Paper route cut short
The car of a Taylor woman was stolen early last Sunday while she was delivering papers along Markese near Dix.
She said she had just walked up to a house about 5:30 a.m. when she heard someone whistle. She then turned around to see a white man in his 20s with a shaved head get into her 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier and drive off with about 150 newspapers still inside.
The man was wearing a white T-shirt and described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build.
Couple gets purse their way
A woman eating about 3 p.m. Monday inside Burger King, 2155 Dix, went out to her car to find that her purse had been stolen.
Surveillance video showed a gold 1994 Geo Prizm pull into the drive-through lane, then pull out and into the parking lot next to her 1999 Chevrolet Beretta. A woman who was driving and her male passenger both got out; he then entered the rear of the Beretta and removed the purse, which contained a $200 cell phone and a wallet containing credit cards, a Social Security card and the woman’s identification.
He then got into the driver’s seat of the Prizm, the woman got into the front passenger’s seat and they drove off.
Their car headed south out of the lot, west on White and then north on Dix before going outside the camera’s range.
The woman is described as white, wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans; the man also is white and was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
Bucket grabbed from business
A 1-foot excavating bucket valued at $1,200 was reported stolen Tuesday morning from a backhoe parked at Gaglio Cement, 15799 Selwyn.
A witness said she saw two Hispanic men pull up in a white van Monday evening who got out and loaded the bucket into the van before driving off on Pearl Street.
She said she didn’t think anything of it at the time because she believed the men might have worked for the company.
Argument precedes grill theft
A resident of the 13000 block of Rosedale got a call from his daughter about 11:30 a.m. Monday saying that she saw a neighbor in the back yard looking around.
She told her father that she and her boyfriend confronted the man, who then got into an argument with them.
When the resident returned from work that afternoon, a lock on the gate was missing, as was his charcoal grill, which was valued at $75.
A woman who lives next door said her boyfriend had been in the resident’s yard that day to fix a fence that had blown down recently
Lights go on too late to save CDs
A man getting ready for bed at a house in the 20600 block of Lockwood about 4 a.m. Monday heard someone in his front yard.
He looked out his window and saw two men near his father’s car, one wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and the other wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt. He flicked his porch light on and off a couple of times and scared them off, police said.
When the father checked the car, he found several CDs missing from one of the car’s visors; some pepper spray also was missing.
Half of car’s tires removed
An employee of Oakwood Heritage Hospital, 10000 S. Telegraph, returned to her car the afternoon of Sept. 25 and found the two passenger-side tires and wheels missing.
The car was found resting on a concrete block.
She told police she had parked her car in the lot just before 7 a.m. Another employee who arrived later and parked next to the vandalized car said that as she was pulling in she noticed a “creepy” man in his 20s inside a blue or green Ford Escort station wagon waiting nearby.
The second employee apologized for making the man wait for her to park, then headed for the employee entrance of the hospital. As she did so, she said he followed her while smoking a cigarette. When she was halfway to the door, he then turned around and walked back toward his car and the two employee’s vehicles.
The man was described as having a small build and short brown hair.
Money goes missing from principal’s office
Money was removed last weekend from a desk in the principal’s office at Trenton High School, 2601 Charlton Road.
A total of $210 cash and six checks totaling $90 were in the drawer when employees left for the weekend at 5 p.m. Sept. 25 but missing when they returned at 7 a.m. Monday.
The office, which typically is locked, was found unlocked, with no signs of forced entry. The money was to be used for student testing.
Wheelchair occupant yells into traffic
Police were dispatched about 3 p.m. Sept. 24 to 7-Eleven, 2842 Grange, on report of a man in a wheelchair shouting at patrons entering the store.
When they arrived a 63-year-old resident was pushing himself away from the store. He said he was not bothering anyone, but trying to get someone entering the store to buy him some beer.
Officers advised him to leave, noting that he has been banned from the store because of previous incidents. He had pushed himself to the corner of Grange and West Road, where he began shouting obscenities about Wyandotte and Riverview police, both of which hold warrants for his arrest.
Passing motorists with their car windows rolled down and several children on bicycles waiting to cross West could hear his shouts, police said.
They arrested him for being a disorderly person.