Man arrested for possession of marijuana, handgun

While on patrol in the area of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Jan. 21 police ran a license plate check for a vehicle revealing an expired registration.

The vehicle turned west on West Village Road when the driver failed to signal resulting in officers to activating their emergency lights. A traffic stop was conducted in front of Post Bar, 22065 Michigan Ave., where police saw the driver reach into rear seat that leads to the vehicle’s trunk.

When officers approached the driver and asked about him reaching into the rear seat he denied the claim and said he had no insurance for the vehicle. In the police report, officers cited the gesture toward the truck as a common action to conceal a contraband.

Police asked the driver if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he stated that there was a gun in the trunk and small bag of marijuana in the overhead sunglass holder.

A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun in the truck in front of a large stereo inaccessible by opening the trunk from the outside. The Roger 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun and a full 17-round magazine were confiscated and the vehicle was impounded. A check of the gun revealed that it was registered to him, but he did not have a concealed pistol license.

He was arrested and cited for possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. A bond was not set.

Teenager cited after disorderly conduct incident

Police responded to AMC Star Fairlane, 18900 Michigan Ave., Jan. 22 for assistance to deal with a large group of disorderly teenagers outside.

Once at the scene, officers saw 20 teenagers separated into two groups near the east doors of the theater. While conducting an assault investigation, a man exited the theater naked from the waist up, shouting and being disruptive. He was escorted by police to the group where officers had his friends sitting and was asked to calm down and to put his shirt and coat back on.

The man did as police told him, but then several minutes later he jumped to his feet and tore off his shirt and coat. He then began to charge at the other group of teenagers, pushing police officers while shouting obscenities and threatening to assault one of the teenagers.

Police arrested the man for disorderly conduct and transported him to the police station where his grandmother took custody.

Juvenile custody release forms were signed and they were told they will be contacted for a followup.


Break-in attempted at gas station

An unidentified person was seen on security video breaking into Citgo, 21728 Van Born Road, Jan. 6.

Police responded to a burglary alarm just before 5:30 a.m. and noticed pry marks on the front door. The door handle was bent inward toward the door following the attempted break-in.

Officers were able to collect evidence and obtain security footage from the gas station’s camera for further investigation.

TV, tools stolen from garage

Police were called to a house in the 800 block of Riverview about 11:45 a.m. Jan. 14 after the victim noticed multiple tools and a Sony TV were taken from his garage.

The man said he entered his garage and noticed that his 36-inch Sony TV, Dewalt table saw, Ryobi drill press and a box of drill bits were missing. He said the theft possibly took place overnight when a neighbor said the man’s 2015 Ford Explorer alarm went off at 3 a.m.

The intruder also broke the rear window of the vehicle and ransacked the glove box, but the man reported nothing was stolen.

The items stolen during the robbery were valued at $1,300.


Soloman solution?

A woman filed a fraud compliant with police Jan. 23 after attempting to file her 2016 income tax return.

The woman told police that her tax preparer alerted her to the fact that someone already had claimed the woman’s 9-year-old daughter as a dependent on another 2016 tax return.

The woman didn’t know how her daughter’s Social Security information became compromised.

Stealing their way to better parking

A Detroit woman’s handicap placard was stolen from her vehicle that was parked in the 1300 block of Sibley Road Jan. 24, police said.

The woman said she parked her 2016 red Jeep Wrangler about 3 p.m., and left it unlocked when she went into a store for a short time. She returned to her vehicle and went to another store, when she realized her handicap placard had been taken.

No other items were missing, and the vehicle was undamaged.

Made off with the good stuff

Police were dispatched to Speedway, 18799 Fort St., Jan. 20, on a larceny call.

The gas station manager told police that that about 6:35 p.m. Jan. 19 two women entered the store, concealed a variety of items in their clothing, then exited without attempting to make payment. Though the manager said the women had been in the store previously, new security cameras had been installed, and the women can be seen in the video concealing items.

A box of gum, eight candy bars, two bags of chips, two cell phone charges and two Febreze car air fresheners were stolen with an approximate value of $80.

Officers advised the manager to contact the police department should the women return.


Returning for seconds and thirds

Sunoco, 13169 Northline Road, lodged a larceny complaint Jan. 5. When officers arrived at 5:30 a.m., they were informed by a station co-owner that seven propane tanks had been stolen sometime during the night.

At 11 p.m. the previous night, the gas station had concluded its day of business, and at the time of lockup, all of the tanks were accounted for in the locked cage outside of the building. When the co-owner arrived that morning, however, he found the propage cage was open, and seven tanks were missing. A portion of the bracket the padlock secures was cut.

The larceny was the business’ third in two months.

Though the business has external surveillance, the exterior lighting was insufficient for officers to gather any intelligence from the footage. The co-owner was advised that his gas station would be awarded special attention.


Three strike rule

A report of property damage brought police to the 800 block of Superior Street at 10:35 p.m. Jan. 8.

Police were greeted by three witnesses who expressed concern over the male culprit who had just left the premises. One of the witnesses previously dated the suspect, and believed him to be depressed.

According to the ex-girlfriend, the man had been texting her, then arrived at the house. He was attempting to have his ex-girlfriend leave with him, but when she didn’t, he became angry. Witnesses report the man began to yell at the woman, becoming irate and ultimately storming from the house. The scent of alcohol was, reportedly, quite evident on him.

Alarmed that the offender was intoxicated to point of not being in his right state of mind, the witnesses reasoned with him not to go. Instead, he walked to a recently deceased neighbor’s residence and punched the front door, breaking the screen door. He then climbed into his red Chevy Camaro and drove away.

The witnesses called 911 because they felt the man was highly intoxicated and out of control.

While officers were still on the scene, two other officers spotted the man’s vehicle and watched it roll through a stop sign at St. Johns. A traffic stop was then performed, with probable cause to arrest him for destruction of property. The two officers performing the traffic stop were familiar with the man, as they had conducted a wellness check on him previously in the evening.

The smell of alcohol on man was again evident. When officers asked if he’d been drinking more since they checked on him earlier, he responded that he had not. Once removed from the vehicle and searched, the man failed field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer test scored 0.243, three times the legal limit in Michigan of .08.

He was arrested, his driver’s license was destroyed and the Camaro impounded.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Angela Nims.)