Police Blotter

Allen Park
Cigarettes, money taken from gas station

Cigarettes and money were taken from the Valero gas station at 19333 Van Born Road sometime in the night July 13.

Police responded to a call to the station and discovered the front door of the building open. The deadbolt was in the lock position and prevented the door from closing completely.

Police cleared the building and found that money was taken from the register and cartons of cigarettes were missing from a cupboard. The amount of money and cigarettes were unknown. The owner arrived and reviewed the security footage with police. Police said the security camera failed to obtain an image of any perpetrators.

There was no sign of forced entry and it was unknown how the perpetrators entered the building, police said, because the lock was still intact. The owner said he closed the store and was sure he locked the door properly.

There are no witnesses available and no suspects.

Home burglarized while family on vacation
A house in the 4400 block of Shenandoah Avenue was broken into while the family was on vacation. The incident was reported to police about 3 a.m. July 9. The family said they left the house July 4 and returned to discover the house was broken into.

Police said the thieves entered pried open a rear sliding glass door and pushed open another door that led into the house. The thieves then went through the house and emptied jewelry boxes and rummaged through the rest of the house.

The home owner said two laptops, two cell phones, a backpack, a watch and a mp3 player were taken. Police found a screwdriver used to open briefcases and took it as evidence.

Vehicle stolen from residence

Police responded to a possible theft in progress of a black 2013 Ford Escape SE in the 7600 block of Reuter around 5 a.m. July 16.

The witness who called police said he was home during the crime and became suspicious when he saw the Escape backing up in the driveway with no lights on. He observed the vehicle enter Reuter facing north and was then pushed from behind by a dark colored minivan, possibly a Dodge or Plymouth.

The two vehicles continued to travel north until they were out of the witness’ sight.

Police arrived at the house within one minute of being notified, but observed no vehicles in the vicinity. They also searched the surrounding area with negative results. Police found broken glass in the driveway.

Police informed the owner of the theft, but he could not provide any suspect information.

Garage entered; bicycle stolen
A homeowner notified police that her son’s bicycle had been stolen from their garage in the 7000 block of Kendal about 10:30 a.m. July 17.

She told police that the side door of the garage had been left unlocked and she believed the theft to have occurred sometime between 10:30 a.m. July 14 and the reporting of the crime.

The bicycle is orange and has a boys’ BMX-style design. The bicycle was the only item reported missing from the garage.

No suspect information or leads were available and nothing of evidentiary value was found and the scene.

Dearborn Heights
Bicycles stolen from garage

Two bicycles were stolen from an attached garage in the 26000 block of Timber Trail at 8 p.m. July 17. The homeowner was able to capture the theft with a surveillance camera.

Police arrived and interviewed the homeowner, who said that his footage showed six black juveniles on bicycles parked in the street in front of the house.

Two of the juveniles, one wearing orange shorts and no shirt and the second wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts, dropped their bicycles in the street and ran into the garage, exiting with two bicycles.

They re-joined the group and fled with the bicycles west on Timber Trail.

Police investigating the matter found the two bicycles, apparently left behind by the suspects, west of the house.

The homeowner said that he would turn the tape of the incident over to police.

Truck stolen from residence
A victim called police to inform them of the theft of his white 2006 Ford F-350 King Ranch pickup truck in the 8200 block of Appleton at 9:53 a.m. July 15.

He said that the truck had been parked in the driveway all night, and that he believed the theft to have occurred sometime between 1 and 8 a.m. He also told police he had been home all night and that if anyone had started the truck to take it he would have heard it because it has a diesel engine and is very loud.

The victim still had both sets of keys to the vehicle in his possession and told police that it had been locked.

Lincoln Park
Police looking for shooter

Gunshots were reported in the 1500 block of Ethel about 3 a.m. July 13, and responding officers spoke with a couple whose front window had been hit by at least three bullets.

A woman and her husband said they had been asleep in the living room when they heard several loud “pops” before the living room window was broken. Neither saw anyone when they looked outside.

Officers observed a bullet hole in the window glass and two more in the window frame, one of which still had a spent round that was taken as evidence. There were two corresponding holes in the living room wall across from the window, one of which held a spent lead round.

Police are investigating.

Shoplifter caught in act
Police responded to a larceny-in-progress call from Meijer, 3710 Dix, about 10 p.m. July 12, and left the business with a suspect in custody and evidence of the attempted theft of more than $800 worth of merchandise.

Store security personnel called police after observing two women in the fashion department placing items into a tote bag that was located inside a shopping cart. A store official called police when a retail fraud officer saw the women take the cart to the suspect, a 22-year-old Detroit man.

The suspect pushed the cart toward the grocery aisle, where he added itmes to the cart including laundry soap and clothing that had been hidden in the baby seat of the cart.

The suspect then walked toward the front and exited the business after passing all points of purchase. Outside he was stopped by awaiting officers, and told them that the merchandise had been paid for. Instead, store security officers met with police and verified that the merchandise had been stolen.

The suspect was taken into custody and held pending a warrant for retail fraud; the two women were advised that they were no longer welcome at that or any Meijer and were subject to arrest for trespassing if they returned.

Man steals lawnmower, firearm, and bicycle

A man riding a bicycle and pulling a lawnmower on Henry Street drew suspicions of an officer patrolling the area about 1:30 a.m. July 15. The suspect said a friend asked him to bring some items to his house and told police the house was located in the 4100 block of Martel Avenue, but could not provide a phone number for the friend.

Police said they believed the suspect broke into a building in the area took the items and placed him under arrest. During a search of the items he was carrying, police found numerous items including an unloaded firearm, a purse and a wallet containing someone else’s identification, a laptop, two cell phones, night vision goggles, a pocket knife and a box of Christmas decorations.

Another officer was approached by two men who claimed their garage had been broken into. The victims identified their belongings from the recovered items from the suspect. The suspect was charged with burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Forced entry results in theft of painting equipment
Police received a theft complaint from a resident in the 2300 block of Oakwood Boulevard at 6:20 a.m. July 16. The resident said someone broke the rear glass door and pulled a security light from the wall and entered the house.

The victim did not notice anything missing from the house, police said, but he came into the station and reported two power washers and a power painter taken. Police observed the rear door was broken and said it appeared someone threw a rock at the glass about 10 times before it broke.

There was a hole large enough to reach in and unlock the door, police said, but no fingerprints were found on the door frame or the glass. No fingerprints were found on the light either. There are currently no suspects or witnesses, but police said they will continue investigating.

Identity theft reported

A woman went to the police station about 1 p.m. July 12 and reported her identity had been stolen. She said there weren’t any monetary losses, but someone had gained possession of her driver’s license and Social Security numbers.

She told police the identity thief used the information to purchase cell phones and activate cell phone service online. She contacted the carrier and was told the cell phones were shipped to an address in Detroit. The provider did not provide any additional information.

There are no suspects and the victim believed the theft occurred between the January 1 and July 12. The time the phones were purchased and activated was not available.

Driving without lights, license
A car was observed by police traveling south on Quarry Road without the use of its headlights about 10 p.m. July 14 and was stopped. The driver told police he lost his license, but his mother still gave him the car anyway.

He gave officers his information. A search of the Law Enforcement Information Network and the Secretary of State database revealed there was no record of any driver’s license.

The driver was arrested for driving without a license, insurance and registration.

Pick-up truck stolen from lot

A resident of an apartment complex in the 13000 block of Parkside told Southgate police that, sometime early morning July 14 his 2000 Chevy S-10 Xtreme was stolen from the parking lot.

The man told police he returned home about 1:30 a.m., and discovered at 11 a.m. the theft of the vehicle. The man said he was current on payments and had all keys for the vehicle. Police entered a description of the truck into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Guns, cash taken from home

A man told police July 14 that while he was away from home for three hours someone broke in and stole three guns and about $400 in cash.

The victim, a homeowner in the 25000 block of Eureka, told police he left home about 10 a.m. for work and returned shortly after noon to discover the theft of three weapons and cash. Police responded and noted that the front door had been kicked or forced open.

Missing weapons included a Russian Yberti handgun valued at $800, a $700 Magnant rifle and a $600 H&R Sportsman rifle. Police entered the weapons’ descriptions into the Law Enforcement Information Network and are investigating.

Loitering man arrested for drug use, possession

A Trenton patrol officer witnessed a shirtless man loitering outside Beverage Express, 1637 West Road, about 9:30 p.m. July 9, and interacting with departing customers.

The officer first spoke with two customers, who said the man asked them to go back in the store and buy him something, which they declined to do. The officer recognized the 20-year-old Trenton resident from prior encounters, and took him to the side to ask what he was doing at the store.

The man admitted to police that he had “snorted two packets of heroin” shortly before hanging around the store. According to police reports, the man “appeared to be in a daze and was very unsteady.”

Store employees told police the man had been there for several hours, “bothering his customers.”

Before placing the man in the patrol car, a search revealed a cigarette pack containing what was believed to be crack cocaine. The man admitted that it was cocaine, but added that “he did not know how it got there.”

The man was taken to the station and detained pending warrants for disorderly conduct and possession of cocaine.

Woman retrieves medication, receives marijuana citation

Police were patrolling the area of Oak and 11th streets when they observed a woman pounding on the passenger window of a white minivan in the 1020 block of Oak at 12:55 July 17. Police said she was screaming at the man inside the vehicle, who then exited and pulled her away from the vehicle.

The woman told police she took her Xanax and she was hitting the window in an attempt to retrieve the medication. The man said she was upset about the medication and she was trying to break the window.

The man admitted he took the medicine and placed it in a box inside of the van. Police said during their search, they discovered a small amount of marijuana. The woman was questioned and denied ownership, but was cited for possession and her medication was returned.

Motorcycles stolen
A man told police his motorcycle was stolen from the 2700 block of Biddle Avenue about 11:45 p.m. July 12. The man said someone had taken the motorcycle, and police said they had no information regarding it being towed.

A motorcycle was reported stolen in the area of 5th and Oak streets at 6:10 p.m. July 11. The owner said the vehicle’s ignition was locked, but not the forks.

He told police the motorcycle was parked in the area about 4:15 p.m. and he discovered the vehicle had been taken without the keys. There are no witnesses or suspects.

Motorcycle damaged in attempted theft
A theft complaint was made involving a motorcycle parked in front of Portofino, 3455 Biddle Ave., about 3:30 p.m. July 13. The victim told police he left the bike parked outside the restaurant’s main entrance at 2:15 p.m., and when he returned, he discovered the ignition was broken in several pieces.

Police said the ignition was so damaged, the victim could not start or operate the motorcycle.

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