Po;ice Blotter


Man arrested for outstanding warrant

A Detroit man was arrested for an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop near the parking lot of Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive, just after 7 p.m. May 6.

An officer on patrol near the store observed a Pontiac Bonneville traveling through the parking lot with its center brake light not functioning properly. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who provided a valid driver’s license and the proper paperwork for the vehicle. The passenger also identified herself.

A check of the driver showed that he was wanted for an outstanding warrant from Wayne County Circuit Court for carrying a concealed weapon. The man was removed from the vehicle and arrested, handcuffed and searched before being transported to the police department.

After being arrested, the man gave the officers permission to search the vehicle but nothing of value or contraband was found.

The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted by police and responded to the scene to pick up the passenger and the vehicle.

Man arrested for second OWI
A Detroit man was arrested for a second operating while intoxicated violation following a traffic stop near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Oak Street at 1 a.m. May 9.

Officers were dispatched to the area by a report of a pickup truck driving erratically and located the vehicle traveling north on Telegraph near Cherry Hill. As the first officer approached he observed that the GMC pickup was repeatedly tapping his brakes and weaving in between lanes of traffic. The officer initiated his emergency lights and the truck slowed down and turned into the southbound lanes on Telegraph before turning west on Oak and coming to a halt. The officer turned on his spotlight and observed the driver dropping a beer bottle into the bed of the truck.

The officer then approached the vehicle and reported smelling a strong odor of intoxicants. The driver identified himself but had difficulty in locating his driver’s license inside his wallet. The officer asked the man if he had consumed any alcohol and he responded that he had had “a couple.”

The man was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, and then agreed to submit to a preliminary breath test to determine his blood alcohol content. The man’s BAC registered at .22 percent, which is almost three times the legal limit for driving in Michigan of .08 percent.

The man was arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured in the patrol vehicle before being transported to the police station, where he later took another breath test and registered at .23 percent.

The pickup truck was towed from the scene and impounded.

Dearborn Heights
Man arrested taking grill from Home Depot

A man was arrested after leaving Home Depot, 25637 Michigan Ave., with a barbeque grill that he did not pay for just before 6:30 p.m. May 19.

An off-duty officer preparing to leave the police station, which is in front of the store, observed the man as he wheeled the grill from the front of the store toward Michigan Avenue and notified other officers of the incident. Officers waited in front of the station and stopped the man as he walked toward them with the grill. When asked for a purchase receipt for the grill, the man told the officers that he did not have one and that the grill had been given to him by an unknown woman at the store.

Officers detained the man and contacted the manager of the store, who said the grills are usually chained together on the sidewalk but had been unsecured temporarily because one had been sold. The man was arrested for retail fraud and then handcuffed and searched before being taken into the police station.

The officers also gave the man a preliminary breath test to determine if he had consumed alcohol and got a reading of .32 percent blood alcohol content.

Items stolen from vehicle
Officers were dispatched to investigate a report of items being stolen from a vehicle in the 8000 block of Robindale at 8 a.m. May 19.

The caller told police he was watching his son’s 2013 Chrysler 300 while he was on vacation and that the vehicle had been parked in front of the residence overnight. In the morning, the caller entered the vehicle and discovered that a set of spare keys to his truck that he had left there the previous night were missing. He also reported that a tablet and camera had been in the vehicle and were gone as well.

The caller wasn’t sure whether the vehicle had been locked, but no damage was reported to the either the vehicle’s doors or windows.

No suspect information was available.

Lincoln Park
Store thief caught, held for warrants

Loss prevention officers at Sears, 2100 Southfield, followed and chased a man suspected of stealing more than $600 worth of clothes, and responding police found the suspect in a laundromat several blocks away, a 45-year-old Lincoln Park man who also had several outstanding fugitive warrants awaiting.

Sears staff first noticed the stocky black man who entered the men’s clothing department about 2 p.m. Tuesday. He first filled a shopping cart with T-shirts, socks and shorts before pulling from a jacket pocket a “Sears” plastic shopping bag, into which he placed his selections. He then walked past all points of purchase toward an exit.

At the exit door a loss prevention officer asked the man to stop. The man “charged forward” and struck the security officer in the shoulder and knocked him to the ground. The man left the store and began running across the parking lot toward Dix.

The officer followed on foot, and via radio advised store officials and police as he followed the man across Dix heading east. He ducked into an alley on the north side of Southfield, ran through a field and was last seen entering Complete Laundry, 1830 Southfield, where police soon confronted.

The man — sweating profusely — told police he had been “folding clothes with my girlfriend.” A check with the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed several fugitive warrants on the man from 25th District Court.

Police collected evidence including video surveillance images of the Sears confrontation, and the man was taken to the police station for further investigation and processing.

Building damaged by copper thieves
One or more thieves broke into an abandoned building in the 1500 block of Dix and flooded the interior after stealing pipes and a water meter.

Police responded to the call at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and spoke to the building owner. A wood garage door had been pried open and someone stole copper pipes and a meter, which resulted in the interior being flooded before public services could shut off the water main.

Another building on the property had also been broken into, but nothing was reported stolen. Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Vehicles damaged, items stolen in parking lot

Police were twice called to the parking lot of Henry V
III, 15480 Dix, early May 18 in response to thefts from vehicle reports.

Shortly before 2 a.m. a man told police he’d left the building and saw a heavy-set man standing next to his truck, the driver’s side window of which had been smashed. He approached the man, who wielded a screwdriver and said, “Got this for you,” before taking off in a blue Chrysler SUV.

According to police reports, a $200 iPod Touch was stolen from the man’s truck.

Twenty minutes later police were alerted to the theft of a $290 digital camera that was reported stolen from a truck. The driver told police he’d only been inside the adult entertainment bar, “for about five minutes,” and then discovered his truck had been vandalized.

Police noted that the driver’s side window had been smashed and a lock securing the truck cap had been broken. A description of the suspect was noted and police are investigating.

Cycle stolen from lot
A man reported the theft of a $5,500 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that had been parked and locked in his apartment complex parking lot.

Police responded at 3:30 p.m. May 18 to the 13000 block of Parkside Drive. The cycle’s owner told police he’d last seen the motorcycle secure the night before, locked and covered with wheels secured.

Police entered a description of the motorcycle into the Law Enforcement Information Network, checked the area for evidence and are investigating.

License plate leads to warrant arrest

A license plate that had been bent to make unreadable the expiration tab drew the interest of police, who soon had the motorist in custody awaiting pickup on aggravated assault charges.

Atbout 8:30 a.m. Monday a patrol officer parked near the intersection of West Jefferson and Grosse Ile Parkway observed a blue 2003 Ford Ranger with rear-end damage that included a bent license plate. The officer stopped the vehicle and was told the driver did not have his operator’s license on him. Police checked the 62-year-old driver’s name with the Law Enforcement Information Network, which indicated that the man’s driving privileges had been suspended for having had two or more substance abuse convictions within seven years. Also discovered was an outstanding warrant from Wayne County Circuit Court for probation violation of aggravated assault charges filed in April.

The man was taken into custody and held until transferred to Wayne County Jail.

(Compiled by James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)