Police Blotter

Allen Park
Catalytic converter stolen

Police received a walk-in complaint at 2:14 p.m. Oct. 20 regarding a catalytic converter theft from the night before. The woman told police she was visiting from Cleveland and stayed at the Best Western, 3000 Enterprise Drive. The vehicle was parked in front of the building overnight, she said, and when she started the vehicle there was a loud noise from the front end of the car.

She took it to a repair shop before she made the report. She said the shop informed her about 4 feet of the pipe around the catalytic repair was removed. The repair cost was estimated at $800. There were no witnesses or suspects in the incident.

Vehicle stolen from hill
A car was stolen from parking lot of TJ Maxx, 3320 Fairlane Drive, about 7:40 p.m. Oct. 15. The victim said she parked the car around 7:30 p.m. and entered the store. When she walked out to the vehicle, she told police, her car was not where she left it. She said the vehicle was locked and she had the keys in her possession. Her phone was left in the vehicle before it was stolen.

Police said there was no broken glass around the space where the vehicle was left, and the vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen. There were no suspects or witnesses in the incident.

Vehicle stolen from apartment complex
Police investigated a vehicle theft about 6:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Willow Cove Apartment complex, 4510 Willow Cove Blvd., when a victim said the vehicle was not under the car port she left it parked. She said the vehicle was locked, but police said they found no broken glass under the car port. It was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen. There were no witnesses or suspects in the incident.

Man arrested for trespassing at Yogurtopia

While of patrol, an officer responded to a report of a man refusing to leave Yogurtopia, 1000 S. Military, just before 9 p.m. Oct. 19.

The officer spoke to the restaurant owner, who said the man entered and sat down at a table but said he wasn’t going to order anything when asked. When employees asked the man to leave, he allegedly got aggressive with them.

The officer approached the man and explained to him he was on private property and management wanted him to leave the restaurant, but was ignored.

The officer then informed the man that if he did not leave the restaurant he would be arrested for trespassing.

The man continued to ignore the officer and was arrested, handcuffed and transported to the police station.

During the arrest, officers determined the man was a 56, from Romulus and that officers had responded to an incident involving the man the previous night at Adoba Hotel, also for trespassing.

Two drivers cited for drag racing
Officers observing traffic witnessed an apparent drag race and were able to stop and detain the drivers near the intersection of Bingham and Ruby just before noon Oct. 20.

The officers were parked near the corner of Ford and Chase roads and reported observing a green 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix and black 2013 Dodge Charger pull up to the traffic signal, which was red. When the light turned green, both vehicles accelerated at a high rate of speed and appeared to be racing east on Ford.

The officers followed the vehicles at speeds approaching 90 mph in a 40 mph zone and attempted to initiate a traffic stop by using their sirens and flashing their lights.

As the vehicles passed Schaefer, they merged in the right lane and turned south onto Bingham. Officers were able to pull the vehicles over and detain the drivers near Ruby.

Both drivers were given citations for drag racing, but one also was cited for defective equipment, no proof of registration and no proof of car insurance.

Both vehicles were searched by the officers, with nothing of value being found, before being impounded.

Dearborn Heights
Wallet, laptop stolen from vehicles

Police were called to investigate an incident involving two vehicles being illegally entered and having items stolen in the 100 block of Cabri Lane just after 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

Arriving officers spoke with the victim, who said he had returned to the house from a trip about 1 a.m. and parked his black 2012 Lexus in the driveway. His daughter’s white 2012 BMW also was parked in the driveway.

When he entered the car about 8 a.m. he discovered that his wallet had been taken from the vehicle. Inside the wallet was a few credit cards, a Sheriff Reserve badge and his identification.

He asked his daughter to search her vehicle and she discovered that an HP laptop was taken from the backseat.

The victim told police that both vehicles had been unlocked and he did not hear or see anything suspicious overnight.

Officers were not able to obtain any evidence from the vehicles, but were able to obtain a surveillance video of the incident from the victim.

No suspect information was released.

Vacant house invaded; copper stolen
A Northville woman at work received an email from her appraiser that a house she owned had been broken into in the 23000 block of Joy about 12:15 p.m Oct. 21.

The woman told police she had been inside the house the previous day about 12:30 p.m. to get some belongings and that everything was intact.

Because the victim is attempting the sell the house, she had the appraiser scheduled to go through the house. Upon pulling up to the house, the appraiser saw that the front door had been forced open and he refused to enter the residence. He then contacted the owner.

The woman drove to the house and saw the front door open and damaged. She also saw that the door frame was broken and that there was hole in the drywall behind the door that appeared to have been caused by the door knob slamming into the wall.

A search of the house showed that the only thing missing was roughly six to 12 feet of copper piping from the basement.

Officers searched the house and noticed the damage to the door and the missing piping.

Nothing of evidentiary value was found.

Lincoln Park
Cash, smokes stolen from store

Police are looking for a man suspected of having broken into a business by cutting a hole in the floor before making off with $400 cash and six cartons of cigarettes.

Police were called to 585 Tobacco Shack, 585 Southfield, at 1:30 a.m. Monday in response to an activated alarm. The shop’s owner met police and said he’d been alerted by the alarm company, and was unable to view security footage as the in-store cables had been cut.

According to police reports, the burglar was believed to have entered through an unlocked basement door and then cutting a hole through the floor to reach the store interior.

The store owner told police he would make security footage available after power was restored, and compile a list of merchandise believed stolen. Police checked for evidence and are investigating a possible suspect.

GPS, DVD stolen from Explorer
Police responded to a call from a man who said his 2002 Ford Explorer’s window was smashed out and a GPS unit and DVD player stolen while the vehicle was unattended for 15 minutes in a parking lot.

According to police reports, the man said he’d parked at TJ’s Party Store, 1208 Fort St., at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 19. Sometime during the next 15 minutes the vehicle’s driver’s side window was smashed, and a Garmin GPS and RCA portable DVD player were missing.

Police checked for evidence and expected to review video surveillance footage taken from a neighboring store of the parking lot.

Dirt bike stolen

Police responded to a call in the 2500 block of Margaret Avenue about two stolen dirt bikes from a house about 8:10 p.m. Oct. 21. The man told police he was informed by a neighbor that his garage door was open and he went to check and found the dirt bikes missing. He said he left the house two days prior and believed they were taken during that time.

He told police the bikes were non-operational and noticed drag marks from the garage to a nearby alley. Police said the marks continued for about 50 feet. The man said the door was not secured and could be slid open. The roll-up door on the garage was damaged and was not able to be secured again.

There were no suspects and the man was unsure of any contact information for the neighbor.

Package stolen off porch
A woman called police to the 18500 block of Henry Avenue about 9 p.m. Oct. 22 after she discovered a package containing a tablet computer was taken from her porch. She told police the tracking number showed the package was delivered about 4 p.m., but she could not find it. The woman said she could update them with the serial number of the tablet computer. There were no suspects or witnesses to the incident.

Attempted car theft
A man contacted police about 2:50 a.m. Oct. 23 after he found the rear driver side window of his vehicle was smashed out. He told police he was at work, in the 2300 block of Oakwood Boulevard, from 3 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. and returned to his vehicle to find the damage to the window and steering column. Police observed various wires coming from the column and said the vehicle would not start. There were no suspects or witnesses to the incident

Trailer taken from yard

Sometime during the night of Oct. 18 a $2,800 single-axle trailer and landscaping equipment were stolen from a yard in the 15000 block of Howard.

According to police reports, a man said he backed the trailer backed near the side of the house next to a driveway. He told police he didn’t know how anyone could have hooked up and stolen the trailer as there was no room between the lock and trailer hitch for someone to maneuver.

Police checked for evidence, entered the trailer’s description into the Law Enforcement Information Network, and are investigating.

Burglar breaks window during theft

Police responded to a call from a woman in the 15000 block of Pond Village Drive who returned from an overnight visit with family to find a window ripped from its frame and the theft of a TV, cash and other valuables.

The woman told police she’d left home at 8 a.m. Oct. 15 for a visit with relatives. She returned Wednesday morning and found a window frame and screen in the back yard that had been ripped from the wall. A 32-inch TV was missing, as were pieces of jewelry, cash and documents taken from a small safe.

Police collected evidence at the scene, took note of the missing items and are investigating.

Truck fire investigated

Shortly after midnight Tuesday police responded to the 3200 block of Edison in response to a vehicle fire report.

Responding officers witnessed the caller’s 2003 Ford F150 engulfed in flames with the driver’s side door open. The man said he was in bed watching TV upstairs when he heard “two loud pops” and his vehicle alarm sounding. He told police he ran outside but did not see anyone in the area.

The man said the vehicle was unlocked, with all paperwork inside. Police are investigating potential suspects.

Drunken man attacks girl with cupcake

After being informed about a man shoving a cupcake into his 4-year-old daughter’s face at a birthday party, the father called police around 11 p.m. Oct. 19.

He said he dropped off his daughter in the 3500 block of 22nd Street and left. He later received a call from the witness who told him a man approached his daughter and smashed a cupcake into her face and smeared it.

The witness told police the man backed the girl against a refrigerator in the garage and the incident did not appear to be an accident. The man appeared to be intoxicated, a witness told police, and he fled the scene. The second witness confirmed the story and told police the man was escorted off the property. Police were given a general description of the man and a first name. Witnesses also gave them a street he lived on, but not a specific address.

Glass, sign broken with rock
Hood’s Hardware, 1844 Ford Ave., was vandalized about 8:20 a.m. Oct. 19. A worker called police to the business after he discovered the damage to a window at the main entrance of the hardware store. Police said the window was damaged with landscaping stones near the base of the 7-foot-by-2-foot window.

Police located the stones and said a sign in the southwest corner of the parking lot also was damaged. They said it did not appear that theft was a reason for the damage and concluded it was vandalism. There were no witnesses or suspects in the incident. Police said the window and sign would have to be replaced.

Car window broken, tools taken
A vehicle in the 850 block of Chestnut was damaged about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The owner said the rear window was smashed and a duffel bag, with a sawsall, drill motor, flashlight and radio, was taken from the vehicle. Police said they did not locate any witnesses or suspects to the incident and the estimated damage to the vehicle was about $500. The value of the tools were $650.

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