Police Blotter November 20


Clothing, keys stolen from LA Fitness

A duffle bag containing clothing, and house and vehicle keys was reported stolen at 9 p.m. Nov. 8 from an unsecured locker at LA Fitness, 3223 Fairlane Drive. The victim, who was able to get a spare vehicle key, found no evidence that the stolen key was used to access his vehicle.

Sedan in turn lane drives straight into Charger, flees

A woman driving a 2014 Dodge Charger was struck by a sedan that fled after attempting to go straight in a turn lane at 9:34 p.m. Nov. 10 on the northbound Southfield Service Drive at Outer Drive. The victim said the driver backed up and drove away before police arrived. She was unable to get a license plate number or a good description.

Unlicensed driver runs stop sign, arrested for marijuana

A 24-year-old Riverview man in a 2002 Chevy Cavalier was stopped at 1:52 p.m. Nov. 12 after running a stop sign, and ended up in custody for possession of marijuana and driving without a license and insurance. His vehicle was impounded.

Tires stolen overnight; car left on blocks

A woman discovered the tires of her 2009 Ford stolen, and the vehicle on blocks in her driveway at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in the 9900 block of Manor. The tires were valued at $1,000. The victim said she did not see or hear anything unusual during the night.


Nothing missing following home invasion

Police were called to a house in the 25900 block of Currier Nov. 5 on a report of an attempted break-in.

Just after 11 a.m., the homeowner arrived at the house to show potential rental clients around when he observed damage to the lockbox. The box was broken and the back window of the house was broken.

Nothing was missing from inside the house, the owner said.

There is no suspect information.

Personal items, headset stolen from unlocked vehicle

A woman’s personal items and a bluetooth headset were taken from inside an unlocked vehicle overnight.

The vehicle was parked at a house in the 8400 block of Dale Nov. 13 and when the victim returned the following morning, she noticed the items missing. Items taken from her purse included a driver’s license, Social Security card, debit card and bluetooth headset.

There was no evidence at the scene or suspect information.


They sold me fake smokes

Police were called to BP gas station, 2308 Fort St., about 7 p.m. Nov. 10 when a 39-year-old woman bought a pack of Newport cigarettes and said they were fake. She told police she heard of fake cigarettes being sold in the area.

Police talked to the store owner on the phone and he assured them the cigarettes were not fake. He said R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. made changes to the Newport box, and the product was not fake. The woman was given a new box of Newports.

You’ll shoot your eye out, or car windows

Owners of two vehicles who live in the 1400 block of College Avenue reported their car windows were damaged. A 24-year-old man went into the police department Nov. 12, to report the rear window of his 2001 Ford Crown Victoria was shot out while parked in the front of his house. The victim didn’t have an idea of who shot out the window.

The next day, about 8 a.m. Nov. 13, also on the 1400 block of College Avenue, a 61-year-old man who owned a 2004 Ford Freestar discovered his driver side passenger window broken. Police determined a BB gun was used to break the window.


Car sold through social media was stolen, with forged title

A Melvindale man who purchased a car through social media Nov. 4 discovered on Nov. 14 the car was stolen when he attempted to get the title transferred to his name. The sale occurred in Detroit, so the victim filed police reports with the Detroit and Melvindale police. The victim gave police photos from the seller’s Facebook page, and the vehicle was towed to the impound lot.

Trip to job fair ends with stolen car impounded

Two men on their way to a job interview Nov. 11 with a third man, the driver, discovered during a police stop that his recently acquired vehicle was stolen.

When a police officer noticed the driver of the 2007 Chevy Impala turn suddenly from east to westbound Outer Drive, near Dix, he ran the license plate and discovered the vehicle was reported as stolen out of Lincoln Park. He then called for backup and initiated a traffic stop.

The driver and two passengers were ordered from the car, handcuffed and separated. The driver, an 18-year-old River Rouge man, was taken into custody and the vehicle impounded. The two passengers, who had clean records, were released at the scene.


Um, that was my seat

Police were called to the 13000 block of Longtin on Nov. 8, when a woman reported that someone sliced her lawn chairs during the night. The seat straps were cut with a knife. The chairs were facing the front porch.

I want my iPad back

A woman called police after she loaned her friend her iPad and he said it was stolen while he was shopping. Police were called to Meijer, 16300 Fort St. around 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 when a woman reported the incident.

She said she loaned her $800 iPad to a friend. He said he went to Meijer and had the tablet in the front of his cart with groceries. He said he asked a store employee if he could step outside before paying for his groceries so he could smoke a cigarette. The woman’s friend said when he returned, the tablet was missing. The woman told police that store employees encouraged her to contact authorities.


Woman taken in bail scam

A woman spent $6,000 at Best Buy, 23000 Eureka Road, Nov. 3 after being notified by phone that her grandson was jailed and the gift cards were required for bail. Police were sent to the woman’s apartment to take the report.

After buying three $2,000 cards, the woman called the mother of her grandson, who notified her the man was not in jail and she was just scammed.


Fire got more use out of it

Three days after buying a car, without even having the title transferred yet, flames destroyed the vehicle around 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at West and Grange roads. Police were called to the area when numerous people reported a car on fire. The owner, 36, told police she bought the Kia Sedona three days earlier. While driving it, she pulled over, seeing that it was on fire. Firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze.

How am I going to watch football?

A 28-year-old man told police that his brother stole his 42-inch television from his house in the 3800 block of Trumbull Nov. 9, and he found it was later pawned in Lincoln Park.

The man said he was out of the house that he shares with his brother and mother. When he returned several hours later, his brother reportedly had stolen numerous item from him and his mother, including money from their cars. The man said his brother is a heroin addict. The victim later called a pawn shop and found his brother had pawned the television for $80 on the $450 television. The pawn shop said they would sell the television back for $80. The victim said he wants to prosecute his brother.

I can’t even do this test sober

While investigating a suspected drunken driver, a police officer asked a 27-year-old woman to stand on one leg during a field sobriety test. She reportedly told the officer she couldn’t even do the test sober.

While parked in a restaurant parking lot in the 2600 block of Fort Street and monitoring traffic, an officer saw a vehicle driving south on Fort Street near Belmont with a flat tire. The officer got behind the vehicle, a Jeep Compass, and followed it south on Fort Street almost to Van Horn Road where the officer initiated a traffic stop.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer reported the front passenger tire was shredded and the rear passenger tire had a large bulge in the sidewall allegedly from striking a curb.

The 27-year-old driver identified herself, as did the 23-year-old male passenger, to the officer. The officer reported smelling intoxicants and asked the driver to do field sobriety tests, which she reportedly failed. The woman allegedly had a .223 blood alcohol level — almost three times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan — and was arrested.


Swastika drawn on door

Residents in the 700 block of Cherry Street reported at 10:06 p.m. Nov. 13 that an unknown person had drawn a swastika and the word “scum” in soap on the window of their storm door. The couple said they had lived in the neighborhood for seven years and have had no prior issues.

Rented drum sander stolen from van

A man in the 3600 block of 15th Street reported at 9:58 a.m. Nov. 11 that a $2,500 drum sander he rented from Home Depot was stolen from his 2000 Ford van. Despite the van having expired plates and no insurance, the man hoped to file a complaint on his homeowners insurance.

Burglar fails to break in while woman takes children to school

A woman in the 600 block of Lincoln Street reported at 8:25 a.m. Nov. 11 that someone unsuccessfully tried to break into her house while she was driving her children to school. She said a kitchen window screen and a doorwall screen on her deck were removed, but the locked window and doorwall held. There were no fingerprints or other evidence left at the scene.

Pickup gets unwelcome striping

A teen boy in the 500 block of Plum Street reported at 12:27 p.m. Nov. 12 that a 2015 black Ford F-150 parked in the driveway was spray-painted with a blue line down the passenger side of the vehicle. He said he suspected a person he had encountered the day before who had failed to yield the right of way to him on a side street near McKinley School, to whom he had spoken with when both vehicles briefly stopped at the time, leading to an angry reaction from the other driver.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm, Teresa Nims and Sue Suchyta.)