Police Blotter for January 22


Marijuana running

A 51-year-old resident was cited for improper transport of marijuana about 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 4.

Police saw the man in front of a store in the 9600 block of Andrews. The vehicle was running with the lights on, blocking the driveway. It appeared the driver was sleeping. The officer initiated a suspicious vehicle stop. When the officer contacted the driver, he was sleeping in the driver’s seat. The officer reported smelling marijuana and saw suspected marijuana in a cup in the center console. There were also five containers containing 11 grams of marijuana and two with approximately one gram of wax marijuana.

The driver said he had a medical marijuana card. The officer said the product was being transported illegally and confiscated the pot that was within the driver’s immediate reach. Police cited the man and he was released from the scene without incident. The suspected marijuana tested positive for marijuana.

Trouble with Nooks

Police arrested three Detroit residents Dec. 27 after two of them reportedly stole two Samsung Nooks from Barnes & Noble, 3120 Fairlane Drive, and a third drove the getaway car.

A man and woman, both 58, went into the store about 1:30 p.m. and selected the items. They attempted to pay for the items, but the credit card they used was declined twice. The pair then fled with the items.

Police located the burgundy SUV they fled in as it exited onto westbound Outer Drive from Fairlane Drive. While attempting to stop the vehicle, a passenger jumped out of the moving vehicle and fled on foot, dropping the stolen items. Police chased that suspect while other officers pursued the two still in the vehicle. The foot chase ended when they found the suspect in a pine tree.


Suspect arrested for retail fraud

Police responded to Sears at Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Ave., Jan. 10 on a report of a man in custody for stealing $773 in clothing.

Once at the scene, a Loss Prevention Officer told police that he and another LPO watched the man remove several U.S. Polo Assn. sweatpants from the shelf and place them into a plastic bag. They also watched the man wondering around the exit doors to the mall, passing all points of purchase without paying for the merchandise.

He was confronted by the LPO and placed in the LPO office after he was apprehended. Police were able to identify the man with a background check and arrested him for first degree retail fraud.

The merchandise was returned to the store and a copy of the security footage was given to police as evidence.

Man lies about identity to police

A man was arrested for misrepresentation after he gave police a false name a birthday during an animal compliant Jan. 15.

Police arrived at a house in the 6510 block of South Manor regarding an animal complaint when they knocked on the door and were welcomed inside by the man’s girlfriend. When contact with the man was made, he provided officers a different name and birthday. A background check of the man’s real name was done after he correctly identified himself revealing warrants on his record.

The man had a felony warrant for check fraud with no bond and a misdemeanor warrant for driving with a suspended license with a $450 bond both in 70th District Court in Saginaw.

He was arrested for misrepresentation and placed under a $500 bond.


Vehicle stolen from driveway, found in Southfield

Police were called to a house in the 6900 block of Inkster Road Jan. 7 after a 2005 Toyota Corolla was taken from the driveway.

The victim said he left the vehicle running in the driveway about 6 p.m. when he went into his house for a few minutes. When he returned, he found that the vehicle was missing. There was no suspect information.

The following day just after 8:30 p.m., the vehicle was found near the intersection of I-696 and Evergreen Road in Southfield and was returned to its owner.

Microsoft laptop taken from parked vehicle

A man reported his laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot of Del Taco, 5644 Telegraph Road Jan. 9.

The man parked his vehicle at noon, entered the restaurant and when he returned 30 minutes later he noticed the laptop was missing. He also saw that the glove box was open and other items inside were rearranged by the thief. The man said he was not sure if he had locked the vehicle.

No other items were taken. There is no suspect information.


Dude, where’s my van?

When a 54-year-old resident went to get in his 1999 Ford van that he parked in front of his house on the 1500 block of Lafayette Boulevard Jan. 15, it was gone. The victim said he last saw his van about 5:30 a.m. and went to go somewhere at 4 p.m. and it was nowhere to be found. The man said he has both sets of keys to the vehicle and gave no one permission to use it.

The victim told police the van contained between $7,000 and $8,000 in construction tools. Several of the tools were labeled with the name “Amore.” Police advised the man check area pawn shops for the tools.

Would have preferred an apple

After a day of teaching at Lincoln Park Middle School, 2800 Lafayette Blvd., Jan 13, a 38-year-old teacher returned to his car parked in the school parking lot to find someone took the catalytic converter from his 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The teacher said his car was parked in the middle of the parking lot at the school from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that day.


Concert ends on sour note

The Riverview police station received a walk-in report of a larceny about 7 p.m. Jan. 10. The alleged theft occurred on Dec. 20, during a band concert at Seitz Middle School, 17800 Kennebec. A Gemeinhardt flute, valued at $495, was stolen.

There are no suspects or witnesses.

Usually it’s coffee

An ATM repair technician reported the loss of a brown portfolio from atop her vehicle after driving away with it on the roof.

The woman told police on Jan. 15 that two days before, she set her portfolio on top of her vehicle while she repaired the ATM at Downriver Federal Credit Union, 18070 Fort St. She said she then unwittingly exited the parking lot with the portfolio still sitting on the roof then drove several miles north on Fort Street.

She said that two days later, she realized where she had left the portfolio and retraced her route along Fort Street, but was unable to spot her belonging. She’s concerned the personal information contained within the portfolio could lead to identity theft and accounts opened in her name.

She was advised to place a credit alert on her accounts and closely monitor any activity or spending within them.


Now thieves know where to go

Officers were dispatched to the 16500 block of Grace Court at 7:48 a.m. Jan. 17 regarding a stolen navigation system from a vehicle.

A woman said she had legally parked in front of her complex about 8 p.m. the previous evening. When exiting her vehicle, she said her navigation system was on the dashboard. She locked her vehicle’s doors, then entered her home. The woman alleged sometime between arriving home and the morning the navigation system was stolen from the vehicle.

Police observed no windows were broken on the vehicle and there was no evidence of pried locks, yet, the navigation system was missing from the center console. The woman suspects the thief used a keyless entry system to gain entry.

Police have no leads.

Fence isn’t rabbit-proof

A man reported to police Jan.12 that the wooden fence to his backyard in the 16300 block of Windermere Circle was knocked over.

He said that when he last had seen the fence, nothing was amiss; however, the next day, the fence was knocked over and the hinges and fence pole broken. Pictures of the damaged property were shown to police via cell phone.

Police have no suspects.


Brick trumps window

Police were called to the 16000 block of Beech Daly Road about 6:30 a.m. when a man found his 2010 Chrysler 300 damaged. He told police when he went to his car that morning, he found the windshield cracked and the rear window broken out. When he opened the car door, he said he found a brick lying in the back seat. The man told police he doesn’t know who did that to his car because he has “no beef” with anyone.


Not parting it out

A 52-year-old resident wasn’t having a great start to 2017 after someone reportedly stole items from his 2011 Jeep Patriot. The man told police Jan. 3, that while his SUV was parked in the 40th block of St. Joseph, in front of his apartment, someone took his tail light. Prior to that, he noticed his vehicle wasn’t driving well and he discovered a missing lug nut. The victim said his family owns the apartment complex and suspects those tampering with his Jeep are two people his family is trying to evict.

Dumpster diver

Police were called to the 2000 block of West Road about 1 p.m. Jan. 8 for a man in a trash bin. When police arrived, they found a 36-year-old Royal Oak man doing something in the backseat of a Ford Fusion. The officer approached the vehicle and said he smelled marijuana. The man said he had a little in a CD case. The officer found the case with a plastic baggie containing 7 grams of suspected marijuana. Police impounded the vehicle and cited the man for possession of marijuana and held him on a $250 bond, which he posted.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm, Angela Nims and Tereasa Nims.)