Police Blotter

Allen Park
Man arrested for stealing $24 worth of merchandise

Loss prevention officers observed a man enter Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane Drive, and conceal several small saw blades in his front pockets at 12:54 p.m. Aug. 11. The officer told police the man made an attempt to walk out of the store without paying for the concealed merchandise.

The loss prevention officers confronted the man and detained him until police arrived. The estimated value of the items taken was $24.

When police processed the man, a check through the Law Enforcement Information Network showed he had a fugitive warrant in another court. The police said the man was released to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, where he was later released on personal bond.

Energy drinks, grass seed taken from Meijer
Surveillance cameras caught a man concealing a large supply of energy drinks and two bags of grass seed at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane in Trenton, about 11 a.m. Aug. 8. A cashier notified loss prevention after she saw the man leave the store without trying to pay for the items.

The man was followed by loss prevention officers — who notified police — through the parking lot until police arrived. Police arrested the man for the theft and held him pending bond or arraignment at the time of report. The merchandise was valued at $418.14.

Cash stolen from vehicle

Police responded to a report of unlawful entry into two vehicles parked in the driveway of a house in the 1700 block of North Gulley just after 7 a.m. Aug. 23.

The victim said he had been approached that morning by a neighbor who told him that his vehicles had been broken into overnight. While Dearborn Heights police investigated that break-in, they found the registration to one of the victim’s cars in that yard.

The victim then went to his neighbor’s yard, where he found the contents of his wallet, including his driver’s license, credit cards and discount cards. The wallet had been left in one of his vehicles overnight.

The victim then searched both of his vehicles and found that the glove boxes and center consoles had been rummaged through. The only thing he observed missing from the vehicles was $74 cash.

He then called Dearborn police to report the theft.

Police arrived and investigated the theft, but no suspect information was available.

The victim also told police that both vehicles had been left unlocked overnight.

Rear window broken on vehicle
A woman walking through a parking lot at 3 p.m. Aug. 23 discovered that the rear window on her mother’s car had been broken out in the 9700 block of Lapeer.

The victim’s daughter stated that she had been outside approximately 15 minutes before and the 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada was not damaged. She did not hear or see anything suspicious during that time.

She checked the vehicle and did not report anything as stolen.

Police investigated the scene and did not find anything unusual inside the vehicle to determine what had broken the window.

The vehicle had been in the parking lot on the north side of Lapeer at the time the damage occurred.

No suspect information was available.

Dearborn Heights
Nothing taken in home invasion

A man called the police to report a home invasion after finding the side door to his house wide open in the 7400 block of Drexel about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 25.

The victim told police he checked the house and found that the back door had been forced open with the door jam broken. He reported that he observed nothing missing after a quick search of the house.

He added that he was not house between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Police investigated the property and found that the window screens to a large back window had been moved and that large palm and fingerprints were left on the rear window. The officers believe that the offender unsuccessfully tried to slide open the glass window to gain entry into the house.

No suspect information was available.

Abandoned dog found under bridge
Police responded to a report of a dog stuck under a bridge near the Rouge River in the area of West Warren and West Outer Drive just before 10 p.m. Aug. 26. They determined that the animal had been abandoned.

The man who called the police said a friend of his walked by the bridge and saw a tan dog below it barking. He said that the dog was tied up. The caller went to the area later in the day and found that the dog was still there. He then called the police.

Police arrived on the scene and worked their way down to the river. They found that the dog was being kept by a chain that was held in the river by a rock. Officers said that the dog, a male pit bull mix, appeared in fairly good health, but was muddy and shivering.

With assistance from the caller, they were able to disconnect the chain and carry the dog to the patrol car. They transported the animal to the Dearborn Animal Shelter where it was placed in the kennel to be cared for when staff arrived.

The dog did not have any tags, and information about who owned the animal was not available.

Lincoln Park
BB gun at school lands teen in youth home

A locker-room argument ended with a 14-year-old sent from the building and into the custody of police, who discovered a BB pistol that the teen had in his possession inside the school.

Police responded to a call from Lincoln Park High School, 1701 Champaign, at 8 p.m. Monday, and were told by a football coach that he had asked the teen — a student who had been expelled — to leave, and that he was believed to be armed.

Police located the suspect on Champaign, and stopped him for questioning. The teen said he had just left football practice and was walking home to River Rouge. He denied having a weapon, but a pat-down and search of the teen’s backpack revealed the BB gun, the orange safety tip of which had been removed.

The teen was taken to the police station for processing and subsequent admission to Wayne County Youth home on pending concealed weapons charges.

Traffic stop leads to marijuana arrest

A traffic stop was initiated after police observed a vehicle without brake lights traveling west on Oakwood Boulevard at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday. Police said they could smell a marijuana-like odor coming from the vehicle and the man driving could not produce a driver’s license.

While police detained the man, he told them there was marijuana in the vehicle. Police searched and recovered the substance, which tested positive for marijuana. Police weighed the marijuana at 0.7 grams and arrested the man for possession of the substance.

Purse stolen, credit cards used

A woman went into the Riverview Police Department at 4:54 p.m. Aug. 26 to make a complaint about some items taken from her vehicle over the previous weekend. She told police someone broke into her vehicle while it was parked in front of her house in the 11500 block of Grant Street during the night of Aug. 22.

The woman was unsure if the vehicle was locked, but said a purse with two of her credit cards and a duffle bag with new shoes and sweatshirt was missing from the vehicle.

Police said one of the woman’s credit cards had unauthorized charges made to it and several unsuccessful attempts to withdraw $103 from the account from an ATM in Wyandotte. She said someone charged about $190 at Lucky Smokers in Southgate, $121.83 at a Meijer, $23.04 at Taco Bell, and $29.34 at Kemos Tobacco.

The two credit cards were canceled, and police told the woman to make similar reports in the other cities where the money was charged.

Catalytic converter stolen
A man called police about 4:10 p.m. Aug. 19 after he discovered the catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle at MasterTech Automotive, 8750 Fort St. He told police he worked at the automotive shop and started his hift at 7:30 a.m. and it ended at 4 p.m., when he found the part missing.

The vehicle was noticibly loud, the man said, and he checked the underside of the vehicle and found the part was cut from the exhaust pipe. The converter was valued at $300. There were no witnesses or suspects at the time of the report.

Wheels stolen from parked car

The owner of a 2003 Buick LaCrosse called police at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23 to report that the driver’s side front and rear tires and rims had been stolen.

The woman had last seen the vehicle at 4 p.m. Thursday, and in the morning discovered the vehicle jacked up and on bricks.

Police checked the area for evidence and are investigating.

Front door pried open in burglary

A woman returned home to the 6500 block after a three-hour absence to discover her front door had been broken and that a $300 Dell laptop computer was missing.

Police responded about 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and took note of several pry marks around the frame of the damaged door.

Neighbors told police about a white van that had been seen that afternoon cruising up and down the street. Police collected evidence and descriptions of missing items and are investigating.

TV, electronics stolen from apartment
An apartment renter in the 23000 block of Clinton Avenue called police at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 22 to report the theft of a laptop computer, Toshiba flat-screen TV and Nintendo Wii video game system.

The woman told police that a neighbor had called her to say that her front door was open. The woman said she may have left the sliding side door unlocked overnight.
Police checked the apartment for evidence and are investigating.

Flares left burning on lawn

Police had little difficulty finding a home in the 2000 block of Vernon Court in response to someone having left three road flares burning in the front yard. Heavy smoke filled the area at 2 a.m. Aug. 16, when police answered the call.

Responding officers saw the flares still burning and damaging the front lawn and sidewalk before they were removed by police to burn themselves out on the street.
Police also noted that the vehicle in the driveway had been sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

The homeowner told police she did not have any suspects. Police collected evidence at the scene.

Couple arrested after disturbing the peace

A man called police around 5 a.m. Aug. 25 after he said his wife began breaking things inside of their house in the 2800 block of 3rd Street. He met police at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut streets and told police he and his wife were arguing since 7 p.m. the night before.

The man said the couple was drinking, but began arguing when his wife went downstairs, found him sleeping on the couch and hit him on the head. Police did not find any marks or blood on the man and attempted to make contact with his wife.

The woman walked out of the house and onto the porch and began loudly arguing with her husband, police said, then the two began screaming profanity and vulgar names at each other. Police said they tried to calm the situation and quiet the both parties, but the two continued to argue.

The couple was arrested for disorderly conduct and given a preliminary breath test, which police said resulted in a level of .10 and .11 blood alcohol content. In Michigan, the .08 is considered legally drunk. Police did not specify which person blew the higher level.

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