Police Blotter


Woman cited for firework use

A 25-year-old woman was cited and released for the illegal discharging of fireworks at a house in the 3300 block of Edsel just after midnight June 30.

An officer patrolling on Eagle near Robert heard a firework report and observed its display coming from Edsel and Omar. The officer travelled to the scene and saw a woman in the front yard of a residence igniting fireworks with younger siblings or friends.

The woman told the officer that she was lighting the fireworks in celebration of the beginning of Ramadan, which began the day before.

The officer explained the firework ordinance for the city, which allows for the discharging of fireworks on the day before, day of and day after a holiday but not on any other day, and cited the woman for breach of peace, illegal discharging of fireworks.

The woman was also advised to contact the 19th District Court within 14 days for the offense.

Woman arrested for warrant
A woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant after being stopped by police near the intersection of Calvin and Banner at 5 p.m. June 29.

Police were called to the area by residents who reported a suspicious person walked through the neighborhood opening mailboxes. Officers arrived and saw the woman sitting on the sidewalk on Banner. The woman told the officers that she used to live in the 24000 block of Calvin and that she was just checking to see if any of her mail was there.

She said she did not have any identification and verbally identified herself as “Alicia Campbell.” Officer checked the name and were unable to find anyone matching the description so they ran a check of the address given by the woman and found a different name and photograph that matched the suspect.

That woman also was wanted for a warrant from the 19th District Court for defrauding an innkeeper. When confronted with the information the woman admitted that she had given a false name and that she was wanted for the warrant.

The woman was arrested for the warrant and for false identification and handcuffed, searched and transported to the Police Department.

Dearborn Heights
Radio stolen from vehicle

Police were called to investigate a possible larceny from a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 23700 block of West Warren at 2:30 p.m. June 27.

The caller said she was inside her apartment when she heard the sound of glass breaking coming from the parking lot. She went outside but did not see anyone in the lot. Police arrived and walked through the parking lot and discovered a blue Dodge Magnum with the rear drivers side window pushed in and the radio missing.

The officers made contact with the registered owner of the vehicle, who said she had parked and secured the vehicle in the lot about 11 p.m. the previous night and had not heard or seen anything suspicious.

She said the radio had been installed in the vehicle the previous day and after searching the vehicle concluded that nothing else was missing.

No suspect information was available.

Dumpster fire at Hype
Firework usage is blamed for causing a trash bin fire at the Hype Center, 23302 W. Warren Avenue, at 6:15 p.m. June 26.

An officer patrolling was flagged down by a person who reported that there was a trash bin fire at Hype. The officer arrived and reported seeing flames coming out of a trash bin in the southeast corner of the property.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze without incident.

Officers talked to the manager at the center, who said surveillance footage of the incident was available. On the video, three black teenagers are seen lighting fireworks near the trash bin before throwing them into it and leaving the scene as the fire grew.

The manager said he recognized the teens and has asked them to leave the center multiple times in the past.

Police told the manager to call immediately if the juveniles return.

Lincoln Park
Laptop, jewelry stolen from apartment

Police are investigating the theft of a Dell computer, e-book tablet and two watches that were reportedly stolen from an apartment in the 4000 block of Hazel Avenue.

According to police reports, a man returned home Tuesday evening after having been in the apartment for lunch and discovered the theft of more than $5,000 worth of electronics and jewelry that had been on his dining room table.

The man said he had locked and secured the apartment, but police found no signs of forced entry. Officers checked for evidence and noted the descriptions and serial numbers of the electronics.

Police seek supermarket pickpocket

Investigators and store security are looking for a man suspected of stealing a wallet from a customer at Kroger, 13333 Eureka.

Police responded to the call at 3:50 p.m. June 25 and were told that a man had bumped into a shopper. The customer noticed his wallet was missing a few minutes later at the checkout aisle. Stolen contents included identification, credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was described as black, about 40 years old, about 6 feet tall and wearing a dark suit. Police and store personnel are reviewing surveillance images and investigating.

Fireworks stolen from guarded tent

Police responded to the reported larceny of more than $600 worth of firecrackers and other explosives that were taken from a street-corner tent not far from where a security employee sat.

According to police reports, a guard was on the scene near the intersection of Eureka and Inkster roads, but told investigators she sat some distance from the tent, “because she is scared to be doing the job and confronting suspects.”

Instead, one or more suspects entered the tent sometime after 11 p.m. June 27 and stole an assortment of firecrackers, fireworks, artillery shells, aerial devices and “One Bad Mother” explosives.

The woman reported to work on Saturday, noticed the missing merchandise and called police. The tent could not be secured overnight, she said. This had been the second theft of explosives this year, and guards sit to the side of the temporary structure.

“She feels the location is not safe enough to stay” too close to the fireworks, police reported.

Disorderly customer arrested on warrant

Police were alerted to a disruptive diner at a King Road restaurant and soon located the man, who was found to have a warrant out for his arrest.

Police were called at 7 p.m. June 28 by employees at Herb Garden Cafe, 1943 King, who reported a disorderly customer. Responding officers were told that the man had left the restaurant carrying two duffel bags.

A man matching that description was seen walking north on Fort Street. After providing his name police confirmed that a felony warrant had been issued from Monroe County for home invasion.

Police searched the man and discovered a pipe believed to be used for crack cocaine, and a syringe. The man was taken into custody and awaited transport to Monroe County.

(Compiled by James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)