Jewelry store customer turns out to be crook
A man pretending to be a shopper stole a $6,300 diamond ring July 2 from an unsuspecting M J Diamond employee in Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan.
The employee said she was holding the ring in her hand when something distracted her, giving the man an opportunity to snatch it away. Another store employee briefly pursued the suspect until the suspect reached a waiting silver Ford Taurus near the J.C. Penny pickup area.
Basement under water, tools stolen in burglary
Roughly $800 in power tools and $400 in copper piping and fittings were stolen from a vacant house in the 7900 block of Pinehurst sometime between July 1 and 7.
A neighbor told police a heavyset black man driving an older black pickup truck was at the house twice over the course of the week, but she thought he was a contractor.
In addition to stealing the copper pipes, the man stole the main water shut-off valve, which left water dumping into the basement. Roughly a foot of standing water was present when the break-in was discovered.
Elderly man knocked unconscious in carjacking
A 78-year-old man was taken to an area hospital after his daughter found him lying unconscious in the Co-op Towers parking lot, 16600 Outer Drive about 6:30 a.m. July 12.
The daughter told police that he apparently was the victim of a carjacking, as he was found three parking spaces away from his assigned space without his car keys or the vehicle anywhere in sight. Police did not provide any further information about the man’s condition.
Drunken woman arrested for indecent exposure
Police arrested a woman for indecent exposure after she allegedly urinated on the street near the intersection of Warren and Fenton about 5 p.m. July 10.
The arrest was made with the help of a witness who identified the woman. The woman also was found to have warrants for her arrest in Detroit and Sterling Heights. Sterling Heights police picked her up after she was arraigned in 20th District Court.