Police Blotter

Allen Park
Meat stolen from grocery store

Employees called police to Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, after catching a man trying to conceal meat and leave the store. Loss prevention officers said the woman was seen walking around the grocery section with four packages of meat then stuff them under her sweatshirt.

Police said the woman exited the store without offering payment and was stopped by the loss prevention officers. Those officers said she complied with the request to re-enter the store and stay until police arrived.

The woman was turned over to the police and she was processed for the theft and held without bond.

Man pays for ordered book, steals $90 in other items
Police responded to a call at Barnes and Noble, 3120 Fairlane Drive, for retail fraud about 4:45 p.m. Nov. 15. An employee said he watched as a man selected items off the shelf and conceal them in his coat. The man walked to the register to pay for a book that he ordered and exited the store, the employee said.

He was approached by loss prevention officers and re-entered the store without incident. All the items — a DVD worth $30 and three comic novels worth $60 — were recovered and the man was processed for the theft. He was released on $300 bond.

Man arrested for assault and battery of officer

Officers responding to a report of three men attempting to break into an abandoned house arrested one man for assault and battery of a police officer and the other two for outstanding warrants in the 7600 block of South Manor just after 12:30 a.m. Nov. 17.

A neighbor who observed the three men walking suspiciously around the house notified police. Upon arriving, two of the officers observed one of the men exiting a backyard and walking toward Manor. They approached him and asked what he was doing and he responded that he was “just out with his boys.”

As the officers got closer the man began moving away from them. The officers told the man to stop moving, but he did not comply.

One of the officers grabbed the man’s left arm and attempted to gain control of him, but he drew his right arm to his chest and elbowed the officer in the jaw before fleeing into a backyard.

Officers chased the man through two backyards before tackling him. When he was taken to the ground, he placed his arms under his body and resisted officers from placing handcuffs on his wrists.

He was arrested for assault and battery of a police officer, resisting arrest and misrepresentation of identification for giving the officers a false name when apprehended.

At the same time that the two officers observed the first man exiting the backyard, two other officers stopped the other two men as they approached the intersection of Manor and Morross.

The men gave the officers their names and a background check revealed that they were both wanted for different warrants from 19th District Court.

They were arrested and all three men were transported to the Dearborn Police Department.

The officers conducted a check of the surrounding area but were unable to locate any evidence of a crime or an attempted breaking and entering.

Man caught with stolen license plate on vehicle
An officer on patrol pulled over a vehicle for a stolen license and arrested the driver near the intersection of Tireman and Indiana just before 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

The officer observed a black 1999 GMC Sierra pickup truck traveling west on Tireman. A check of the license plate revealed that it had been reported stolen from another vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated just north of Tireman on Indiana.

The driver and lone occupant in the vehicle, a 42-year-old Detroit man, gave the officer a state of Michigan identification card and said he did not have a driver’s license and that he was on parole.

He also said he and his girlfriend had recently purchased the vehicle from a dealership in the area of Telegraph and 8 Mile roads and that he knew it was an improper license plate but did not know that it was stolen.

He said the plate came from a “friend’s shop” in Detroit.

The officer ran a background check on the driver and discovered that he had an invalid driver’s license with several suspensions. The driver was also currently wanted on two warrants for traffic violations issued by 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights.

The driver was arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured before being transported to the Police Department.

The vehicle was impounded after being searched. Nothing contraband or of significant value was found in the vehicle.

Dearborn Heights
Home invasion attempt leads to police chase

A resident called police to report a home invasion in progress at a neighbor’s house in the 8600 block of Lochdale just after noon Nov. 19.

Officers responded to the scene and observed a man sitting in a silver Nissan just north of the house along the curb. As the patrol vehicle pulled onto the street, the vehicle fled from the house.

The officer turned on the siren and lights on the patrol vehicle and pursued the man, who traveled down several streets and reached speeds exceeding 80 mph.

The chase ended on West Chicago near Telegraph in Redford when the vehicle pulled out of sight of the officer, who turned around and returned to the house.

Upon returning, the officers spoke to the witness, who said she had observed a second man running from the house during the incident.

The officers checked the house and found evidence that the men entered the house through a side door, though no damage to the door was discovered.

The officers at the scene and additional officers from the K-9 unit checked the area and found a small nylon bag containing several pieces of jewelry in a yard in the 8600 block of Arnold, which is directly behind the victim’s house.

The homeowner later verified possession of the jewelry.

The second man was not located, but officers were able to obtain video footage of the invasion.

The incident is still being investigated.

Vehicle stolen from driveway
Officers responded to a report of a burgundy 2009 Chevrolet Impala being stolen from a driveway in the 8700 block of Kinmore about 6:30 a.m. Nov. 14.

The officers arrived and spoke to the victim, who stated that the vehicle had been started at 6 a.m. and left running unattended in the driveway for about 25 minutes.

When the victim exited the house she discovered that the vehicle has been stolen.

The woman could not remember whether the vehicle was left unlocked, but officers reported that they did not find any broken glass in the driveway that would lead them to believe that there had been a forced entry into the vehicle.

Nothing of evidentiary value was found.

Lincoln Park
Three sought in poker machine heist

Police are looking for three men believed to have broken and stolen money from a video poker machine they’d often played at Dix Coney Island, 1362 Dix.

Police were called to the restaurant at 4:30 a.m. Nov. 17, where employees described three white men in their late 20s who were seen playing a video poker machine. Shortly before the three men left, a waitress saw two of the men playing the machine and heard a “loud bang” that, at first, she didn’t find unusual. “People hit that machine all the time,” the woman told police.

Two of the men quickly left. The third paid for the meal, left the restaurant and entered a Ford F-150 driven by one of the other two men.

A customer attempted to intervene when restaurant staff noticed the broken machine and missing money box. An undisclosed amount of money was missing. The customer followed the truck south on Dix. Stopped at a red light at Champaign, the customer told police he saw the men “counting the money,” and attempted to pull in front of them and slow their departure until police arrived. The F-150 instead reversed, struck a vehicle and headed south on Dix.

Police collected evidence to include descriptions of the suspects and license plate, and are investigating.

Smoke shop targeted by thieves
Police responded to a burglary report at 8:20 a.m. Monday from Tobacco Shack, 585 Southfield, where one or more thieves took off with an unknown amount of merchandise and money.

A store representative told police the business had closed at 8 p.m. Sunday, and he had been alerted by the alarm company at 10 p.m. of a possible break-in. The owner checked his surveillance camera via his phone, didn’t see anything unusual, and forgot about it until opening the business Monday.

At the store the owner discovered a hole in the floor that had been covered by plywood after a recent break-in. Police were told the suspects likely entered the building through an unlocked basement door and cut a hole in the plywood. The basement is accessible to all residents of the building, the upper floors of which are apartments.

Investigators were reviewing surveillance footage and are investigating.

Woman walks into apartment with resident home

A woman told police that while she was home, a woman opened her apartment door and walked in about 6 p.m. Nov. 17. Police said the woman had just returned to her apartment in the 17500 block of Fort Street when the stranger walked in, yelled to the victim that the doors on her vehicle were open and she should go shut them, then asked to use the bathroom.

The victim told police the woman proceeded to walk to the bathroom and use it, but left the sink running. Police said the victim turned off the water and returned to find her purse and the woman gone. Although the victim never saw the woman before, she said she could identify her.

The purse, valued at $120, contained the victim’s credit cards and identification. There were no other witnesses and the thief has not been located or identified. The victim told police she overheard the woman say she lived in the apartment complex, but police were not able to confirm that.

The woman was described as white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, and 130 pounds with blonde hair.

Purse stolen from vehicle
Officers were called to 7-Eleven, 17013 Fort St., about 3:30 a.m. Monday after a woman found her purse missing from her car. She told police she went in the convenience store to buy something and came out to find that her purse was taken.

The victim said a man was in the store trying to purchase gas, but when she returned to her car he was gone. She told police the purse contained $100, a cell phone and her credit cards.

The man was described as white, in his 20s or 30s, about 6 feet tall, with scruffy facial hair, wearing jeans, a brown hooded sweatshirt with the sleeves rolled up and tattoos on his arms.

Cars looted during school play

At least 10 vehicles were reportedly victimized by vandals and thieves in the parking lot of Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road, while a school play was performed Nov. 16.

Police were called to the school shortly before midnight as parents discovered shattered windows and missing valuables, including several laptop computers. Vehicle owners told police they had been inside watching a play from 7:30 p.m. until shortly after 10 p.m.

Investigators took note of identification information for several stolen laptops and other electronics along with numerous personal items that were missing.

In the parking lot police collected evidence from around the vandalized vehicles, most of which were broken into after someone smashed windows and windshields. Police are investigating.

Break-in nets TVs, more

A woman and her daughter were out of town attending a funeral when one or more burglars broke into her home in the 13000 block of Princeton and stole two TVs and other electronics.

Police responded after the theft was discovered Nov. 14 by a relative watching over the residence. Two large TVs valued at $1,400, a videogame system and Nook tablet were missing.

Police noted a damaged back door that was the likely point of entry, and are investigating.

TV stolen during bedroom break-in
A woman returned to her home in the 15000 block of Court Village Lane after a two-week vacation and discovered a TV, several DVDs and other missing items.

Police responded shortly after noon Nov. 12, and noted a screen missing from an upstairs bedroom window. Police noted information on the missing items and are investigating.

Traffic stop ends after chase, tasering

A driver with an expired license plate added to his legal problems when he pulled away from a traffic stop.

According to police reports, a patrol officer first spotted a 2009 Ford Escape traveling east on West Road near Manning at 5 a.m. Nov. 14. The officer confirmed through the Law Enforcement Information Network that the license plate had expired in August, and pulled the Escape over.

The driver admitted that he was speeding, had an expired plate and also that he had no insurance.

While the officer was in his patrol car preparing a citation, the Escape took off driving, turned and headed south on Fort Street. The Escape led the patrol officer on high-speed chase before pulling in to the parking lot of the Ford plant on Van Horn Road.

Once stopped, the officer watched the driver leave the vehicle and head for an entrance door. He was ordered to stop three times before the officer fired a taser that failed to penetrate a heavy jacket.

The officer confronted the man and attempted to wrestle him to the ground. Assistance soon arrived, and the suspect was taken into custody pending charges.

Intoxicated driver caught speeding

While patrolling on Fort Street near Goddard about 2 a.m. Monday, officers observed a car squeal its tires and accelerate west on Goddard. The vehicle turned north onto Fort Street and began traveling at a high rate of speed on Fort Street.

The officers activated their lights and sirens, but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop. Police said the vehicle reached 60 mph in a 35 mph zone and came to a stop south of Emmons.

The vehicle’s license plate was checked in the Law Enforcement Information Network, police said, and came back invalid. Officers said they noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The driver told police he did not have valid insurance or registration for the vehicle and a LEIN check said he did not have a driver’s license. Officers questioned the four passengers in the vehicle.

Police said one of the passengers smelled like alcohol and was given a preliminary breath test that revealed a .05 blood alcohol content. Another passenger gave police a false name, but all the occupants of the car told police they had been smoking marijuana.

Police searched the car and found eight bags of a substance that field-tested positive for marijuana. All the occupants were arrested, except for one, for being in the car with drugs, while the intoxicated passenger also was charged with minor in possession.

The driver was charged with reckless driving, no insurance, no license and the improper plate. The occupant who provided the false name was also charged with fraudulent schemes. The one passenger who released was transported home to take control of the pit bull inside the vehicle.

Man arrested for threatening family with knife
Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 1200 block of Poplar about 7:20 p.m. Nov. 17. When they arrived, the front door was open and they saw an occupant, who seemed scared, exit a bedroom.

Police were allowed into the house and were told that an individual was in the basement with a knife. They went into the basement and saw the man crouching near a bed.

The man ignored officers’ commands to show them his hands, and officers began to disarm the man. Police said he pulled away and began to shout vulgarities at them. He began to resist officers’ attempts to arrest him, police said, but they gained control and handcuffed him.

When police began escorting the man to the patrol vehicle, he continued to shout profanities and demand his brother and mother be arrested. Police said his behavior gained attention of other residents.

Officers gained control of the situation and processed the man for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The family said he had a drug problem and may have used crack cocaine prior to the incident.

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