Police Blotter

Allen Park
1 of 2 arrested for vehicle break-ins

A resident called police after he saw two men breaking into vehicles in the 15200 block of Hanover Avenue around 9:20 p.m. Sept. 2. Police contacted the owner of the vehicles who said he had just chased the them away. He told police the men fled west on Hanover toward Allen Road.

Police searched for the men and located them riding bicycles east on Meyer Avenue near Laurence Avenue. The suspects attempted to run from police, but police caught up with one of them.

Police questioned the suspect, who claimed not to know the other man, and they located some of the items — two cell phones, a video player, and $7.09 in loose change — stolen from the vehicles. The owner said a portable drill, a battery for the drill, and a carrying case were still missing, along with some other miscellaneous
hand tools.

There were two witnesses who saw the men enter the vehicles, but only one witness could positively identify the suspect.
He was arrested for breaking into the vehicles and possessing some of the stolen items.

House broken into; items stolen

A woman called police after realizing that items were missing from her house in the 7400 block of Oakman Boulevard just before 4 p.m. Sept. 8.

The woman told police she had been away from the house visiting her sister from approximately 11 p.m. the previous night until 2 a.m. and had gone to sleep immediately after returning to the house. No one else was in the house during those hours.

Upon awakening, she discovered that her red Sony laptop was missing from the dining room and a flat screen TV was missing from the living room. A second TV in the house was found unplugged.

The woman also said that the rear door to the house had been left unlocked and that she did not know of anyone who would have broken into the house.

The woman’s brother also lives in the house but he was not home during the incident and did not know of any possible

Vehicle stolen from garage
A silver 2007 Ford Fusion was reported stolen from a garage in the 3500 block of Heritage Parkway at 1:45 a.m. Sept. 9.

The victim told police that the vehicle, which was registered in his wife’s name, had been parked inside the unlocked garage overnight. He believed that the theft occurred between 2 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

The keys to the vehicle were still in the victim’s possession, and he told officers that he was a few months behind in payments for it.
Officers checked records to see if the vehicle was listed as being repossessed, but it wasn’t.

No evidence was found in the garage or surrounding area.

Dearborn Heights
Items stolen from vehicle

A man entering his black 2007 Honda Civic just before 5:30 a.m. Sept. 8 in the 4500 block of Lincoln Boulevard discovered that it had been broken into.

A search of the vehicle showed that the victim’s wallet and Garmin GPS unit had been taken. The wallet contained the victim’s driver’s license, passport and debit and credit cards. There was no cash in the wallet at the time of the theft.

The victim told police that the vehicle had been parked on the street in front of the house since 1:30 a.m.

Before being dispatched, officers were flagged down and advised that two white males had been observed at the vehicle and fled in an unknown direction after being confronted.

Police searched the area but could not locate the suspects.

Girl stopped by suspicious vehicle
An 8-year-old girl walking in the 25000 block of Kennedy just before 6 p.m. Sept. 6 was stopped by a suspicious vehicle.

The girl was walking home from Hillcrest Elementary School when a newer model black Cadillac pulled up beside her and stopped. She said two women wearing hijabs were inside the car.

One of the women said, “Hey, little girl, do you want some candy?” The girl ignored them and the women drove away.

The victim’s father, who was approaching from the opposite direction to meet her and was about two driveways away, observed the interaction and unsuccessfully attempted to obtain the license
plate number on the vehicle.

Police responded and checked the area but the vehicle could not be found.

Lincoln Park
Robbers grab necklace during assault

Police are looking for two men who confronted a woman about 8 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Champaign and Oceana and stole a $250 necklace.

The woman told police she was walking home from a gas station when one of the two men ran up to her, punched her in the back and ripped a chain off her neck. A passing motorist stopped to help, the woman said, and the two men ran off northbound in an alley off Champaign.

The woman said she had seen the men in the neighborhood before and could identify them again. She described them as black men in their early 20s. Officers did not observe any injuries on the woman, who refused medical attention.

Police checked the area for the two men, but the woman admitted she waited nearly a half hour before calling police.

Police investigate spree of stolen plumbing fixtures
Four different fast-food restaurants reported the theft of pipes and plumbing fixtures from the men’s bathrooms, all within two days of each other.

Police are reviewing surveillance video footage from McDonald’s, 1469 Fort St., which was believed to be the first location targeted.

The manager called police Tuesday morning to report the theft she believed had taken place about 1:40 p.m. Sept. 7. Store cameras captured a white man in his 20s wearing blue jeans who had left the store with a piece of plumbing pipe sticking out of his pant leg.
On Monday afternoon police received calls from Burger King, 2155 Dix; Taco Bell, 2306 Dix; and McDonald’s, 2106 Dix, which each reported the theft of bathroom pipes.

Police are reviewing and comparing store surveillance footage and are investigating.

Man hits gas pump, drives off

Officers respond to a damaged property complaint at Shell gas station, 18609 Dix-Toledo Road, after the attendant watched a vehicle back into a gas pump. The attendant told police the driver came to buy alcohol about 2 p.m. Sept. 8 and appeared to be already drunk.

The driver said he would pay for the damage to the gas pump, but got back into the pickup and drove off. A picture of the license plate was taken by the attendant, police said, but there was no surveillance video of the incident.

The driver is described to be a Hispanic man in his 40s or 50s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and slim with dark hair. Police have not released any information regarding an arrest. The repair costs of the broken gas pump handle is about $100.

Man steals from VFW Hall, convenience store
A woman called police to 7-Eleven, 18201 Allen Road, about 12:15 a.m. Sept. 8 and said a man stole her digital camera,
then went into the store and stole items. The woman said she was operating the karaoke machine at a hall across the street when she noticed a suspicious man near her belongings.

She told police the man took her cell phone off the table before she confronted him and retrieved it. After a while, she said, she went back to the table and noticed her digital camera was missing.

Another person recognized the man’s description and told the woman he went to the 7-Eleven. She looked for the man in the store, but was told the man left after stealing some items from the store.
Police were unable to immediately locate the man. No information regarding an arrest was available.

Broken headlight leads to warrant arrest

Officers observed a vehicle traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue, near Fort Street, with a single working headlight at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1. A traffic stop was initiated where police made contact with the driver.

A check with the Secretary of State and the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed the man’s license was suspended through Grosse Pointe Shores and he had a warrant for his arrest. The man was arrested for driving with a suspended
license and held at the police station.

Vehicles damaged at used car lot
A salesman at George’s Used Cars, 18585 Fort St., called police at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 4 after he discovered three vehicles were damaged sometime overnight. The salesman told police the rear windows of the vehicles were broken, but there was no video record of the incident. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicles, and the estimated damage was $1,500.

Cycles stolen from garage

A motorcycle and two mini-bikes were reported stolen from a garage, one of which was discovered in a nearby backyard where a second garage had been broken into.

Police responded about 7 a.m. Monday to a report from the 14600 block of Reeck that a 2000 Kawasaki 650 of unknown value was stolen from a garage, as were two Honda mini-bikes. While investigating, police were told that one of the mini-bikes was found in a backyard
in the 14500 block of Reeck; a garage door likewise was pried open at the second location, but the homeowner was uncertain if anything was missing.

Police checked for evidence, noted vehicle description information on the Kawasaki, and are investigating.

Burglar breaks in through window

A woman in the 5800 block of Daniels told police at 8 a.m. Sept. 7, that sometime during the night someone pried open a bathroom window and stole a plasma TV.

Police responded to the call and took note of a damaged bathroom window and bedroom door that was kicked open. The woman said her 32-inch plasma TV was missing from the bedroom, but she was uncertain if anything else was stolen.

Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Storage units looted for collectibles

A $250 model train set and an estimated $1,000 worth of mint-condition baseball trading cards were reported stolen from storage units.

Police responded to dual reports about 11 a.m. Sept. 3, of items stolen from storage units in the 5600 block of Hoover. A woman said her unit had contained a train set and had been secured by a master lock, which was missing.

While taking the report police were approached by a man who said that a box containing 30 to 35 complete sets of baseball cards was missing from his unit.

Police collected descriptions of missing items and are investigating.

Overnight burglar grabs electronics
Police responded to a call at 7:30 a.m. Monday from a couple who said their home in the 270 block of Webster Street was burglarized.
According to police reports, the couple went to bed at 11 p.m. Sunday, and had locked both a front and back doors, but may have left a side door unlocked. In the morning that side door was discovered open, and missing from a kitchen table were a $6,000 HP laptop, $500 Apple iPad, assorted chargers, keys and the a wallet containing personal identification.

Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Man threatens security guard, suicide

Officers investigated a disturbance at the Social Security Administration, 3450 Biddle Ave., at 2:10 p.m. Sept. 5. Police said they were contacted after a man entered the building, told the security guard he wanted to kill him, then commit suicide.

The security guard handcuffed and detained the man until police arrived.

The man told police he wanted to die when they tried to place him under arrest. He reportedly also asked police to help him live. Police transported the man to Henry Ford Hospital-Wyandotte, where he was seen by mental health staff.

Man urinates in police department parking lot
An unknown man was seen walking through a Wyandotte Police Department parking lot designated for police and court personnel about 8 p.m. Sept. 3. Police said an officer was parked in the lot and watched the man walk behind the green electrical box in the northeastern corner of the parking lot.

When an officer confronted the man to ask for identification, police said, he had clear wet spots on his pants and admitted it was urine.

The officer said he could smell a strong alcohol-like odor when the man spoke to him. Police were informed the man had been fighting with his girlfriend, got out of the vehicle at a stop light and started walking.

The man said he was unaware of the sign or the marked police vehicles in the lot because he had to urinate. He was not sure what city he was in, police said, or how he got there.

He was arrested and held at the police station. A preliminary breath test was taken and revealed the man had a blood alcohol level of 0.15, almost twice the legal limit of .08 in Michigan. Police said a query into the Law Enforcement Information Network indicated the man had several unconfirmed traffic-related arrest warrants in Detroit.

Two arrested in fight
A fight in a multi-family house in the 300 block of Walnut was reported to police about 10:50 p.m. Sept. 8. Officers arrived and saw two men fighting in the hallway of the house. The police said the men were shouting obscenities at each other and had to be separated.

Police said the men appeared to be highly drunk and smelled of alcohol when they spoke. The men told police they met at a gas station earlier in the night and were drinking for several hours before the fight started.

Both men refused medical attention because they were not injured. The men were arrested for the fight and taken to the police station, where they were given preliminary breath tests. One man registered
a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent and the other a 0.21. The legal limit in Michigan is .08.

Man robbed at gunpoint; more than $1,000 taken
A man called police after he said a black sedan pulled in front of him on 21st Street, the passenger got out, aimed a semi-automatic pistol at him, and demanded he hand over his money about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

Out of fear, the victim told police, he handed over $1,043, which he was going to use to pay bills. Police said the driver never exited the car and neither individual asked for any other items from the victim.

The man saw the sedan continue north on 21st Street and east onto Goddard.

Police searched for the car, but could not locate it. The victim said he was on his way home from a party store when the car cut him off.

The store’s manager said video surveillance was unavailable, but he remembered interacting with the victim.

Both suspects were described as white males in their early 20s. The passenger had shaved blonde hair, while the driver had shaved blonde or brown hair. The sedan is believed to be a foreign car.

There were no witnesses or confirmed suspects at the time of report.

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