Purse left in cart, ATM card used
A woman’s automated teller machine card was used fraudulently after she accidentally left her purse in a shopping cart about noon last Sunday in the parking lot at Lowe’s, 23111 Outer Drive. The card was used for two separate cash withdrawals before the owner discovered and reported it missing.
Sound system taken from car
Sound system components valued at about $750 were taken from a 1998 Chevrolet Metro parked in 9000 block of Ruth between 11 p.m. Sept. 18 and 6:50 a.m. Sept. 19. The rear passenger-side window was shattered and the dashboard was damaged.
Coins, electronic games taken from house
Coins and electronic games were stolen from a house in the 17000 block of Herrick Wednesday morning while the resident was at work.
A side-door window was smashed with a concrete block to gain access. Coins valued at $200 and electronic games ($400) were taken.
Teen’s car taken
A 1988 blue Honda Civic being restored by a teen disappeared Monday night from the 2700 block of Grace.
Woman loses money in Internet loan scam
A local woman reported Monday that she heard nothing more about a purported $20,000 Canadian-backed loan she applied for through an Internet pop-up ad after she paid a $2,000 insurance policy fee to the alleged lenders.
She supplied the lender with her W-2 tax forms, Social Security number, name, address and date of birth. The victim has notified her bank, credit agencies, federal authorities and Western Union.
Cars covered in ash
Vehicles covered with a fine gray ash-like powder were reported to police about noon Sept. 19.
One vehicle was in the 17000 block of Ruth, while the other was in the 2300 block of Downing.
An official from steelmaker Severstal North America in Dearborn was in contact with police and promised to investigate the situation.
Credit card fraud thwarted
Bank e-mail fraud alerts helped a woman in the 20000 block of Coachwood thwart several attempts by an identity thief during September to change the address and phone number on her credit card.
A Detroit resident tried several times to misdirect the card fraudulently.
Mercury and merchandise missing
A 1997 tan Mercury was taken from an apartment parking lot in the 19000 block of Fort between 6 p.m. Sept. 17 and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18.
Stolen with the car were a Global Positioning System unit, two toolboxes, a hand cart and $40 cash.
Stereos taken from used car lot
Car stereos were stolen about 1 a.m. Monday from a 1994 Dodge pickup and a 1999 Chevrolet Impala at Yurkovich Auto Sales Inc., 2355 Fort St.
The suspect is a 6-foot-tall white man in his late 30s to mid-40s with thinning brown hair. He wore a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans and drove a black pickup truck with a cap.
Shut-off leads to shutdown
Jack’s on the River, ADDRESS, was shut down temporarily by city officials from about 2 to 3:45 p.m. Sept. 19 because a natural gas line shut-off had caused the restaurant’s business operating certificate to be revoked.
Restaurant officials were told they must pass fire and health inspections to reopen once gas service was restored.
Mayor Joseph Peterson intervened, however, and allowed the business to reopen with the assurance that the certificate issue would be addressed on the next business day, Monday.
Son steals, forges father’s checks
A 29-year-old Detroit man is believed to have been stealing blank checks from his father, forging his father’s name and making the checks payable to himself.
The father, a Wyandotte resident, told police Wednesday afternoon that he has closed his accounts and was advised to follow up with the Detective Bureau.
Grandmother’s credit and ATM cards used
A 73-year-old woman recently discharged from the hospital reported to police Monday that her bank account had been overdrawn and about $4,000 in online purchases had been charged to a department store account.
The online purchases were traced to her 34-year-old granddaughter, who lives in an apartment above her grandmother’s residence. The senior was advised to flag her accounts, get a credit check report and follow up with detectives.