Police Blotter

Motorcycle Stolen

A motorcycle was reported stolen from a garage in the 1200 block of Linden on August 30 just after 6 a.m.

The victim told police that he had parked the black and chrome 2006 Yamaha Venture inside his locked garage overnight and had left the keys in the ignition.

On the night of the theft, he had parked a second motorcycle, which had the electronic door opener to the garage in its saddlebag, outside of the garage. The victim believes that the suspect used that opener to gain entry into the garage. The opener was no longer with the second motorcycle after the theft.

The stolen motorcycle has hard, black saddlebags with flames on the sides. Inside the bags were two riding helmets and a leather biker outfit. A Chicago Blackhawks flag was attached to the rear of the seat and there were streamers on the handlebars.

Police found a broken piece of the motorcycle’s horn in the area but were unable to locate the motorcycle itself.

Items Stolen From Backyard
Police were called to investigate the theft of a bird feeder and outdoor clock from behind a house in the 3500 block of Hipp on August 27 at 6:25 p.m.

The victim told police that sometime during the previous 24 hours an unknown party had entered her backyard and took the items.

The clock, which is brown with a half moon on its face, was attached to the bricks on the back of the house and the copper-colored bird feeder was in the backyard garden.

The victim stated that she believes someone may have seen the items during a yard sale she had at the house during the previous week and returned to steal them. She also said that she believed the suspect had climbed over the fence to get into the backyard because a flower pot near the fence had been knocked over.

No suspect information was available.

Home Invaded, Items Stolen

An officer traveling near Westlake and Lehigh was flagged down by a woman reporting that her house had been broken into in the 4400 block of Westlake on August 30 at approximately 1:15 p.m.

The victim brought the officer into her house and showed him both her and her son’s bedrooms that had items missing. Two televisions, a 42-inch and 22-inch, and a Playstation 3 video game system were reported stolen.

She also said that the break-in had occurred sometime in the previous hour.

The victim’s son told the officer that he had been inside the house prior to the theft, but received a phone call asking him to meet a girl at a nearby gas station. He left the house to meet her, but the girl never arrived. When he returned to the house he discovered the break-in and notified his mother.

No suspect information was available.

Vehicle Theft Attempted
Police were called to investigate the attempted theft of a vehicle in the 7000 block of Garling Drive on September 1 just before 2 a.m.

The witness told police that he observed four black males wearing tee shirts and shorts breaking into his neighbor’s 2004 Jeep. He also stated that they fled the driveway traveling north on Garling and then east on Warren.

Officers inspected the vehicle and discovered dents and damage to the driver’s side, including on the rear passenger window and vent window, though neither was broken.

A brick was left on the passenger seat inside the vehicle and there was evidence that the ignition had been tampered with and damaged. An attempt to start the vehicle was completed after the owner had been contacted, but the vehicle immediately stalled after starting.

Nothing was stolen from the vehicle.

Officers checked the surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspects.

Late night gunfire lands man in jail

A self-declared veteran was cited for reckless discharge of a firearm after police responded to a 3:30 a.m. call from neighbors on Monday. According to police reports, the 25-year-old resident had told a neighbor that his dog tags represented, “A free pass to do what the f— I want,” and that the man should stay inside, “before I shoot you and your family.”

Police were called to the 2200 block of Progress Avenue after neighbors reported that the man had been firing rounds from a long gun in his yard.

He was on his porch when police arrived, and admitted to having shot the gun. He also appeared unsteady on his feet, and admitted to having consumed alcohol that night.

Police soon spoke with other residents of the house, most of whom were asleep. One said he’d heard the gunshot sounds and someone yelling that “the cops are going to come” after the shooting. Another had seen a rifle on a hallway floor and had taken it to the attic for safety.

Police located the weapon, a Marlin .22-cal. rifle, and in the man’s pockets found a magazine with three rounds. He was taken into custody and arraigned Tuesday in 25th District Court on weapons offenses.

Tires on three vehicles slashed

A man called police after he observed a woman carrying a large knife in her hand in the Morgan Manor Apartments, 19615 Allen Rd., at 8 a.m. August 27. He told police he was taking the trash out before work when he saw the woman take the 8-inch or 10-inch knife and stab it into the passenger front tire of a vehicle in the parking lot.

He told police many residents in the complex have problems with the woman and they are afraid of her because of her “crazy behavior.” Police took statements from residents who said the woman consistently harasses people, makes loud noises in the middle of the night, and they believe she has slashed four other tires on different vehicles in the past.

Police investigated the parking lot and found two other vehicles with tire damage. Police said they tried to contact the woman by knocking on the her door and identifying themselves, but she ignored them and turned the music up in her apartment. The music became so loud, police said, it could be heard from the parking lot.

After they could not make contact with her, police said they left the premises. It is not known if the woman was later arrested.

85-year-old hits bicyclist

Officers were called to investigate an accident between a vehicle and a bicycle in front of Materials Processing Inc., 17423 W. Jefferson Ave., at 3:22 p.m. September 2. The vehicle was traveling north on West Jefferson in the far right lane when it struck the bicyclist from behind. Police said the bicyclist was traveling along the curb and had the right of way.

The driver of the vehicle had no idea the accident occurred and could not give police his name, age, or address. He only told police he was staying at a rehabilitation center in the “city of Michigan.”

Police later identified the driver as an 85-year-old man who lived in the Atria Kinghaven Manor, 14800 King Rd., for the last two years. His license was taken, police said, and cited for driving without due care and caution.

Police submitted a request for driver evaluation to the Department of State regarding the accident.

Woman caught driving on suspended license
Police observed a vehicle traveling west on SIbley Road near Grange Road, with the wrong color registration sticker on its license plate around 4 p.m. August 31.

A query into the Law Enforcement Information Network indicated the plate expired August 19 and the driver’s privileges were suspended. Police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and police made contact with the driver.

The woman told police she was knew her plates expired, but was not aware of the license suspension. Police cited the woman for the driving with a suspended license and towed the vehicle. She was given a warning for the vehicle’s expired registration.

Speeding vehicle never registered with State
A vehicle traveling south on Fort Street, near Sibley Road, was stopped by police at 2:15 a.m. September 2. Officers observed the vehicle traveling 47 mph in a 35-mph construction zone.

A query into the Law Enforcement Information Network indicated the vehicle was not registered with the State of Michigan. The driver told police he bought the vehicle August 28 and put an old license plate on the vehicle to drive it.

He said he did not have insurance on the vehicle, but did provide a signed Title to prove ownership. The vehicle was towed by police and the driver was released at the scene with a citation for not having insurance on the vehicle and the improper plate. Police said the driver was given a warning for speeding.

GPS and statue taken from vehicle

Police responded Tuesday to a woman who said someone had damaged her vehicle, stolen money and items from inside, and may have taken the car for a drive.

The woman said she’d parked the car near her home in the 15000 block of Garrison late Sunday, and at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday noticed the car had sustained damage to the driver’s door, its headlights were broken and a bumper had been stolen.

Also missing from the vehicle — the make and model of which were not disclosed — was a Garmin GPS system, a statue of Hindu god Ganesh, and an undisclosed amount of money.

The woman said she believed the car had been taken and returned. Police collected evidence and the serial number of the GPS system and are investigating.

Police looking for hold-up men

Taylor Police are looking for two black men in their early 20s who reportedly robbed a couple Monday night, taking their cell phones, an iPod and identification after a parking lot confrontation.

At about 11 p.m. a man and woman had left Planet Fitness, 11420 Telegraph, and were headed to their car when they were approached by two unknown men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and shorts. One of the two was holding a handgun demanded the man’s smart phone and the woman’s purse, the contents of which were dumped on the ground. The men said they were serious, took the items and fired a round in the air before running toward Telegraph.

The gunshot was heard by a patrol officer, who headed toward the gym and were flagged down by the couple. Police collected descriptions of the men and during the investigation located a wallet that had been discarded from the woman’s purse away from the robbery site, and are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact Taylor Police at 734-287-6611.

Wrong plate leads to pot bust

A Lincoln Park police officer thought he smelled marijuana from inside a 2002 Cadillac he pulled over on West Road Monday, the driver denied having any illegal substances in the vehicle.

“No sir, we smoked it all,” the driver reportedly said.

Instead police found a box, baggie and napkin that contained a total of more than 22 grams of pot.

Police ran a check on the license plate before pulling over the 39-year-old driver shortly after 8:30 p.m., and computer records showed no title information.

The driver told police he’d just bought the car recently, and presented a title indicating that he’d purchased the vehicle on Aug. 15. Through the now-open window the officer smelled marijuana, conducted a search and took the driver into custody. The driver was cited for improper plate and marijuana possession.

Dog attack leads to argument

Police were dispatched to the 3500-block of 17th Street at 9:12 p.m. September 1 after a 911 call was disconnected. Police said the caller contacted 911 twice and asked for assistance, but did not provide any other information.

When police arrived they spoke with the caller. She said she was walking her dogs, when another dog ran out of a backyard and attacked her dogs. The attacking dog’s owner came out, she said, after she began to scream for help.

The woman told police the man began to scream at her, use vulgar language towards her, and blamed her for the attack. Police questioned the attacking dog’s owner as well.

He told police the gate to the backyard was mistakenly left open and the dog got out. He heard a woman scream for help and ran out to assist her, he said, but the woman began to insult his 12-year-old daughter. He said they began to argue after the comment was made to his daughter.

There was no report on the health of the woman’s dogs, and neither party was cited.

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