Police Blotter

Allen Park
Beauty is expensive

Two women are charged with retail fraud after reportedly attempting to leave Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, Nov. 16 with clothing and beauty products.

The women, a 30-year-old Detroit woman, who was accompanied by her sons, 9 and 6, along with a 21-year-old Dearborn Heights woman, were arrested at the store after attempting to smuggle the items out in their purses. The women took the $200 worth of items into fitting rooms and attempted to leave the store without paying.

That’s no way to enter a building
A 29-year-old man was arrested Monday night after trying to enter Rue 21, 3504 Fairlane Drive, through a window before giving up and going through the front door.

Based on the suspect’s car being illegally parked and engine running, along with his behavior, the officer suspected the man was under the influence of something and arrested him. As the man took out his wallet, a clear bag of pills fell out. Other pills were reportedly found in the man’s car.

Dearborn Heights
City Hall Christmas decorations vandalized

Christmas decorations outside of Dearborn Heights City Hall, 6045 Fenton, were damaged between Nov. 21 and 24. Police were called to the scene on Nov. 24.

A city employee told police that other employees arrived and found that the heads of two of the plastic Christmas carolers were broken off. The vandal also cut the LED Christmas lights that were on two trees at the front of the City Hall. Employees also found the two plastic heads in one of the bushes out front.

City Hall doesn’t have any cameras that overlook the outside of the building and there is no suspect information at this time.

Rings, rifle stolen from house
Police were dispatched to the 25000 block of New York for a home invasion which occurred between 10:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23.

The homeowner lives with his fiancée, and his mother was also staying at the house while in town visiting. All three went to the movies at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and returned at 1 a.m. Nov. 23 where the fiancée went straight to bed, according to the report.

She woke up at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23 and noticed her black iPad Air was missing from her bed. Three rings — a white gold ring, gold 14-karat ring with a .25-carat diamond and gold 14-karat ring with a small diamond — were also missing from the top of the dresser.

The mother and fiancée said that the man’s black Ruger .22-caliber rifle, loaded with 10 live rounds, was taken from behind the headboard of the bed. They both also told police that all of the doors and windows to the house were locked and they don’t believe anyone has keys to the house.

The mother took officers to the back entrance and showed them a loose door knob. She couldn’t remember if the knob was loose before they left for the movies.

There is no suspect information.

Lincoln Park
Wheelchair-bound man robbed by visitors

Police responded to reports of a strong-arm robbery from a 21-year-old man who said that two visitors in his apartment had taken cash and a cell phone from him.

The wheelchair-bound man said he’d fallen asleep in his apartment in the 1300 block of Fort Street, and about 2 a.m. Wednesday awoke to find the two men going through his pockets.

He tried pushing them away, and had wheeled his chair into the hallway, where the two men turned his chair over and left him on the floor. They went through his pockets again, took his money, and left the building.

Police are looking for the two men, believed to be River Rouge residents, one of whom was described as a 21-year-old black man. Officers were not immediately able to locate the men.

The man was taken to the hospital for treatment on a sore back and leg that were injured when he was pushed out of the chair.

Dollar store robbed by armed woman
Police are looking for a woman who’d shown a knife and implied she had a gun while robbing Dollar General, 1119 Fort St., shortly after 9 a.m. Nov. 23.

According to police reports, a cashier was approached by a woman. “I have a gun, open the cash register,” the woman reportedly said. She showed the clerk a pocket knife while implying that in her other hand — inside a coat pocket — she had a gun.

The store manager, who was nearby, opened the cash register and gave the woman an undisclosed amount of money. The woman ran out of the store and was last seen running east.

The woman was described as black, about 6 feet tall, and wearing a black hat and jacket.

Police checked the area for evidence, noted the woman’s description and are investigating.

Look, ma, I got a raise

For a week of work, one gas station employee made more than some chief executive officers. The man was hired as a clerk for a gas station in the 2000 block of Oakwood Boulevard on Nov. 22, and when he closed the station alone three days later, on Monday, he allegedly took between $7,000 and $8,000 in cash with him.

The man didn’t fill out an application and the station owner didn’t get a copy of the man’s driver’s license. When the owner called the man’s cell phone, he discovered the man’s phone was disconnected.

Gone in two hours
Police were called to the 17000 block of Dora Avenue Monday afternoon when several items were reportedly discovered missing.

The renter said she left the apartment at 1 p.m. and when she returned two hours later, she found the rear door open and her apartment ransacked. The woman reported various items missing.

Caught on camera

A couple were caught on camera taking a jacket Nov. 15, containing $300 in cash and credit cards from Zorba’s Coney Island, 18237 Fort St. The pair removed the coat from a stool and then fled in a white four-door Chrysler.

Electronics taken from home

A man returned from work to discover that one or more thieves had broken into his house and taken with them more than $1,100 worth of electronics.

Police responded to the call at 6:40 p.m. Nov. 20, from the 16000 block of Fountain.

According to police reports, the man returned from work and noticed that his front door had been damaged, and that a flat-screen TV and xBox video game system were missing. The man said he’d secured a dead-bolt lock before leaving for work that morning.

Responding officers noted the damaged frame, and that a dead-bolt lock had been attached but was damaged during the break-in. Police checked for evidence and are investigating.

Equipment stolen from church under construction
Police are investigating the theft of a cement mixer valued at $8,000 that was taken from a church construction site.

The owner of a construction company called police at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 22, when he discovered that locks which had secured a fenced-in project area had been cut. A cement mixer large enough to have required towing was missing from the lot.

Police checked the area for evidence, noted a description and information on the mixer, and are investigating.

Laptop stolen from unlocked car

A woman reported the theft of a laptop computer that had been left in a book bag in an unlocked vehicle.

According to police reports, the woman was staying at her boyfriend’s home in the 5200 block of Barbara Avenue, and had last seen the bag about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

The next morning she noticed the bag was missing and that her 2004 Ford Focus had been rummaged through. Responding officers noted that the vehicle’s cigarette lighter had been ripped out and wires beneath the dashboard had been exposed.

The woman admitted that the car door had been left unlocked, and police found no signs of forced entry.

(Compiled by James Mitchell, Zeinab Najm and Tereasa Nims.)