Police Blotter for December 18th


Rotors, radiators and hot rod frame stolen

A thief intent on scrap metal circumvented an alarm system and stole the frame of a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle, a 28-foot silver storage trailer, two boat seats, 15 to 20 scrapped radiators and an unknown number of vehicle rotors between 5:13 a.m. and 5:59 a.m. Dec. 6 from Tower’s Service, 11021 Old Goddard Road.

Surveillance video captured the image of a white male wearing a hooded jacket, a baseball cap and light-colored pants, driving a Ford E350 van with rust on the right wheel well. The footage did not capture the license plate number.

Teen grinches destroy holiday decorations

Two Taylor boys, ages 17 and 18, were arrested, booked and released on bond to their parents at 10:02 p.m. Dec. 6 following a holiday home decoration destruction spree captured on a surveillance system.

The two boys admitted to “messing around” with six to 10 houses. A homeowner in the 9200 block of Laurence captured video of the two puncturing a $250 inflatable snow globe, and a 9-foot inflatable Santa figure.

A resident in the 9800 block of Hubert reported at 10:54 a.m. Dec. 7 damage to an inflatable octopus, Spider-man and Star Wars decorations valued at $205.

A resident in the 9600 block of Ruth reported at 8:39 a.m. damage to a $50 inflatable snowman, and two laser light displays valued at $40 each.

Apple iPhone 7 stolen from gym bag

A man reported his Apple iPhone 7 was stolen out of his gym bag near the court where he was playing basketball between 8 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at LA Fitness, 3223 Fairlane Drive. His iPhone locator had not yet been set up, so the phone could not be tracked. The victim believes there is surveillance video that could help identify the thief.

Hit-and-run driver caught after witness writes down plate number

A 30-year-old Lincoln Park man was cited for leaving the scene of a crash and driving too fast for road conditions after he hit a 2015 Ford Transit van at 7:26 p.m. Dec. 8 in the 9200 block of Manor.

A witness driving behind him wrote down the license plate number of the 2002 blue Ford Explorer. Based on the plate information, officers went to the address of record, found the damaged vehicle and the driver, who admitted that once he determined no one was in the vehicle he hit, he panicked and left the scene.


Police arrest man for reckless driving

While on patrol in the area of Greenfield Road and Warren Avenue Dearborn Dec. 9, police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

When the 2016 white Dodge Charger made a turn from Warren onto Greenfield the driver accelerated rapidly and spun the rear tires. Next, the vehicle turned into a private business parking lot and drove through the alley behind the business. According to the report, the vehicle was traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Police conducted a traffic stop on Yinger south of Arthur for the speeding.

The driver told officers he was having difficulty handling the vehicle because the vehicle had a 6.4-liter engine.

A background check of the driver revealed a suspended driver’s license and three prior suspensions.

Police arrested the driver for reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. He was placed under a $200 bond.

Fairlane security catch man stealing vacuum

Police responded to Sears at Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Ave., Dec. 9 on a report of a man who left the store without paying for a vacuum cleaner.

When officers arrived at the store they met with mall security who said the man was in custody in the Sears loss prevention office. The loss prevention officer said he watched the man select the grey Dyson vacuum valued at $500 from the home appliance section. He then exited through the tools section doors passing all points of sale without making an attempt to pay for the vacuum.

When the loss prevention officer approached the man outside the exit doors, he dropped the vacuum, re-entered Sears and ran.

Fairlane security began chasing the man into the mall using the exit doors near Starter’s Bar & Grill then entered mall from the C’est La Vie receiving doors. He was caught by mall security and arrested by police for retail fraud then placed under a $400 bond.

Police said the man violated the terms of his parole and also had a retail fraud warrant out of Novi with no bond.


Tools, spray gun missing after overnight home invasion

A man called police to a house in the 4900 block of Kingston following a break-in overnight from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26.

He said he was working on the house under renovation and left his tools on Nov. 25 for the following day. When he returned the next morning, multiple tools and a paint spray gun were taken from the house.

Police observed pry marks on the back door.

There is no suspect information.

Homeowner finds garage door damaged

Police responded to a house in the 26300 block of Timber Trail Drive Dec. 3 after the homeowner reported damage to her garage.

When officers arrived, the homeowner told them she returned home just before 2:30. p.m. when she noticed the damaged garage entry door. Her garage is attached to the house which is possibly why the would-be intruder attempted to enter, according to the report.

A search of the house revealed nothing was missing. Security footage from the house was copied and sent to police for investigation.

There is no suspect information.


Door kicked in without trace of damage raises suspicion

A resident of the 19500 block of Henry went to the police station at 8:25 a.m. Dec. 13 to file a burglary report. The man said someone kicked in the side door of his house between 9:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 12 and stole a 55-inch LG Flatscreen TV, X-Box 360 and PlayStation 3, collectively valued at $1,600.

When police said they wanted to look at the damaged door, the man said he had to get to work. When they said they would look at the door while he was gone, he said his father had already fixed the door, but when questioned, changed his description of the door damage several times.

An officer then went to the house and saw no damage consistent with a door being kicked in, and no footprint on the door.

Officers rescue man from kitchen fire

Police officers rescued a 60-year-old man found lying on his kitchen floor next to a small fire in his smoke-filled apartment at 9:42 p.m. Dec. 10 at Coogan Terrace, 3501 Oakwood.

When officers entered the apartment, where the smoke alarm was activated, they used a dish from the sink to douse the nearby fire with water, then carried the man from the apartment.

The man was conscious and alert but confused. The apartment was searched, and no other hazards were found. The man was taken to Beaumont Hospital – Dearborn for evaluation.


Baby, is that seat taken?

A resident in an apartment complex in the 19000 block of Fort Street reported at 11:50 a.m. Nov. 17 that an infant car seat was missing from a storage area. He said he last saw the car seat, valued at $120, on Nov. 14. There were no suspects.

Plate purloined

A resident in an apartment complex in the 15000 block of Brookview reported at 8:50 p.m. Nov. 17 that a license plate was stolen from his 2000 Ford Mustang convertible. The plate was stolen between 9 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9 a.m. Nov. 17 in the apartment complex parking lot. The plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.

Officers escort resident and dogs from smoke-filled home

Police officers evacuated a house in the 17000 block of Valade at 1:28 p.m. Dec. 1 after finding a woman and her two dogs still inside following her call reporting smoke coming from her basement. Once she and her dogs were safely in her car, which was parked across the street, she told officers that she thought the smoke may have come from the laundry area where she was running loads.


Not so fun for grownups

A woman reportedly left her purse at the counter of Toys R Us, 14333 Eureka, Dec. 6 while picking up a large order. When the woman realized she left the store without her purse, she returned to find the purse, along with her identification, EBT card and iPhone, were gone.

Recycling bin missing

A resident called police Dec. 2 when he discovered his recycling bin missing. The bin was in front of the resident’s house in the 14000 block of Longtin. It was taken sometime before 2 p.m.


Happy ending

The owner of Happy’s Pizza, 22527 Ecorse, went to the police department Dec. 8 to report that a delivery driver delivered about $200 worth of food, returned to the restaurant and left with his personal items and the money. The owner said he wanted to prosecute and was given a report number. The following day, the owner called dispatch saying the suspect returned the money from his deliveries and the owner did not want to prosecute.


Snowball leaves a scratch

A 25-year-old man called police Dec. 11 to the 5800 block of Rolling Ridge when snowball fighters left a scratch on his 2016 Dodge Ram. The man told police he is a snowplow contractor for the Rolling Ridge subdivision homeowner’s association. He was plowing when a snowball struck the hood of his truck and then he saw three teen running.

A 15-year-old witness told police her boyfriend, 17, and her neighbor, 19, were having a snowball fight and one of the snowballs hit the back of the truck. She did not know who threw the snowball that hit the truck. The man said he probably would take care of the damage to the truck on his own.

Do this and the job is yours

A 31-year-old resident went to police Dec. 9 when she received a $2,500 check from a company she applied to for employment. The woman said she believes the check is bad. She was further advised by a bank representative that there is no business by the name on the check with an account at the bank.

The sender instructed the woman to cash the check, keep half for her salary and use the remaining money to purchase a list of items. The woman turned the check, envelope and text messages between her and would-be employer over to authorities.


Man arrested for bar restroom assault

Police responded to Whiskeys on the Water, 2903 Biddle, at 12:55 a.m. Dec. 11 for a reported fight. A 21-year-old Huron Township man was assaulted in the men’s restroom by a 24-year-old Brownstown Township man, who also damaged the restroom door before leaving the scene in a red pickup truck.

While some officers took statements from witnesses at the bar, other officers sought the truck, which was spotted and stopped at Vinewood and Fifth. The driver of the vehicle, who did not witness the assault, just his friend’s ejection from the bar, was released at the scene, while the suspect, who appeared highly intoxicated, was taken into custody. The man became agitated and combative with officers, and resisted the booking process.

A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19, almost two-and-a-half times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.

He was charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and resisting and obstructing officers.

Bar-hopping thief caught

A 21-year-old Allen Park woman was seen on surveillance video at 1:11 a.m. Dec. 10 stealing money from a waitress at Captain’s Bar, 126 Oak St. The woman then went to nearby Whiskeys on the Water, 2903 Biddle, where she was recognized and detained by staff until the victim’s money was returned and officers took the woman into custody.

The woman, who was highly intoxicated, was on probation in the 53rd District Court in Howell, and violated conditions of her probation by consuming alcohol and being in a bar.

She was booked on a larceny charge. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.183, more than two times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.

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