Police Blotter


Allen Park
$5,000 in tools stolen from Baker College

Police responded to a theft complaint June 16 at Baker College, 4500 Enterprise Drive. The victim told police he was working in the building between 10 a.m. and 11:35 a.m. During that time, he said, someone had broken into the rear of his van and stolen the tools stored in the vehicle.

Officers contacted the security office and watched the security video and observed a white Jaguar driving through the parking lot. Police reported the vehicle stopped next to the victim’s van for about 90 seconds, then drove off. Police said the inhabitants of the vehicle were two black men, the passenger wearing all red.

The victim is in the process of itemizing the missing items and estimates the stolen tools to be about $5,000. The suspects were not positively identified by police. There were no witnesses to the incident. The victim and suspects were not reported to have any connections with the college.

Flatscreen TV stolen from home
Police responded to a burglary complaint June 14 in the 15000 block of University Avenue. The victim told police she and her granddaughter left the house for the day. The woman said the house was locked because her granddaughter called to say she was locked out of the house.

The woman said that when they returned, she entered the home and found the television missing. She said the television was purchased less than six months ago and was worth about $900. Police confirmed there was no signs of forced entry.

The woman believes her son, who lives across the street, is responsible for the theft because he and his girlfriend have stolen from her in the past. She told police not all the thefts were reported and this is the third television missing from the home within the last six months.

Police said a witness observed the son at the side entrance of the house around 1:30 p.m. and a green 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis in the driveway. The witness said the theft was not observed, but saw the son walk back across the street and the vehicle leave from the side of the house.

The woman told police she did not have knowledge her son had keys or access to the house and neither he nor his girlfriend should be in the home because of the strained relationship. Police reported both suspects have outstanding warrants and the girlfriend owns a vehicle similar to the description of the one given to police.

Bike, wallet stolen from garage

A man called police about 10 a.m. June 24 after observing that his garage in the 7800 block of Kendal had been entered and items had been stolen.

The items that were reported as missing were a red and black Mongoose bicycle and a black leather wallet. There were no cash or credit cards in the wallet, but the victim said that his Social Security card and a few other small items were.

No sign of forced entry was present, but the man told police that he always kept the side door of the garage unlocked.

No suspect information was available and no evidence was found in the garage.

Laptop stolen from vehicle
An Apple Macbook laptop was reported stolen from a 2013 Lincoln MKS that was parked in the 7800 block of West Morrow Circle between 2 and 10 a.m. June 24. The vehicle also was damaged in the theft.

The victim found the vehicle with the rear driver side window pried out and the center console gear pried open. A search of the vehicle showed that the laptop was missing. The laptop had been hidden under some other items behind the driver’s seat.

Police checked the vehicle and found broken glass on the backseat in addition to the damage to the console. The gear shift itself appeared not to have been damaged. The push button start on the vehicle appeared not to have been tampered with either.

No suspect information was available.

Dearborn Heights
Pickup truck stolen from Westpoint

A maroon 1992 GMC Sonoma was reported stolen from the 4100 block of Westpoint at just after 6 a.m. June 22.

The owner of the vehicle told police that it had been parked on Colgate, just east of Westpoint overnight. When he went out to the street in the morning to leave for work the truck was gone.

He added that around 1:30 a.m. he was awakened by what sounded like the boom of a tow truck hitting the ground, but he never looked out the window or tried to investigate the sound.

Police arrived at the house and observed that scrape marks were visible in the road where the truck had been parked. The man said he suspects a certain individual for the theft but he is not able to prove it.

The incident is still under investigation.

Luggage stolen from vehicle
A vehicle was broken into and two luggage cases containing clothes and electronic equipment were stolen from the 19000 block of Powers June 20.

The victim told police he had parked his white 2002 Jeep in front of the house at approximately 11 p.m. the night before and had discovered the theft at 7:30 a.m.

Missing from inside the vehicle were two luggage bags. One was a Coach luggage bag that contained an HP Elite laptop computer, Internet card, Samsung Galaxy tablet, Blackberry phone and iPod Nano. The second bag contained shoes, three suits, five dress shirts and other miscellaneous clothing.

Police investigated the scene and found damage to the driver side door that led them to believe that a slim-jim device was used to gain entry into the vehicle.

No witnesses were reported and no suspect information was available.

Lincoln Park
Delivery man threatened at gunpoint

A phony order of Chinese food resulted in a 48-year-old driver threatened at gunpoint in an attempted carjacking by two men now sought by police.

A delivery driver took an order from Wong’s Chop Suey, 1572 Fort St., to an address in the 1300 block of Morris Street about 7:30 p.m. June 22. He stopped in front of the house and called a phone number from which the order was placed, and was told that the customer would be there in a few minutes.

Soon after, two black men in their early 20s approached the delivery vehicle. The first man walked up to the driver’s door, and the driver asked if he’d ordered the food. The driver turned toward the passenger seat to pick up the bag, and when he looked back was staring at a hand gun that was pushed against his cheek.

The man with the gun demanded the keys; the driver refused. The man reached in and began searching the driver’s shirt pocket, and according to the police report, the driver — “in fear for his life” — started the vehicle, put it in drive and headed west on Morris away from the suspects, last seen in the rear-view mirror running north through an alley off Morris.

Police noted descriptions of the men, their clothing and the weapon, and are investigating.

Subwoofers stolen; neighbors suspected

Police responded to a theft complaint in the 3500 block of Caryn Ave. about 6 p.m. June 24. The victim told police his vehicle was parked in front of his house when its subwoofers were stolen. He said he believed the equipment was taken between midnight and the time of the report.

He told police he discovered the driver’s door open and believed the thief entered the vehicle, opened the trunk, cut the wires and took the subwoofers, valued at $500. Police reported the thief left behind a pair of scissors.

The victim said the vehicle was locked, but police reported they observed no visible damage to the vehicle. The victim told police he suspected the neighbors across the street because he noticed the neighbors “eye-balling his stuff.”

Suspicious man approaches woman, tries to enter car
Police responded to a complaint of suspicious activity June 22. A woman told police a man attempted to enter her vehicle at the Finish Line self car wash, 2621 Oakwood Blvd. She said the man told her he was from Ohio and not familiar with the area as he tried to enter the car.

The woman said she didn’t let him in the car and left, but noticed the man get in a vehicle believed to be an ’80s or ’90s white pickup truck. She said the truck followed her as she traveled west on Oakwood, but later turned north on a side street.

She described the white man, 6 feet tall who was “well-built” with short brown hair and scruffy facial hair, wearing blue jeans, a black T-shirt and a red bandana around his forehead.

Golf clubs stolen from storage unit

Police responded to a larceny complaint about noon June 23 at the Green Trees Apartments in the 20000 block of Fort Street. The victim told police someone entered the basement storage area of building 56 and cut the fence surrounding his individual storage unit.

He said a set of golf clubs, valued at $900, were stolen from the unit and more items could have been taken. Police reported the victim waited until they arrived to enter into the storage unit.

There were no witnesses, but the victim observed tenants moving into another apartment in the building about a week ago. The victim said he believed the previous tenants could have taken the items, but police reported it was unknown if the prior tenant is responsible for the theft.

Routine license plate check leads to unlicensed drivers
Police reported they initiated a license plate check on a vehicle traveling west on SIbley Road near Grange Road about 7:55 p.m. June 22. The Law Enforcement Information Network notified the officer that the driver — a Grosse Ile Township man — did not have a valid driver’s license.

Police confirmed the identity of the driver then cited and arrested him for driving with a suspended license. The driver also had an outstanding warrant in Lincoln Park, police reported. The driver said he was unaware his license was suspended.

The passenger in the vehicle — whose license was suspended as well — was detained, but later released at the scene. The vehicle was impounded.

Expired plates lead to arrest
Police observed expired registration tags on a vehicle traveling north on West Jefferson near Pennsylvania Road about 4 p.m. June 21. An inquiry into the Law Enforcement Information Network showed the vehicle’s registration expired May 10 and the driver had a suspended license.

The driver had an unpaid ticket in Wyandotte, police reported, which led to a fugitive traffic warrant and the suspension of his license. Police executed the traffic stop and reported the driver presented clearance papers from Southgate, but had not handled his matters in Wyandotte.

The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license and expired plates and the vehicle was impounded.

Car ransacked at school

A woman attending an evening event at Dorsey School, 15755 North Line, told police that someone had smashed a rear window, dismantled the dashboard and left with a $600 touch-screen radio/DVD/navigation system.

Police responded at 8 p.m. June 20 to investigate the theft, and noted the broken glass and damaged interior of the vehicle, the make and model of which were not disclosed. Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Propane tanks stolen

Police responded to a midnight call on June 23 from an employee reporting the theft of 10 industrial-size propane tanks, each valued at $500.

Sometime after 11 p.m. June 21, someone broke into a caged enclosure at Mucci Pac, 25300 North Line, and took with them an estimated $5,000 worth of tanks. Police noted the entry and locks to the cages, and were reviewing video surveillance images provided by the company.

Door-to-door seller passes out on lawn

An afternoon sales call ended with a 28-year-old woman in custody for public drunkenness and awaiting the resolution of outstanding warrants.

Police responded about 3:30 p.m. June 22 to a report that a woman was “passed out in the front yard” of a house. Police responded to the 3200 block of Pale, where a sympathetic prospective customer had brought the door-to-door saleswoman inside to offer her water and a place to cool off from the heat.

The woman appeared to be intoxicated and refused to answer police questions or provide identification. She did provide the name and phone number of her employer, who confirmed that the woman had been trying to sell the company’s service in that neighborhood.

After identifying the woman, police checked with the Law Enforcement Information Network and discovered warrants from Canton Township and Livonia for, respectively, open intoxicants and contempt of court.

The woman refused treatment offers from both police and fire personnel, who had arrived and tried to assist the woman before she was transported to the police station. Before being detained the woman had attempted to walk away from the police, who followed her into a backyard while she shouted a string of obscenities at the officers.

The woman was cited and held until sober.

Argument leads to one neighbor mooning another

Police responded to a neighbor complaint in the 200-block of Vinewood about 6 p.m. June 23. A woman told police her neighbor’s dogs got out of its yard and got up on her porch. She said she went inside to get the dogs some treats and returned to find the neighbor standing on her porch.

The woman told police she and the neighbor have a spotted past and asked her to leave the property. She said the neighbor began threatening her and they began to argue, but the woman said she eventually went back in the house and the neighbor left.

The woman told police she was mooned several times from the neighbor’s porch and the neighbor told police she did moon the victim. No arrests were made, but police told both neighbors to keep their distance.

Teenagers, parents cited for broken windows
Police responded to a property damage call at the corner of 4th Street and the alley south of Kings Highway. Police reported that on their arrival, a witness directed them in the direction of the suspects’ travel and they caught the suspects, both minors.

The witness confirmed the teenagers were the suspects who broke a window out of a garage in the 200 block of Emmons. The witness told police he believed the suspects also broke other windows in the alley north of Emmons.

He told police he followed and observed the teenagers enter the backyard of an unknown address and continue to throw rocks at windows. He said the rock throwing continued until police arrived.

The teens were questioned and transported to their individual houses and released to their parents. One suspect told police he was just following his friend around and did not throw any rocks or cause damage to the garages. The suspects’ parents were given parental responsibility citations, while the suspects were issued citations for prohibited conduct.

The police reported a homeowner in the 140 block of Clinton Street was not home when they contacted her about damage to her garage.

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