Father, son destroy basement
A resident of the 1300 block of Warwick told police Feb. 14 that he recently had been hearing banging sounds coming from a nearby house that has been vacant for over a month.
At about 5:13 p.m. officers were speaking to the resident when they heard the noise as well. They knocked at the door and were greeted by a 37-year-old man who said he was there to pick up some belongings.
He told police the house formerly belonged to a family member who had lost it to a bank.
Police found that 50 percent of the drywall had been torn out of the basement, and that paint had been tossed about. A metal hammer was found stuck in some drywall.
The man was accompanied by his 13-year-old stepson and had paint on his shoes, police said. The two were arrested for breaking and entering and malicious destruction of property; damage is estimated at $1,500.
Boarder tries to swipe blower
A 33-year-old man staying with a family in the 1200 block of Grant tried to sell their snowblower last week.
The woman homeowner told police the man walked into her garage about 5:35 p.m. Feb. 14 and announced that he was going to take the blower and use it to “make money.” A black 2002 Taurus then pulled into the driveway, and the man loaded it into the car and got in; the car then drove off.
The woman received a call 15 minutes later saying the man was planning to sell the snowblower at the Mexicantown Flea Market in Detroit. She said she went to the flea market last Sunday and bought it back for $60.
Also last Sunday, the woman received a call from a Taylor man who said her boarder tried to get a ride to a pawn shop to sell an arc welding machine valued at $250. The boarder told the man he had found the machine in an abandoned house.
About 8:30 p.m., the boarder turned up at Doughnut Palace, 930 Southfield. Officers saw him as he went into a bathroom and tried to dispose of a plastic bag in a wastebasket. The bag contained two spoons bearing burn marks from being used to cook heroin.
The man, who had been released from prison in January, was arrested for possession of narcotics and for stealing the snowblower and welding machine.
‘Tired’ bike rider targets vacuum
A resident of the 1600 block of McLain looked out his front window about 2:20 p.m. Monday and saw a woman about 20 years old wearing a light brown coat trying to take a wet-dry vacuum from a neighbor’s yard.
She told the man she and her boyfriend were tired and homeless because of a drug problem, and that she was taking the vacuum to try to get money.
The man said he had loaned the vacuum to the neighbor to help him get water out of his basement, and that the neighbor had put the vacuum outside to dry when the woman approached and tried to take it.
The owner of the vacuum stopped her from doing so; she then left the scene riding north on a pink bicycle.
Break-in nets electronics, movies
An Xbox, controllers, games and movies were stolen between 1:30 and 4 p.m. last Sunday from a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu parked at MJR Southgate Digital Cinema 20, 15651 Trenton Road.
The driver’s-side window had been broken out. The missing items were valued at $2,000.
With friends like these …
Several items turned up missing last Sunday morning from the apartment of a woman in the 15000 block of Garrison Lane.
She told police she had met a man at a Dearborn bar last the night of Feb. 14, and that he and some friends went to the apartment afterward. The man’s friends left earlier in the evening, while the man stayed overnight and left before the woman woke up.
She discovered that a video game system, some controllers and games were missing. The man denied taking them and said one of the friends may have done it, but didn’t know which one.
The goods were valued at $330.
Vehicle vandalism, thefts continue
Several vehicles were vandalized and burglarized over a three-day period within the last week.
Overnight Feb. 13, a $300 radio and a $200 MP3 player were taken from a 1997 Toyota parked in the 13000 block of Greenfield Way. Its passenger-side door handle and dash were damaged.
Several other complaints were made that day on the same street, including:
• A $200 car stereo and a $380 Global Positioning System unit was taken from a vehicle parked in the 13000 block of Village Park.
• The rear window of a 2007 Chrysler Sebring was broken out. Two pairs of pants with a total value of $100 were taken.
• A passenger-side window was broken on a 1998 Saturn.
On Feb. 15, the door was scratched on a 2004 Pontiac Aztek in the 15000 block of Garrison Place, and the rear sliding vent was broken on a 2006 Dodge Ram. Its driver’s-side and rear-door moldings were damaged by prying.
The same day, scratches were found on the door frame of 1998 Chevrolet S-10 parked on Village Square that police believe were caused by the instrument used to break into it. The ignition was broken apart during the attempted theft.