Police Blotter


Allen Park
Harley with custom painted skulls stolen

A man is out of his 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle covered with custom painted skulls after the bike was reportedly stolen from in front of his house in the 7200 block of Osage July 11.

He told police the motorcycle was parked on his lawn for two days and that it was still there at 1 a.m. July 11, but at 6:45 a.m. the motorcycle was gone along with more than $800 in leather gear, a GPS, a $300 radio and an iPod Touch.

The incident remains under investigation.

TV stolen during late night swim
Someone allegedly stole a 42-inch flat screen television July 12 from a house in the 9000 block of Allen Road.

A woman reported she went for a late night swim and thought she heard a large animal in the yard and went inside. A few hours later she went onto the unlocked porch where the television was kept and found it missing. There was no sign of forced entry since the door was unlocked and she stayed awake after her swim.

The woman said she just wanted to make police aware of the burglary.

Tires stolen from trucks
When an employee of Penske Trucks, 3700 Enterprise Drive, left the truck lot on July 11, all the trucks appeared to have tires. But, when he returned at 5 a.m. July 13, eight tires were reportedly missing in all, taken off of three trucks.

There were no witnesses to the suspected larceny.

Man arrested for felony warrant

A 24-year-old Dearborn Heights man was arrested for an outstanding warrant following an investigation by police near the intersection of Croissant and Carlysle about 2 p.m. Aug. 10.

Officers responded to the area on a report of a 1998 Ford Mustang parked over the sidewalk. The officers arrived and observed the vehicle blocking the walkway with three unknown individuals sleeping inside of it.

Two female occupants provided the officers with their driver’s licenses while the third, a man, said he did not have a license but verbally identified himself.

A check of the occupants showed that the man was wanted for an outstanding warrant for breaking and entering from Wayne County Circuit Court. The man was arrested, handcuffed and searched before being transported to the police department.

The registered owner of the Mustang, who was not at the scene, was contacted and advised to move the vehicle off of the right-of-way.

Two cited for drag racing
Two Dearborn men were cited for drag racing after being stopped by police on Garrison near Howard at 3 p.m. Aug. 10.

An officer patrolling in the area reported hearing engines revving and tires squealing before observing a 2006 Lincoln Zyphyr and 2004 Ford Expedition traveling side by side at a high rate of speed down Garrison. The speed limit on that section of the street is 25 mph. The officer pulled out toward the vehicles and directed them into a nearby parking lot.

The drivers of the vehicles, both 18-year-old residents, provided the proper paperwork for their vehicles and their driver’s licenses to the officer. `Both were cited for drag racing, advised to contact the 19th District Court for instructions within 14 days and were released at the scene without incident.

Dearborn Heights
Church vehicle vandalized

Workers contacted police after discovering vandalism to a church-owned van at the Romanian Pentecostal Church of God, 4470 Pardee, just before 6 p.m. June 12.

Police arrived and spoke to the complainant, who said that a member of the church organization discovered that a 2002 Ford Econoline van belonging to the church had been spray-painted on its door and hood by an unknown offender. He said the vehicle had been last seen intact about noon Aug. 10.

Officers checked the vehicle and reported finding words written on it with flat black spray paint. No damage was reported to anything else at the property.

The complainant said that a can of spray paint had been found in a trash can near the door to the church and that it did not belong to the church. Officers collected the can for possible fingerprints before leaving.

No suspect information was available.

Weed whacker stolen from shed
Police responded to a report of a stolen weed trimmer from a residence in the 25000 block of Currier at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 8.

The victim said he walked to the shed in his backyard and found the door open. After a search he discovered that the only item missing was a weed trimmer, valued at $300.

The victim said that the last time he had seen the tool was about Aug. 2, when he last used it. The victim was not sure if the shed had been locked and did not report hearing or seeing anything suspicious.

Nothing of evidentiary value was found at the scene.

Lincoln Park
Would-be purse snatcher caught by cops

Police responded quickly to a call from Kentucky Fried Chicken, 556 Southfield, and were on the scene in time to find a would-be purse snatcher not far from the restaurant.

Store management called police at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to report an attempted purse-snatching. According to witness accounts, a woman and her three children walked to the restaurant for lunch and were approached by a 55-year-old man who grabbed her purse and tried to run.

The woman resisted, and a struggle followed before the purse’s shoulder strap snapped and the woman regained control. The man ran off and was soon found by responding officers hiding in a back yard on White Street.

The man was questioned by police and initially provided a false name. Further investigation revealed his true identity, and he was taken to the station and charged in 25th District Court with attempted robbery.

Give me my phone

A frantic man called 911 early Monday when a 44-year-old woman allegedly took his phone, threw it on the pavement and walked away. When he went after her, she started chasing him as he ran back to his house in the 18000 block of Hanna Avenue.

The man said the two were arguing and he asked the woman to leave his house. She left and minutes later he heard something on the porch and looked outside to see his phone of two weeks smashed on the pavement. The man walked after the woman and she turned to face him and ran after him.

Police found the woman walking and arrested her for malicious destruction of property. After her booking she was released to Lincoln Park police for a warrant in an unrelated case.

Coach bag got up and went
When a restaurant owner on the 19300 block of Dix discovered her Coach bag taken from inside the kitchen area, she called police. The woman said she went into the business at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and set down the purse and noticed it was gone an hour later.

She reported the expensive purse contained credit cards, $500 in various gift cards and cash.

The victim said she doesn’t remember anyone entering the restaurant during that time, but was unsure if there were carry out orders.

Navigation systems stolen from vehicles

Police are investigating at least three similar incidents of larceny in which in-dash navigation systems were stolen from parked vehicles.

Three calls to police were made on Aug. 6 reporting the theft of the devices valued at $1,000. The first call — at 7:30 a.m. — came from the 13000 block of Strathcona, where a woman said she’d last seen her 2014 Chrysler 200 secured in an apartment complex parking lot at 10 p.m. Aug. 5. The next morning she saw that a window had been smashed and the navigation system and GPS device were missing.

Two additional calls came from the 15000 block of Garrison Lane from separate residences. Both callers said their Chrysler vehicles — a 2014 Town and Country and a 2012 200 — had windows smashed and the in-dash systems stolen.

Police checked for evidence at each location, discovered pry marks around the windows and signs of forced entry, and are investigating.

Home looted by burglars

A man who was house-sitting for his daughter called police to report a break-in and theft of a laptop computer and the contents of a bedroom safe.

Police responded to the 8000 block of Lincoln shortly after 6 p.m. Aug. 8, and were told that the man returned to the house at 5:30 p.m. and discovered two windows broken out and the back door pried open. Inside he discovered the theft of a laptop computer and a bedroom safe that had been pried open. An undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry were missing from the safe.

Investigators discovered a rock in the bedroom that had been thrown through the window, and found several rooms had been ransacked. Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Cash, jewelry stolen from home safe
Police responded shortly after midnight Aug. 8 to a woman’s call that someone had broken into her home in the 14000 block of Syracuse and took a bedroom safe that had contained jewelry, documents and an estimated $2,500 in cash.

Investigators noted that an air conditioner had also been stolen from a window, the likely point of entry, checked for evidence and are investigating.

Man admits to smoking crack

After failing to drive forward at a traffic light, with police behind him, officers were curious.

Authorities stopped a 48-year-old resident July 26, on westbound Eureka when he didn’t drive forward at a green light. When police approached the vehicle, they smelled a strong urine odor and later realized the man’s pants were saturated in urine.

The man allegedly told police, “I’ve been smoking crack for two days.”

He later confessed to having crack pipes and police found a large crack rock, which tested positive at the scene as the substance.

The man was arrested and charged with possession.

We broke up, now leave
Authorities were called to the 2700 block of 6th Street July 20, when a man reported that his ex-girlfriend refused to leave his apartment. The 24-year-old renter said he asked her to leave.

When police arrived, the woman, whose age wasn’t given, appeared intoxicated and was banging on an exterior window of the apartment. By then several tenants were gathered, observing the scene.

Police arrested the woman for domestic disturbance.

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