Police Blotter

Allen Park
Attempted theft of $187.87 in energy drinks

Meijer loss prevention officer contacted police after observing a man conceal 12 cases of an energy drink into a duffel bag at the 3565 Fairlane Road location about 5:30 p.m. July 23. The loss prevention officer recognized the man from other incidents in the store and chased him down when he ran from the store.

Police took custody of the man and processed him for the theft and found he had several convictions and warrants.

The man dropped the items in the parking lot, the officer said, when he was running and the items were later recovered. The value of the attempted theft was $187.87.

$5,500 in building supplies taken
A man entered the police station to make a complaint about a theft of building supplies from a job site at 4:14 p.m. July 20. He said the supplies were taken from the vacant gas station south of the police station.

The man said supplies included steel posts, cement pins, and two-by-12 lumber. He was advised to make a detailed list, but estimated the value of the known missing supplies to be $5,500.

House broken into

Officers were dispatched to investigate a recently discovered break-in in the 6200 block of Payne just before 2 a.m. July 28.

The victim had partially done a search of the house before police arrived, but the officers observed that the garage was unlocked with the overhead door partially raised and a kitchen window on the south side of the house was partially raised as well.

They also noted that a check of the interior revealed no signs of forced entry but it was evident that many items were scattered about, especially in the living room and a child’s bedroom, where a mattress and box springs were overturned. In the main bedroom, the entire room was ransacked with personal items thrown about.

She said she had been away from the house since 10 p.m. and that her husband had returned to the house around midnight but entered through the backdoor and immediately went into the basement, therefore he hadn’t observed the condition of the house.

The woman told police that several items were missing from the house, including a Dell laptop computer, Apple iPod and a jewelry box containing two necklaces and a medallion.

Police searched the house and surrounding area for evidence and suspects.

Man injured in hit and run
A man was able to drive himself to the hospital and contact police after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Ternes and Alber at 6:30 p.m. July 27.

The man told police that about 5 p.m. he was walking north on the west sidewalk of Ternes approaching Alber. As he crossed the street a black or dark blue older Buick drove through the stop sign without stopping and almost struck him.

He approached the vehicle and advised the driver of the posted traffic sign but the driver laughed at him. As he stepped in front of the vehicle the driver quickly accelerated and the passenger side mirror struck the man’s arm as it went by.

The man had a severe laceration to his right arm and was treated at Henry Ford Hospital.

The driver was described as an Arabic male approximately 50 years old. The vehicle also had paint peeling all over the body “like it had been splashed with acid.”

No vehicle or suspect was located in the area.

Dearborn Heights
Lost keys may have led to stolen vehicle

Police believe that a lost set of vehicle keys led to the eventual theft of another vehicle owned a bywoman in the 400 block of Rosemary at 5:30 a.m. July 24.

The woman told police that she had been grocery shopping the previous day and had unknowingly dropped the key ring containing the vehicle keys and electronic key fob. When she realized this, she went to the store manager and informed him of the loss. She was told that a clerk had found them and the keys were returned.

When she entered the vehicle to leave she discovered that the spare keys to her other vehicle, a gold 2008 Buick Enclave, were missing from the center console. A search of the vehicle also showed that the registration was missing from the glove box.

She returned home and the Buick was still in the driveway.

Upon exiting the house the next morning she discovered that the vehicle was gone. Inside the vehicle were two GPS units and two child restraint seats.

Police are investigating the incident.

Property stolen from vehicle
A man re-entering his vehicle after work discovered that items were missing and that there was pry damage to the glove box in the 5700 block of North Telegraph about 9 p.m. July 25.

The victim said he had parked his black 1996 Buick Regal on the north side of the business earlier in the day.

When he returned he found that his wallet and a GPS unit were missing from the center console. The faceplate to the CD/radio player also was missing. Nothing was missing from the glove box.

The victim told police he is unable to lock the vehicle.

A search of surveillance footage from neighboring businesses was not successful.

Lincoln Park
Gunshots fired during late-night fight

Police responded at about 2:30 a.m Wednesday to reports of a parking-lot fight that included at least one gun being fired.

Warrants remained pending for a Detroit man taken into custody after police were called to a gas station-sandwich shop in the 25000 block of West Outer Drive.

Investigating officers saw one man in a parked van and two others inside the station who, “appeared to be arguing,” according to police reports. The officer approached the man in the van who said that the three of them had been drinking at a nearby strip club, that the two men inside the store were friends and one was trying to get the other back in the vehicle to leave.

The men inside the store told police they’d been involved in a parking lot fight with several men who had left the location, a disagreement that had begun at the strip club and continued at the gas station.

An employee, however, told police that one of the men in the store had been seen firing a gun during the confrontation.

“That guy had a gun and shot one off,” the clerk told police after identifying the suspect.

Police questioned the suspect further outside, where he admitted he had a weapon in the van and that he had a concealed carry permit; the officer noted that a person with a carry permit is required to immediately inform police of that fact during any encounter.

He denied, however — as did the other two men — that any rounds had been fired until the officer discovered a spent casing near the front of the van. Police collected evidence, to include a .40-caliber, Springfield Armory XD-40 semi-automatic handgun, nine-round magazine and spent bullet casing. A store representative was expected to provide police with surveillance video footage, and the suspect was taken into custody pending warrants.

Television stolen from home

A woman returned to her house in the 19000 block of Wall Street about 6 p.m. July 27 to find it had been broken into and a 52-inch television stolen. She called police and reported the theft.

The woman said she left the house the night before to stay with her daughter. She told police the doors were locked and her fence was closed when she left. Police said when they arrived, a portion of her fence was broken, a window was open, and the gate leading to the backyard was open.

Fingerprints were found on the scene, but there are no suspects or witnesses to the incident. Police said none of the neighbors witnessed the event.

Man arrested for warrant, marijuana
A suspicious man traveling west on Outer Drive past Allen Road drew the attention of police as they patrolled the area about 1:20 a.m. July 28. Police approached the man, who said he was trying to find his way back to a friend’s apartment, and identified him. They entered his information into the Law Enforcement Information Network and the Secretary of State and were notified of a warrant out of Lincoln Park.

Police conducted a search of the man and found a marijuana-like substance in his front pocket. The substance tested positive for marijuana and weighed one-quarter ounce. He was arrested for the warrent and possessing the marijuana.

Vehicle damaged

A woman called police about midnight July 29 when she discovered damage to her driver’s door handle. She said her vehicle was parked at the Pennbrook Place Apartments, 15121 Brookview Drive, in Southgate from 11:20 to 11:50 p.m. when the damage occurred.

The police said the damage appeared to be caused by someone jamming a screwdriver through the bottom of the door handle. There also was damage to the side mirror, but it is unknown if the damage was related to the incident. Nothing was reported to be missing, police said, and there were no suspects or witnesses at this time.

$850 in damages done to vehicle
Police responded to a damaged vehicle report in the 14300 block of Hamilton about 1:30 p.m. July 28. The victim said she parked her vehicle in the driveway of her house about 9 p.m. the night before and returned to find the driver-side window broken out and damage to the door.

She said the vehicle was locked and nothing was reported stolen from the vehicle, but the damage was estimated at $850. There were no witnesses or suspects.

Burglar left chalk prints at scene

Police are looking for a suspect in a home invasion to match the shoe prints left behind after the burglar walked across a driveway covered in children’s chalk drawings.

Officers responded to a call from the 25000 block of Baker shortly before 6 p.m. July 25. The homeowner told police he’d left home at 3:30 p.m. and returned to find a side door had been kicked or pried open.

Investigators noted several shoe prints made when the burglar tracked chalk dust from the driveway into the home.

An undisclosed amount of property was stolen. The man told police he had disabled his alarm system recently while doing remodeling and hadn’t reconnected it yet.

Electronics taken from apartment
A man returned home to his apartment in the 10000 block of Pine at about 6:30 p.m. July 28 after having been away since the morning of July 25 and found a screen window pushed in and nearly $1,000 worth of electronics missing.

Responding officers noted the pried-open screen and checked for evidence. A preliminary inventory of missing items included a $200 Toshiba TV, a PlayStation 3 and a laptop computer. Police are investigating.

Impaired driver charged with possession

A medical marijuana card didn’t prevent a Trenton man from being charged with possession along with impaired driving after the driver failed several sobriety tests.

Shortly after midnight July 27, a Trenton patrol officer saw a black Jeep that had crossed the center line on Jefferson near Van Horn.

According to police reports, the officer noticed “an overwhelming odor of marijuana” when making a traffic stop on the vehicle, and that the driver’s eyes were “extremely glassy.”

The driver — whose age and name were not released pending warrants — admitted that he had consumed, “about six beers and a few shots” in addition to having smoked “about” four joints.

The officer attempted a few sobriety tests, which the driver repeatedly failed. “I’m so high,” he admitted when unable to count backward from 100. “I can’t do this.”

Asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, the driver showed the officer a medical marijuana card. A backpack was found which contained a mason jar filled with marijuana along with a scale and other paraphernalia. According to police reports, “The entire floor of the vehicle was littered with loose marijuana and smashed marijuana roaches.”

The officer told the driver that the medical marijuana law had been amended in December and the driver was in violation of having the marijuana “readily accessible to anyone” and not secured. The driver was taken into custody and cited for operating while impaired and possession of marijuana.

House damaged by homemade firebomb

A resident in the 3400-block of 3rd Street was awoken to the sound of something exploding and called police about 5:30 a.m. July 28. The man said the sound woke him up, then he saw a flash of light and ran to see what happened.

The aluminum siding caught fire and a garden hose was used to put out the fire, police said, and a plastic bottle with a flammable liquid and a cloth sticking out the bottle was found on scene. The bottle broke the basement window, but did not enter the house and caused minimal damage.

The victim said she recently went through a breakup, but did not think her ex-boyfriend had anything to do with the incident because he knew she has an 8-year-old son who lives with her.

Employees work intoxicated, run from police
The owner of Trinity Cars, 4624 13th St., was notified two of his employees may be working under the influence and confronted them around 5 a.m. July 28. The owner told police he could smell alcohol and demanded they take an alcohol and drug test.

After he confronted the employees, he said, one employee became irate, began yelling profanities, and threatened him, while the other employee just refused the tests. The owner said the two left and he called police.

Police said as they were arriving on scene, the employees were believed to be leaving the premises and they began pursuing the suspect vehicle. The responding officers attempted to chase the vehicle as it sped north on 14th Street toward Eureka, police said, but they lost sight of the vehicle after crossing Eureka Road.

Police said there were no arrests made because the vehicle was not stopped and there was no solid evidence the two men were in the vehicle.

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