Police Blotter 9-30-2018

Allen Park

Police impound vehicle of reckless driver

A young woman driving a 2005 blue Subaru Forester may have a difficult time explaining why it was impounded after she ditched it the night of Sept. 18 and made a run for it.

A resident said he had ridden his bike to Shell 23000 W. Outer Drive to purchase a beverage, and was riding his bike south on Larme near Euclid when the driver of the Subaru drove through the intersection at a high rate of speed, ignoring the stop sign, then continued to speed through the subdivision, squealing its tires and honking the horn.

A few minutes after the bicyclist arrived home, the vehicle pulled up in front of his house, accelerating, braking and honking. He called the police, then got on his bicycle to keep track of the vehicle’s location until police officers arrived.

He said the driver pulled the Subaru into a driveway in the 17100 block of Arlington Avenue, after which the teen girl and three young men ran from the car. He said the three men entered a white pickup truck, while the young woman ran in another unknown direction.

The police officer arrived at the site of the abandoned vehicle, and found that its license plate had been deliberately covered up. The homeowner said the vehicle left in the driveway was unfamiliar to him, and he did not want it there. His 11-year-old stepson then said he believes the vehicle belongs to his friend’s sister, who may be about 18, and who lives nearby. He was uncertain of exactly where they live. Since the vehicle’s registered owner was not on the scene, it was impounded and towed.

Drunken driver’s shortcut through gas station alerts patrol officer

A 26-year-old Detroit woman driving south on Allen Road at 2:28 a.m. Sept. 23, approaching northbound Southfield Road, decided to skip the light and take a shortcut through the nearby Citgo in full view of a patrol officer, a move which abruptly ended her drive.

The patrol officer, who was stopped at the intersection, noted that the gas station was closed, with its lights out, when the woman cut through, hitting a curb as she entered northbound Southfield Road. The woman failed to maintain lane position and was driving 58 mph in a 40 mph zone when the officer initiated a traffic stop at Exxon, 16650 Southfield, where she again hit a curb entering the lot.
The woman smelled strongly of intoxicants, and had bloodshot, glassy eyes. She said she had recently left Thunderbowl Lanes, and admitted to having “a few drinks.” There was a nearly empty cup in the car which smelled of alcohol.

The woman failed multiple field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18, more than twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. She was taken into custody and cited for operating while impaired, open intoxicants in a vehicle and driving with a suspended license, expired plate and no proof of insurance.


Woman in unmarked vehicle claims to be federal employee

Police were called to a house on Gary Street Sept. 17 after a woman knocked on the door claiming to be an employee from the Food and Drug Administration.

The caller said the woman arrived at the house about 4:30 p.m. in an unmarked vehicle. When the woman told the resident a letter was sent to her house informing her of the visit, the resident said she did not receive a letter.
The woman insisted the resident open up the door and also bribed her with a lump of cash, but the resident continued to deny her entry.

According to the report, the resident only talked to the woman through a closed window until the woman left. The resident described the vehicle color as blue or silver and was able to provide the license plate number to police.

Dearborn Heights

Resident reports license plate stolen

Police responded to a call in the 3960 block of Merrick Sept. 16 when a resident reported his license plate missing.
The resident said that about 10 a.m. he parked his Ford van on the street and attended a church service a few blocks away. When he returned an hour later, the license plate was gone.

There was no suspect information provided.

Man steals purse from woman in parking lot

The victim of a purse robbery called police to Papaya Fruit Market, 25633 W. Warren Ave., after a man ripped her purse off her shoulder on Sept. 25.

According to the report, the man entered the parking lot and got out of his vehicle to check if the store was open, but found the front doors locked. The man then re-entered his vehicle and pulled up to the front doors on the west side of the business to wait for an Arab woman to exit.
As the woman exited the store pushing her cart toward her vehicle, the man exited his vehicle and took the purse off her shoulder. The man then fled west onto Warren Avenue.

Police described the man as a white male in his 40s with a stocky build, 5 feet and 4 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a knock-off blue and yellow jersey with the No. 22 on it, blue pants, black baseball hat and white and grey tennis shoes.
The suspect vehicle was described as a red, four-door 2018 Ford Fusion with tinted windows and a sunroof.

Lincoln Park

Tires punctured at VFW Hall

A 57-year-old man parked at Goodall VFW Post 552, 1125 Fort St., found both passenger-side tires of his 2016 red Chevy Cruze punctured and flat. He said he parked in the lot at 2 p.m. Sept. 3, and noticed the damage at 10:30 p.m. There was no evidence, suspects or surveillance cameras. The man said the tires will cost $200 to replace.

Bicycle stolen from pizza employee

An employee’s bicycle was stolen between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m Sept. 1 from the front of Little Caesars Pizza, 936 Southfield Road, while they were working in the back of the facility. The bike, white with blue rims, valued at $100, was not secured with a lock. There were no suspects.


Thief ready for winter?

A snowblower was stolen Sept. 27 from a resident in the 2500 block of Norman. The owner said the equipment was locked inside a screened porch, when an unknown person cut the screen on the door, unlocked it and stole the snowblower. There were no witnesses, evidence or surveillance video.

Car loses tire on Gale

A resident in the 400 block of Gale Boulevard reported the afternoon of Sept. 25 that the right front passenger tire of his 2006 Chevy Impala was stolen sometime after 11:30 p.m. the night before. It appeared as if the thief might have begun to remove the rear passenger side tire, but stopped and left the scene before it could be removed. There were no suspects, witnesses or surveillance video.

Arsonist torches car, commercial garbage bin in separate locations

Police and fire crews responded to two locations at midnight Sept. 24 following reports of a commercial garbage bin fire in the alley behind Dix Auto Clinic, 18809 Dix, and in a car at Star Auto, 19241 Dix. The bin fire, which consisted of burning tires, reignited twice, requiring firefighters to finally extinguish it with specialized foam.
The owner of Dix Auto Clinic retrieved surveillance video, which showed a person at 11:42 p.m. Sept. 23, wearing a sweatshirt, with the hood covering his head, and wearing jeans and white shoes, approach the bin and appear to ignite the fire.

The burning vehicle, a 2007 Cadillac Escalade, was apparently left unlocked. When police officers arrived at the scene they notice smoke originating from both the front and back seat, and flames in the front passenger side of the vehicle. None of the other vehicles, which were locked and secured, were damaged. Police detectives will check with nearby businesses in the hope of discovering additional video footage.


Email attempts to trick man into paying $1,000 in gift cards

A man reported Sept. 10 that a week earlier, on Sept. 2, he received an email message claiming that his computer would be turned off and disabled if he did not purchase $1,000 in gift cards, scan the numbers and forward them to the requester. The man then called the phone number provided, which he said was answered by a man with a strong Asian accent, who reiterated the need to send the gift cards. He was advised to change all of his computer passwords, to have a local tech support person check his computer and to watch his financial accounts.

Tires slashed in Greentrees Apartment complex

Several residents of Greentrees Apartments, in the 19000 block of Fort Street, reported Sept. 10 that their vehicle tires were slashed. Two tires, valued at $200 total, of a 2006 green Mercury and a tire, valued at $300, of a 2010 white Dodge Avenger were slashed. One of the victims said others in the complex had experienced slashed tires as well, in a seemingly random manner. There are no suspects.


Man applying for credit discovers fraudulent accounts in his name

A 28-year-old man filed a fraud report the evening of Sept. 10 after a loan application revealed two fraudulent accounts established in his name. He said his identity information was compromised in 2015 when his bank’s computer systems were hacked. One account had $2,188 charged to it, and another had a $1,580 charge.


License plate larceny

A man reported on Sept. 21 that the license plate from his 2017 red Chevy Malibu was stolen at midnight Sept. 17 from the parking lot of Walmart, 7555 Telegraph. There were no suspects.

Suspected bungled B&E heard, not seen

Police responded to a suspected burglary at 5:10 a.m. Sept. 22 in the 10100 block of Beech Daly, where a woman said she heard the sound of her side door opening and of someone entering her house. Officers checked the house and yard, but did not find anyone. The K-9 officer was unable to find a traceable scent. There were no suspects.


Drunken man removed from bar

A 25-year-old Southgate man was arrested and taken into custody Sept. 23 when he attempted to instigate a bar fight at Waterfront Bar and Restaurant, 507 Biddle. A bartender said that when he refused to serve the inebriated man any more drinks, the man began to cause a scene, then directed his anger at a nearby customer. Another employee then removed the man from the restaurant, and detained him outside until police arrived.

The responding officers found the man smelling strongly of intoxicants, with slurred speech and watery eyes. He consented to a search, but became unpredictable and frantic in his movements, and repeatedly tried to reach into his pockets.
When the man was told he would be handcuffed, he began to resist and pull away. A burst of chemical deterrent spray was needed to subdue the man. When placed in the rear of a police car, the man began to slam his head against the partition.
The man was taken to the Wyandotte police station, where he tried to spit on the police officers during booking. He was cited for disorderly conduct and resisting and obstructing.

Man suspected of shoving man through store window found in ER

A 22-year-old Southgate man was taken into custody for assault and battery and malicious destruction of property in the early morning hours of Sept. 22, when the Henry Ford Health System in Brownstown Township reported his suspicious injuries to local police.

The man, who had earlier attended Wyandotte’s Beer Fest, said he had no memory of being at 7-Eleven, 2822 Biddle. He had multiple lacerations on his arms, hands and head. However, his friends waiting in the lobby cooperated and relayed the actual events.

The two men officers found sitting on the curb outside 7-Eleven said the man who went through the window, a 23-year-old Wyandotte man, had minor lacerations on his back and on his hands. He said the man threatened to punch him if he stood up, and when he then stood up, the offender pushed him, causing him to lose his balance, and fall through the window glass, after which the aggressor fled with his friends. A store employee corroborated the time-line and events.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)