Woman fends off intruding acquaintance
A 57-year-old woman was asleep in a recliner in the living room of her house in the 1300 block of Arlington March 14 when she heard glass bottles falling off a shelf over her kitchen sink.
She awoke to find a black woman standing in her kitchen wearing a suede zipper coat with a light-colored collar, dark pants and a dark mask.
The intruder grunted, cursed at the resident and tried to run past. The resident grabbed her and pulled her to the floor. The two struggled before the intruder got up, kicked the woman in the head, grabbed her purse and ran to the door.
The intruder dropped the purse while trying to unlock the door and then fled.
The resident recognized the voice of the intruder as that of an acquaintance who had been making harassing telephone calls to her.
Police found buckets stacked outside the kitchen window and later traced the intruder to an apartment on Howard and arrested her.
A 1995 Pontiac Bonneville was stolen about midnight last Sunday from the driveway of a house in the 1500 block of Wilson.
The owner was at a birthday party at the house and had started the car before going back inside to get her children. When she returned minutes later, the car was gone.
Allen Park police stopped the car about 3 a.m. that day and said the driver got out and ran after pulling over, leaving the keys inside.
Saws no longer seen at business
Two saws, a large box of tools, a bicycle and a miter saw were taken overnight March 12 from Raal Industries, 11900 Reeck.
The saws were in a north side workshop, which is separated from the south-side workshop by a deadbolted door that requires a key to open.
The north shop is rented to a tire company, the owner said, and its employees don’t have access to the other side, where the tools were kept.
Rust from the tool box was found on the pavement in the parking lot near the southeast entrance.
The missing items were valued at about $2,000.
Theater patrons’ vehicles targeted
Three vehicles in the parking lot of MJR Southgate Digital Cinema 20,15651 Trenton Road, were targeted by thieves March 14.
The driver’s-side window of a 2008 Mercury Milan was broken, causing $400 in damage, and a $10 cell phone charger was taken.
The passenger window of a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country was broken, causing $400 in damage, and a $10 cell phone charger was taken.
The driver’s-side window of a 2002 Saturn was broken, and an MP3 adapter of unknown value was taken.
All three cars were parked on the north side of the wall between the theater and the Southgate Shopping Center.
Water flows outside house
Police responded about 2 p.m. Monday to a call that water was leaking out of a vacant house in the 13000 block of Irene.
They arrived to find the kitchen sink overflowing and both faucets left open on the sink and bathtub. Some 4 to 6 inches of water had accumulated in the basement.
Officers turned off the bathroom faucets, but couldn’t reach the kitchen sink because the water was so deep; they then called the Department of Public Works to handle the turnoff.
Shed break-in nets tools
An air compressor; air gun; combination saw, drill and light; and air hoses were found missing about 5 p.m. March 10 from a shed in the 25000 block of Chernick.
The owner said he always locks the shed and his garage, and that he found the shed lock broken off and lying nearby.
Purse left behind
A Southgate woman left her purse in a restroom at Target, 14009 Pardee, about 3:30 p.m. March 13.
When she realized she had forgotten it, she returned to the restroom and found it missing. Store security found it behind a toilet.
The woman’s wallet had been removed. It contained her driver’s license, two credit cards, a debit card, medical cards and $40 cash.