Police Blotter for December 25


Once was not enough

A 50-year-old Detroit woman was arrested for shoplifting at 1:57 p.m. Dec. 7 at T.J. Maxx, 3320 Fairline Drive, when loss prevention personnel became suspicious after she re-entered the store, carrying a large purse, shortly after exiting.

As personnel watched on surveillance video, she entered the men’s department and selected a $50 fragrance set, $13 belt, and $13 and $25 wallets. She then went to the boys’ department and concealed the items in her purse. She then selected a $13 blanket in the home department, removed its packaging material and added it to her purse.

The woman then exited the store without paying for the items, and was detained by loss prevention personnel. When police officers arrived, they found items allegedly shoplifted during her first trip into the store in her vehicle with price tags still attached. The first set of stolen items included a $60 cologne set, $20 Godiva chocolates, $25 slippers, a $13 Star Wars book and two blank journals, valued at $16 each.

Her minivan was towed and impounded, and she was taken into custody for retail fraud and released on bond.

Owner puzzled why old minivan was stolen

A woman in the 9900 block of Quandt reported at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 9 the theft of her light blue 2006 Dodge Caravan from the driveway of her house. The perplexed owner said the vehicle was in poor condition, with duct tape on the rear bumper and paint damage on the driver’s side.

At 3:30 p.m. the same day, a neighbor reported finding two of the bench seats, holiday decorations and some paperwork belonging to the woman in her yard.

The vehicle owner said none of the keys were missing. There are no suspects.

Drunken hit-and-run suspect curses victim before leaving

A woman who ran a red light and smelled of intoxicants yelled and cursed at the man whose vehicle she hit at 7:29 p.m. Dec. 9 before fleeing the scene at Southfield Road and Pinecrest.

The woman was described as black, 40 to 50 years old, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, 170 to 200 pounds, with short black hair and wearing glasses.

While the woman was out of her car yelling at the man whose car she hit, a young man, believed to be her son, got out of her car, attempted to calm her down, and apologized to the victim. After 3 to 5 minutes, the woman reportedly calmed down enough to leave the scene. Witnesses photographed her license plate before she drove away.


Police find intoxicated woman sleeping in van

Officers were dispatched to Wilson and Denwood Dec. 17 on a report of a suspicious gray van, possibly occupied.

Once on the scene, police noticed the van parked at the intersection with the ignition running, headlights on and a woman sleeping inside. Officers made several attempts to wake up the woman, including knocking on the driver’s side window, and shining a flashlight at her face. Next, police opened the unlocked door and then called to the driver, tapped her on the shoulder and shined a flashlight in her face before she woke up.

When asked what she was doing the woman told police she was eating McDonald’s and also said she was OK when asked. She also claimed she had just dropped off a friend but could not provide a location for the house.

The woman had trouble locating her driver’s license after looking in her purse for four minutes and said “I think McDonald’s kept my license. You know they do that sometimes.”

Police then asked her if she drank any alcoholic beverages or took any drugs and she said no. When officers spoke with the woman they could smell the order of intoxicants, but not overwhelmingly.

Field sobriety tests were conducted in the woman’s vehicle due to the inclement weather and heavy snow. Her driver’s blood-alcohol level was 0.12 at the time of arrest and .09 at the Dearborn police station about 2:30 a.m. The legal limit in Michigan is .08.

She was arrested for operating while intoxicated and placed under a $200 bond.

Woman stopped for inactive break light, arrested for warrant

While on patrol in the area of Michigan Avenue and Oakman Boulevard Dec. 18 police observed a vehicle driving with an inactive break light.

A traffic stop was conducted on Michigan Avenue and Monroe where the driver identified herself to officers. The women’s background check revealed that she had a probation violation warrant out of Wayne County Circuit Court with no bond. Her 2003 silver Ford Focus was impounded and she was arrested by police.

Wayne County responded to the Dearborn police station and took custody of the woman for the warrant.


Police respond to home alarm for attempted break-in

Police responded to a house in the 20700 block of Crestmont Lane just after 7 p.m. Dec. 3 for a security alarm.

Once on the scene, officers observed damage to two basement windows on the east side of the house. One was kicked in and the other had been pulled down in an attempt to enter.

A search of the inside revealed that no one entered the house and nothing was missing.

There is no suspect information.

Victim finds radio-navigation system missing from vehicle

Police were called to an apartment in the 6900 block of Town Lane about 5 p.m. Dec. 13 after a radio-navigation system was taken from a Chevrolet Trailblazer.

The call was made after a resident noticed the black vehicle in the parking lot had a broken window and open door. According to the report, the right rear passenger window was broken allowing access into the truck.

Officers observed that the Kenwood radio-navigation system was stolen. The victim said he parked the truck in the lot at 11 p.m. Dec. 12.

There is no suspect information.


I like your SUV better

While a 28-year-old man was warming up his girlfriend’s 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, someone stole it, and left a 2002 Ford Escape in its place. The theft occurred in 1200 block of Electric Avenue about 6:30 a.m. Dec. 17.

The man left the key in the ignition and was watching the vehicle from an inside window. The man told police that while he was watching, the Escape arrived, and then he saw a skinny black male with a dark hoodie walking from the area of that vehicle and near the warming vehicle. He said nothing was suspicious until he saw the SUV drive away.

Investigators gathered information from the scene and found the Escape was registered to a River Rouge resident. River Rouge police were called and they attempted to contact the registered owner, but were not able to.

A short time later, a 16-year-old man matching the suspect description went to the victim’s house asking for his Ford Escape back. The teen told the victim he didn’t take the Equinox, but was with the person who did. The teen told the victim he would show him where the Equinox was parked.

Police were in the area and saw the teen and the victim walking north on Electric Avenue, with a 4-year-old — the suspect’s girlfriend’s son. The victim told police that the teen with him was the one who stole the vehicle.

The teen was sent to Wayne County Juvenile Detention and the 4-year-old was turned over to his mother.

Get in the zone

Someone tried to break into AutoZone, 1555 Fort St., about 5 a.m. Dec. 18, setting off the store alarm. When police arrived, they found a large front window spiderwebbed. When the keyholder arrived, he told officers they didn’t have to stay because the window was not completely broken out and would be fine until the store opened.

Police asked the key holder to turn over any surveillance video to the detective bureau.


Breakup and suicide threat trigger traffic stop

A resident called police at 8:06 a.m. Nov. 20 when, after ending a relationship, the other person threatened to commit suicide by crashing their car on I-94.

Police quickly located the vehicle, a tan Saturn, stopped the driver, and checking for weapons. The driver said they were not going to harm themselves, but were upset when the relationship ended.

Good fences – and polite parking – make for good neighbors

Police were called to the 18500 block of Hanna at 9:11 p.m. Nov. 17 to mediate a dispute between neighbors arising over parking expectations and suspected reports of ordinance violations.

One neighbor said the upset neighbor swears and yells at her, and suspects him of reporting her for ordinance violations stemming from the condition of her backyard.

The other neighbor neighbor said he did not want the other neighbor parking in front of his house, and he hadn’t reported the woman for ordinance violations. He said he also fixed the neighbor’s fence and snowblower at no charge.

Officers reminded both parties that street parking is open to anyone.


Cellphone stolen from church

A Southgate man reported the theft of his cell phone at 9:40 p.m. Dec. 10 from his jacket pocket when he was playing basketball at Metro City Church, 17760 Fort St. He said the silver Apple iPhone 6 was stolen between 8:45 and 9:15 p.m.

The phone finder application indicated the cellphone was in Lincoln Park. Riverview police advised him to narrow down the phone location, then report the theft to the police in that jurisdiction to attempt a recovery.

Surveillance video from the church may have recorded the phone being taken.

Wrong car keyed

A woman reported at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 that her gray 2008 Nissan was scratched on the driver’s side fender and door at her workplace, and suspects that one of two coworkers arguing earlier mistook her car for the other arguing employee’s vehicle. She said she would ask her supervisor for possible surveillance video.

Restaurant employee’s car ransacked

A woman working the night shift at Zorba’s Coney Island, 18237 Fort St., said her Android cell phone, Android tablet, four credit cards and $20 were stolen from her unlocked car between 11:15 p.m. Dec. 8 and 1 a.m. Dec. 9 near the rear of the restaurant. The woman said surveillance video may have captured footage of the theft.

The woman had not installed tracking software, and her account had been deleted, rendering it untrackable. She was advised to cancel her credit cards immediately.

Wallet left at convenience store disappears

A man reported a missing wallet at 10:14 p.m. Dec. 8 from Circle K, 12705 Pennsylvania Road, where he had left it on the counter about 9:45 p.m. When he noticed it missing and returned 10 minutes later, the wallet was gone. The clerk said a day manager would have to retrieve the surveillance footage. The man said he canceled his debit card, and did not have any cash in the wallet.


Woman carjacked at gunpoint

A woman was carjacked at gunpoint while leaving Toys R Us, 14333 Eureka Road about 6 p.m. Dec. 18.

The woman said she had just put a large box in her car when a man approached her demanding her keys. When she refused, the man pointed a gun at her. The man then took the keys and fled in the woman’s 2009 Ford Escape.

The victim described the man as white and short.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the police at 734-258-3060.


Dangling plate leads to warrant arrest

A traffic stop on West Jefferson at Grosse Ile Parkway resulted in the warrant arrest of a 36-year-old Lincoln Park woman Dec. 9.

Police reported seeing a 2004 silver Ford Taurus northbound on Jefferson at Van Horn Road with a temporary tag hanging on the back window and unreadable to police. The car was also lacking a bumper and had a broken tail light. Police stopped the driver who said her license was suspended and had a warrant in Lincoln Park.

The 32-year-old passenger had a warrant from Dearborn for a parking ticket, but they asked that she be released.


Parting note

A woman in a second floor apartment in the 2700 block of 6th Street reported at 3:43 p.m. Dec. 9 that someone had written “F— YOU” on her apartment door near the knob. She said she suspects the third floor tenants, who are being evicted, but lacked proof of their culpability. The third floor tenants were not available for comment.

Unkindest cut

Police were called to the 3500 block of 23rd Street at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 when a resident discovered a string of Christmas lights, valued at $17, that appeared to have been deliberately cut. There were no suspects.

Theft leaves woman cold

A 72-year-old woman living at Bishop Co-op Apartments, 2651 Biddle, reported at 3:43 p.m. Dec. 9 that her winter clothes were stolen from a locked storage unit shared by residents of her floor. She suspects a relative of a resident facing eviction, but has no proof. No other tenants were missing items from the storage area. There are no surveillance cameras in the area.

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