Police Blotter for October 8

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Dragging bumper leads to drunken driving arrest

A 28-year-old Lincoln Park man was arrested for operating while impaired at 10:22 p.m. Sept. 29 when officers saw him driving north on Southfield Road near Quandt with a heavily damaged front bumper dragging on the ground and a non-functioning headlight. The man, who smelled of intoxicants and had bloodshot eyes, had a small empty vodka bottle on the floorboard of his car.

The man was unsteady on his feet, and failed numerous field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18, more than two times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. The vehicle was impounded and the man was taken into custody. After booking the man was taken to the Dearborn police station to be held.

Target Starbucks employee caught on camera taking cash from register

A 19-year-old Allen Park woman working at Target, 3100 Fairlane Drive, was arrested for retail fraud at 10:26 a.m. Sept. 28 after store security video revealed her taking money out of the in-store Starbucks register and pocketing it on numerous occasions. The woman admitted to taking a total of $480 out of the register. She was arrested for embezzlement, booked and released on bond.


Woman cited for defective equipment, arrested for warrants

Officers on patrol on the area of Warren Avenue and Wyoming Sept. 11 observed a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with a cracked tail light, loose license plate and dangling ornament in the rear view mirror.

The driver identified herself and said she did not have a driver’s license. A background check revealed that the driver and two other women in the vehicle had suspended licenses. According to the police report, the driver had three warrants for an arrest under an alias which was used the last time she was arrested, at the age of 17.

In Dearborn the driver has a traffic warrant with a $276 bond and two warrants out of Detroit for delivering or manufacturing narcotics, both with no bonds.

The driver was cited for defective equipment, driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance.

Catalytic converter stolen off vehicle

Police responded to a house in the 3300 block of Roosevelt Sept. 22 on a report of a missing catalytic converter.

The victim said he parked his 2004 silver Chevrolet Impala in front of the house at 6 p.m. Sept. 21. When the victim turned on his vehicle at 1 p.m. the following day he noticed his exhausted sounded extremely loud.

Officers checked underneath the vehicle and saw the catalytic converter was cut away from the exhaust system.

There was no suspect information or security camera footage.


Shoplifting suspect arrested after foot chase

An employee of Family Dollar, 3543 S. Beech Daly, called police Sept. 18 to report a retail fraud.

Officers took a description of the shoplifter and searched the area finding him at the interaction of Penn and Meadowdale streets.

A man fitting the description fled into a backyard of a house in the 26000 block of Penn when he observed police in the area. After a foot chase, officers found the man 30 yards deep in a wooded area. Police were prepared to use their stun guns in order to arrest the man, but he complied with officers who took him into custody.

According to the report, four boxes of Dove bar soap and one bottle of body wash were found in the wooded area. A black bag filled with other items was also found outside of the store. The stolen merchandise valued at $92 was returned to the store and the man was arrested for retail fraud.


Slashed tires may be work of jealous boyfriend

A 44-year-old Dearborn woman visiting in the 1700 block of Anne Street reported at 4:50 p.m. Oct. 1 that three tires were slashed on her 2017 GMC Terrain. She said she had no evidence, but suspects her children’s father, with whom she lives. She said she is in a dating relationship with both her children’s father and the Lincoln Park resident she was visiting.

Tinted windows trigger traffic stop for stolen vehicle

An officer who ran the plates of a vehicle with illegally tinted front windows at 4:39 a.m. Oct. 1 on southbound Fort Street north of Emmons discovered that the 2008 Crown Victoria was reported stolen out of Flat Rock.

The driver, a 50-year-old Lincoln Park man, said the car belonged to a “women he met at the hospital,” and when he didn’t return her vehicle with the drugs she wanted him to buy, she reported the vehicle as stolen. The man’s driver’s license is currently suspended. He had a debit card in his pocket which he said belonged to his wife.

The man had a dog in the car, which was transported to the Taylor Animal Shelter.


Drunken man disables motel lobby’s cable in alleged scheme to fix it

An intoxicated 47-year-old Lincoln Park man claiming to be a Direct TV employee entered the lobby of the Red Roof Inn, 17600 Dix, at 5:02 p.m. Oct. 4 and said he was there to fix the lobby satellite dish, which a hotel employee said had been working until just a few minutes before. The man then went outside to the satellite dish and enabled it, then returned to the lobby, demanding payment for the repair. When the suspicious clerk refused to pay, the man disabled the satellite dish again, and took off on southbound Dix on a small red motorcycle with a female passenger.

Paducah resident opens fraudulent Comcast account

Comcast notified a Melvindale man at 9:09 a.m. Oct. 4 that someone in Paducah, Ky., tried to open an account for Internet service in the man’s name. The scheduled service call was canceled, and the man was advised to contact his credit card companies to avoid further fraud.

Sidewalk sleeper taken to hospital

Police were alerted to a woman sleeping on a sidewalk for more than an hour at 7:06 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Allen Road and Outer Drive area. The woman, who had been drinking, said she had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.29, almost four times the 0.8 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. At the woman’s request she was transported to the hospital.


Fire pit purloined

A woman in the 14000 block of Shenandoah reported at 5:19 p.m. Oct. 2 that a fire pit and two outdoor metal chairs with cushions were missing from the side of her apartment. A neighbor saw the items the night before. Officers advised her to keep her possessions secure. There were no suspects.

Road construction sign damages car

A man driving east on Pennsylvania Road near Kennebec Street at 2:50 p.m. Sept. 29 said the wind blew a road construction sign over and onto his 2015 Chrysler 200, denting to hood and damaging paint on the quarter panel, which caused about $500 in damage. The driver was not injured.


Trailer stolen after bricks removed, neatly stacked

A man reported theft of a 5-foot-by-8-foot trailer at 8:49 a.m. Sept. 25 from the front of his house in the 14000 block of Burns. He said 30 bricks that were in the trailer were removed and stacked neatly on the side of his house, which prompted him to call several friends to see if they had borrowed the trailer. The trailer, valued at $450, is 2017 model from Carry-On Trailer Corp.

Envoy stolen from parking lot

A 66-year-old woman reported her 2008 blue GMC Envoy stolen from the north parking lot of 16500 Quarry Road at 8:59 a.m. Sept. 24 some time after she had parked it a 6 p.m. the day before. She said she has the only keys in her possession, and the vehicle is paid off.


Two killed in house fire caused by explosion

A mother and daughter were killed in a house explosion and resultant fire about 2:15 p.m. Oct. 4 in the 6000 block of Buck. Authorities say one person died as an immediate result of the explosion and the other later died of injuries caused by it. Police reported to the media there were no signs of foul play, but the Fire Department is conducting an investigation.


Possible stalker bragged about egging car on social media

A woman told police she has been stalked by a teenage girl whom she thinks egged her 2010 Ford Fusion on Sept. 4 between 12 and 8 a.m. and then posted about similar incriminating circumstances on social media.

Condominium board member reports illegal dumping

A woman on the board of a condominium complex reported on Sept. 4 that a man who lived down the street but not in the complex illegally filled one-and-a-half of the complex’s three large trash receptacles after driving into the complex with refuse in his pickup truck. She provided police the license plate number, which is registered to a nearby address. She said she did not wish to pursue charges, but did want officers to advise him to stop dumping his trash at the condominium complex.


Expired plate leads to crack cocaine arrest

A 41-year-old River Rouge woman was taken into custody for possession of cocaine after a traffic stop on northbound Biddle at 12:32 a.m. Sept. 19 for an expired license plate on her vehicle, in which she was a passenger. The driver, a 49-year-old Detroit man, was released at the scene with the woman’s 5-year-old son, who was in the back seat. A check on the woman showed an active warrant for her arrest from Lincoln Park. When searched, three bags of suspected cocaine and three clear pills with crack cocaine inside were found in the woman’s purse.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)