Police Blotter

Man, woman arrested for warrants

A 24-year-old Detroit man and an 18-year-old Ypsilanti woman were arrested for outstanding warrants following a traffic stop that occurred near the intersection of Eugene and Michigan Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

An officer on patrol in the area noticed a black 1996 Honda Civic traveling west on Michigan change lanes without signaling. The officer also reported that the vehicle had no rear view mirror and the license plate was improper.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke to the three occupants of the vehicle. The driver presented a driver’s license and a Michigan title for the vehicle. He also presented the officer with the proper paperwork showing that the license plate had been transfered.

The passengers identified themselves and a check of their names showed that they were both wanted for different warrants from the 19th District Court, one for larceny and the other for possession of marijuana.

A second officer arrived at the scene and the two were arrested for the warrants. They were then handcuffed, searched and taken to the Police Department.

The driver of the Honda was cited for having no proof of insurance and was released at the scene.

Man arrested for drunken driving
A man was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated following a traffic stop near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Telegraph Road at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

An officer first observed the man driving a black 1998 Ford Ranger south on Telegraph past Cherry Hill at a high rate of speed. The officer said he believed the vehicle was traveling about 65 mph on an ice and snow-covered road. The speed limit in that area is 45 mph.

The suspect vehicle also made several lane changes without signaling and ran a red light before turning east on Michigan. The officer pursued the vehicle onto Michigan and then activated his siren to initiated a traffic stop after observing it run through a second red light.

The officer approached the Ford and reported that the driver smelled strongly of intoxicants, had glassy eyes and spoke with slow and slurred speech. The driver told the officer he had had a “couple drinks” when asked.

A field sobriety test was conducted, which was failed, before the officer asked for consent to administer a check of the driver’s blood alcohol content. The driver agreed to take the test and registered a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent at 7:41 p.m. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is 0.08 percent in Michigan.

The driver was arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured in the back of the patrol vehicle before being transported to the police station without incident.

The vehicle was towed and impounded.

Dearborn Heights
Dealership vehicle stolen from driveway

Police were called to investigate a report of a vehicle theft in the 6900 block of Rockdale just before 2 p.m. Jan. 27.

The caller said a silver 2013 Ford Taurus parked in front of his residence overnight had been stolen. The vehicle had been dropped off by representatives of Quality Auto Service, in Detroit, the previous evening. He said the vehicle had been brought to the house so he could test drive it before deciding whether to purchase it.

Police checked the area the vehicle had been parked but were unable to locate any signs of forced entry. Police also contacted dealership representatives, who said they had dropped off the vehicle but had not sent anybody to retrieve it overnight.

No suspect information was available.

Vitamins stolen from vehicle
A woman called police to report that someone had illegally entered her vehicle and stolen a container of vitamins in the 16000 block of West Outer Drive just after noon Jan. 25.

The victim spoke to police and said her red 2008 Dodge Caravan had been parked in the driveway overnight and upon exiting her residence she discovered the front doors of the vehicle ajar. A search of the vehicle revealed that the only thing missing was a U.S. Postal Service box containing vitamins she was planning to return.

Police searched the area and found no signs of forced entry. They also did not report finding any pry marks or damage to the vehicle.

The victim said she did not remember if the vehicle had been left unlocked overnight.

Lincoln Park
Work van burglarized

Sometime between 10 p.m. Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. Jan. 25 one or more thieves punched out the door locks of a van and made off with more than $500 worth of electronics along with a man’s wallet, identification, cash and credit cards.

Police responded to the call from the 1600 block of Mill, where a man said that he had parked his company-owned van in his driveway Friday night.

Police noted that both the driver’s side and passenger door locks had been punched, and missing contents included a 32-inch TV, cable drill and GPS system along with the man’s wallet.

Police are investigating.

Dead-bolt lock halts burglary
Police responded to a woman’s call about an attempted burglary at her home in the 1500 block of Applewood Avenue that was prevented due to a secure dead-bolt lock.

According to police reports, sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 24, one or more burglars broke a door handle in an attempt to enter the home. Investigators noted pry marks on the door frame. Nothing was reported stolen from the home.

Two men arrested for break-in

Two men were arrested about midnight Jan. 29 for breaking into A&A Xpress Auto Service Inc., 18633 Dix Road, and stole some tools. Police said the front door glass was broken, but no audible alarm was heard.

When officers entered the business, the audible alarm went off. The property was checked, police said, but no one was found inside. Officers contacted the alarm company and the owner of the business.

The owner arrived at the business and said tool boxes were open, but he was unsure what tools were taken. Officers reviewed the security footage and observed the two men walk up.

Police said one man broke the glass and went in the building, but the other stood outside. The men walked away from the building toward a motel across the street from the automotive shop.

Officers said the men walked in front of a white van parked at the motel and disappeared from view of the camera. The two men were later arrested, police said, after investigating the motel.

Attempted vehicle theft
A man called police about 9:15 a.m. Jan. 26 when he discovered damage to the ignition column of his vehicle. Police responded to the 100 block of Gale Boulevard and spoke with the man. Police observed the driver’s side door lock was missing and the ignition was lying on the floor of the vehicle.

The vehicle was parked in front of the house about 3 a.m. earlier that day, the man said, and he noticed the damage 9 a.m. The man told police no items seemed to be missing from the vehicle.

The vehicle had a security device that immobilizes the pedals and the man believed that was why the vehicle was not stolen. There were no witnesses or suspects in the incident.

Four tires slashed; sugar found in gas tank
Police officers were called to the 19200 block of Roger Avenue about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday when a man noticed his vehicle’s four tires were slashed and saw evidence of sugar being put in his tank. He told police he is separated from his wife and they were arguing the night before.

His wife filed for a personal protection order against the man Jan. 23, but the man said she called because she wanted to drop the protection order. He told police he just wanted her to leave him alone and file for divorce.

The man believed his wife was responsible for the damage to the vehicle, police said, because he did not have problems with anyone else and she was capable of doing the damage. He told police he became more suspicious after one of her friends sent him text messages about “how crazy she is.”

Police are still investigating the incident. They told the man to contact them if he has anymore problems and to not have contact with the woman.

Woman says one thing, has to do another

While on patrol, police officers found a vehicle in a snow bank and approached it to find it was unoccupied. The officers said the front end of the vehicle was buried into the snow bank, but it was still partially in the roadway and was creating a road hazard.

The officer said the owner of the vehicle showed up while he was waiting for the tow truck. She told police she was driving her son to school, but due to the weather conditions she went off the road.

She was informed a tow truck was on its way, police said, and she could pay him for getting the vehicle out of the snow bank. The officer said she became erratic because she said her father was on his way to get the vehicle out.

The woman was given the option to make arrangements with the tow truck driver, police said, and avoid being issued a ticket.

She refused to pay for the service and told police a violation couldn’t be issued to her because “it wasn’t her fault the roads were icy.” She was issued a ticket for driving too fast for the road conditions and had to pay the tow truck driver for pulling her vehicle out of the snow bank to avoid additional storage fees.

Loud vehicle leads to drug arrest
A police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling east on Pennsylvania Road because of an excessively loud muffler about 11 a.m. Jan. 17. He said the muffler could be heard through the closed window of the police vehicle.

The officer explained the reason for the stop and the driver said he was aware and showed the officer the replacement part. The man was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, police said, but the officer noticed the man was breathing hard and his chest was moving rapidly.

There was a passenger in the vehicle, police said, and their information was run through the Law Enforcement Information Network and the Secretary of State database. The passenger had an outstanding warrant and was arreasted for it. Police asked the driver again whether there was anything illegal in the car. The driver told the officer there wasn’t, police said, and the officer began a K-9 trace around the vehicle.

The man recanted and told police there was a marijuana pipe behind the passenger seat, which the trace confirmed. He was arrested for possessing the drug paraphernalia.

Tires taken from two vehicles

Police took two reports from the same neighborhood of someone stealing all four tires from parked vehicles.

At 4 a.m. Jan. 23 police responded to a call from the 14000 block of Fordline, where a man said he’d parked his 2011 Ford Explorer in the driveway the night before. His wife noticed in the morning that all four tires and rims were missing, valued at $2,000.

At 8 a.m. police were called to the 13000 block of Mulberry — two streets over from Northline — where the owner of a Chrysler 300 awoke to find his vehicle resting on bricks and all four wheels removed.

Police collected evidence, expected to review surveillance images from a neighbors home security system and are investigating.

TV, electronics stolen from home

A woman returned at 1 p.m. Jan. 22 to find her home in the 7200 block of Hipp had been burglarized.

The woman told police she’d left at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 and returned to find a side door damaged and frame broken, and a laptop computer and other valuables missing.

Investigators followed footprints in the snow, some of which had been soothed over but enough to follow a trail over a back fence. Along the way they found a remote control for the woman’s missing TV.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Diamond rings taken by burglars
One or more thieves broke into a woman’s house in the 15000 block of Court Village Lane sometime during the day Jan. 24 and took more than $2,000 worth of jewelry.

The woman returned home to see that a living room window had been pried open and the screen removed. Two diamond rings valued at $2,000 were taken from a bedroom closet, where they had been inside a small cloth bag.

Police noted evidence to include footprints in the snow and are investigating.

Woman victim of fraud

A woman likely fell victim to identity thieves when she reported to police that more than $6,000 worth of charges were made on her credit card in New York City during a two-week period this month.

The woman told police that she learned of the fraud when she received a statement detailing the charges made between Jan. 2 and 15. The woman had not been in New York she said, nor had she applied for a store credit account that had been opened in her name at Home Depot in Saginaw.

The woman told police she had made debit card purchases at Target during the chain’s security breach.

Police provided the woman with a fraud information packet.

Teenager backs into police vehicle

Police were called to the 900 block of 9th Street about 12:37 a.m. Jan. 25 because a suspicious vehicle was parked in a driveway. The officer arrived and started running the vehicle’s license plate, but he said the driver began to reverse out of the driveway.

The officer warned the driver of his presence with his lights or horn, before the vehicle hit the passenger side of his patrol vehicle.

The driver pulled the vehicle back into the driveway and the officer began to approach the vehicle on foot. When the officer asked the driver if he saw his vehicle behind him, the driver told him he didn’t. The officer said the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and alcohol was present on his breath.

When questioned, the driver said he drank alcohol but was only 18 years old. He was arrested and processed for the underage drinking and improper backing.

Man demands arrest to avoid cold weather
Police officers were conducting a traffic stop at Northline and Fort streets about 9:35 p.m. Jan. 24 when a man approached and demanded officers arrest him. Officers instructed the man to step away from them until they completed the traffic stop.

The man complied and told police he was homeless and cold. Officers said they could smell alcohol on his breath as he talked to them.

The Downriver Central Dispatch called several homeless shelters in the area, police said, but could make contact with only one, but it accepted only women and children. While dispatch was searching for options for the man, other than jail, officers said he asked about throwing a brick through the 7-Eleven window.

Police told him he would go to jail, but they were looking for a place for him to stay and he said, “Good. Then I don’t have to break the window.” Dispatch was unable to find him a place to stay, police said, and the officer transported the man to station.

The officer tried to lodge the man inside the lobby for the night, police said, but he would not comply with requests to not smoke in the police vehicle or the police station. Police said the man was asked three times to put out a cigarette before he was finally arrested and processed for disorderly conduct.

Man arrested for drug residue
A woman called police about 9 a.m. Jan. 22 after someone opened the front door of her house, in the 3600 block of 22nd Street, then ran off. The responding officer tracked the footprints in the snow north on 22nd Street then east on Pine Street.

The officer found the suspect and identified him as a man he saw earlier wandering around the 3500 block of 21st Street. He said the man was approaching houses without vehicles in the driveway and if someone answered he would claim to be collecting bottles for a church fundraiser.

He made contact with the man and asked what he was doing. The man told the officer he was collecting bottles, but the officer only saw the man carrying empty trash bags.

The officer said a black ski mask was hanging out of the man’s jacket and the man had an odd demeanor. Police said the man admitted to using heroin, could not produce a soliciting permit, and claimed he was collecting bottles for heroin money.

He told the officer he still had the bags the heroin was kept in. The bags were recovered from the man’s wallet, police said, and field tested, which came back positive.

The man was arrested and processed for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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