A 1999 Jeep Cherokee was stolen while it was parked outside TJ Maxx, 3320 Fairlane.
The owner entered the store at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 and returned 20 minutes later to find the Jeep missing.
There were no signs of forced entry. The owner still was in possession of the keys and the vehicle is paid for.
Tires slashed again
Tires were slashed on two cars belonging to a father and son in the 10000 block of Buckingham sometime between 10 p.m. Jan. 26 and noon Jan. 27
The cars were parked in the father’s driveway. Two tires on the father’s 2008 Lincoln and one on the son’s 1995 Mercury were damaged.
The tires had been slashed once before while the cars were parked in the driveway.
Pills taken from kitchen
Pain pills were stolen from a 69-year-old resident’s room in the Maple Heights Retirement Community, 4600 Allen, sometime between 8 a.m. Jan. 27 and noon Jan. 28.
Approximately 50 hydrocodone pills were taken from the man’s kitchen drawer.
He said he routinely leaves his room without locking the door, and that anyone could have entered without his knowledge.
Man beats carjacker into submission, follows him home
Police arrested a 42-year-old man for carjacking at his house in the 5600 block of McMillan after his would-be victim followed him there.
About 12:40 p.m. Jan. 20, the man attempted to steal a 2003 Ford Explorer a few blocks from his house. The owner, a 20-year-old resident, had left the sport utility vehicle running while he went to grab his cell phone from his mother’s house.
When the owner came back out, the suspect was quickly approaching the vehicle. As the suspect opened the unlocked driver’s door, the owner jumped in the passenger seat.
The suspect began driving away as the owner yelled at him to stop, and a flurry of punches ensued. After the suspect had enough, he stopped the car and ran through back yards, but was unable to elude his tracker, eventually leading to his arrest.
Resident shows why not to talk to strangers
A 54-year-old Dearborn Heights man suffered serious injuries after a pair of strangers he invited back to his house in the 7000 block of Robindale for tequila smashed the bottle over his head.
The man told police that about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 27, he withdrew $300 from an automated teller machine at Evergreen and Warren. After driving up and down Warren for a while he saw two men and decided to pull over and talk to them.
The man said he asked them if they “wanted to have a drink and some fun,” and invited them to come back to his house. The men agreed, got into his car, and the three of them went to a nearby liquor store where the victim purchased a fifth of tequila.
After getting to his house the victim said the three of them drank and talked for a while until he was struck in the side of the face while looking away from one of the men.
The men reached in his wallet, took the money, and apparently left in a car waiting outside. The victim was taken to Garden City Hospital, where he was treated for deep lacerations and severe bruising.
Open door leads to big haul
An unlocked door opened the way to a lot of stolen items Jan. 31 for an apartment resident in the 2200 block of Moore.
The man said his son did not lock the door after leaving the apartment about 4 p.m. that day, and when the man returned, he found several items missing. Among them were video game equipment worth about $800, $120 in jewelry, an $80 pair of tennis shoes, $600 worth of tools and a $600 Fender Stratocaster guitar.
Purse snatcher caught in the act
Several patrons thwarted an attempted purse snatching Jan. 31 at Flapper’s, 722 Southfield.
A 31-year-old woman told police she was playing a video game when a man who was sitting behind her drinking a beer suddenly reached around her, grabbed her purse off the bar ran toward the exit. She yelled out and the men chased him into the alley, caught him, retrieved the purse and held him until police arrived.
Police arrested the 31-year-old man, who also had left a bar tab worth $7.25 that he had attempted to pay for with a declined tax return debit card.
Video games, TVs flee
Electronics and cash were taken in a burglary Monday from a house in the 1700 block of Progress.
Missing were computer hardware and software valued at $1,000; televisions, a video camera and video game systems valued at $2,400; and a large plastic bank containing an unknown amount in coins and miscellaneous currency.
Police said entry was gained through a door window on the side of the house.
Riverview Employee’s car burglarized
A 2008 Chevrolet Uplander belonging to an employee of Denny’s, 18818 Fort, was broken into sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday while she was working.
She had parked in the lot behind the restaurant. When she returned she discovered her car window broken and the in-car DVD system stolen.
The DVD player is valued at $150; damage is estimated at $300.
Storage unit broken into
The basement storage bin of an apartment resident of the 19000 block of Fort was broken into at 3 p.m. Jan. 30.
She was in her bathroom when she heard loud noises coming from downstairs. At the time she believed it was someone moving something to the basement from a neighboring apartment.
Her husband later went to the storage area and found the lock on the storage bin gate broken.
A drill, circular saw, air compressor and ceramic heater were stolen. The total value of the items is $370.
Brands matter to thief
A choosy smoker apparently was one of two men responsible for a break-in early Jan. 30 at the Sunoco gas station, 12337 Dix-Toledo.
Police said a front garage window was broken out, and that footprints were found in snow east of the building leading through an alley, over a wall, onto a lower roof and to an upper roof, where several light fixture housings were broken. The bulbs were left intact.
The only thing missing, police said, was an unknown quantity of Newport cigarettes. A bicycle was found behind the building.
Police said video surveillance showed two men. One was wearing a black or blue jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath. The other wore a red jacket with black and white on it and could be seen doing something unidentifiable behind a counter at the store inside. He also could be seen running away after breaking the window. Tracks into the neighborhood in the snow eventually trailed off.
While clearing the scene, police were alerted by an alarm to a broken window a few doors down at Value World, 12125 Dix-Toledo. No entry was gained there, but bicycle tracks in the snow could be seen leading to the window.
GPS units targeted
Global Positioning System units were reported taken from two vehicles Jan. 31 in the area of North Line and Reeck roads.
One was missing from a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu found about 2:15 a.m. near the front doors of the Holiday Inn, 17201 North Line. The car’s driver-side window had been broken out. The unit is valued at $250.
Its owner said she had parked it in the lot at Comfort Suites, 18950 North Line about 8 p.m. Jan. 30. She told police the vehicle used to belong to her ex-husband.
A GPS unit also was taken from 1999 Chevrolet Blazer parked near a building at 12888 Reeck. The passenger-side window was broken out. The unit is valued at $200.
Resident doesn’t factor in larceny
A calculator valued at $160 and a college algebra textbook valued at $100 were taken overnight Monday from a vehicle parked overnight in a lot in the 13000 block of Village Park Drive.
Man gives name, takes chain
A 23-year-old Ecorse man is suspected of taking a $1,500 chain last Sunday from the Gold Exchange at Gibraltar Trade Center, 15525 Racho.
An employee said he approached the counter about 3 p.m. and asked to see the chain. She removed it from a display case and handed to him and was distracted briefly. When she looked back, he was gone.
Three witnesses saw him leave and pointed him out to her. She tried follow him but lost sight of him near an entrance.
She said the man in May had given her what she believes is his real name in order to place a layaway. The employee then gave the information to police. The man is described as about 20 years old, black, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.
Old grudge leads to delayed assault
A 31-year-old Inkster man went to the police station early Jan. 31 to report he had been assaulted Jan. 23 at Drinks Saloon, 9015 Telegraph, by a man he had known since high school.
The victim said he and his former acquaintance had engaged in drug dealing several years ago, and that the victim was at the man’s house back then when police raided it.
He said he had seen the man at a Detroit bar earlier that evening and during their conversation saw no signs of ill will over the incident. The victim told police he mentioned to the man that he would be going drop off a friend at Drinks Saloon later that evening.
The Inkster man said when he got to the Taylor bar, he got out of his car and was assaulted by his former acquaintance with a baseball bat to the head, and that a light-skinned black man also wielding a bat struck him on the legs.
The victim said his girlfriend then screamed, and the two men got into a silver Chevrolet Tahoe and headed north on Telegraph. He told police he wants to press charges.
Tough talk results in arrest
A 39-year-old Detroit man was arrested Jan. 30 for being disorderly at a gas station at the corner of Wick and Telegraph.
An employee said the man was inside the store at the station harassing customers; the employee then asked the man to leave. When the man refused, the employee called police.
They arrived about 11 p.m. and found the man pretending to pump gas into a vehicle. Officers asked if it was his, and when he replied that it wasn’t, they ordered him to leave.
The man replied, “I’m not going anywhere.”
Police then arrested him and charged him with trespassing.
A window of a 1995 Jeep Cherokee was shot out sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. Jan. 31.
The rear driver’s-side window was shot with a BB gun pellet while the Jeep was parked in front of the owner’s house in the 3800 block of Brookshire.
Damage is estimated at $200.
High school student’s purse taken
A student’s purse was stolen while she was inside Trenton High School, 2601 Charlton, sometime between 2:45 and 4 p.m. Jan. 29.
She was near the auditorium and placed her coat and purse in the hallway while she practiced for a musical production. After the rehearsal she discovered the purse missing.
Her digital camera, cellular phone, driver’s license and library card were in the purse.
Light stepped on
A $600 halogen industrial light was broken sometime last weekend at the VFW Post 1136, 633 Ford.
The light illuminates the flags in front of the post. Footprints in the snow led up to the light from Ford Avenue, and the suspect apparently stepped on the light.
Money, knife missing from car
Sometime during the night of Jan. 29, someone broke into a 2007 Ford Fusion in the 1700 block of Eighth.
The owner had locked the car, but in the morning discovered it unsecured and rummaged through. A pocket knife and $15 were stolen.
A house in the 2700 block of 22nd was burglarized sometime between 8 a.m. and noon Tuesday.
The suspects had forced open a window to gain entry and searched through both bedrooms taking money and jewelry.
(Compiled by J. Patrick Pepper, Brooke Stevenson and Tom Tigani.)