Police Blotter December 11

‘Rat Rod’ trailer and truck stolen

A 2003 Ford F-250 crew cab pickup truck and a 2005 black Pace American trailer with a “Rat Rod” sticker were reported stolen at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 20 from the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement, 23111 Outer Drive in Allen Park.

The owner said he had parked and locked the vehicle 40 minutes earlier. He said the trailer contained portable tables, a cart, and some shelving. There was no broken car window glass in the area. Surveillance video will be requested from the store.

A second coat

Dunham’s Sports, 23150 W. Outer Drive, reported at 12:41 p.m. Nov. 21 that a man left the store with two coats of unknown brand and value.

The man drove away in an older gold Chevy Malibu with a front seat passenger. Surveillance video showed the man, but was of poor quality. Store security personnel provided a license plate number, thought to be an Ohio plate, but the number was not on file.

The thief was described as a heavy set white male with dark hair.

PlayStation 4 dual shock controllers stolen

A 25-year-old Port Huron man wanted in connection with prior retail fraud stole six PlayStation 4 Dualshock controllers, valued at $65 each, at 6:18 p.m. Nov. 22 from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive.

Loss prevention officers said he fled in a black Ford Taurus, and was a suspect in other retail frauds, including one three hours earlier at the Meijer in Southgate. Loss prevention personnel said the suspect also failed to appear in court earlier today for another retail fraud.


Police arrest man for drunken driving

Police responded to the area of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Nov. 26 following a crash involving a suspected drunken driver.

At the scene, officers observed a damaged 2008 Dodge Ram at the intersection and its driver. The man said he was leaving Bar Louie, 22269 Michigan Ave., and on his way home to Trenton at the time of the crash.

When speaking with the man, police officers smelled of alcohol.

Following investigation and field sobriety tests the man was arrested for operating while intoxicated with a $300 bond.

Driver cited, arrested for reckless driving

While on patrol in the area of Warren Avenue and Greenfield Road Nov. 28, police saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

The Dodge Charger made a turn onto Warren while accelerating causing the wheels to squeal. After the turn, the driver continued east on Warren at an estimated 65 mph in a 35 mph.

A traffic stop was conducted at Warren and Mead. When asked for his driver’s license and vehicle insurance, the driver said he didn’t have either.

The driver was cited and arrested for reckless driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.


Vehicle containing $6,000 stolen from driveway

Police were called to a house in the 4100 block of Tulane Nov. 18 after a vehicle and $6,000 were taken.

The victim said that he left his Ford F-150 running in the driveway about 7 p.m. to go back inside his house. When he returned, the truck was missing. The man had $6,000 stored inside the vehicle’s glovebox at the time of the incident.

He attempted to locate the truck by driving around the area, but was unsuccessful.

There is no suspect information or evidence.

Package containing laptop, mouse taken from porch

A package containing a laptop and mouse was stolen from a woman’s front porch in the 26200 block of Powers after it was delivered Nov. 23.

The woman said the package was delivered just before 2 p.m., according to postal mail tracking. She arrived home about 3:30 p.m. and noticed the Dell laptop and mouse missing, then called police.

There is no suspect information.


Hunting down TV, old microwave

It took three days, but a 48-year-old resident found his stolen 32-inch television and decade-old microwave.

The man called the police Dec. 2, when he returned home from work to find the items stolen from his house in the 100 block of Mayflower. The victim said the items were stolen between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. that day. The 48-year-old resident said he returned after work to find someone took the items from his house after his roommate apparently left the door unlocked.

The victim called police on Dec. 5 saying he found his television at an area pawn shop and saw his microwave in a vehicle in Wyandotte. The victim filed a police report with Wyandotte police.

The music died

A 28-year-old Allen Park resident reported that he had his 2000 Crown Victoria towed from the city to his house and when it arrived, he found the passenger side window broken out and the radio stolen. He gave officers the serial number of the $300 radio. Investigators are seeing if the radio matches one of the stereos confiscated in a bust in Wyandotte, where two people were arrested in possession of several car radios.


A few bricks short of a load

A resident of the 18500 block of Hanna reported at 1:33 p.m. Dec. 3 that red landscaping bricks from his backyard, and black landscaping bricks from his front yard, gradually have been taken over the past few weeks. He said the bricks border the flower beds, and when he first moved in several months ago, the prior resident had come to the property to remove bricks without his consent. The bricks are 8-by-11-by-4-inches.

DNA sample left at break-in

A burglar left behind blood on a window sill during a break-in reported at 4:02 p.m. Dec. 4 at Dennis Heating and Cooling, 17501 Francis. A neighbor reported seeing the damaged window and debris next to it on the ground. A detective collected DNA evidence from blood found on the window used to gain entry.

The owner of the building, who was out of town, had a friend board up the window until he could return and check the building for missing items.

Repeat drunken driver suspected of causing 3-car crash

A 3-car crash at Outer Drive and Allen Road at 8:37 p.m. Dec. 4 may have been caused by a drunken driver whose fourth offense may be treated as a felony.

The 38-year-old Inkster man was traveling west on Outer Drive in his mother’s red Volkswagen when he ran a red light, striking an Indiana man in a black Honda, who had the green light, and was traveling north on Allen Road through the intersection.

When the Inkster man struck the Indiana man, the Inkster man’s vehicle spun from the impact, and hit a third vehicle, a gray Ford, with a woman inside.

The woman in the Ford said her knees were in pain. The Indiana man said his abdomen and back hurt. He submitted to a preliminary breath test, an had a blood alcohol content of 0.0. Both were transported to the hospital.

The Inkster man, who declined medical treatment, refused a PBT. An officer on scene reported smelling alcohol on him. He was found to be driving with a suspended license, and taken into custody.

At the police station, he was read his chemical rights, and agreed to take a PBT, which was administered. The man had a blood alcohol content of .11 and .10. The legal limit in Michigan is .08.

The Inkster man was charged with operating while his license was suspended and operating while impaired.


Identity theft drains bank account

Identity thieves drained a Riverview woman’s bank account by making charges at a Taylor Walmart at 3 p.m. Nov. 27, where the woman said she had never shopped. She said she had about $147 in her account, which a cyber thief stole. She notified her bank of the fraudulent activity, and it deactivated her card, and gave her a new account with a fund reimbursement.

Gun stolen from unlocked car

A woman who moved her son’s car to mow the grass and left the car unlocked didn’t know he had a gun in his glovebox, which was stolen between 4:30 p.m. and midnight Dec. 3 while the man was at work and the vehicle was unlocked near her house in the 14000 block of Greentrees. The gun was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.

Red slippers, green money stolen from hospitalized senior

A woman who moved into American House Senior Living, 20300 Fort St., on Nov. 22 reported at 8:37 a.m. Dec. 2 that $300 was stolen from a purse in her apartment while she was hospitalized between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30. She said the purse was on a shelf in her bedroom closet. The woman said a pair of red slippers were also missing. There were no suspects.


Hello? Who has my phone?

A man reportedly lost his cell phone in the area of Brest Road and Pine Avenue Nov. 29 and filed a police report. The man said he noticed after leaving the area that his phone was gone. He retraced his steps and was unable to locate it. He called the carrier and they traced the phone to Coppertree Apartments, but were unable to give a specific address. Unable to locate the phone, the man had a lock placed on it.

Charger abuse

A woman reported to police that while she was inside Southland Mall, 23000 Eureka Road, Dec. 4, someone keyed her 2015 Dodge Charger. Police said there was a long scratch from the driver’s side door to the headlight.


Drunk man tries to walk away from crash

A man who walked away from a crash at Oak and Fifth streets at 3:55 a.m. Dec. 1 tried to tell police officers that he paid an unknown person $50 to drive him home after he had eight beers, but his having the ignition keys to the vehicle that allegedly caused the caused, and a witness description of him, provided probable cause for his arrest.

The man’s eyes were bloodshot, he smelled of intoxicants, and he failed multiple field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21, more than two-and-a-half times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. He was arrested for operating while impaired, and his vehicle was impounded.

Careless driver can’t flee police

A man who was swerving and crossing the lane divider on eastbound Oak Street near 4th Street, and who drove between a group of pedestrians about 9 p.m. Dec. 4 was subject to a traffic stop. When the officer heard a group of men arguing nearby, outside Whiskeys on the Water, 2903 Biddle, which he thought might escalate into a physical fight, he told the man to stay where he was, and that he would return.

The crowd near the bar dispersed when they saw a patrol car approach, which allowed the officer to return to the traffic stop. The man, however, had left the scene.

The officer then went to the man’s house about 10 p.m. and spoke to his wife, who said he would not be home until 1 a.m. When the officers returned, the couple scrambled to turn off the lights and hide.

The officers left a citation on the driver’s side window of the man’s car for resisting and obstructing police, careless driving, and improper lane usage.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm, Tereasa Nims and Sue Suchyta.)