Police Blotter


Allen Park
Took the food; left the wallet

While dining at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 3167 Fairlane Drive May 25, a man left his wallet on the counter after paying for his meal. He left the restaurant and when he returned, the wallet was gone.

Police have no suspects.

Shots fired on Wall Street
A man fired several gunshots in the 4000 block of Wall Street the night of June 20 with children playing outside. Police said the man pulled up in a car front of the house, exited the car and began firing.

When police arrived the man had already gone into the house. Officers coaxed him out and took him to the hospital for an evaluation. No one was injured and there are no charges pending.

Man arrested for warrant

A 45-year-old man was arrested for an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop near Tireman and East Morrow Circle just before 7:30 a.m. June 20.

Officers patrolling in the area of Tireman at Miller observed a BMW 740 IL traveling west on Tireman. The officers pulled behind the vehicle and ran a check of the license plate but could not find any registration information. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who provided his driver’s license and vehicle paperwork.

A check of the driver showed that he was wanted for an outstanding warrant from Wayne County Circuit Court for a probation violation. The man was arrested, handcuffed and searched before being transported to the police department without incident.

The BMW was towed from the scene and impounded.

Man cited for firework discharge
An 18-year-old Dearborn man was cited and released for illegally discharging fireworks in a front yard in the 6400 block of Payne at 4 p.m. June 22.

Officers were called to the scene by a resident who said he observed the man lighting the fireworks and asked him to stop because of the city’s firework ordinance but was ignored.

City ordinance allows the discharging of fireworks on holidays as well as the days before and after but not on any other days. Officers spoke to the man, who admitted he had been lighting fireworks but said he was not aware of the city ordinance against it.

The man was issued a citation for illegally discharging fireworks and advised to contact the 19th District Court within 14 days.

Dearborn Heights
Radio stolen from vehicle

Police were called to investigate a report of a stolen radio from a vehicle parked in the 25700 block of Eton Avenue at 3:15 p.m. June 23.

The victim told police that he had parked his 1995 Ford Taurus in the street in front of his residence on June 21 and had left for the weekend. Upon returning he discovered that someone had broken out his rear passenger window to gain access into the vehicle.

The inside of the vehicle was ransacked, but the victim said the only thing that was taking was an aftermarket radio/CD player.

Officers checked the area and found broken glass on the ground and inside the vehicle from the broken window as well as damage to the window frame for the front passenger seat.

Nothing of evidentiary value was found on the property or in the area.

House broken into; dog stolen
A resident called police after discovering about midnight June 22 that someone had broken into his house in the 20200 block of Powers and taken one of his dogs.

The victim told police he and his girlfriend had left the house at 6 p.m. locked and secured and returned at 11:30 p.m. When they returned they observed that one of their three dogs was missing and that the back door was unlocked.

The victim said the missing dog was a 4-year-old female boxer named Frankie and that the dog was very friendly and probably wouldn’t have given any trouble to whoever broke into the house.

A search of the house did not turn up any other missing items. No suspect information was available.

Lincoln Park
Phones stolen during break-in

Police are investigating the theft of more than $5,000 worth of phones from a Sprint store shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators responded to the alarm at 3691 Dix and discovered the front door glass had been smashed, and that most of the display phones had been stolen. A store representative provided serial numbers and information for nine phones with a total value of $5,050.

Police checked the area for evidence, and investigators were reviewing surveillance images from the store.

No room for an insole

A 21-year-old Westland man must have had some big shoes after hiding two golfball sized bags of marijuana in just one shoe. The man was cited for marijuana possession June 9 after a traffic stop for not wearing his seatbelt that led to police finding the pot.

Police saw the man drive by them about 5:30 p.m. not wearing a seatbelt. The officer then pulled behind the vehicle and the driver wrapped the belt around his chest and sped up. When the officer activated his emergency lights, the 21-year-old stopped. As the officer talked to the driver, he could smell suspected marijuana and asked the man where it was. The man said it was in his shoe.

The officer handcuffed the man and then checked his shoe and pulled out two “golf-ball” size bags of marijuana weighing six grams.

The man was cited and released at the scene while his truck was towed to the Melvindale Police impound. The substance in the bags tested positive at the scene for marijuana.

Plate, papers reported stolen

The owner of a 2014 Ford Focus reported the theft of the vehicle’s license plate along with registration and insurance papers.

Police responded to the 14000 block of Overbrook Drive, where a man said that sometime before 8:30 a.m. June 20 someone had stolen the car’s plate and, from inside, documents. The man said he had thought he’d locked it when last seen in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Police found no evidence of forced entry.

The license plate was entered as stolen into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Computers, equipment stolen from school

Police responded to a call from maintenance officials who discovered on June 20 the theft of more than $3,000 worth of electronics from an elementary school.

Five computer monitors, a projector and other electronics had been taken from a classroom at Myers Elementary School, 16201 Lauren Drive, sometime between 3 p.m. June 19 and 1 p.m. June 20, when the director of operations noticed a window had been removed and discovered the theft.

Investigators were shown the discarded, damaged window that had been thrown onto the lawn. The building’s security system had not been activated for that classroom, according to police reports, and no alarm had sounded at the time of the theft.

Police checked the area for evidence and are investigating.

Guitar taken from unlocked garage
A woman told police she saw a man running from her garage and taking with him a $1,000 Gibson Les Paul electric guitar and case.

Police responded to the 14000 block of Huron Avenue at 1 a.m. June 22, where a woman said she’d been watching TV and heard noises from the garage. From a window she saw a white man in his early 20s wearing a black T-shirt and denim shorts running across her lawn carrying a guitar case.

The woman said she wasn’t certain if she’d locked the garage. Investigators noted that a side entry door was partly open, and didn’t seem able to close and lock.

Inside the detached garage were an amplifier and other guitar accessories. Police checked the area for evidence and are investigating.

Drunken driver nabbed with long-suspended license

A motorist seen by police crossing the center line on Fort Street may face felony charges if convicted of driving drunk with a license that has been suspended for more than a decade after four previous convictions.

Police stopped a 49-year-old man driving south on Fort Street at 2:30 a.m. after having observed the 2002 Ford Explorer weaving in its lane and crossing the center line before turning onto West Road against a no-turn red light.

The man, who smelled of intoxicants, told police his license was currently suspended, confirmed through the Law Enforcement Information Network as having been invalid since 2003.

The driver failed a series of field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of .16, twice state limit of .08 for drunken driving.

The man was taken into custody and his vehicle impounded. According to police reports, he’d been convicted five times for drunken driving dating back to 1988. His license had been revoked following a 2002 conviction in Detroit, and his most recent Operating While Intoxicated conviction was in 2008, also on a suspended license. Charges were pending warrant review last week.

(Compiled by James Mitchell, Tereasa Nims and Bob Oliver.)