Police Blotter 7-15

Allen Park

Game over

An Xbox One S with two controllers and five games, plus an iPod Touch, were stolen from a 2012 Silver GMC Arcadia parked near Champaign Park from 3 to 5 p.m. June 15 for a baseball tournament. The owner said he may have forgotten to lock the vehicle. The Xbox One S and controllers were valued at $300, and the games – Plants vs. Zombies, FIFA 15, Modern Warfare 2, Minecraft and Star Wars – were valued at $250. The iPod Touch was valued at $250. There was no damage to the vehicle.

Food fraud

A 45-year-old Detroit woman was cited for retail fraud the afternoon of June 16 after she tried to walk out of Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, with $375 worth of miscellaneous items. She had removed tags and bagged items while she went through the store, then exited through the self-scan area without paying for the items. She was apprehended by loss prevention personnel, who held her until police officers arrived.

The woman said she had fallen upon hard times and had no way to feed her children, and she had heard that the Allen Park Meijer was the easiest from which to steal. She was advised by store personnel that she is banned from all Meijer stores for one year.


Man reports wallet stolen from fanny pack

A man living at Henry Ford Village, 15101 Ford Road, reported his wallet missing to police on June 8.

The man said he was eating lunch inside a break room at the senior retirement community on June 4 and had the wallet inside a fanny pack. According to the report, the fanny pack was inside a bag the man had with him about 11:30 a.m. inside the break room.

The man then left the break room at noon when he took his bag with the thought that his wallet was still inside the fanny pack. About 1 p.m. the man realized his wallet was not in the fanny pack.

The man said his identification, debit card and gift cards worth up to $100 were in the wallet. He also said someone charged more than $400 on the debit card just after 5 p.m. at several businesses in Detroit.

The debit card was deactivated as a result of the robbery. A police report also was filed with the Detroit Police Department for the fraudulent charges.

Dearborn Heights

Group of boys caught throwing rock through window

Police responded to a house in the 4900 block of Mayfair June 9 after a resident reported that a group of boys threw a rock through his window.

Once at the scene, the man said he was sitting inside about 3:45 p.m. when he heard the window on the north side of the house break.

The man ran outside where he saw a group of white teenage boys fleeing west on Eton. He chased down two boys who told the man they were not part of the group who threw the rock, but that someone else in the group did.

The man allowed the two boys to go and showed police the window which had a hole, and the rock located between the two window panes.

Lincoln Park

Work equipment stolen overnight from truck

A 39-year-old man reported June 25 that more than $12,000 worth of work equipment was stolen overnight from his 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck in the 21000 block of Olive Avenue. The man was unsure if the cover to the flatbed had been left unlocked. Among the items stolen were a Rotovac 360XL Rotary Jet Extractor ($2,895), a Rotovac CFX15 ($2,195), a Water Otter ($895), U.S. Products Ultimate PB III ($3,877), a Rotovac DHX Powerwand ($1,350), four 50-feet solution lines ($1,000) and a Turbo Hybrid Surface Cleaner ($550). There were no suspects nor surveillance footage.

Car stolen while owner in class

A 39-year-old woman reported her car was stolen between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. June 26 while she attended a class at A-1 Dog Grooming, 3918 Dix. The car, a 1998 red Chrysler Cirrus, had tinted rear windows and aftermarket spoke wheel covers. The woman said she has the only set of keys and does not owe any money for the car. She was unsure if she locked the vehicle. There was no surveillance video.


Nervous parolee flees from police

When a woman in the 2700 block of Norman reported the morning of July 1 what she thought was a possible larceny from a vehicle, and provided police with a description of the man, police officers arrived in the area and found a man on foot who matched the description. When he saw police officers, he quickened his pace. When officers approached, he ran. The officers pursued, apprehended and questioned him.

The man said the car in question was his, which was verified, and it had overheated. He said he was on parole, which is why he fled when he saw police officers. They advised him in the future not to run if he hadn’t done anything wrong. He was released on the scene.

Bicycle stolen from driveway

A man living in the 17600 block of Dora reported that between 5 and 7 p.m. June 30 his bicycle, a blue and black Raleigh 25th anniversary edition, with electronic shift, was stolen from his driveway. The bicycle had a black basket attached to the seat, and a Planet Cycle water bottle. The man described two men who were walking by when he parked the bicycle. There were no surveillance cameras nearby.


Thief fails to hot wire classic Grand Prix

A foiled thief damaged the ignition and tried unsuccessfully to pry open the steering column of a 1984 white Pontiac Grand Prix. The owner of the vehicle, who reported the failed theft and damage at 3:34 a.m. June 25, said he may have left the vehicle unlocked in a parking lot at Pennbrook Apartments, in the 14000 block of Brookview Drive. There were no suspects.

Ford Super Duty Truck stolen

A 1999 red Ford F350 Super Duty truck with a plow bracket, and a tool box in the 8-foot bed, was reported stolen overnight on the morning of June 29 from a residence in the 18000 block of Fort Street. She said they did not see or hear anything suspicious the night before, and the keys were not left in the vehicle. There was no surveillance video.


Vines vanish

A 79-year-old man in the 15000 block of Richmond reported the afternoon of July 2 that every year, for the past five years, someone has come to his house on July 2 and ripped down the vines growing on the side of his house when he is not there. He said he has not given anyone permission to remove the vines, nor could he think of anyone who would remove them.

Mailbox damaged

A 50-year-old man living in the 16000 block of Helen reported the evening of July 3 that when he went to his mailbox and opened the door to retrieve his mail, the movement caused the mailbox to fall to the ground. The man said he suspects the garbage truck of knocking over his mailbox, however, he has no witnesses to corroborate his suspicions.


Smoking neighbor witnesses early morning theft

A man in the 23000 block of Koths Street said when he was on his porch at 4:30 a.m. July 8 smoking a cigarette he saw a tall, thin white man leaving his neighbor’s driveway and heading west of Koths, carrying a white box and a tool bag. He texted his neighbor, but did not receive a response. He then noticed his neighbor’s garage door was open. He said he got into his car, and drove down the street to look for the man, but could not locate him.

Later that morning, at 10 a.m., the victim, who said he does heating and cooling work, reported that tools and coolant for an upcoming job were stolen from his garage. Among the missing items were a Stihl chainsaw valued at $550, a $200 rigid drill, and a $700 Lucasi pool stick.

Crotch rocket stolen

A man living in the 7900 block of Pine Street reported the morning of July 9 that a crotch rocket motorcycle that he recently purchased from a pawn shop was stolen overnight from his front porch. He said he had not had time to register or insure the motorcycle yet. The victim was advised to get the relevant serial number from the motorcycle from the pawn shop so it could be entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.


Identity thief breaches checking, retirement accounts

A woman reported an identify theft the afternoon of July 5, and said $200 was stolen from her Zeal Credit Union checking account before the fraud department detected the breach and notified her. She said she also received a letter from the Michigan Office of Retirement Services stating that a deferred compensation withdrawal was made from her retirement plan, which she said she did not initiate. She said she has contacted multiple agencies to alert them to the fraud, and to initiate an investigation, and wished to file a police report for verification purposes.

Tires punctured on six neighborhood vehicles

The owners of six vehicles near Cherry and Fourth streets became aware shortly after midnight July 5 of punctured vehicle tires. None of the victims thought of any suspects, nor had been in any arguments earlier in the night. No suspicious activity had been observed. A 2017 silver Chevrolet Silverado had a driver’s side rear tire damaged, while the passenger side front tire was damaged on five other vehicles: a 2012 silver Chevy Malibu; a 2007 black Chrysler Sebring; a 2004 silver Pontiac Bonneville; a 1989 silver Chevrolet Silverado; and a black Ford Escape.


Drunk and disorderly

A 46-year-old Lincoln Park man tried to attack two men outside Whiskey’s on the Water, 2903 Biddle, at 1:36 a.m. July 7, when they tried to prevent him from entering a vehicle and driving in a visibly inebriated state.

When police officers arrived, several bystanders directed them toward the area of the disturbance. An inebriated man was swearing and aggressively approaching another man, while others were trying to physically detain him.

As the officers approached, someone yelled, “Look out, that guy has a knife.”

The officers then identified themselves and ordered the man to turn around and speak to them. He ignore them, and continued to approach the two men who had tried to prevent him from driving. The officers addressed him again, and were ignored. They then approached him, and grabbed his arm in an attempt to gain control over him. The man resisted, so officers guided him to the ground, and tried to handcuff him, but the man continued to physically resist until he was electronically subdued.

Once the man was handcuffed, the officers noted that he was highly intoxicated, with red eyes, a flushed face, and emanating a strong odor of alcohol.

The men who had tried to prevent the man from driving said he approached them with a knife, but the blade was closed. They said a women then took the knife away from the man. The woman was identified, and she let officers take possession of the knife.

The man was taken into custody, booked and held. The empty knife holder was found in his possession.

During booking, the man said to officers, “You know what, I’ve never been Tased before. That’s the only reason you guys could stop me.”

The man was cited for disorderly conduct, and resisting and obstructing officers.

Traffic stop yields cocaine

A 41-year-old Ecorse man who who was failing to obey stop signs and not signaling turns the evening of June 21 was subject to a traffic stop near 15th and Oak streets.

The man was very nervous, and said he had just gotten his license back, and did not want a ticket. He denied having weapons, marijuana or heroin in the vehicle. He complied with the officer’s request to turn off the vehicle and surrender the keys.

The K-9 officer checked the vehicle and indicted narcotic odor in several locations. A tin with 31 individual packets of a powder that field tested positive for cocaine were found in the driver’s door cup holder.

The man was taken into custody, booked and held. More than $5,000 in cash was found in his possession and in the vehicle, which was in his father’s name. The cash and vehicle were impounded and forfeited.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)