Police Blotter

Allen Park
Woman steals merchandise, fights loss prevention officers

Loss prevention officers watched as two women filled a tote with several items inside Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, and proceed to the checkout lane. They said the women paid for the tote, but none of the other items about 2:50 p.m. Monday. The loss prevention officers approached the women outside the store when, they said, one woman became irate and the other woman fled.

The woman was arrested for the theft and processed at the Allen Park Police Department. She originally gave police a false name, which the officer ran through the Law Enforcement Information Network. Police said that name produced no results and the woman finally them a correct name and she was charged with obstructing police.

The second woman was not found, police said, and 42 items were taken from the store. The estimated value was $634.53 and all items were recovered and returned to the store.

Navigation system stolen from car
The driver’s rear window of a vehicle parked at Allen Park Middle School, 8401 Vine, was discovered broken about 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5. The owner said she parked the vehicle in the north lot near Champaign about 12:30 p.m. She told police she returned to find the window broken and her navigation system was missing.

Police said they observed the broken glass on the ground and damage to the dash board. There were no witnesses or suspects. The school will review its video surveillance and send it to the police department soon.

Bicyclist caught stealing returnable cans, arrested

Police officers arrested a man for stealing four large bags of returnable cans from a garage in the 7000 block of Appoline at 4 a.m. Nov. 5.

An officer on patrol reported that he observed a man dressed all in black riding a bicycle north on Lonyo about 3:45 a.m. The officer said it appeared the rider’s hands were empty.

As the fully-marked patrol vehicle moved closer to the rider, he appeared to pick up speed on the bicycle. The officer turned his vehicle around to pursue but the bicycle was no longer in sight.

A second officer in the area reported a man bicycling east on Blesser in the area of Kingsley that fit the description of the rider observed on Lonyo. The man was carrying four large white trash bags that appeared to be full.

Due to the early hour and the man’s outfit, officers initiated a stop. The four bags contained approximately 500 returnable cans, while a search of the bicycle revealed a front basket full of tools, including a serrated knife, pry bar, screwdriver and gloves.

During questioning, the man admitted to taking the bags from beside a nearby garage.

Police then transported the man back to the house that he said he took the returnable cans from and found the garage door wide open. He then admitted to taking them from inside the garage but stated that the door was open when he arrived at the property.

He was arrested for breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools.

The officers spoke with the owner of the house, who confirmed that the bags belonged to her. She also said the garage door had been closed but not locked and that no one had permission to enter it to take the cans.

Woman arrested for warrant during traffic stop
A passenger in a automobile was arrested for a warrant after the vehicle was pulled over by police officers near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Lawndale about 8:15 p.m. Nov. 6.

An officer on patrol observed a green 1997 Ford F-150 traveling east on Michigan near Wyoming. He ran a check on the license plate and discovered that the plate was not issued for that vehicle.

The officer then initiated a traffic stop just west of Lawndale.

After speaking to the driver, the officer asked the two passengers for their identification and ran a background check on them.

One of the passengers, a 33-year-old woman, had a warrant against her issued by the 25th District Court in Lincoln Park for a marijuana charge. The woman was arrested, handcuffed and searched without incident.

A search of the vehicle was conducted but turned up negative results.

The woman was transported to the Lincoln Park Police Department, where she was turned over to their officers.

Dearborn Heights
Trailer stolen from Wise Learning Center

A trailer parked in an alley next to Wise Learning Center, 23830 Ford Road, overnight was reported stolen by an employee of the center just before 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8.

Police officers arrived and spoke to the
employee, who said the black trailer did not belong to the center but was left in the alley on the east side of the complex by its owner after a recent event.

The officers were able to obtain surveillance footage from the property, which showed a light colored older model passenger vehicle, possibly a Mercury, backing into the alley and driving away with the trailer.

The color of the vehicle was not available because the footage was in black and white.

Nothing of value was in the trailer at the time of the theft.

Police are investigating the incident.

House invaded, items stolen
Police officers were called to investigate a report of a home invasion in the 25000 block of Loch Lomand Drive just after 10 p.m. Nov. 8.

The owner of the house told the officers that he had been away for a few hours and that upon returning he discovered that both rear window and the back door to the house were open.

The victim told the officers that both the window and door had been closed when he exited the house, but that only the door had been locked.

The victim said he had conducted a search of the house and reported that several pieces of jewelry and an Apple iPad were missing.

Officers searched the property and concluded that the intruder entered through the window and then exited out the back door.

Nothing of evidentiary value was found.

Lincoln Park
Driver nabbed for stolen vehicle, warrants

A routine license plate check on a 1987 Plymouth Voyager with a broken tail light determined that the vehicle had been stolen, and patrol officers attempted a traffic stop on northbound Fort Street at 2:15 a.m. Nov. 6.

The driver instead continued on Fort before turning east on Visger, and ignored both the patrol car lights and air horn. According to police reports, the driver could be seen looking in both side- and rear-view mirrors, yet continued on Visger, turned north on Deacon and east on Omaha before stopping.

The driver was determined to have two warrants for drug charges and probation violation, and that his license had been suspended. He was taken into custody pending fleeing and eluding charges.

Woman caught shoving candy in purse

Police officers respond to a theft complaint at Oakwood Food Center, 3600 Oakwood Blvd., at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 3 after the owner said he saw a woman put eight six-pack king-size chocolate bars into her purse. She told the owner and police she had no money and intended to sell them at another convenience store for money.

The woman was arrested for the theft, but did not have identification. She gave police a name and birthdate that did not match any in the Law Enforcement Information Network. The inquiry produced a similar name and birthdate, but the woman insisted it was not her.

While being processed at the police station, she said she was diabetic and did not feel well. Paramedics were called to evaluate her condition and recommended she be taken to the hospital. The woman eventually told police her real name and birthdate and she was ticketed for providing false information.

Converter stolen from vehicle

A woman started her car and thought she needed a new muffler due to the loud engine, until she took it to a garage and was told the catalytic converter had been stolen.

Police responded at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to the call from an apartment complex in the 13000 block of Village Park Drive. The woman told police she’d parked in her usual lot at 10:30 p.m. Friday, and Saturday afternoon learned of the theft after taking her car to a shop.

Police noted the vehicle’s description and checked the area for evidence.

Cash stolen in bar break-in

Sometime after closing time on Nov. 3, one or more thieves broke into McGuckin’s Pub, 20130 Goddard, and stole an estimated $1,000 in cash.

Police were called at 1:30 p.m. Monday after employees arrived to open the business and discovered a back steel door had been pried open. Money from a cash register was missing as well as Keno payments.

Police checked for evidence and noted that the heavy steel door had been damaged and pried open. Police are investigating.

Tools taken from storage
Police responded to Storage Pros, 25440 Pennsylvania Road, to investigate the theft of an estimated $10,000 worth of tools that had been secured in a storage unit by a tradesman.

The unit renter told police he’d last secured the tools on Oct. 31, and on Nov. 5 discovered the padlock had been cut and tools missing. Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Two arrested at steel plant

Police responded to a call reporting two men who had been seen leaving the grounds of the Detroit Steel Co. property shortly after 10 p.m. Nov. 7. Officers soon identified two men who admitted they’d been on the property — in possession of a backpack filled with metal tools taken from the grounds.

Police were told by Detroit Steel security that two men had been seen leaving the property and getting into a red Chevrolet Blazer. Police located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant on Jefferson, and were approached by one of the men who said he had been taking photographs.

He also told police he had a concealed weapons permit and a loaded pistol inside the vehicle.

Police were given permission to search the vehicle and located a Ruger handgun and a black backpack containing several items believed to be property of Detroit Steel.

The men were arrested for trespassing and larceny, and charges awaited additional information from Detroit Steel.

Man arrested for refusing to pay bar bill

A bartender called police to Chas Bar, 500 Ford Ave., about 11:20 p.m. Nov. 7 to deal with a disruptive individual. She said the man refused to pay his $6 tab and began to walk in and out of the front door several times before leaving the bar and walking down an alley. He returned a short time later, she said, and continued to be disruptive.

Police approached the man and asked him to exit the bar to speak with them about the situation. They questioned him about the bill and he said he had the means to pay for it. He told police he would get some cash from the Automatic Teller Machine and pay the bill. Officers said he proceeded straight to the bar and began slamming the debit card down several times and pounding his fist on the bar.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct, police said, because his actions disrupted the flow of business and alarmed customers. As he was being escorted out of the building, police said he began to pull away from officers and attempted to kick an arresting officer. Officers attempted to subdue the man with strikes behind the knee, but had to use a defensive spray to gain compliance.

The man was taken to the police department and processed for his actions in the bar and resisting arrest.

Woman arrested for counterfeit money
A woman used the drive-through at Chase Bank, 3200 Biddle Ave., about 2:10 p.m. Nov. 1 and tried to give the teller $200. Police said the teller thought the money felt “wrong” and checked the bills twice — with a counterfeit detection marker and machine — and found that eight of the 10 $20 bills to be counterfeit.

The woman told the teller she had to pick her daughter up from school and would be back in 10 minutes, police said, and left the drive-through line without her license. Police set up surveillance at the high school and the woman’s house, and waited for her to show up.

Police said the woman arrived at her house about 3:10 p.m. and an officer arrested her for forgery. The department contacted the United States Secret Service to conduct further investigation of the incident.

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