man with multiple identities had received unspecified treatment.

The man had been taken to the hospital by Brownstown Township police, who found him in the passenger seat of a vehicle stuck in a ditch off I-75. While being checked in at Oakwood, nurses found identifcation cards in six different names. Each of the names registered in the hospital’s computer as having been a patient.

The man also had an expired driver’s license — under yet another name — but became nervous when asked about his contact information and left. The hospital had yet to specify the value of treatment received.

Mini safe containing $550 stolen

Police responded to a theft report May 27 in the 4200 block of Quarry Road. The victim told police, his miniature safe containing $550 was stolen sometime while he was sleep. He said that about 1:30 a.m., he fell asleep and because of his medication, he is a heavy sleeper. He discovered the vault missing later about noon. The man said the safe must have been taken while he was sleep.

The man told police that friends stay with him, but he does not suspect them. He said one of the friends had her purse stolen from the apartment during the same timeframe. The door was not deadbolted at the time, the man said, and the other lock is in poor condition.

Catalytic converter stolen
Police were called to the parking lot in the block of 1700 Biddle Avenue May 24 on a report of a stolen catalytic converter.

When officers arrived, the victim said the catalytic converter was stolen from her car while she was at work. There are no witnesses or suspects in the incident.

The woman said that when she left work about 5:45 p.m., she noticed the catalytic converter was missing and called the police.

Speeding driver detained for drinking
Officers on patrol observed a vehicle, traveling north on Fort Street, that appeared to be traveling faster than the posted speed limit, and the radar confirmed the vehicle was traveling 50 mph. Police said the vehicle was weaving across three lanes of traffic. A traffic stop was initiated and police said they observed the driver — who appeared to be intoxicated — fall against the car, and allegedly told them, “I am drunk. Just give me the breathalyzer.”

Police said the man’s vehicle was impounded and they issued him a chemical blood test after being placed under arrest. The results of the two tests were .280, police said, more than three times the legal limit of .08 in Michigan.

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