Police Blotter 9-9-2018

Allen Park

Illegal U-turn nets drunken driver

A 35-year-old Roseville woman was taken into custody for operating while impaired the night of Aug. 21 when a police officer saw her make an illegal U-turn near Southfield Road and Roosevelt and conducted a traffic stop.

When the officer approached her, her speech was slurred, she smelled heavily of intoxicants, and she had bloodshot, glassy eyes. She said she could not find her proof of insurance paperwork. She admitted to drinking a liter of wine earlier, and the officer observed wine in a water bottle next to the driver.

The woman failed multiple field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.117, nearly one-and-a-half times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.

Her vehicle was impounded and towed, and she was taken to the police station, where she was booked and held.

Professional poker player loses gamble with speeding, pot in rental car

Luck ran out for a 27-year-old professional poker player from Jersey City the afternoon of Aug. 25 who was stopped for speeding on Southfield Road and found to have marijuana in his rental car. The man, who was driving 58 mph in a 40 mph zone, had a baggie with 4 grams of marijuana in the console of the car. He was cited for speeding, his pot was confiscated, and he was released at the scene.


Hunting gear stolen from truck

A resident went to the Dearborn Police Department, 16099 Michigan Ave., Aug. 24 to report that $200 in cold wearing hunting gear and a tree stand harness were missing from his truck.

The man was initially woken up by police about 2 a.m. telling him to check his vehicle for any missing items because they had several suspects in custody for larceny. According to the report, the suspects said they got some of the stolen items from the resident’s red Dodge Ram 1500. The resident checked his vehicle and said nothing was stolen.

That same morning, the man checked his vehicle again and noticed that a small duffle bad containing cold weather hunting gear and the tree stand harness was missing along with a large nylon laundry bag with hunting gear.

The items were stolen from the truck’s enclosed pickup bed after he left the tailgate unlocked.

HP laptop taken from porch

The victim of a laptop theft reported his HP Star Wars edition laptop missing on Aug. 21 after it was left on the porch the day before.

According to the report, the victim said the laptop was stolen between 10:20 a.m. and 8:25 p.m. the day before. He said he left his HP laptop, valued at $1,000, on the porch and went inside the house in the 7510 block of Steadman. When he returned the laptop was gone.

He checked with neighbors to see if anyone saw who took it and if there were security cameras in the area, but had no luck with either request.

Dearborn Heights

Resident reports wallet stolen from unlocked pickup truck

Police responded to a house in the 25400 block of Andover Aug. 25 on a report of a wallet missing from a Dodge Ram pickup truck.

The victim said he was at his girlfriend’s house at 2:30 a.m. when he parked his pickup truck on the driveway, but left it unlocked.

When he went back to his truck at 8:15 a.m. that same morning, he saw that the wallet containing debit cards, military identification and a concealed weapons permit was missing.

There is no suspect information.

Lincoln Park

Classic Mercury Marquis vandalized

A 1981 blue 2-door Mercury Marquis was reported vandalized the afternoon of Aug. 21 in the 4200 block of Hazel by the 21-year-old owner. The driver’s side window was shattered, and the paint was chipped on the door frame. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. There were no surveillance video cameras in the neighborhood, and no suspects.

Windows, chandelier broken while resident away

A 45-year-old man living in the 800 block of Montie reported the afternoon of Aug. 21 that two 2-foot-by-3-foot windows were broken, each with 3-inch-diameter holes, and a chandelier inside the house was damaged when he was not at home. A neighbor saw a white female on the porch earlier in the day, but did not see her do any damage. The repair cost was estimated to be $260. There were no suspects.


Scrappers arrested for stealing metal from fire-damaged store

Two men were taken into custody the evening of Aug. 31 when an alert Melvindale city councilman, who was stopped at a red light, spotted two men in a red Chevy Silverado removing scrap metal from the secured fire-damaged Oakwood Food Center. He relayed the license plate number and other information to police officers, who approached the men at the Budget Inn Motel, 17050 Raupp Road, where the men said they had been hired to do repairs.

The men said they had been salvaging scrap metal from the surrounding cities for years, and were unaware that taking metal from the Oakwood Food Center site was illegal.

The truck they were using was taken without the owner’s permission, and had been entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network by the Allen Park Police Department. One of the men had a warrant for non-payment of child support and other misdemeanor warrants. The other man also had several outstanding misdemeanor warrants. They were cited for larceny under $100 and taken to the Dearborn police station for booking.

Screaming, barefoot woman arrested for disorderly conduct

A barefoot woman who was shouting vulgarities at bystanders and calling Melvindale a “ghetto” was taken into custody the afternoon of Aug. 31 for disorderly conduct after ignoring repeated police requests to calm down. She was taken to the Dearborn police station for booking, where she was rude, argumentative and made insulting and sexually inappropriate comments during booking to the arresting officer. She also insulted the assisting female Dearborn police officer’s ethnicity.


Senior citizen’s credit card fraudulently used

A 74-year-old Southgate woman reported the afternoon of Aug. 31 that when her credit card was declined at Walmart, she learned that there were $121 in fraudulent charges on the card, which had been used in California at a Blaze Pizza, Fed Ex and Uber Eats. The card was canceled, and the woman was given a report number for the loss prevention department.

Mustang missing

A 34-year-old man living in the 1100 block of Dorchester reported the evening of Aug. 28 that his 1988 blue Ford Mustang, valued at $10,000, was stolen from his carport spot. It was taken without the keys.


Purse left in shopping cart at Kroger

A women who forgot her purse in a shopping cart at Kroger, 7000 Monroe, the afternoon of Sept. 4 returned five minutes later, only to find her property missing. She said her purse contained a cell phone, her identification, credit cards, a health insurance card and about $11 in cash. Nothing was turned in to the store courtesy desk.

Money stolen from credit union account using fraudulent Venmo App

A man reported Sept. 5 that $3,758 was stolen from his account Sept. 4 at Community Choice Credit Union using a fraudulent Venmo app account. Venmo is an online payment app that links to credit or debit cards or checking accounts. The account holder said he does not use the Venmo app. There were no suspects.


Rock from lawn mower suspected in broken car window

A broken car window on a 2003 green Chevy Malibu parked on John R Aug. 23 may have been damaged by a rock thrown from a lawnmower which had recently cut the grass on a nearby DTE property. There was nothing missing from the car.


Intoxicated man rescued after deliberate jump into Detroit River

With the help of some nearby fisherman, an intoxicated 42-year-old Wyandotte man who deliberately jumped into the Detroit River the morning of Aug. 26 in Bishop Park was rescued and taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for evaluation.

Witnesses said the man emptied his pockets, then dove into the river. He then grabbed onto a metal support for the pier railing. Two nearby fishermen then helped the man into their boat, and took him to the kayak dock near the pier. The man’s bicycle was taken to his father’s house on Vinewood for safekeeping.

Grand Rapids runaways returned to parents

Three teens boys, a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds, were found on the BASF property at 4:54 a.m. Aug. 29 near DeSana Drive and Biddle Avenue, near the Silver Shores Waterfront Banquet Hall. They said they had run away from the Grand Rapids area together, taking one of the boy’s parents’ 2011 Chrysler Town and Country. They were cited for a curfew violation, and held at the police station for pickup by their parents.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)