Van occupants suspected in parking lot thefts
The same two people are suspected of the Monday thefts from two vehicles parked in the northwest corner of the parking lot at Kroger, 2060 Dix.
Surveillance video shows a white man in his mid-20s to early 30s committing the thefts and getting into a purple Chrysler or Ford minivan driven by a heavyset white woman.
The first theft took place from a 1998 Windstar. The owner said he parked it about 12:30 p.m. and returned early that evening to find an MP3 player and tape adapter missing. The items are collectively valued at $200.
The video shows the man opening the rear door of the Windstar and removing the items, then getting into the purple van and driving out of sight of the surveillance camera.
The second theft, from a 1995 Ford Mustang, took place about 7:40 p.m. The owner said he was only inside the store for fewer than five minutes and returned to find three laptop computers stolen; two were valued at $1,000, the other at $350.
The man could be seen on video smashing the passenger’s-side window on the Mustang and removing the items.
Burning bedding doused in garage
A garage fire was reported about 3 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of Cleophus.
Firefighters arrived to find a mattress and box spring had been ignited by unknown means and extinguished them, but not before nearly $1,000 in damage had occurred to the garage’s northwest corner.
The house is up for sale. Fire officials suspect foul play but have no suspects or evidence yet.
Repair shop burglars get money, car stereo items
Cash and car electronics were taken during a break-in between 3 p.m. Aug. 19 and 9:45 a.m. Monday at Muffler Man, 14048 Eureka.
Entry was gained by breaking panel in a bay door in the front of the building. About $300 worth of sound equipment and $100 worth of tachometer equipment was stolen from a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse, where a pack of cigarettes was left behind by the thieves.
They also made off with $600 cash from a register and damaged and opened a soda machine, though its coin box was intact.
Man gets saucy with counter help
Employees at Taco Bell, 12660 Fort St., were on the receiving end of a nearby resident’s anger last Sunday afternoon.
A man came into the restaurant about 1:30 p.m. yelling at the clerks behind the counter about a number hot sauce packets that he said he had found on his lawn. He threw a bag containing both empty and unopened packets at the employees, but the bag missed them and landed on the floor.
The man is described as white and of medium build; he was wearing a light blue T-shirt with a green design on the back and shorts.
Rocks and blocks flung at car windows
Several vehicles parked on city streets sustained window damage over the past week.
On Aug. 21, vehicles in the 14600 block of Balsam, the 14200 block of Kennebec and the 15700 block of Windemere were hit.
One vehicle in the 13200 block of North Line was hit on Tuesday. On Wednesday, a vehicle in the 13800 block of Cambridge was hit, as was the window of a business in the 1300 block of Eureka.
Several of the windows were broken with rocks and blocks used for landscaping.
Police are unsure if the incidents are related.
Two trailers leave site unseen
Two semitrailers were stolen Aug. 19 from Northfield Trucking, 25098 Brest.
A employee said all of the company’s trailers were there at 7 a.m., but that when they checked again at 8, two were missing.
Both were out of service and being used for storage. One contained a load of new work gloves, the other metal conveyor racks.
The trailers are white; one has a large blue stripe around the outside. They are valued at $3,000 to $5,000 each.
Lost card leads to breached rental
An employee of Home Depot, 11100 Telegraph Road, contacted a Pine Street man Aug. 13 to seek return of a power snake and generator that had been rented the day before.
The man said he hadn’t rented anything from the store, but that his state identification card had been stolen several weeks ago.
Former girlfriend doesn’t spare car window
The ex-girlfriend of a man in the 11100 block of Jackson came by to drop off some of his items and threw clothing out of her car window onto his driveway.
When he came out to get the items, the woman got out of the car and threw a bowling ball at the rear passenger’s-side window of his car and drove off.
Police did not give an estimate of the damage.
ID used to get cards, home items
A resident of the 1600 block of Hawthorn reported an identity theft Monday.
He said someone used his credit card number Aug. 17 in Commerce Township and at a Lowe’s in Sterling Heights to purchase about $5,300 worth of items.
The resident became suspicious when he received two new credit cards from the store with his address on the paperwork but in someone else’s name.
The company’s fraud unit has begun an investigation, police said.
Woman gets cake shop cash
A bank bag was discovered missing about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Margie’s, 3404 West Road.
An employee said a woman came into the store and tried to distract her and another clerk, but left without buying anything after saying she would return to pick up items that had been set aside.
The bank bag was discovered missing after the woman left and contained $450 cash.
The suspect is described as black, about 45 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium to large build, short black hair and wearing dark eyeglasses.
Guests take home more than memories
A woman living in the 2500 block of West Jefferson said that on Aug. 20 women made off with nearly $1,500 in video game equipment, games, cell phone memory cards and cash.
She said her live-in friend invited the men to her house between 2 and 5 a.m., and that one of the men stayed in the living room where the items previously had been. The friend had a first name and telephone number for one of the men, who she said lived in Lincoln Park.
The woman called the man and asked him to return the missing items, but he refused.
Stolen were three game systems, one valued at $500, one at $250 and the other at $150; 10 games ($500); two memory cards ($60 total); and $20 cash.