Police Blotter 7-1

Allen Park

Man passes out in McDonald’s drive-through

A 21-year-old Taylor man passed out in the drive-through lane of McDonald’s, 10945 Allen Road, the night of June 20. An emergency medical technician, who was first on scene, said the car was in park, so he turned the car off, removed the keys from the ignition and attempted to awaken the man, which he did with a sternum rub.

When he awoke, the EMT told the man, who smelled of intoxicants, that police officers had been called. The man became verbally abusive and aggressive, and started to walk away. However, when officers arrived and summoned him, the man returned.

The man’s eyes were red and glassy, his speech was slurred, and he failed field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.169, more that twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.

His vehicle was impounded, and he was cited for operating while impaired, driving with a suspended license, and lacking proof of insurance. He was transported to the Dearborn police station and housed.

Cell phone stolen at church event

A man monitoring the bounce house slide during a social event the night of June 24 at Inter-City Baptist, 4700 Quandt, said his Apple iPhone 6s plus was stolen from a milk crate near where he was standing.

When the bounce house slide was closed before the fireworks, he noticed the phone was missing. His son used an app to track the phone, and it was in the area until after the fireworks, then it was shut off. An Apple adviser locked the phone so no information could be retrieved from it. He suspects a crowd of teens, who had been near the milk crate, but when they were nearby was too busy to look at them closely enough to provide a description.


Driver flees traffic stop, takes police on chase

While on patrol in the area of Schafer Road and Warren Avenue June 15, police observed a Chevy HHR with a license plate registered to a 1996 Cadillac vehicle.

The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver continued to travel north on Schaefer Road following the speed limit. As police got closer to the vehicle, the driver traveled west on Haggerty when he began driving erratically at a high rate of speed.

According to the police report, the driver ran two red lights and also drove in the center turn lane. The chase was called off because of the high volume of traffic in the chase area.

Dearborn Heights

Man steals items from Home Depot

Employees at Home Depot, 25451 Michigan Ave., reported that a man stole merchandise from the store about 2:45 p.m. June 12.

Police were told the man entered the store and selected two boxes of backsplash from the tile section. The man placed the boxes into his shopping cart and passed all points of sale without paying for the merchandise.

According to the report, the man fled the parking lot in a dark colored Jeep with blue tape on the rear passenger side window. He was last seen heading west on Michigan Avenue.

The thief was described as a white male in his 40s or 50s with brown hair and wearing a Broncos long sleeve shirt with blue jeans.

Lincoln Park

Woman’s house burglarized; late boyfriend’s relatives suspected

A 21-year-old woman’s rental house was burglarized between May 30 and 31 when she flew out of town for a trip. Her aunt, who dropped her off at the airport and was watching the house, reported the burglary. She told officers that her niece’s boyfriend had died the week before, and she had encountered some issues with his family. The stolen property, valued at $2,400, included two flat screen televisions, two Michael Kors purses and a microwave oven.

Computer equipment, tools stolen from unlocked car

A 55-year-old man reported June 2 that $1,500 in computer equipment and $200 in tools were stolen out of his unlocked car that morning, which was parked behind his apartment in the 1400 block of Old Goddard Road. There were no surveillance cameras, evidence or suspects.


Cell phone stolen from unsecured gym locker

The mother of a boy attending the Academy for Business and Technology reported May 11 that her son’s cell phone was stolen out of his unsecured gym locker while he was in class the previous day.

The boy said he could think of no one who had a grudge against him. School officials said 45 students had access to the locker room during the time the phone was stolen. School officials said they would investigate the theft and share any findings with police officers.

Trailer park trash talk

A man standing in the vicinity of another man’s trailer the night of May 23, in a mobile home park, 18630 Dix, said a man stepped out of the trailer and started yelling obscenities at him, after which additional words were exchanged, and the man returned to his trailer.

A short time after the officer took a report from the complainant, the man inside the trailer once again started to yell. The officer made contact with him, and advised him of the circumstances that could lead to his arrest for disorderly conduct. He was advised to stay in his trailer, and to avoid the other man, to which he agreed. The officer then spoke to the lot manager, and advised her of the process to evict a resident.


Where there’s smoke …

When a resident reported the afternoon of June 18 that heavy smoke was emanating from his neighbor’s detached backyard garage, a police officer first on scene alerted the resident and advised him to evacuate his house. Following the officer’s actions, Fire Department personnel arrived on scene.

… there’s fire

An employee of the Riverview Veterans Memorial Library, 14300 Civic Park Drive, reported at noon June 15 that a charred piece of paper and three wooden matchsticks were found under a chair in the southeast corner of the library. The employee said they thought the items had been placed there within the past 24 hours. There is no surveillance video in the part of the library where the items were found.
The employee said he suspects three boys, ages 11 to 13, who come into the library every day after school, who at times have been disruptive and were suspected of graffiti vandalism, which the boys denied. There was no evidence implicated any suspects.


Man with dealership loaner stalls in standing water

A man with a dealership loaner vehicle the night of June 18 stalled in standing water during a heavy rainstorm while eastbound on Goddard Road near the I-75 overpass. The man said he had no power to the vehicle, and could not lower the power windows to get out.
Police officers reached the man by riding in the back of a tow truck, then breaking open the rear driver’s side window, from which officers helped the man leave the vehicle, then gave him a ride home. The tow truck driver said he was going to wait for the water to recede before attempting to tow the stalled vehicle.

Airport employee identification stolen from car

A 32-year-old woman reported the morning of June 18 that her Detroit Metropolitan Airport employee identification was stolen overnight, from her Ford Focus, in the 13000 block of Strathcona. A phone charger and a bluetooth headset also were taken. There was no damage to the vehicle, and no suspects.


Air conditioner stolen from townhouse

A woman in the 9300 block of East Pickwick reported June 24 that her Tempstar air conditioner was stolen between 3 and 5 p.m. June 23 from her townhouse. There were metal pieces and cords on the ground where the air conditioning unit had been. There was another air conditioner theft in the complex earlier that day. There were no suspects.

Breakfast and bump

A couple discovered damage to their 2013 red Chrysler minivan the morning of June 24 after having breakfast at Bob Evans, 20465 Eureka. There was a noticeable dent on the rear passenger side of the vehicle near the tailgate. There was black paint in the foot-long dent that may have transferred from another vehicle. There was no surveillance video and no suspects.


Kick the car

A man living on Trumbull reported on June 17 that earlier that morning someone damaged his 2013 Ford Flex when it was parked on nearby Emeline Street. He said someone knocked on his front door between 5:30 and 6 a.m., but he did not answer. He said he then heard some loud noise for a few minutes, but did not investigate its source.

When he went out to his car later, his son saw shoe prints and dents on the passenger side of the vehicle. The responding officer noted 11 shoe prints on the car windows, and four dents on the right rear door. There were no suspects, and the man was given a report for insurance purposes.


Garage burglarized while security system down for update

A man in the 100 block of Cedar reported the morning of June 23 that he woke up to an open garage door and two stolen Yamaha ATVs and a missing Zhejiang Qiye off-road dirt bike. His Vivint home security system, which included a camera pointed at his garage, did not capture any video feed because the company was was updating the system.

A detective went to the scene and collected DNA evidence, which will be send to a crime lab.

Shortly after, one of the ATVs was recovered in Ecorse, following a high speed police chase, during which two ATV drivers split up, and the one who was followed abandoned the ATV and fled on foot. The abandoned ATV was held at the Ecorse impound yard.

OnStar helps recover stolen Buick, capture thief

A 2016 black Buick Enclave stolen the night of June 24 from the parking lot at Waterfront Restaurant, 507 Biddle, was recovered, and the thief caught in the act with the help of OnStar technology.

The woman, who was in the restaurant for two hours, said the vehicle was locked and there were no keys left in the vehicle. An abandoned bicycle was found on the other side of the lot.

OnStar located the vehicle in River Rouge, where officers located the vehicle, apprehended two suspects, and arrested a 22-year-old man from Lincoln Park.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)