Police Blotter for July 23

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Rite Aid robbed

An armed robber stole $107 from two registers at 11:56 a.m. July 11 from Rite Aid, 15411 Southfield Road. The robber was described as a black man, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, 170 to 180 pounds, wearing a gray sweatshirt, black or gray pants, brown work boots, a khaki baseball cap and sun glasses. He had a service revolver with a brown handle tucked into the waistband of his pants.

The man made small talk with both employees in the store, and waited until there were no customers nearby to show the employees his gun and demand the register cash. The man asked about the store safe, to which the employees told him they had no access. Police were not able to recover any useful prints from the counter near the cash register.

Gun stolen from auto

A man reported at 3:30 p.m. July 10 that his vehicle was broken into overnight and a handgun stolen from the locked glove box. Loose change also was taken from the car. There was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle. The handgun was entered as stolen. There were no suspects.

Packages stolen from porch

A women in the 11500 block of Fordline reported at 9:17 a.m. July 10 that two packages, delivered to her residence on July 7, were stolen while she was on vacation. She called a relative to make sure they had not retrieved them while she was gone. She found one of the boxes, minus its contents, in a nearby trash bin. One of the packages contained a gold ring, which the sending company is replacing at no charge. She was advised to check local pawn shops for the ring.


Drivers cited for drag racing

While on patrol in the area of Ford Road and Mercury Drive June 28, police observed two vehicles drag racing each other.

Officers attempted to stop the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger about midnight but both drivers continued to accelerate. Police reached speeds of 90 mph while chasing the drivers who refused to stop. A traffic stop was conducted where officers found a BB gun in the Charger’s center console.

Each driver was cited for drag racing, and the man driving the Charger was cited for possession of a replica firearm.

Man found passed out with vehicle running

Police were called to the 450 block of South York July 4 after witnesses found a man inside his running vehicle.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they saw the man was seen slumped over his wheel with his head hanging out of the driver’s side window. The vehicle was running but placed in reverse with the man’s foot on the brake pedal. First responders were able to wake the man by giving him 4 milligrams of Narcan to block the effects of an opioid.

The man told police he had snorted $10 of heroin which caused him to pass out in his vehicle. A background check showed that the man had two operating while intoxicated offenses on his record.

The man was arrested for operating while intoxicated, but transported to Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn for treatment.


Contractor reports 20 feet of copper missing from house

Police responded to a vacant house in the 26800 block of Sheahan July 4 on a report that 20 feet of copper piping was missing.

The contractor told officers that when he and other contractors left on July 3, the copper was in the basement, but was missing the next afternoon. A key is left in he mailbox of the house so workers can access the house, but it was not stolen, according to the report.

Multiple dirt marks were seen on the freshly painted walls inside the house.

There is no suspect information.

Purse stolen from vehicle parked at CVS

An employee of CVS/pharmacy, 8710 Beech Daly Road, reported her purse missing from her vehicle July 10.

The woman told police that she parked her Chevrolet Equinox just before 9 a.m. in the parking lot, and when the store manager arrived at 9:10 a.m. someone had broken into the vehicle.

Once officers were on the scene they observed the rear passenger side window was broken, with glass on the ground.

A witness said she saw a black man acting suspicious exit the vehicle at the same time the manager arrived at the store.


Blood found on business’ broken window

Officers were called to the scene of a possible break-in in the 18800 block of Allen Road at 7:31 a.m. July 18, where a window on the south side of the building was found broken, with blood on the glass around the hole. A swab of the blood was taken into evidence.

The front and rear doors of the building were secure, and police went through the building and found it undisturbed. The owner said nothing was missing. The damaged window was estimated to have a $1,000 to $2,500 replacement cost. Police hope to gain further information from surveillance cameras on a nearby business.

Trucker’s home robbed while on the job

A truck driver who is frequently on the road for a week at a time returned to his house in the 17900 block of Robert Avenue at 6 a.m. July 17 to find his residence trashed and burglarized. The front door, which he had locked, was closed but unlocked.

A bucket appeared to have been used as a step in the backyard to gain access to the house through a window. There were no visible prints on the glass. Missing items included a television, an out-of-service iPhone, a bag full of clothes, three pairs of shoes, two checkbooks and miscellaneous items.

The resident was advised to inform police when he will be away from his residence for extended periods of time.

Dodge Ram pickup stolen from vacationing man

A vacationing man’s 2006 Dodge Ram pickup was stolen from his residence between July 12, when he left, and July 18, when his son noticed the vehicle missing. The man said he had the only set of keys, and a license plate is not registered to the vehicle. Later on July 18 Detroit police reported the truck was found abandoned in the 6500 block of Proctor with its engine and transmission missing.


Lawn crew discovers damaged vehicle

A lawn service crew discovered the left rear passenger window broken on a 2008 silver Mercury Mariner Hybrid at 7:50 p.m. July 17 in the 13000 block of Pennsylvania. Broken glass was on the ground next to the damaged vehicle. The owner said the vehicle was last seen unharmed two hours earlier. The crew said they did not see anyone near the vehicle, nor did they damage it.

Abandoned Dodge Ram truck found behind business

A patrol officer discovered a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck without a license plate behind a business in the 18000 block of Krause Street at 4:27 p.m. July 16 with the engine running and the driver’s side door open. The vehicle was in contact with a tree, and the ignition column was punched out. The vehicle identification number was registered to a Detroit address, but had not been entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen. It was towed and impounded and entered as abandoned.


Vehicle rummaged through, bike stolen

Residents in the 13000 block of Sycamore reported at 8:35 a.m. July 10 that a car parked in a driveway had been rummaged through before the unlocked garage was entered and a teal and beige 24-inch Huffy Cruiser bicycle stolen. There were no suspects nor signs of forced entry.

Mailbox knocked off post

A resident in the 15000 block of Devoe reported that between 8 p.m. July 16 and 6 a.m. July 17 his mailbox had been struck and knocked off its post. The resident said he did not hear any noise during the night. There were no suspects.

Dogs bark at fence vandal

A woman in the 15000 block of McCann reported at 4:15 p.m. July 17 that her back fence had been damaged the night before. She said she heard a commotion and her dogs barking about 2:30 a.m., but did not investigate at the time. The next morning, she found a section of fence behind her house bent, with damaged panels and other sections destroyed. There were no suspects.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)