Police Blotter

Allen Park
Price switched at Home Depot

A man was observed at Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane Drive, by a loss prevention team switching price tags on a bathroom faucet, then pay for the item. The faucet was $175, police said, but the man scanned a price tag for 49 cents and walked out of the store.

Loss prevention officers said they confronted the man, took him back into the store, and called police. The man was cited for retail fraud and his vehicle was impounded.

Vehicle taken without permission
A man called police about 5:10 a.m. Aug. 4 when he discovered that his brother took his vehicle from the Jamestown Village Apartments, 11520 Fordline St., without permission. The victim told police he and his brother went to his cousin’s apartment then out to dinner to keep his brother from using crack cocaine.

The vehicle was parked outside the cousin’s apartment about 11 p.m. the night before, the victim said, and the three men fell asleep about 2 a.m. He said he woke up about 5 a.m. to find that his brother left with the vehicle.

Police said a family friend called the victim and told him the brother was seen driving in Detroit in the vehicle. The friend told the victim his brother rented the vehicle to a man for $30, he said, and purchased crack cocaine with the money.

Handgun found in Champaign Park
Police were notified by a city employee about a handgun found in Champaign Park while setting up for a baseball game about 9:40 a.m. Aug. 4. The handgun was in an area near home plate, police said, and was fully loaded with a round in the chamber.

After securing the handgun, police fingerprinted it and said the serial numbers were filed off. Police said the handgun may be connected to an incident under investigation.

Stolen vehicle
A vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane Drive, while the owner was inside the store. The victim reported the vehicle missing at 5:55 p.m. Aug. 3 and told police she was inside for about 20 minutes and discovered it missing when she came out. The victim said she left her windows down while she went into the store. Police entered the vehicle into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Vehicle theft attempted

Police responded to a report of an attempted vehicle theft in the 22000 block of Madison just before 9 a.m. July 29.

The victim said she recently had discovered a broken window on her father’s silver 2004 Jeep Liberty, which had been parked outside of the house overnight. The owner was out of town.

Police observed that the rear passenger vanity window was broken and that there was damage to both the ignition and door locks.

The victim did not observe anything missing from the inside of the vehicle.

Nothing of evidentiary value was found at the scene.

Wheels damaged in attempted theft
An overnight guest at a house in the 1800 block of North Highland reported that a larceny of his tires had been attempted just before 10 a.m. Aug. 5.

The victim told police he had parked in the driveway at 10 p.m. the previous night. When he re-entered the vehicle in the morning and attempted to back out of the driveway he noticed something was wrong. He then found that all four wheels were bent and several lug nuts were missing.

Neither the victim nor the homeowner reported having heard or seen anything unusual during the night. The homeowner also said that she had never had any problems with anyone in the neighborhood.

The victim said the vehicle had an alarm but that it never went off. He also said that the doors had been locked there was no other damage to the vehicle.

The residence does not have a security camera and no suspect information was available.

Dearborn Heights
Puppy stolen from yard

A German shepherd puppy was reported stolen from the yard of a house in the 4100 block of Campbell just before noon Aug. 1.

The victim told police the dog had been chained in the back yard behind a locked privacy fence overnight. He added that the only way that the dog could have gotten out of the yard was if someone had taken him.

The puppy is male, 12 to 15 weeks old, mostly black with some brown and weighs 15 to 17 pounds. He was wearing a green and black collar and is named “Boy.”

The victim also told police he had heard the puppy crying for a few minutes around 2 or 3 a.m. but did not go out to investigate because the dog stopped so quickly.

Truck damaged in driveway
A man whose vehicle was egged later discovered additional damage to the vehicle in the 4400 block of Academy just before 7 a.m. Aug. 5.

The victim had parked his 2009 Ford F-150 in the street the previous night and was woken up around 6 a.m. by police, who had discovered that the truck had been egged when they were passing the house.

The truck was then pulled into the driveway and washed off.

An hour later the owner exited the house to go to work and noticed that the driver’s side front tire was flat and had been slashed. Upon further inspection he also found several damaged spots on the tailgate and cap of the truck. Several small rocks were observed on the ground next to the vehicle.

The victim told police that he typically kept the vehicle in showroom condition. He also stated that he had heard nothing out of the ordinary during the night.

Lincoln Park
Break-in reported at business

More than $3,000 worth of stolen items and damage was reported at 9:30 a.m. Monday by staff at Ground Travel Specialists, 1280 John A. Papalas Drive.

Police responded to the call and were told that five TV monitors and a computer tower had been discovered missing, and that it was the third time within the past month that the business had been broken into, and that a former employee was suspected.

Police investigated the scene, and reported that the store’s front window had been smashed, likely with a hammer that was located. Officers spoke with store personnel and are investigating.

Car damaged

A woman called police after discovering damage to her vehicle about 12:30 p.m. Aug. 2. She said she parked the vehicle in front of her house in the 17700 block of Quarry about 4 p.m. the day before and there was no damage on the vehicle; but, when she returned to her vehicle around noon the next day, she said there was damage to the roof and the driver’s door.

Police said there were two dents on the vehicle, which were likely made from rocks being thrown at the vehicle. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report and the damage was estimated at $500.

Bricks thrown through car windows
Police saw a vehicle with a broken rear windshield and driver’s window in the 17500 block of Quarry Road about 5:40 a.m. Aug. 2. The officers said two large bricks were found near the vehicle and were used to break the windows. Police said they did not disturb the owner at the time, but it was later reported about 8 a.m. The victim said the vehicle was last seen undamaged about midnight. No suspects or witnesses were known at the time of the report and there was no estimate for the damage available.

City property damaged
While patrolling the area around Lloyd Carr Park, 12344 Longsdorf, officers observed the sign for the park broken into three pieces about 9:15 a.m. Aug. 2. Police said the sign had been broken before and glued together, which made it easier for the vandals to pull the sign from the wood.

The time of the damage was unclear, police said, and no known witnesses or suspects were reported.

Home invasion
A complaint was made with police after a woman discovered someone broke into her condo in the Riverview Club Condominiums, 14443 Pennsylvania Ave. about 6:40 p.m. Aug. 2. Police said there were clear pry marks on the outside of the door and the deadbolt was broken.

The woman told police she left her condo about 8:15 a.m. and returned just prior to the complaint. She said a computer, printer, and about $50 in change was taken from the residence.

Police said all of the drawers were opened and her mail was thrown around. She recently had problems with her neighbor downstairs because she gave the neighbor $300, she said, and would not give her anymore.

Her daughter and ex-husband have access to the apartment, but she said they have good relationships.

The woman returned to the police station Monday and told police she was contacted by a witness who found her checks in his glovebox and wanted to return them. Police said there was evidence that the suspect wrote herself a check for $80, but the account was later closed.

The victim said there was no reason the suspect would have the box of checks. Two boxes of checks were found to be missing from the residence, police said, and the evidence was sent to the detectives bureau, but no arrests have been made.

Tools stolen from shed

A man told police that more than $500 worth of lawn equipment, including a weed trimmer and back-pack leaf blower, were stolen from his shed.

The man told police he’d forgotten to lock his back yard shed the night of July 31, and that the next afternoon he discovered the theft.

The man said he’d provide a complete list of stolen items.

Electronics, clothes taken from home

Police were called to a house in the 23000 block of Rosewood in response to an overnight break-in that ended with the theft of electronics, jewelry and clothing.

The man told police he’d left for work about 11 p.m. July 31, and when he returned at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 1 he discovered his front door open, the window of which had been broken through.

Police checked for evidence and confirmed the likely entry method. The man said two DVD players, a flat-screen TV, Apple laptop computer, jewelry, three leather coats and Nike shoes were missing, of unreported total value.

Police are investigating.

Phone stolen in reported robbery
A man told police on Aug. 3 that he’d been the victim of a mugging and that his smart phone had been taken.

According to police reports, the man went to the police station about 3 p.m. and was walking in Heritage Park when two black teenagers — one tall the other short — approached him and demanded he give them his phone. The man did, as the teens told him they would beat him up otherwise.

The man could not describe the teens nor their clothing, and said he’d never seen them before.

Suspicious ropes found in park

Police were called to Elizabeth Park twice last week when told that a noose was hanging from a tree.

About 9 a.m. July 31, police responded to a woman’s call and found a noose hanging in a tree near construction equipment just inside the park entrance. Police removed the noose, which had been hanging from a branch about nine feet off the ground and tied to the base of the tree.

At 7 a.m. Aug. 2, police were dispatched again to the park and spoke with a border patrol agent, who showed the officers a similar noose in the same general location, this one about 20 feet off the ground.

Patient flees hospital after traffic stop, drug search
A 24-year-old man who had been found passed out in a car by police ran from the hospital he’d been taken to for treatment.

At 9 p.m Aug. 3, a patrol officer observed a 1997 tan Buick drifting between lanes while traveling south on Fort Street. The vehicle continued moving erratically for about 50 feet before turning and heading north.

A traffic stop was made, and the patrol officer saw the 24-year-old passenger slumped over.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, said he’d been trying to wake the passenger and was “freaking out.” The driver said he’d dropped the passenger off earlier — a man he only knew because “he bought weed off him” — and he’d been fine.

The patrol officer and a second officer who’d arrive to assist were unable to wake the passenger, and medical transport was called for.

The driver was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. “A little bit of weed,” he said, and gave police a small orange pill bottle filled with suspected marijuana. The driver was arrested and ticketed for possession of marijuana.

While preparing to transport the passenger, officers found a fraudulent identification and a folded piece of paper containing suspected heroin.

The passenger was taken to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center for treatment, and responders from the Trenton Fire Department advised police that, once conscious, the passenger removed his IV tube and “fled the hospital.” He was not immediately located.

Mother alleges abuse

A mother went to the police station about 1:10 p.m. Aug. 2 and told police she was being abused at her daughter’s house in 1500 block of Maple Street. She said she was living with her daughter for a year and a half, but the abuse occurred over the last nine years.

The mother said the daughter alleged sexual abuse by family members, including the mother’s husband, and blames her for the abuse. The mother was accused of not protecting the daughter from the abuse, she said, and that is when the physical and mental abuse toward her began. The mother was unable to defend herself, she told police, because of back surgery and the use of a walker. Police said the mother finally got an opportunity to leave the residence and is in the process of moving out.

Police are investigating the allegations made against the daughter.

Driver cited for marijuana possession
Police stopped a vehicle traveling west on St. John’s Street about 12:15 a.m. Aug. 4 because the license plate was displayed improperly. After making contact with the driver, police said, they smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Police said the driver could only provide them with a driver’s license and told them about the marijuana blunt in a vehicle’s cup holder. Officers retrieved the blunt from the vehicle, police said, and observed a bag containing marijuana in plain view.

Police confirmed the substance in the bag was marijuana and arrested the driver for possession.

Items taken from home
While investigating a separate home invasion, police recovered a checkbook belonging to residents who live in the 600 block of Emmons Boulevard at 4:30 a.m. Aug. 4. Officers visited the residence and observed a screen had been removed from the front window of the house and another screen missing from another window with a lawn chair propped under the window.

The homeowners were home, police said, and they notified them of the break-in. The victims said a purse and a laptop computer also were taken. The purse was found in an alley close to the house, but the victims said they were unsure what was taken from it.

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