Police Blotter


Man arrested for warrant

A 53-year-old Detroit man was arrested for an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop at the intersection of Warren Avenue and Lonyo at 11:20 p.m. July 31.

An officer on patrol in the area observed a 2002 Mercedes Benz M50 traveling east on Warren with its headlights out. The officer pulled behind the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the two occupants of the vehicle.

After running a check of the identifications of the occupants, the officer discovered that the passenger was wanted for an outstanding warrant from the 19th District Court for larceny. The passenger was removed from the vehicle, arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured in the patrol vehicle for transportation to the Police Department.

The driver was given a verbal warning about traveling without the headlights on and released at the scene.

Man arrested after disrupting traffic
A 21-year-old Detroit man was arrested for disorderly intoxication after throwing several pieces of construction equipment into the street and disrupting traffic near the intersection of Schaefer and Haggerty about 6 p.m. July 31.

Officers responded to the area after being called by a resident complaining that a man was in the street throwing construction barrels into the roadway. Officers arrived and witnessed a man standing in a traffic lane on Schaefer tipping over barrels and construction signs.

They approached the man, who began walking in the opposite direction, and caught up to him in an alley near Schaefer and Paul. The man said he had had too much to drink and that he had recently gotten into an argument with his mother about family issues and had exited his house very angry.

Officers observed the man’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot that he smelled strongly of intoxicants. The man was arrested for disorderly intoxication and arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured in a patrol vehicle.

The officers then made contact with the man’s mother, who confirmed the argument and that he had exited the house angry.

Before leaving the scene, officers moved the barrels and signs out of the roadway and back to their proper locations.

Dearborn Heights
Vehicles damaged outside residence

Police were called to investigate damage to three vehicles outside of a residence in the 8100 block of Hazelton at 11:40 p.m. July 31.

The victim said he had last seen the vehicles intact at 10:40 p.m., and at 11:30 p.m. discovered that they had been damaged.

Police responded and reported that a 1999 Toyota sedan and 2003 Dodge Caravan parked in the street in front of the residence had the driver’s side tires slashed and several scratches on the driver’s side door panels.

A third vehicle, a 2000 Honda sedan, parked in the driveway also had a flattened tire and multiple scratches on its paneling.

The victim said he did not hear or see anything suspicious prior to discovering the damage. He also said he has surveillance cameras in front of his residence but that they did not capture any good footage of the incident.

The officers were unable to find any witnesses to the incident in the neighborhood.

Vehicle theft attempted
A resident called police to report that an unknown offender had attempted to steal his vehicle from a house in the 17600 block of Annapolis at 8:20 a.m. Aug. 1.

The victim said he had spent the night at his girlfriend’s house and had left his 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 locked and secured in the driveway the previous night. In the morning, he returned to the vehicle and discovered that the driver’s door lock had been punched out and that the steering column was damaged. The ignition switch was also broken off and laying on the vehicle’s floorboards.

The victim said that after searching the interior he did not believe that anything was missing.

No suspect information was available.

Lincoln Park
Appliances stolen from rental home

Police responded to a house in the 1300 block of College at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2, where a property owner said nearly $3,000 worth of fixtures and appliances had been stolen.

The owner told police he’d scheduled an open house for prospective renters, and when he arrived saw the front door had been broken into. He’d last seen the property five days earlier.

A $500 Kenmore refrigerator, $400 GE stove and $400 Bradford water heater were among the stolen items, according to police reports, as one or more thieves took a furnace, ceiling fans, copper pipes, bath tub fixtures, a toilet, sink and electrical components.

Police checked the area for evidence and are investigating.

Women nabbed for using stolen cards

Soon after being alerted of a possible retail fraud at a drug store, police had in custody two women who’d allegedly bought cigarettes and gift cards with a stolen credit card.

Police were first notified at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 1 that two women made purchases at West Grange Pharmacy, 3390 West Road, using a stolen credit card. A patrol car in the neighborhood spotted the suspected vehicle — a Ford Focus with a Minnesota license plate — and made a traffic stop on Grange south of West Road.

The driver, 24, was separated from the passenger, 30, whom the driver said had made the purchases including more than 50 packs of cigarettes.

Investigators determined the purchase had been made with a gift card that itself had been bought with a stolen credit card; both purchases had been recorded and store personnel had received an advisory on the account numbers.

The driver was determined to have several warrants for prior traffic convictions; the older woman was subject to a bench warrant for fraud charges.

The women were taken to the police station for processing, and were awaiting hearing dates.

Lottery thief faces disorderly charges
A man with a blood-alcohol content nearly five times the legal limit for drunken driving in Michigan reportedly tried to steal two lottery tickets while buying a bottle of vodka.

Police responded at 11:30 a.m. July 31 to Ron’s Par-T-Pak, 3800 Fort St., where the clerk said a man had entered the store bought a half-pint of vodka, and was talking with other customers. The man knocked two lottery tickets that had been on the counter onto the floor, pocketed them without paying and left the store.

The clerk followed the man down the street, where he was in the process of scratching off the tickets. The clerk took the tickets and the man back to the store. The man said he’d bought the tickets at a nearby liquor store, but the clerk showed how the serial numbers fell sequentially with the store’s inventory.

The man left the store, and was soon found by police behind a nearby building, hiding behind a trash bin. Responding officers said the man was unsteady on his feet, and at the police station a breathalyzer revealed a .372 blood-alcohol content —nearly five times the state limit of .08 for drunken driving — and the man was taken to Southshore Hospital for evaluation. A warrant on larceny was pending.

(Compiled by James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)