Alert neighbor tips police to theft
A call from an alert neighbor enabled police to recover the wheels and rims removed from two Ford Fusions at Willow Cove Apartments early Aug. 5.
The caller’s description allowed officers to detain two men in a 2006 red Dodge Charger before they left the complex, which is near Southfield Road and Outer Drive. The 33-year-old driver and 27-year-old passenger, both of Detroit, were arrested.
Purse walks off while owner does
A red leather purse, its contents and $90 cash were taken from a woman’s 2007 Ford Explorer between 6 and 6:45 a.m. Aug. 5.
The woman said she left her vehicle unlocked in the parking lot at Allen Park High School, 18401 Champaign, while she walked the school track.
Car thief gets debit card, electronics
A purse, debit card and CD player were reported missing at 9:25 a.m. Aug. 8 from a 1996 Ford Explorer parked in the 15000 block of Jonas overnight. The rear passenger-side window was broken to gain entry.
A radio was removed from a 1995 white Dodge Ram van parked in the 15000 block of Angelique while the owner was out of town.
When the owner returned Aug. 9 he reported a broken driver’s-side door window, a damaged dashboard and a scrape and dent near the door lock.
Guns and games stolen
Two loaded guns, a digital camera and an Xbox video game system and games were reported missing Aug. 4 from a house in the 18000 block of Hanna.
The 31-year-old homeowner is unsure when the theft occurred, but noticed the game system missing July 31.
Custom car damaged
A classic 1969 Chevrolet was scratched on the driver’s side panel by a 10-year-old boy on a bicycle at the Melvindale Civic Center Ice Arena, 4300 S. Dearborn St. the afternoon of Aug. 4.
When the boy left without reporting the damage, a witness watched him return home to the 17000 block of Robert before notifying the police.
After speaking with an officer, the boy and his mother returned to the rink to talk to the car’s owner, a 47-year-old Lincoln Park man. The owner was advised to get a repair cost estimate and follow up with detectives.
Car windshield smashed on employee’s first day
A rock smashed through the windshield of a 2002 blue four-door Daewoo parked at a local trucking company at 17801 Dix between 8:45 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. Aug. 3. The 36-year-old vehicle owner had just spent his first day working as a truck driver for the firm.
Rifle stolen from home
A .22-caliber rifle was reported missing by a 42-year-old man living in the 17000 block of Flint.
He believes the rifle could have been missing for two months and suspects his 40-year-old roommate might be involved.
License plates stolen
License plates were stolen Aug. 2 from a 1999 Dodge Ram van belonging to a 44-year-old woman in the 2000 block of David Street.
The resident returned to the police station later in the day to report that her son’s license plates were also stolen.
Credit card denied
A woman filed a fraud complaint when she discovered that someone had applied for an Old Navy credit card in her name.
A credit check revealed other open accounts with Sprint and Comcast.
Motel air conditioners stolen
An officer on patrol Aug. 10 noticed that a large commercial air conditioning unit was missing and that two more were disconnected and damaged on the south side of the Melvindale Motel, 17600 Dix.
Gang graffiti was observed on the electrical box and windows at the back of the building. A construction company bulldozer then was placed in front of the remaining two air conditioning units to prevent their disappearance.
Debit card fraud funds electronics purchases
Someone charged at least $475 worth of video games and music downloads to the debit charge card of a 40-year-old female resident of the 17000 block of Reno. She filed a police report last Monday after the fraudulent charges caused her card to be declined at a store on Aug. 7.
Cell phone discovered at break-in site
A cell phone was found on the floor directly under the open bedroom window of an unoccupied house Aug. 8 in the 11000 block of Garfield.
Police were called to investigate when a neighbor found a side door open and lights on. The daughter of the late resident, who owns house, determined Aug. 9 that nothing was missing.
Cracked windshield reveals suspended license
A 27-year-old Rockwood man driving a Lincoln Park woman’s 1993 Toyota on Fort Street near Sibley Road was stopped for driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield and failing to signal a right turn at 9:50 p.m. on Aug. 8.
The driver’s Michigan identification card revealed his driver’s license was suspended due to an unpaid traffic ticket and an unconfirmed misdemeanor shoplifting warrant.
The driver was arrested and the vehicle turned over to the registered owner.
Electronic equipment stolen from restaurant worker’s car
More than $750 in electronic items were stolen from a 17-year-old Riverview man’s 1999 red Mercury Cougar while he worked at Denny’s, 18818 Fort St., from 5 to 10:22 p.m. Aug. 8.
The man could not remember whether he had locked his car. An amplifier ($250), subwoofers ($200), a Global Positioning System unit ($200), a radar detector ($100) and blue backpack were taken.
Unlocked car with open windows robbed
A 27-year-old man discovered his car stereo and Global Positioning System unit were taken from his 1990 Ford Ranger parked in the 17000 block of Fort St. between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9.
The man said the door was unlocked and the windows were down when the items went missing.
High-end navigation, stereo and CD player stolen from vehicle
A man reported a $1,500 Kenwood navigation system, stereo and CD player were stolen from his 2007 red Dodge Ram pickup truck parked at Greentree Apartments in the 19000 block of Fort Street between midnight Aug. 7 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 8.
The man said he always locks his vehicle.
House ransacked and robbed
A house in the 17000 block of Quarry was ransacked and robbed between 7:30 p.m. and 12:55 a.m. Aug. 8.
Entry was gained through the north kitchen window screen and left footprints in the sink and on the kitchen floor. The cushions were slashed on a $2,000 couch and a 50-inch big-screen television ($2,000).
Missing items include a video game system, a laptop computer, a digital camera, a camcorder, AC/DC concert tickets, an MP3 data cable and a flute.
St. Michael statue stolen
A 50-pound statue of St. Michael was stolen from the yard of a 52-year-old woman living in the 600 block of Poplar overnight Aug. 10.
Woman passes out in flower bed
A 48-year-old woman with her shorts and underwear around her knees was found passed out in a flower bed in a pool of her own urine near a public parking area at 1145 Eureka at 1:23 a.m. on Aug. 8.
She was found next to a nearly empty bottle of strawberry vodka. After sternum rubs and air horn chirps, the woman awakened but was incoherent and unable to stand.
She was charged with disorderly conduct and open intoxication and transported to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for treatment.
Man believes TV watches him
A 47-year-old man in the 4000 block of Quarry reported the theft of his cell phone and bicycle at 10:35 a.m. Aug. 7.
The man also believes someone must have a key to his apartment because he has had food missing in the past. The man also said he believes his television is haunted and that channels 2, 4 and 7 watch him through his television.
However, the police did discover fresh pry marks on the tenant’s door.
Parolee stopped on way SOS office
A recently paroled, unlicensed 42-year-old River Rouge man was driving to a Secretary of State office at 8:25 a.m. Aug. 6 to apply for a driver’s license when he was stopped for speeding at Biddle and Clinton.
His passenger, a 39-year-old Ecorse woman and licensed driver, was the registered owner of the 1997 purple four-door Chrysler Concorde the unlicensed man was driving.
The man was cited for speeding and driving without a license, while the woman was ticketed for allowing an unlicensed person to drive. The vehicle then was released to the registered owner.
Agitated man believes officers were dead
A 50-year-old man living in an apartment in the 3000 block of 13th was restrained and transported to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital following an agitated and violent psychological outburst at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday.
The man was unable to answer or acknowledge direct questions and believed the responding officers were either his father, his uncle or were dead.
When the man continued to rant and scream, he was restrained and hospitalized for his well-being and the safety of others.