Police Blotter

Allen Park
Four cars broken into

Police responded to multiple theft reports at Target, 3100 Fairlane Drive, about 6 a.m. June 22. The Target manager told police he discovered the passenger windows broken out of four vehicles in the parking lot. He said the vehicles were parked near each other.

The vehicle owners were on-duty employees and they told police they didn’t see any damage around 5 a.m. when they were let into the store. The manager observed the damage about 5:50 a.m. and contacted police. The items reported stolen were 20 CDs and a cell phone.

Retail fraud reported

Police responded to a complaint of retail fraud at the Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane Drive, about 2:50 p.m. June 24. Police said the suspects were being held by loss prevention officers. A loss prevention officer told police he was alerted by Lowe’s loss prevention that the suspects stole from their store, 23111 Outer Drive.

Police said the suspects were seen on video taking multiple items, removing store security tags from the merchandise, and attempting to leave without paying for the items. One suspect was caught with $200.66 in merchandise and the other two were caught with $184.85 in merchandise between them.

All three suspects were arrested for retail fraud and the suspects’ vehicle was searched. The search, police said, produced additional items stolen from the two stores and were returned. The items stolen from the Home Depot was valued to be $1,598.51 and $2,362.30 was taken from Lowe’s.

Vehicle stolen in middle of the night

A silver 2013 Ford Fusion was reported stolen by its owner in the 7500 block of Orchard about 5:30 a.m. July 1.

The victim told police that her son was leaving for work when he discovered that the vehicle was missing. It had been parked in front of the house since 10:30 p.m. of the previous night. A small pile of broken glass was visible in the street where the car had been parked. The woman said nobody in the house saw or heard anything suspicious during the night.

The vehicle has chrome wheels and an in-dash navigation unit. The woman said that no items of significant value were in the vehicle when it was stolen.

No suspect information was available.

House damaged by eggs
A chunk of glass approximately 8 inches in diameter was broken out of a window by an egg in the 400 block of Elizabeth sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. June 29.

The victim told police that she had heard a noise outside, then her dogs barking and soon after that a vehicle speeding away about 10:30 p.m. She did not immediately investigate the matter. When she woke up on June 30 she discovered the damage to the window and called the police.

Police observed the window and noticed splattered eggs directly above the broken section. They also could not find any other items around that may have been used to strike the window.

The woman told police she already had spoken with neighbors to find out if they saw or heard the incident. One said that they heard a bottle break and looked outside to see a silver Ford Expedition driving away.

No other suspect information was provided.

Dearborn Heights
Rental property broken into

A homeowner returning to his rental property in the 1500 block of South Gulley about 6:30 p.m June 28 discovered that it had been broken into and several items taken.

The victim checked the house and found that the furnace, hot water tank, toilet, vanity and copper tubing were missing. He also noticed that the toilet in the main bathroom was broken. The man then checked the house to try to locate where the thief had entered. All of the windows were found to have pry marks on them, but the upstairs, north side window had been pried open.

The man also told police that the garage, which also was pried open, contained items belonging to a former tenant. The homeowner was unaware if any of their belongings were taken in the break-in.

Cigarettes taken in garage break-in
A garage was broken into and several boxes of cigarettes were stolen in the 8200 block of Arnold just before 5:30 p.m. June 27.

The victim reported to police that someone gained access to his garage, smashed out the rear window of his 2002 Jeep and stole four boxes containing various cartons of cigarettes, mainly Newport. He believes the estimated loss and damage to be between $8,000 and $10,000.

The man told police that he was home at the time of the incident but did not hear anything suspicious. He also said that the side door of the garage was unlocked at the time of the crime.

He believes he may have been followed home from his business in Detroit.

No suspect information is available.

Lincoln Park
Break-in nets phone, credit cards

Sometime during the night June 30, a burglar tore open a screen and crawled through an unlocked kitchen window of a home in the 400 block of Garfield, and left with a $300 smart phone, seven credit cards and a woman’s driver’s license.

Police responded shortly after 6:30 a.m. Sunday, when a woman awoke to discover the theft. A Galaxy S-3 phone, $100 purse, identification, and bank and shopping cards had been on a kitchen table. The woman saw that the window screen had been cut and pushed open.

Police collected evidence, including fingerprints near the window, and are investigating.

Motorcycle stolen from parking lot

Police responded at noon June 30 to a man who said his motorcycle had been stolen from a condominium parking lot in the 13000 block of Greenwich Lane.

The man told police he’d last seen his 2007 Yamaha, valued at $5,500, two days earlier, and that he was current in his payments.

Police entered a description of the vehicle in the Law Enforcement Information Network and are investigating.

Laptop, jewelry taken from home

A woman returned from work to her house in the 9700 block of William Street to discover the theft of a $300 Acer laptop computer, among other items.

Police responded shortly after 6:30 p.m. June 24 to investigate the theft. The woman said she’d left home about 8:30 a.m., and had locked the front door but might have left a rear sliding door unsecured.

Along with a missing laptop the woman said an estimated $2,700 worth of jewelry had been taken from a bedroom. Also reported missing was the woman’s Social Security card. Police noted the missing items and are investigating.

TV taken during midnight food run
A couple left home for less than an hour to get tacos at 1 a.m. June 30, and returned to find a $400 TV missing.

Police responded to the 22000 block of Homestead, where a woman said that she and her fiancee had left the TV and lights on during the brief absence, and that the front door had been locked. Police said that the burglar likely entered through an unlocked kitchen window.

The woman said it was the third time her house had been robbed in recent weeks. Police took note of a possible suspect and are investigating.

Friend of friend robs woman at gunpoint

Police are investigating an armed robbery that was reported after a woman had tried to help a friend of her daughter.

About 8 p.m. June 27 the woman said she’d been called by her daughter’s friend, who said her boyfriend needed a ride after his car had broken down. The woman drove along Allen Road and saw a man walking on the shoulder of the road; she had previously met the man.

He asked the woman to drive him to Ecorse, but near the intersection of West and Grange roads, the woman said he pulled a gun — a silver revolver — and “stuck it to her head,” according to police reports. “I’m gonna need your money,” the man reportedly said.

The man took $230 from the woman’s purse, exited the vehicle after she stopped in a restaurant driveway as instructed, and was last seen running west toward Allen Road.

Police are investigating and expected to soon speak with the man regarding the charges.

Keys spark fight in hotel

Police respond to a complaint of a fight in progress at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 17600 Dix Ave., about 4 p.m. June 22. The officers made contact with a witness and the combatants upon arrival.

One combatant — a visitor the hotel — told police he wanted to retrieve the keys to his work van from the other combatant — a renter at the hotel — room so he could go to the ATM. The visitor said he went to the room and the renter would not allow him to get his keys and an argument ensued.

Police reported the renter slammed the visitor to the ground, which separated his shoulder. The visitor said he defended himself to prevent further injury and they were separated until police arrived.

The renter told police a completely different story. The renter said the visitor approached him and asked about the van keys, then entered the room and tried to take the keys and a cell phone. The renter said they argued and the visitor tried to leave and he wrestled him to the floor and held him there until the visitor calmed down and left the room.

Police said the witness confirmed the renter’s story. Both men wanted to press charges on each other.

Southgate man arrested for suspended license

Police reported they observed a white pickup traveling west on Sibley Road proceed through a yellow light, come to a screeching stop then perform a U-turn and proceed back through the same light which was red about 11 p.m. June 26. The driver then turned north on Valleyview Drive where officers initiated a traffic stop.

During the stop, police said the driver could provide only a license and insurance but no registration for the vehicle. He was identified as a Southgate resident. The driver told police he missed his turn and turned around to proceed in the right direction.

The driver’s info was run through the Law Enforcement Information Network and it informed police the driver’s license was suspended on March 29 because of an unpaid driver’s responsibility fee. He told police he could not provide clearance paperwork and said he hadn’t paid any money to the Secretary of State.

The driver was arrested and ticketed for driving with a suspended license and disobeying a traffic signal. The vehicle was released to the passenger of the vehicle.

Southfield man arrested for suspended license
Police observed the driver of a vehicle disregard a traffic sign on Civic Park Drive near Williamsburg about 1:10 p.m. June 24. The sign marked an area designated for police vehicles only.

During the traffic stop, the driver could provide officers only with a driver’s license. Officers entered the driver’s information into the Secretary of State database, which notified officers that his license was suspended due to an unpaid insurance violation.

The driver was arrested and ticketed for driving with a suspended license and impeding traffic. The vehicle was impounded.

Man steals $100 in food, beer

Police responded to a retail theft complaint at Sports Pub, 166 Maple, about 9:30 p.m. on June 30. The manager told police a man entered the pub during the lunch hour and placed a takeout order, totaling $104.08, that included a half gallon sealed glass jug of beer.

The manager said the man attempted to pay another employee with a personal check but was told the establishment doesn’t accept checks. The man took half of the order to his vehicle while he went to get a credit card. The manager said the man returned and left with the rest of the order, but did not return to pay.

The suspect was described as a white man possibly in his 50s, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and missing his front teeth.

Police said the man attempted the same scam at Prush’s Bar, 1212 Eureka, June 28 using the same story, but did not get any food from the business.