Police Blotter

Woman arrested for disorderly conduct

A 23-year-old Southfield woman was arrested for disorderly conduct following incidents that occurred outside of Crave restaurant, 22075 Michigan Ave., and Kiernan’s Steakhouse, 21931 Michigan Ave., just before 2:30 a.m. Dec. 8.

Officers were called to Crave to investigate a report of a fight inside the sushi bar and nightclub, but upon arrival did not observe any altercations. The officers stayed near the establishment and worked to maintain the peace by asking patrons to leave the bar district safely and quietly.

While outside of Crave, officers heard a disturbance from the parking lot south of West Village and went to investigate, finding a woman there actively yelling at her friends, who were trying to get her in a vehicle so that the group could leave.

The woman got into the vehicle with her friends but maintained disruptive behavior, preventing the driver from leaving the parking lot. Officers approached and were able to get the woman to lower her voice and settle down and the vehicle pulled away from the business.

A short time later the vehicle was spotted behind Kiernan’s and the woman was again screaming, yelling and causing a disturbance. The officers again asked the woman to calm down, but she continued yelling and began verbally insulting the officers.

The woman was removed from the vehicle and officers attempted to handcuff her, but she pulled her arms away and began kicking at them.

The woman was eventually arrested, handcuffed, searched, placed in the patrol vehicle and transported to the Dearborn Police Department, where a breath test revealed she had 0.144 percent blood alcohol level — almost twice the state’s legal limit of .08 — at 4:15 a.m.

Teenager arrested for warrant
A routine traffic stop near the intersection of Miller and Prospect ended with a Detroit teenager being arrested for an outstanding warrant about 3 p.m. Dec. 5.

An officer patrolling in the area of Michigan Avenue and Oakman observed a black 2002 Dodge Ram traveling east on Oakman with darkly tinted front windows. The officer initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle for the infraction just south of Prospect on Miller and made contact with the driver and passenger inside the vehicle.

A check of the identifications of the vehicle occupants showed that the driver was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the 19th District Court on a larceny charge. The driver was arrested, handcuffed, searched and placed in the back of the patrol vehicle before being transported to the Dearborn Police Department.

Because the vehicle was legally parked, the officer allowed the passenger, who was 16-years-old, to call his mother to pick up the vehicle from the scene. The passenger was released to his mother upon her arrival.

Dearborn Heights
Home invasion attempted

A man returning home from work just after 3 p.m. Dec. 7 called police after discovering that someone had tried to break into his garage in the 5900 block of Belmont.

The victim told police he left the house for work around 6:30 a.m. and returned just after 3 p.m. No one else was inside the house during those hours.

When the victim returned to the house he observed that the door window to the side garage door had been broken out.

Officers checked the property and determined that the offender could not reach the deadbolt to unlock the side garage door so entry was not made into the structure.

Nothing of evidentiary value was found at the scene and no suspect information was available.

Vehicle stolen from driveway
Police officers were called just after 9 a.m. Nov. 28 to investigate a report of a stolen 2008 Dodge Caliber from a house in the 25000 block of Andover.

Officers arrived at the house and spoke to the victim, who said he parked the vehicle in the driveway about 1 a.m. and had just discovered the theft before notifying authorities. He also said he did not hear or see anything suspicious during the night and that no one else had permission to use the vehicle.

Officers checked the driveway but did not observe any broken glass in the area where the car had been parked.

The victim admitted that the keys might have been left in the vehicle because he might have dropped them when carrying in packages when he arrived at the house.

Items left in the vehicle were also reported missing, including a Garmin GPS unit and approximately $500 in assorted tools.

No suspect information was available.

Lincoln Park
Electronics stolen from boats, RVs

Police responded to Wolverine Warehouse, 1758 Howard, shortly before 10 a.m. Dec. 8 to investigate a break-in call in which multiple boats, RVs vans and other vehicles were rummaged through and hundreds of dollars worth of electronics stolen.

Police conducted a search of the warehouse along with key holders who responded to an alarm. At least two dozen stored vehicles had been broken into by one or more thieves, who took with them a flat screen TV, laptop computer, cable box and other electronics. A tool area was also broken into and an unknown number of tools taken.

Investigators checked for evidence and located numerous handprints and footprints.

Also missing from the warehouse was a white 1998 Ford van that police said may have been used to transport the stolen items. The van was located and recovered by Detroit police and was being processed. Police are investigating.

Break-in nets video games
A woman returned home to her apartment in the 800 block of Montie shortly after 2 a.m. Dec. 8 and discovered the theft of two video game systems, a DVD player and other electronics.

Police noted that a screen had been removed from a lower level bay window, and pushed open. The window was not locked from inside.

The woman had been at work since 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Abandoned vehicle impounded

Police respond to a call at Shrader Tire, 25445 Outer Drive, about a vehicle blocking the entrance of the business about 6:47 a.m. Dec. 9. The vehicle had an abandoned auto sticker in the window and the car was towed to the Melvindale Police Department impound lot.

Motorcycle stolen from driveway
A man went to the Melvindale Police Department about 10:35 a.m. Dec. 8 and told police his motorcycle was stolen. He said the motorcycle was parked in front of his house in the 17500 block of Robert Avenue about 9 p.m. the night before, and when he returned home the motorcycle was gone. He asked neighbors if they saw or heard anything and they told him that a motorcycle was heard driving off about 2 a.m., but he had the only set of keys for the motorcycle.

Car vandalized while owner asleep in house
A woman called police to the 1500 block of Reed Avenue about 8 a.m. Dec. 7 after she found someone spray painted something on the driver’s door and the rear of her vehicle. She said she got home about 4:30 a.m., parked her vehicle in front of her house, and went to sleep.

She told police she had problems with her neighbor because the neighbor did not like that the car is parked on the street and could have spray painted the vehicle. Officers spoke to the neighbor, who said she got home around 2 a.m., but said she had no spray paint residue on her hands.

Police told both neighbors to leave each other alone and created a report for the vehicle owner to give to her insurance company.

Items stolen from resident’s car and garage

A vehicle was broken into in the 20700 block of Country Oaks Road about 9:10 a.m. Dec. 10. The vehicle was parked in the garage, the victim said, and someone broke in and took a GPS unit from the vehicle. A circular saw and electric tire inflator were taken from the garage, police said, and there were fresh footprints that did not belong to the family.

The garage door was left unlocked and police said it was not attached to the house. There were no witnesses or suspects reported.

Thief takes things from two vehicles in driveway
Two vehicles were reported broken into in the 14300 block of Balmoral about 7:20 a.m. Dec. 10. The woman told police the vehicles were parked, unlocked, in the driveway. A GPS unit, wheel locks, travel trailer keys, an mp3 and cell phone charger, and a multi-tool were taken from one of the cars, and the person took a carton of cigarettes and multi-tool from the second vehicle. There are no reported witnesses or suspects.

Equipment stolen twice

More than $4,000 worth of equipment — including a $3,500 sod cutter — were stolen from a garage in the 9300 block of Westlake.

Police were first notified at 3:30 a.m. Dec. 2, when an alarm sounded from the location, where a man kept industrial tools used for work. A generator and sod cutter had been taken from his garage, but he soon located the items in a nearby field.

Three days later, police were called when he reported that a fence lock had cut and garage broken into by one or more thieves who again took the sod cutter and generator, along with chain saws, a leaf blower, weed trimmer and other pieces of equipment.

Police checked for evidence and entered the sod cutter’s details into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Police assisted officers from Southgate in apprehending an armed robbery suspect.

A patrol officer parked near Fort Street and Trenton Drive was advised of an attempted armed robbery and possible car-jacking at 10 p.m. Dec. 4.

The officer soon saw the suspect vehicle, a black 2000 Plymouth four-door, traveling south on Fort Street. The officer followed the vehicle and confirmed the license plate number. Soon joined by another Trenton patrol car, a felony stop was made in the parking lot of Traffod Square.

Three people were ordered out of the vehicle and were handcuffed while police searched the car. Inside they found three 9-millimeter rounds of ammunition that appeared to be blanks, along with a large bag of marijuana.

Southgate police soon took the victim to the scene, who identified the driver as the man who’d attempted the robbery and carjacking. The man was taken into custody after admitting that he’d thrown a weapon out the window on Fort Street.

Cab driver reports drunken passenger

A taxi cab driver called police to Kings Highway and Riverside Drive about 8:11 p.m. Dec. 3 to deal with an intoxicated woman lying down in a taxi. The driver told police he picked up the woman from Chesley’s Bar, 3717 Fort St. in Lincoln Park, and was told to take her to the 750 block of Kings Highway, but she could not tell him what house to stop at. Police made contact with the woman and she refused to pay the $7.50 fare, laid down in the back seat, and refused to get out of the car.

Police said the woman’s actions were a result of her level of intoxication, disrupted the driver’s business and prevented him from picking up potential customers. The driver helped police get the woman out of the car because she could not stand on her own power. The woman was arrested and processed for her conduct and the driver said he would follow up for the unpaid fare.

A check into the Law Enforcement Information Network produced five outstanding warrants out of the 27th District Court. A preliminary breath test was conducted and the woman was found to have a blood alcohol content of .288, more than three times the .08 legal limit in Michigan.

Lost Southgate man arrested
Police were called to 9th Street between Walnut and Cedar about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 8 after a taxi driver dropped off a man who couldn’t find his home. Officers searched the area and found the man walking east on Walnut. Police said the man was stumbling while he walked, and fell onto a chain link fence.

Officers exited their vehicle and asked the man to stop, but said he continued walking and began screaming. Police said he eventually stopped walking, but continued yelling until an officer asked him to put his hands on the fence so he could be searched.

The man smelled like alcohol, police said, and said he had a lot to drink. He told police he lived in Southgate and was walking home, but police said he was walking the opposite direction from Southgate and arrested him. Due to the weather and his level of intoxication, police said he was a danger to himself and others.

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