Police Blotter October 16

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Theft of $20 jewelry lands woman in jail

An 18-year-old Belleville woman was arrested for retail fraud at 5:01 p.m. Oct. 6 at TJ Maxx, 3320 Fairlane Drive, after attempting to leave the store without paying for a $20 piece of jewelry.

Loss prevention personnel said they watched the woman on closed circuit TV select and conceal the jewelry, and confronted her after she attempted to leave the store after paying for two other items. She was handcuffed, cited for retail fraud and taken to the Dearborn police station to be held.

Hit-and-run driver panics, drives home on flat tires

A driver on westbound Southfield Road was driving too fast to turn into the driveway of B. Boomers Bar and Grill, 16006 Southfield Road, at 10:11 p.m. Oct. 7, and drove up an embankment, hit several parking blocks, and struck a parked, unoccupied 2015 Chevy Tahoe. The driver, in a 2014 blue Ford Explorer, then left, traveling north on Jane Street, driving on flat tires.

Witnesses provided officers with a license plate number of the fleeing Explorer. Police went to the address of the registered vehicle owner, and found the damaged Explorer with three flat tires, parked in the backyard.

The driver, a 39-year-old Allen Park man, said after he lost control of the vehicle, he panicked and drove to his house. The vehicle was impounded, and the driver cited for failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and for driving without due care or caution.

Domestic dispute turns into disturbing the peace

Following a successfully mediated call about a domestic dispute in the 14500 block of Markese, a 45-year-old man went on his porch at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 8 and yelled obscenities at the neighbor he suspected of summoning police to the initial incident.

With the mild weather, numerous neighbors were outside and witnessed the incident. Police returned, and the offender admitted to the actions, which he thought were acceptable because he never left his porch when shouting at his neighbor. This time, officers could not come to a resolution, and cited the man for disturbing the peace.


Man arrested for firearm possession after firing shots

During a traffic stop Oct. 4 in front of the Dearborn Police Station, 16099 Michigan Ave., officers arrested a man in possession of a replica firearm.

A report of shots being fired came in near Tim Hortons, 21203 Michigan Ave., with descriptions of the vehicles at the scene. One of the vehicle’s was seen traveling east on Michigan Avenue when police saw it and conducted the traffic stop. When officers made contact with the driver, he said that he and the passenger were just at the Tim Hortons.

Police asked the men if there was anything inside the vehicle that could get them in trouble, and they admitted to having a toy gun. Both men were removed from the vehicle as officer searched and saw the top of a chrome slide to a hand gun. When officers shined their flashlights under the passenger seat, they found a chrome and black handgun. The driver said it was his gun, but that it only shot blanks.

He also said he was playing in the woods next to Andiamo, 21400 Michigan Ave., and saw scary clowns that have been in the news. He said he fired two shots in an attempt to scare the clowns away and ran back to the vehicle.

The driver was arrested for possession of a replica firearm in a vehicle and placed under a $200 bond. His Atak Arms Stalker chrome and black replica handgun with magazine and five blank rounds were taken into custody.

Driver caught driving with suspended license, pistol

While on patrol in the area of Warren Avenue and Horger Oct. 6, police saw a vehicle with illegal tinted front windows.

Officers activated their overhead lights to get the attention of the driver and finally conducted a traffic stop in a parking lot on Warren. Officers observed the driver stalling to pull over as he leaned over, reaching under the rear seat while on the phone. When he finally stopped, the driver delayed opening the window because he was searching in the center console area. Upon making contact, the man said he had a suspended license from unpaid tickets.

A background check found the man had four warrants in Dearborn and one in Taylor. In Dearborn the warrants were for driving with a suspended license at $250, fail to display at $200, failure to appear at $500 and driving with a suspended license at $200. For Taylor a $250 driving with a suspended license warrant was listed.

When police searched the vehicle before impounding it they found an air pistol facsimile firearm under the driver’s seat.

The man was arrested and given a $500 each for bond for driving with a suspended license along with possession of a firearm in vehicle.


Woman’s purse stolen while shopping at Target

Police were called to Target, 26650 Ford Road, about 5 p.m. Sept. 24 after her purse was stolen while she was shopping in the store.

The woman said her purse was in her shopping cart. When she left her cart unattended to look at items in an isle, the purse was taken. Via surveillance video, a store loss prevention officer saw a young black male approach the cart and remove the purse while the woman was not looking. He then fled in a dark colored vehicle, which was possibly an older model Chrysler 300.

Motorized bike taken from house

While playing outside a house in the 4600 block of Syracuse Sept. 20, a teenager’s mini-motorized bike was stolen from him.

The boy was approached by another teenager about 6:45 p.m. and was asked if his bike was for sale. When the boy said it wasn’t, the teen then asked if he could ride the bike. The boy let the teen ride the mini-bike when he fled the area near Annapolis and Pardee and didn’t return.

The orange bike had a black seat, welding marks on the frame and three Monster Energy stickers on the front.


Rolling stops trigger traffic stop

A 23-year-old Melvindale man driving with a suspended license in his mother’s car with a suspended plate was stopped by an officer in the 17900 block of Robert at 4:38 p.m. Oct. 5 after he was observed doing a “fast rolling stop” at several stop signs.

The driver said his mother was having a difficult time financially, and couldn’t currently afford auto insurance. The car was parked legally on the side of the street, and a licensed driver called to retrieve the vehicle. The man was cited for driving with a suspended license and an expired license plate.

Cracked windshield reveals unlicensed driver

A cracked windshield led to a traffic stop at 2:39 p.m. Oct. 7 that revealed a driver with a suspended license and an uninsured vehicle. The vehicle owner, who was licensed but riding in the back seat, said she was tired and “didn’t feel like driving.”

The vehicle was impounded and towed. The unlicensed driver, who was cited, and two of the passengers were given a ride to a nearby residence, while the vehicle owner, who was also cited, angrily walked away from the scene.

The officer noted in his report that all four of the people were angry, addressed him with vulgarities, and insinuated harassment.

Pit bull chases woman, toddler into house

A woman in the 17600 block of Hanna reported at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 6 that a pit bull came from a nearby house and while it did not make contact with them, it chased her and her 2-year-old niece into their house. When the woman saw an unknown man and woman retrieve the dog and take it into the nearby house, she reported the incident to police.

Officers knocked on the door of the house, but no one responded. The owner of the house, who was at work, later responded to a message left by police, and said the dog belonged to friends who were visiting him. He was was reminded of Melvindale’s pit bull ban.


Fraudulent cell phone seller cons woman caring for sick mother

A woman hoping to resell iPhones to help her mother pay for medical bills reported at 2:39 p.m. Oct. 2 that she was cheated by a Dearborn man in his 20s who traded her two iPhone boxes filled with clay for a 10-inch self-balancing hoverboard, valued at $300. She told police she found the man through the “5miles” mobile phone application.

The two boxes, for an iPhone 6, and an iPhone 6s plus, were wrapped in plastic when she made the trade. She said when she later found a buyer for one of the phones, the buyer opened the box in front of her and discovered the ruse.

Wallet missing from apartment

A man living in an apartment in the 2000 block of Fort Street reported at 12:32 p.m. Oct. 9 a wallet missing from the nightstand of his bedroom. He said it contained two credit cards, $100 cash and his driver’s license.

He said he put the wallet on his nightstand at 10 p.m. the night before. There were no signs of forced entry to the apartment. The man said he did not know if he had misplaced the wallet or it was stolen.

Tires flattened

A woman in the 1400 block of Heritage reported two flat tires on the driver’s side of her 2007 white Ford Fusion, which her son drives, at 11:10 p.m. Oct. 5, while the car was parked in front of her house. She said that at 11 p.m. a neighbor said her dog was barking persistently for an unknown reason, after which the woman went outside and discovered the damage. There were no visible punctures to the tires, valued at $300. There are no suspects.


Illegal turn signals pot possession

Police detected a strong odor of marijuana in a car at 7:39 p.m. Oct. 10 after a traffic stop, initiated when a man turned right from the center lane of Ford Avenue onto northbound Fort Street, cutting off a rental moving truck in the right lane.

The driver, a 22-year-old St. Clair Shores man, who could not produce a car registration nor proof of insurance, admitted he and his two passengers, a 22-year-old Chesterfield Township man and a 23-year-old Highland Park woman, had smoked marijuana earlier.

Police then searched the car and found three bags of suspected marijuana under the front passenger seat. The male passenger said the bags were his. The three were cited and released on scene.

Domestic assault triggered by debit card use

A 53-year-old Wyandotte man living in the 1100 block of Eureka went to The Rockery Bar, 1175 Eureka, at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 with facial bleeding and bruising to report a domestic assault after his live-in partner, a 52-year-old Wyandotte man, confronted him over use of his debit card.

The alleged abuser said he gave the other man his debit card four hours earlier to purchase food, cigarettes and alcohol. When he failed to return, he found him, then verbally and physically confronted the man at Brooklyns Bar and Grill, 1254 Eureka, before being forced to leave the building.

The altercation allegedly continued outside the bar, and at their nearby shared apartment. A bartender at Brooklyns who witnessed the assault identified the alleged abuser.

The 52-year old man was taken into custody for domestic violence, and his partner taken by paramedics to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for treatment.

Combative drunk ejected from ER

Police found a highly intoxicated 28-year-old Detroit man at 2:06 a.m. Oct. 8 stumbling near Biddle and Mulberry after he was was asked to leave Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, where earlier he had refused treatment and been combative with staff.

A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.349, more than four times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. He was cited for public intoxication, booked and held.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)