Witness reports break-in; police arrest suspect
Police responded to the area of Ruby and Kenilworth Feb. 1 on a report of a break-in at Arts & Crafts, 5141 Schaefer Road.
A witness was stopped at the traffic light on southbound Schaefer Road and Colson when he observed a man strike a large window three times. After the man broke the window he reached inside and took plastic flowers on a display stand.
Police observed broken glass, flower debris and broken window on the east side of the building.
The witness continued to follow the man after the break-in when he called police. A description of the intruder — a black male wearing black pants and grey sweatshirt — was given to officers by dispatch.
Police approached the area and saw a man who matched the description and had a potted plant walking west on the sidewalk on Ruby. Officers activated their emergency lights, stepped out of their vehicle and asked the man to come in their direction. The man looked directly at police and ignored the command.
When the man continued to walk on Ruby, police then chased him and took him to the ground near the west curb of Chase Road out of the way of traffic.
Additional officers responded to the area after the man resisted arrest and attempted to break free from the arresting officer. Police noticed that the man's right hand was covered in blood, possibly from striking the store window.
Emergency responders arrived to transport the man to Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn for treatment. While at the hospital the man attempted to harm himself so he was released into hospital care.
Man arrested for multiple misdemeanor warrants
Police recieved a call of an attempted larceny from auto at a house in the 6900 block of Bingham Feb. 3.
Police responded to the house where the witness said she saw a man walk up her driveway near a vehicle, but was scared off. The man ran to a white Ford Fusion with a broken headlight which fled north on Bingham.
Police searched the area and noticed a Ford Fusion matching that description traveling southbound on Schaefer Road. A traffic stop was conducted on Colson, west of Schaefer for defective equipment and the passenger matched the witness' description.
The driver of the Fusion was cited for defective equipment, but the passenger was arrested for the seven misdemeanor warrants on his record: four for breaking and entering, one for fraud and two for larceny, each with a $500 bond from the19th District Court.
Shoe store employee recovers stolen purse
An employee of Famous Footwear, 26486 Ford Road, called police to the store Jan. 13 after he saw a woman leave a purse outside of the store.
The employee told officers that a woman was looking through the purse before she dumped it near a garbage can. She was described as white with blonde hair and wearing a gray coat and white pants. A driver’s license was found inside the purse with an address in the 6700 block of Charlesworth.
Police arrived at the house with the recovered purse where they spoke to a woman who said she was at Kroger, 26400 Ford Road, earlier in the day. She said that while she was placing groceries bags into her vehicle, a woman matching the employee's description approached and asked for her shopping cart.
Without noticing that her purse was still in the cart, the victim gave the cart to the woman. Police were called to Kroger, but did not locate the suspect after a search of the area.
Multiple people seen breaking into garage
Police were called to a house in the 24000 block of Hopkins Jan. 16 to report multiple people attempting to breaking into his garage.
About 2:30 a.m., the victim heard dogs barking so he went to check on his backyard when he saw the people. After seeing the victim, the people fled by jumping over a fence into a black sedan that drove off east on Hopkins then south on Telegraph Road.
Two other neighbors told police that on Jan. 14 and 15 their vehicles and garages were broken into as well. They said their garages were left unlocked at the time of the break-ins.
All three break-ins are under investigation.
You deserve a break today
A worker who stopped at McDonalds, 18787 Northline, to use the restroom said three boxes of privacy fence panels, valued at $240, were stolen from the roof of his truck at 10:26 a.m. Jan. 26 when he went he went into the fast food restaurant.
The man showed officers a receipt showing the items had been purchased at 8:52 a.m. at a Home Depot store in Novi. The McDonald's security cameras only record the drive-through area. The theft was not recorded by the surveillance cameras of any other nearby businesses, and the police have no suspects.
Mark III marked
A resident in the 13100 block of Balsam reported damage to his 1995 Chevrolet Mark III at 9:56 a.m. Feb. 2, consistent with a break-in attempt. The driver's side door paint was chipped in multiple spots and a weather guard strip was torn. The vehicle owner said he parked it in front of his house at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1, and noticed the damage to the locked vehicle at 9 a.m. Feb. 2.
The responding officer reported that the damage was consistent with marks from a slim jim or hanger used to compromise vehicle door locks. The owner believes the thief may be seeking interior components and the vehicle engine.
There were no suspects.
Business van missing
The owner of Mr. Tire & Auto, 15644 Fort St., reported at 8:44 a.m. Feb. 1 the theft of a 2006 Ford Econoline van belonging to the business. The owner said when he purchased the business in October 2016, the van was part of the transaction, but he had not yet transferred the vehicle title.
The vehicle was locked and parked on the south side of the lot. The snow pattern indicated that it was likely stolen in the middle of the night. He last saw the vehicle at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31.
The former business and van owner, who was cooperating with the police, said they had signed the van title over to the new owner, and he was supposed to change the title to his name.
Illegal turns lead to pot possession charges
Two different drivers are regretting making recent illegal turns that triggered traffic stops.
A woman driving west on West Road near Fort Street at 10:25 p.m. Jan. 31 without her headlights on made an illegal turn onto northbound Fort, triggering a traffic stop.
The female passenger had a warrant with Flat Rock police for failure to appear in court. She was placed under arrest after a search revealed a mason jar filled with marijuana in her bag. She was booked and held.
Marijuana was found in the driver's purse. She was ticketed for misdemeanor possession and an illegal turn, was booked, and released on bond. Her vehicle was impounded.
A driver eastbound on Van Horn made an illegal left turn at 12:34 p.m. Feb. 2 onto southbound Fort Street, initiating a traffic stop. Officers detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A joint and rolling papers were found on the front passenger seat, and a plastic bag of marijuana was found behind the driver's seat. He was cited for the illegal turn and possession of marijuana, and released on bond after booking. His vehicle was impounded and towed.
Drunk in the ditch
Police responded to reports of a vehicle in a ditch at 10:04 p.m. Feb. 6 near Van Horn and Fort Street. The driver and passenger, who said they were OK but shaken up, said they had been cut off on their way to pick up a carryout food order. The woman, who was driving, had slurred speech, and said she had left her purse at home.
She failed several field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.234, nearly three times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. She was arrested for operating while intoxicated, and her vehicle impounded. She indicated remorse for her actions, saying her mother had died in the past week.
Woman drunk and wandering after argument in car
Police were called to the area of Norwood Drive and Canterbury Street at 5:34 a.m. Feb. 5 based on a report of a disoriented, drunken young woman, who was seen leaving a car after arguing with two women in the vehicle.
The woman complained of head pain from the altercation with the two women in the car, and was taken to Trenton's Beaumont Hospital for evaluation.
A traffic stop was conducted at Jefferson and Maple for a car and two women matching the description of the woman's companions. The women said the altercation occurred when they tried to prevent the other woman from leaving the vehicle after the argument, when they were stopped for a train.
The driver, who was sober, was arrested for outstanding bench warrants for failure to appear in court for charges of a minor in possession of alcohol and an open alcohol container in a vehicle. The Michigan State Police in Monroe picked her up, and her vehicle was impounded. The passenger, who was intoxicated, was taken to the police station to call for a ride.
Road rage resolved
A 57-year old Lincoln Park man and a 58-year-old Northville man went into the Wyandotte police station at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 4 to report a road rage incident that began in Wyandotte and ended at the man's house in the 700 block of Moran in Lincoln Park.
The two men said they noticed a man in a red Ford Escape tailgating them on northbound Fort Street near Northline. When the driver, the Lincoln Park man, braked to encourage the other driver to increase his following distance, the Ford Escape driver, a 52-year-old Rockwood man, pulled up into the traffic lane next to them, rolled down his window and told them to pull over so he “could kick their ass.”
The Ford Escape driver followed them to the man's home in Lincoln Park, where he circled the block several times and verbally suggested a fight before leaving the area. The two men were able to capture an image of the car and the license plate number, and provide a description of the driver, which they reported to police.
An officer contacted the owner of the vehicle described, who admitted to the incident, his inappropriate actions, and promised to not bother them again.
Denied drunk urinates on building, brandishes knife
A 31-year-old Lincoln Park man was cited for disorderly conduct, marijuana possession and resisting and obstructing police at 1:45 a.m. Feb. 4 after police were notified of a man waving a knife outside Whiskeys on the Water, 2903 Biddle.
The bar manager said he refused to serve the man because of his state of intoxication when he entered the bar, and he said when the man left, he urinated on the north side of the building, then began to wave a knife at random people walking by.
When officers questioned the man, he said he was waving the knife to protect himself from “seven or eight guys” who “wanted to jump him.” However, no alleged combatants nor witnesses were found by the officers.
When they searched the man, the they found marijuana in his possession. He was taken to the police station and booked, where he refused a preliminary breath test. He was placed in a detox holding cell, where he proceeded to cover up the surveillance camera lens with wet toilet paper.
When he refused to move to another cell, he was sprayed with a chemical deterrent to encourage his cooperation, which was an effective action.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)