Police Blotter

Woman arrested for outstanding warrants

A 21-year-old Detroit woman was arrested for outstanding warrants for cocaine possession while she was at work in the 14000 block of Michigan Avenue just before 11 a.m. Nov. 23.

Police received information that the woman was wanted for warrants in Macomb County and the city of Romulus and were informed of her place of employment.

Officers went to the business and spoke to management, who assisted the police in drawing the woman to the lobby where she was arrested without incident.

The woman was handcuffed and searched by the officers before being placed in a patrol vehicle and driven to the intersection of Van Born and Inkster, where she was turned over to an officer from the Romulus Police Department.

Man arrested for drunken driving
A man driving suspiciously was stopped by police and arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol near the intersection of Wyoming and Brandt at 1:43 a.m. Nov. 22.

An officer on patrol observed a black 1993 Ford Ranger traveling south on the Wyoming at an estimated speed of 57 mph. The posted speed limit is 35 mph. The vehicle then stopped in the left lane before turning around and traveling north on Wyoming.

The officer activated his emergency lights and got behind the vehicle, which again stopped in the lane instead of pulling to the side of the road to not impede traffic. The officer then asked the driver to pull his vehicle to the side of the road but the man turned his vehicle around again and started traveling south on Wyoming.

The officer pulled behind the vehicle again and instructed the driver to pull into the parking lot of a nearby business but he again stopped in the middle of the road, leading to the officer to position his patrol vehicle in front of the vehicle to block traffic.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer noted he could smell intoxicants.

The driver was asked to get out of his vehicle and was questioned by the officer who had initiated the traffic stop while a second officer who had arrived at the scene pulled the man’s vehicle off the road.

The man was given field sobriety tests at the scene, which he failed, before refusing to have his blood alcohol content tested.

Officers arrested the man for operating under the influence. He was then handcuffed, searched and taken to the Dearborn Police Department. He was given a blood alcohol test at the station at 3:31 a.m. and registered .21 percent. The legal limit for driving in Michigan is .08 percent.

Dearborn Heights
Vacant house broken into

Police responded to a report of a suspicious individual near a vacant house in the 8600 block of Riverdale just after 5:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

Responding officers discovered that the south side entry door had been forced open and the door glass and jamb were both broken. A search of the house did not reveal any shoe marks on the door or other evidence left behind by whoever had entered the house, which is vacant and for sale.

The officers then spoke to the witness who had observed the suspicious individual, who said she had seen a silver 2003 or 2004 Chevrolet Impala in the driveway of the vacant house at approximately 12:45 p.m. The witness said there was a lone male occupant in the vehicle and that he was wearing a white baseball cap.

About 3:30 p.m. the witness saw that the vehicle was no longer in the driveway and that the garage door, which had been closed, was now partially open.

Officers searched the location but were unable to locate the suspect or suspect vehicle.

Window broken at house
Officers were dispatched to investigate a broken window recently discovered on a house in the 24000 block of Andover at 8:48 p.m. Nov. 22.

Police arrived and spoke to the victim, who stated that no one had been in the house since 6:30 a.m. and that upon returning to the house he had found that a window had been broken.

Police searched the house and discovered a ripped screen and a broken outer pane on a window on the east side of the residence. They also noted that a screen had been cut on another window leading into another room.

No evidence of an entry into the residence was found.

The victim said he had arrived at the residence and noticed that a gate in the yard was open, though he remembered closing it when he had left in the morning.

He also told the police he did not observe anything missing after walking through the house.

Nothing of evidentiary value was found.

Lincoln Park
Teen purse snatcher caught

Two customers came to the rescue of a woman whose purse was stolen from her shopping cart and kept the teenage thief secure until police arrived.

Police responded to an alarm at 2:40 p.m. Monday at Meijer, 3710 Dix, and were told that a 17-year-old boy had been apprehended by two men who witnessed the purse-snatching.

According to police reports, two women were loading their purchases into a vehicle, and the teen grabbed a purse from their cart and took off running through the parking lot. Two men witnessed the crime, and chased down and held the teen for police.

He was transported to the police station for processing in juvenile court on charges of larceny.

Trucker arrested for drug paraphernalia

Officers observed a tractor-trailer traveling west on Outer Drive — a no-truck route — at Harlow and stopped the vehicle about 5 p.m. Nov. 22. The driver told police he picked up a load from Mill Steel and was trying to get to I-75, but his global positioning system took him down Outer Drive.

Police said the driver appeared to be nervous and irritated during questioning. When officers asked the driver for his information, they noticed his last log entry was Nov. 1. The driver told police he visited his father in Tennessee for three weeks and forgot to update the logbook.

The man said the load needed to be delivered the next day, but he was asked to exit the vehicle. Officers told him the truck would be towed and decommissioned for 24 hours. Police searched the vehicle and found several glass pipes next to the driver’s seat. The driver admitted they were his, but said he had not smoked anything in about four days.

The truck was weighed and officers found that the second and third axles were over the maximum weight. The driver was taken to the police station and processed for the paraphernalia and the trucking company, Navigators Logistics Inc., was ticketed for the weight restriction violation.

Driver arrested for suspended license
A vehicle traveling north on Schaefer Highway near Hess Avenue was stopped about noon Nov. 22. Officers said the front windows of the vehicle were tinted and they could not get a clear view of the driver and a Law Enforcement Information Network check on the license plate disclosed the vehicle’s owner had a suspended driver’s license.

Police said the driver was asked for her information and she gave them an insurance policy that expired Nov. 7. They checked her driver’s license in the LEIN system which confirmed she was the owner of the vehicle and her license was suspended.

She was issued a ticket for driving with a suspended license and the expired insurance policy. The vehicle was towed, but the driver was not arrested and released on scene.

Tools taken from truck

More than $3,000 of tools, including a 9,000-watt generator and concrete saw, were taken from a company-owned pickup truck parked in the 15000 block of Harvest

Police responded shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, and were told that the truck had been parked and tools secured at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Police checked the drive and area for evidence and noted descriptions and serial numbers of the stolen items.

Cell phone store burglarized

Police are looking for a man who stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from a Verizon store and may have committed a similar burglary in Livonia.

An alarm sounded shortly before 5 a.m. Nov. 22 at Verizon, 9895 N. Telegraph, and responding police discovered a smashed front window. A small boulder was found just inside the store, from which two iPhones, a Samsung tablet and other electronics were missing.

Investigators said a similar incident had occurred at a Verizon outlet in Livonia a few hours earlier. Police checked for evidence, noted the descriptions of stolen items, and are investigating.

Police investigate stolen checks

Two checks from Henry Ford Community College worth more than $1,000 were determined to have been stolen after being cashed at a local market.

According to police reports, the manager of Riviera Market, 4500 W. Jefferson, was notified that checks cashed during the first week of November had been reported stolen. The manager told police that two different people cashed the checks and provided address. According to the Law Enforcement Information Network, both people had multiple addresses in the system.

Police collected evidence and expected to review video surveillance footage of the suspects.

City trailer looted
One or more thieves likely used a garbage can as a step ladder to scale a fence between a ball field and city property. Inside the lot at 1431 West Road, a trailer was broken into and more than $1,000 worth of electrical tools and parts were stolen.

According to police reports, the trailer was last seen secured in late October. In late November one or more people broke into the shop trailer and made off with a $2,000 Hilt drill, meters, cable rolls, extension cords, saws, rivet guns and other parts and tools.

Police are investigating.

Jewelry stolen from house

A couple entered their house in the 3300 block of 22nd Street about 3 p.m. Nov. 20 to find they were victims of a break-in. They told police they left for work about 10 a.m. and their son left about an hour later and returned to find their bedroom ransacked.

Police said their back door was closed but was not locked and believed that was where someone gained access to the house because there were no signs of forced entry. The couple said hundreds of vintage silver coins and several pieces of jewelry were taken from the bedroom.

The coins were mostly silver dollars and some dated back to the 1800s, the couple said, and valued about $5,000 or $6,000. The wife said her rings, necklaces, and earrings were also taken, but had no idea what they were worth. A digital camera also was reported stolen from the house.

Officers took two ceramic containers and a music box from the house because it appeared they were moved by the thief and may have prints on them. There were no suspects or witnesses reported at this time.

Money stolen from purse
A woman made a report with police about 11:40 a.m. Nov. 22 regarding a theft from her vehicle between 3 and 4 p.m. the day before. She told police she was visiting someone in the 1000 block of Goddard Avenue and her vehicle was parked in the driveway.

The woman said the thief took about $180 or $200 from her purse, which was left inside the vehicle, but did not take all of the money from the purse. Police said the woman may know who took the money, but would not provide them with any information.

Man steals over $1,000 in less than three minutes
Store employees called police to Walgreens, 3221 Fort St., about 5:45 p.m. Nov. 21 after a man entered the store and walked out with bagfuls of merchandise. A store employee said she approached the man to ring him up, but he hid his face and walked past all points of purchase.

The employee said the man stole five electric razors, valued between $60 and $100, and an entire shelf of teeth whitening strips, valued between $40 and $55. All of the merchandise was estimated near $1,000. The store manager said the electric razors had electronic anti-theft devices attached to them, but the man removed them “in less than three minutes.”

Police said the manager sent out information to nearby locations because the man might try to return them to another location.

The thief was described as a white man in his mid to late 20s, wearing a puffy red winter jacket, a blue winter hat, dark pants, and white tennis shoes. He was last seen running north on 23rd Street

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