Police Blotter

Allen Park
License plate missing; crack cocaine and marijuana found

A vehicle with no license plate visible traveling east on I-94 near Outer Drive was stopped near Oakwood Boulevard at 1:47 p.m. July 13. Police observed a passenger in the vehicle reaching for the glove box and near the gear shifter and the vehicle’s plate laying flat in the rear window.

During the stop, the driver was asked about any illegal substances in the car and she told them there was none and consented to a police K-9 search of the exterior. The K-9 detected the smell of drugs near the driver’s side of the vehicle, police said, and the driver continued to deny any wrongdoing.

The passenger of the vehicle was questioned and he said there was marijuana present in the passenger’s door map pocket. Police found the marijuana and searched the rest of the car and found a plastic bag containing crack cocaine.

The driver and passenger denied responsibility and told police they bought the car two days prior. A copy of the title application were obtained by police and the vehicle was purchased April 30 and title was issued May 28.

Police said there was 6 grams of crack cocaine and 5 grams of marijuana recovered from the car. Both suspects were arrested and processed for the possession of both substances.

Bike stolen and returned
Police met the suspect and victim in a bicycle theft at the corner of Englewood and Fox avenues at 5:46 p.m. July 16 after being contacted by the victim’s father. The juvenile suspect told police
he was riding a bike he got from a friend’s house, but would not tell police the friend’s name.

The victim’s father said his son went down the street and left the bicycle leaning against a house. When he went outside
the bicycle was gone, he said, and the boy returned home crying. The father went to locate the bicycle and found the suspect riding the bicycle with four other children.

The father said the suspect left before he could confront him about the bicycle and later made contact with the suspect at Englewood and Fox. The value of the bicycle was about $100 and was released to the victim. The suspect was arrested and his parents were contacted.

Suspicious person enters house

Police responded to a report of a suspicious person entering a house in the 4500 block of Woodworth on July 22 just before noon.

The victim said that she had been sitting on the living room sofa watching television when an unknown man opened the front door and took one step inside.

She said that the man then looked at her and said: “Oh, I thought this was my house. I’m new to the neighborhood. Sorry.”

He then exited the house, walked down the front porch stairs and unlocked a red bike from the railing in front of the house. She told police that he must have chained the bicycle there before entering.
The victim said that she followed the man outside and asked him why he did not know where his own house was but he did not respond. He then mounted the bicycle and fled toward Michigan Avenue.

The intruder was described as a white male in his early 20s, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, no facial hair, and wearing a hat and beige or gray pants and jacket.

Police were on the scene within several minutes of receiving the call but could not find anyone matching the description of the intruder.

Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle
The owner of a green 2002 Pontiac Sunfire informed police that the catalytic converter had been stolen from his vehicle in the 6300 block of Bingham at 1:50 p.m. July 16.

The victim said he had checked his vehicle for the part after being told by neighbors that their converter had been stolen overnight.
The man also told police that the vehicle had been parked in the street in front of the house since approximately 4:30 p.m. of the previous afternoon and that he had not seen of heard anything suspicious in that time.

A search of the neighboring properties for security cameras that may have captured the crime came up empty.

No evidence was found at the scene.

Dearborn Heights
Unarmed robbery nets $150

Three people took $150 cash from a man outside of the Shell Station at 23955 W. Warren about 1 a.m. July 22.

The victim told police he had made plans to see a movie with a friend, who agreed to pick him up and drive to the theater because he did not have a vehicle.

The friend arrived at his house in the 6000 block of Drexel, with two men in the backseat whom the victim did not recognize.
They drove to the gas station and the victim was asked by the driver to purchase some drinks for the group. When he pulled out his wallet one of the men in the backseat grabbed all of the cash out of the wallet. The other man reached into the front seat, opened the passenger door and pushed him out of the vehicle. The vehicle then fled east on Warren.

The victim told police that he repeatedly tried to contact his friend after the incident but could not reach her. He walked home from the gas station.

The men in the backseat were described as Arabic and in their 20s with dark hair. One had a full beard and the other a thinner beard. Neither spoke during the incident.

The vehicle was an older model, silver Honda with body damage at the front of the passenger side.

Vehicle stolen
Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 6400 block of Drexel about 9:30 p.m. July 18.

The victim told police he had parked a white 2009 Ford Econoline Wagon in front of the house about 9 p.m. the night before and discovered the vehicle missing when attempting to leave for work.

No broken glass was found on the street and the the victim provided the only key to the vehicle to police when they responded.
He also said that he was not the owner of the vehicle, but that it was owned by a business partner. He told police that he had already informed the owner of the theft that morning.

Lincoln Park
Man assaulted by would-be burglar
A man was awakened by the sound of glass breaking at his home in the 3100 block of Fort Park Sunday morning.

He walked into the hallway and, according to police reports, “the next thing he remembers is waking up in a pool of blood.”

About 7:30 a.m. July 21, the man reported having been hit on the head by an unknown object. The man’s brother had taken him to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, where he was treated for a skull fracture.

Nothing was reported missing from the man’s home, and police are investigating.

TVs, electronics stolen from home
One or more burglars broke through a bedroom window of a home in the 1500 block of University and stole three television
sets, a laptop computer and a PlayStation 3 video game system.

Police responded to a call shortly before midnight July 20 from a man who had returned home after being away since Friday morning and discovered the missing items, nearly $2,000 worth of electronics.

The man told police he’d locked and secured all doors other than a bedroom window with an installed fan.

Investigators noted the fan on the bedroom floor and open window.
Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Stolen ladders spark assault investigation
Two men told police that when they went to a man’s home in the 500 block of Farnham to ask about missing ladders, they were threatened with a shotgun held by the suspected thief.

Police responded at 10:30 a.m. July 20 to reports that two men were at a Farnham address, hiding behind a car parked across the street from the suspect’s home. One of the two men told police he had parked a trailer the night before in a nearby alley, and that morning he discovered that five ladders — with a total value of $400 — were missing. A friend of the man had seen a maroon mini-van leaving the area with several ladders attached to the roof. The two men followed the path taken by the mini-van and located what appeared to beone of the ladders in a back yard.

The men told police they confronted the suspect, who produced a shotgun from the house and told the men to get off his property. The suspect told police he’d gotten the ladders from someone on Craigslist, although officers located several ladders that matched descriptions which had been supplied by the victim.

The suspect was taken into custody and warrants were pending for receiving stolen goods and felonious assault for threatening the victims with a shotgun.

Personal watercraft destroyed

Damage to a personal watercraft was reported to police in the 18000 block of Reed Avenue at 7:53 p.m. July 16. The victim told police the watercraft was destroyed by a friend of her boyfriend. She said her boyfriend and the friend had been arguing for a few days, and the craft was damaged because of the argument.

Police said the craft was cut into pieces with an electric saw and was completely destroyed. The woman and her boyfriend suspect the friend in the incident.

There were no witnesses to the incident.

Woman hospitalized, ticketed

Police were traveling west the Sibley Road near Civic Park Drive when they observed the emergency lights of a Riverview
Fire Department rescue vehicle about 1 a.m. July 20. Upon further investigation, police observed a vehicle facing east in the wrong lane on Sibley Road.

The firefighters said they were returning
to the station when they found the vehicle stopped and the driver having unknown medical issues. Police said she was unable to communicate with them and was the only individual in the vehicle.

She was taken to Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital and treated. Police checked her license through the Secretary of State and the Law Enforcement Information Network and found that her license had been suspended three times in the last three years.

Police issued the driver a ticket for driving without a license.

Jewelry stolen
A woman called police to report a theft at Bellaire Senior Living, 12621 Hale, at 11:32 a.m. July 19. The woman said she was visiting her daughter before she returned home and found two rings missing from the jewelry box in her bedroom.

She told police she always puts the rings in the jewelry box when she is done wearing them and they were the only things missing. Police said the only people with access to the rooms are employees
and Home Care Health Partners employees. The woman’s door requires a code, police said, and locks automatically when it closes.

The woman said the code has been changed since the incident. It is unknown if she left the door open by accident, police
said, and there were no witnesses or suspects.

Expired plates and no license
A driver was stopped by police for an expired license plate while traveling north on Fort Street toward Sibley Road around 9:20 a.m.

The woman’s tags expired in June and a check through the Law Enforcement Information Network and the Secretary of State said her license was suspended because of a speeding ticket in Southgate.

Police confirmed the suspension with Southgate police and arrested the driver. The vehicle was towed and she was ticketed for the suspended license and issued a warning for the plates.

GPS thief strikes twice

One or more smash-and-grab thieves broke through windows and took GPS devices from two vehicles parked at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, 15150 Fort St. sometime Monday afternoon.

Police responded to a call and investigated damage done to a 2003 Mazda and a 2006 Dodge Caravan belonging to employees of the clinic. One had arrived at 9 a.m., the other at 2:30 p.m., at which time there was no sign of damage to either vehicle. At 4:30 p.m. a departing employee noticed the driver’s side window of both vehicles had been smashed, and GPS units had been forcibly removed.

Police noted descriptions and serial numbers of the devices and are investigating.

Idle car signals stop, search, arrest

When a police officer asked a 16-year-old driver if he could look in the 2003 Chevy Cavalier he’d stopped on Harrison, the teen answered honestly.

“He stated he did not want me to,” police reports said of the July 18 traffic stop. Investigators looked inside, after the department’s K-9 officer sniffed and indicated that there were narcotics in the vehicle.

Police first spotted the Cavalier parked at a gas pump at a station on the corner of Harrison and West Jefferson shortly before 9 p.m. The officer had seen the same vehicle in the same spot 20 minutes earlier, and pulled in to the station. The Cavalier drove off, and the officer was told by the station attendant that it had been sitting there for a half hour or more, “and seemed suspicious.”

Officers saw the vehicle moments later, parked in front of a residence on Harrison not far from the gas station. The driver and 16-year-old passenger, “seemed to be extremely nervous,” according
to police reports, and told officers they had been waiting for a friend.

The officer waited for the K-9 unit, and a subsequent search of the driver, passenger and vehicle produced an undisclosed quantity of marijuana and assortment of paraphernalia including a pipe, grinder and scale.

The teens were cited for possession and released to their parents.

Arrests made for drug possession

Witnesses called police to report two men acting suspicious in the public lot at Oak and Van Alstyne streets about 10 p.m. July 20. The witnesses said they were parked a few spaces away, when one of the men ran around the parking lot then rolled across the trunk of the witnesses’ car.

When police arrived, the witnesses said both men had trouble with balance and one stumbled toward the passenger door, opened it, and attempted to conceal something from the seat.

A police K-9 was brought in to check the suspects’ vehicle and, police said, the K-9 reacted to the presence of drugs on the driver’s door. Police said there was a used syringe lying on the passenger seat of the vehicle and a small amount of marijuana in the center console.

A burnt spoon, several syringes, a used cotton ball, and a lottery ticket with heroin residue also were found in the vehicle, police said, and a search of the vehicle’s owner produced heroin.

The owner of the vehicle was cited for possessing marijuana and heroin, local outstanding warrants, and loitering. The passenger was cited for disorderly conduct, the heroin kit and loitering.

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