Police Blotter for September 17

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Pistol, ammo stolen from unlocked vehicle

A fully loaded Ruger LCP pistol and a 2-count, 6-shot magazine in a backpack valued at $500 were reported stolen at 6:38 a.m. Sept. 5 from an unlocked car in the 15400 block of Harrison. A laptop computer and $5,000 worth of tools were left untouched.

Drunken driver tries to accelerate after crashing into street sign

A 38-year-old Detroit man was taken into custody at 3:47 a.m. Sept. 6 after failing field sobriety tests after he crashed into and ended up on top of a street sign on the median of Southfield Road near Luana.

When officers approached, the driver was trying to accelerate the crashed car, causing the tires to smoke and the engine to whine. They had to ask the driver multiple times to turn off the car.

The man, whose eyes were glassy and bloodshot, had a blank stare. He did not know where he was, had slurred speech and smelled of intoxicants. He stumbled repeatedly when he stepped out of the car. He admitted to taking a sleeping pill in addition to drinking alcohol.

A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13, which is more than one-and-a-half-times times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. He was booked and taken to the Dearborn Police Department to be held.


Man shoots himself in the leg, taken to hospital

Police responded to a house in the 6100 block of Orchard Aug. 30 on a report of a gun fired in the neighborhood.

Once at the scene, officers observed a man sitting in the backyard with towels wrapped around his left leg attempting to stop bleeding. The man said that about 2 p.m. he was holding one of two handguns in the basement of the house while visiting his friend with a cousin.

He said he believed the handgun was not loaded, and accidentally pulled the trigger whereupon a bullet became lodged in his left calf. The man’s cousin was able to confirm the story to police. The friend who owned the guns was able to provide proof he has a concealed pistol license.

First responders arrived at the house and transported the man to Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn for treatment.


Water tank, copper pipes reported missing by homeowner

The owner of a house in the 8600 block of Hazelton called police Aug. 29 after he noticed a hot water tank was missing.

According to the report, the man said he was last at the house on Aug. 22 and when he returned on Aug. 29, the deadbolt for the back door was broken. He said the hot water tank and copper pipes were cut from the basement.

There is no suspect information.

Wallet stolen from vehicle overnight

The man filed a report with police stating his wallet was stolen from his Jeep Wrangler overnight while it was parked at a friend’s house Aug. 26.

He parked his vehicle at his friend’s house in the 5700 block of Evergreen at 10 p.m. Aug. 26 and went inside the house for the night. The next day, the man discovered someone had gained access to the vehicle through the soft top, and the wallet and sunglasses were taken from the front seat.

On the morning of Aug. 27, a person returned the wallet to the man at his house after finding it. There was $100 missing from the wallet when it was returned.


Trip to dollar store proves costly

A trip to the Super Dollar Store, 2170 Dix, cost a man his wallet, identification and $150 at 2:04 p.m. Sept. 8 when he set it down while looking at rugs. Surveillance video shows a woman picking up the wallet and leaving the store immediately after. The woman was described as white, in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, with dirty blonde hair. She left in a black Chevy Trail Blazer.

Thief found walking with flat screen TV in shopping cart

An officer on patrol about noon Sept. 7 saw a man walking north on Warwick, pushing a shopping cart with a large flat screen television. When questioned, the man said he had bought the item from a friend.

The officer then ran the man’s name through the Law Enforcement Information Database and found an outstanding warrant for the man’s arrest, and was taken into custody. A syringe was found when he was searched. The officer noticed when he was checking the man’s record that he discarded something from his pocket, which were discovered to be three stolen credit cards.

Police tried calling the person whose name was on the credit cards, but did not reach him. They then went to his house, where the back door to his house was found kicked in. The victim, who wears hearing aids, had been asleep. The wall where his television had been was bare, with dangling wires all that remained. The man then went with officers to the station to retrieve his television and credit cards.

The suspect, a fourth offense habitual offender, was charged with a felony, arraigned via video, issued bond and ordered to wear a tether.

Concrete road repair ruined by vandals

The Department of Public Works director reported the morning of Sept. 13 that newly poured concrete at the intersection of Clarence and Wood avenues was vandalized before it dried, and would have to be torn out and redone. Officers discovered motor vehicle and bicycle tracks in the concrete, footprints, unreadable names and a phallic symbol.

Ex suspected in cash, television theft

A man in the 4400 block of Oakwood Boulevard reported at 4:01 p.m. Sept. 13 the theft of $1,040 cash and a 32-inch television from his apartment. There was no damage to the apartment and no sign of forced entry. The man said he suspected his ex-girlfriend, who has a key, but he did not wish to press charges, just to document the theft with a police report.


A thief in the night

A man in the 1700 block of Fort Street reported at 9:44 a.m. Sept. 2 that someone broke into his apartment during the night and stole $200 cash from his wallet and $130 cash from his fiancee’s wallet while they slept. He said he found his door, which he always locks overnight, unlocked this morning.

He said his apartment has been broken into in the past, and he has had to change the locks twice. He said he has reported past thefts to the manager of the apartment complex.

Mongoose missing

A woman in the 14000 block of Old Town reported at 8:37 p.m. Sept. 13 that a bright orange Mongoose BMX bicycle was stolen overnight from her front lawn. She did not have the bicycle’s model or serial number. There were no suspects.


Catalytic converter stolen off car

A woman reported at 4:06 p.m. Sept. 7 that the catalytic converter, valued at $250, was stolen from her 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in a parking lot in the 19000 block of Goddard.

Purse stolen from shopping cart

A women reported at 6:02 p.m. Sept. 12 that she accidentally left her purse in a shopping cart in the parking lot of Meijer, 16300 Fort St., earlier that afternoon. When she returned to the lot, her purse was gone, along with her driver’s license, a bank card, check book and credit cards. She was advised to notify her financial institutions.


Identify theft

A woman reported at 4:13 p.m. Sept. 5 that a Verizon Wireless account was fraudulently opened in her name. She was issued a police report for Verizon.

Craigslist victim

A man reported at 4:29 p.m. Sept. 5 that someone had put two fake postings on Craig’s List with his phone number. One was a solicitation for a male sexual partner, and the other was to sell an X-Box One for $25. He told Craig’s List the postings were false, and he wants to find out who posted them.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)