Police Blotter

Allen Park
Woman ticketed for doubling speed limit

During a patrol on Pelham Road, an officer observed a vehicle traveling south at a high rate of speed about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 25. A patrol vehicle’s speed detection radar equipment registered the vehicle traveling about 80 mph in the 40 mph zone.

The officer stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Allen and Goddard roads and made contact with the driver. She gave the officer her license, but said the car was a rental and did not have the rental agreement with her.

The driver told the officer she was on her way to her boyfriend’s house, but did not understand why he pulled her over because “there was no one else on the road.” As the officer ran the driver’s information through the Law Enforcement Information Network, the driver continuously opened and closed the door asking what was taking so long.

The officer asked the driver about possibly being under the influence of alcohol and asked her to stand outside the vehicle until he could issue her ticket. She was ticketed for reckless driving and released on the scene.

Woman steals from hardware store, admits to heroin use
Police were called to Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane Drive, by loss prevention officers who caught a man and woman trying to conceal more than $150 of merchandise in her purse. The man was seen walking into the store, removing the items from the shelves, then passing the items to the woman who shoved them into her purse.

The woman exited the store without paying for the items and was confronted by the loss prevention officers. They escorted the man and woman to their office and detained them until police arrived.

Police arrested and processed the two for the theft, but charged the woman with possession of drug paraphenalia after admitted to being a heroin addict and told police she had two syringes on her. The syringes were confiscated and placed into evidence.

Man arrested Black Friday morning for being drunk, disorderly

A man disrupting shoppers by yelling obscenities loudly in a store was arrested by police officers inside a Fairlane Town Center Mall store about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 29.

Officers were working inside the center with mall security on an overtime detail when they observed a man walking on the upper level stop and punch the window glass on a vacant storefront. The officers moved toward the man and caught up with him in the rear of the Wet Seal store, where they asked him why he had struck the window.

The man told the officers he had been drinking earlier and that he was upset with his girlfriend. The officers then asked for identification but the man answered that he did not have any.

They then asked the man for his name and date of birth and were given two false names before the man finally revealed his real name.

After receiving the man’s real name, officers ran a check and discovered that the man was wanted for two warrants, one for larceny from the 18th District Court in Westland and a second for operating while intoxicated from the 34th District Court in Romulus.

Officers asked the man why he lied about his identity and he began yelling obscenities very loudly, causing several customers to exit the store.

The officers then arrested the man for disorderly intoxication and handcuffed, searched and transported him to the police headquartes, where he was booked on the charge.

Driver cited, passenger arrested after traffic stop
A woman was cited for two infractions and a man was arrested for a felony warrant during a traffic stop in the 5900 block of Mercury Drive just after 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

The patrolling officers spotted a silver 1999 Saturn traveling south on Mercury away from Paul with an inoperable left rear brake light. They initiated a traffic stop and asked for identification from both the driver and passenger, who both complied.

A check of the driver’s name revealed that she did not possess a valid driver’s license and a check of the passenger showed that he was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for marijuana out of 16th District Court in Livonia.

The passenger was arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured before being transported to police headquarters, where he waited while officers contacted the Livonia Police Department for a pickup.

The driver was cited for not having a Michigan operator’s license and for no proof of insurance before being released under the order that she contact the 19th District Court in Dearborn within three to 14 days to take care of the infractions.

Dearborn Heights
House broken into, items stolen

Officers responded to a report of a break-in at a house in the 6500 block of Berwyn about 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Upon arriving, officers spoke with the victim, who said she had just returned to the house and found that the backdoor had been broken open while she was away.

She said her boyfriend returned to the house about an hour earlier and observed things moved around but was not sure if anything had been stolen, so he waited for her to return instead of notifying authorities. Officers checked the door and observed pry marks around the door knob and damage to the door frame.

The victim then told the officers that several items were missing from the house, including a treasure chest that contained the ashes of a dog and two jewelry boxes containing several necklaces and earrings.

The treasure chest and one jewelry box were taken from the master bedroom while the second box was taken from a spare bedroom.

The victim told police she suspected her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend as the culprit because the items taken had sentimental value and the ex would have been aware of that.

Police are investigating the incident.

Items taken from parked vehicle
A man returning to his car discovered it had been broken into and called police to his apartment in the 300 block of Yorkshire Boulevard about noon Dec. 1.

The victim told police he had parked his red 2007 Dodge Charger in the parking lot and locked it overnight. Upon returning to the vehicle in the morning he observed that the trunk lid was ajar. The victim then searched the car and found that all four doors were unlocked and that the driver’s door lock had been damaged.

He also reported that a Wilson golf bag and a Coach purse that was to be a gift were missing from the trunk of the vehicle.

Police were unable to find anything of evidentiary value at the scene.

Lincoln Park
Couple resists would-be burglars

Police are looking for a man and woman last seen in a distinctive van who attempted to force and break their way into a home.

A couple told police they were sitting in their living room in the 1500 block of Euclid when they heard a loud vehicle pull into their driveway shortly after 1 a.m. Dec. 1.

Thinking it was the man’s brother, he went toward the front door. He heard aggressive knocking on the door and started to open it, at which point a white or hispanic man started trying to push his way inside.

The man’s wife then saw a rock crash through a front window. The couple watched as the man and a black woman ran into a white van with a gold stripe, loud muffler and spare tire on the back door and drove off.

Police noted the damaged window, collected evidence and descriptions and are investigating.

House hit by eggs

A resident in the 17200 block of Wood Avenue called police about 12:20 a.m. Nov. 29 because he heard loud noises coming from the rear of the house.

He told police he looked outside and saw two people wearing dark clothing in his backyard and began to chase them. Police observed five broken eggs on the house, but said there was no other damage to the house. The man didn’t get close enough to the suspects to give police a full description. There were no other witnesses to the incident.

Police tow unregistered motorcycles
A real estate agent reported two abandoned motorcycles at a property in the 17500 block of Flint Avenue he and his company were trying to sell about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The man told police the motorcycles must have been left by the previous tenant, but a query into the Law Enforcement Information Network produced no records for the motorcycles. Police said neither motorcycle had a valid license plate attached and were towed to the police impound.

Prowler targeting vehicles

Police responded to a call from a woman in the 15000 block of Westcott whose car had been burglarized, and reported that more than one vehicle in the neighborhood had been targeted.

Police responded to a call at 9:45 a.m. Monday from a woman who said that more than $500 worth of electronics — including an Apple iPad and Kindle device — was stolen from her vehicle, which was parked in her backyard behind an unsecured gate. The woman was not certain if she had locked her car, and police found no sign of forced entry but did note the console had been rummaged.

While investigating, police were told that a vehicle parked at a neighboring home had been likewise rummaged through, although nothing appeared to have been stolen.

Police collected statements and evidence and are investigating.

Burglar takes clothing in smash-and-grab

Police are reviewing security video images that show a man break into Jean & Top, 23620 Eureka Road, shortly after 9 p.m. Nov. 30.

Police responded to a call from employees who discovered the theft Sunday afternoon when they reported to work. The store’s alarm system was not working, police were told, but surveillance cameras captured images of a man who threw a large piece of asphalt through a window. He then filled a backpack with an unknown amount of merchandise — pants and hats — before leaving.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Couple victimized by loan fraud

Police are investigating more than $5,000 worth of loans that were fraudulently taken out in a man’s name without his knowledge.

According to police reports, a couple’s loan application with PNC Bank was not approved, and they’d been informed that four separate loans — including a $4,066 loan from Wells Fargo — had been taken out under his name. The man told police and the bank that they’d had no contact with any of the listed banks, and didn’t know where someone had obtained their personal information.

Police and bank officials are investigating.

Woman claims hair stylist assaults her

A woman called police to report an assault in the 970 block of Eureka about 7 p.m. Nov. 24. She told police her hair stylist came to do her hair, but had to go to the store. When he returned, she said, he told her a cousin called to inform him there was cash missing from his “drug box” and accused her of taking the money.

She told police they began arguing, he grabbed her by the neck and shoved her to the ground, then they struggled on the ground before she was able to get away. Police observed the woman was red and had a couple of small scratches on her.

The woman’s mother was in the house and heard the woman yelling, but said she did not see the incident. The hair stylist confirmed the argument, but said he never laid his hands on her and “would never hurt his girlfriend.” He was arrested for the alleged assault and the woman said he possessed some amount of marijuana.

Police said they searched the man and did not find any marijuana, but the woman produced two bags of marijuana near a counter they observed him standing by. He was not charged for the possession, police said, but was transported to the police station and processed for the assault. Police confiscated the marijuana and marked it to be destroyed.

Stored car stolen from car lot
Police responded to a vehicle theft complaint at Joe’s Right Way Auto, 3611 Fort St., about 10 a.m. Nov. 29. An employee, at the car sales lot, said a customer was storing a 1966 Chevrolet on a trailer in their lot for several weeks, but when he arrived that morning the vehicle was gone.

The employee told police the thief had to detach the trailer from another vehicle, attach it to another, and drive north on Fort Street. He could not provide a description of the getaway vehicle or individual who could have taken the vehicle.

The vehicle and trailer were said to be worth about $20,000 and was fully insured. The vehicle was said to be steel grey, blue accent stripes, and had the word “Bisquick” across the back of the car.

Bicyclist arrested for drug paraphernalia
Police observed a bicyclist traveling south on 21st Street near Orchard about 5 p.m. Nov. 29. They said the man attempted to hide behind a parked vehicle when he saw the patrol car. The man began to ride away from them when they flashed a light in his direction.

Officers shouted for the man to stop and he did a few yards away. The man’s information was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network which produced warrants from Dearborn, Wyandotte and Detroit.

The man admitted to possessing a pipe used for smoking crack cocaine and police recovered the pipe from his front pocket. They also found a bag with crack cocaine residue in it.

The pipe and bag tested positive for crack, so police arrested, processed and charged the man for the possession of the pipe and not having light reflectors on his bicycle.

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