GPS units taken from restaurant workers’ vehicles
The Global Positioning System units of two different restaurant employees were taken while they were at work last week.
At Chili’s Grill & Bar, 3220 Fairlane, a GPS unit and in-dash stereo were taken between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday from a 2000 Ford Ranger after the driver’s-door lock was punched.
At Little Caesars Pizza, 7211 Allen Road, between 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Tuesday a GPS unit was taken from a silver 1997 Ford. The woman did not know if the vehicle had been locked; no damage to it was found.
Leaf blower in the wind
A leaf blower valued at $500 was taken from the back of a trailer while its owner patronized the Wheat & Rye Steak House, 7721 Allen Road, between 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The parking lot cameras did not capture video image of the theft.
Police arrested a 31-year-old apartment resident for arson Tuesday after two suspicious fires occurred earlier this year in an apartment she occupied on Gale Boulevard within a week.
The first, a small fire in her bathroom, caused no damage. The second, which occurred about 9 p.m. Aug. 29, caused fire, smoke and water damage to a couch and her living room area. It also prompted the evacuation of tenants in the other three apartments.
Fire officials suspect arson and say the burn pattern in the second fire suggested accelerants had been used.
Apartment maintenance personnel said the tenant was in the process of being evicted prior to the second fire. The woman posted bail after her arraignment.
Gas station owner targets shoplifters
Shoplifting by students from the Academy for Business and Technology, 19625 Wood, has become an ongoing problem at the Clark gas station, 19645 Allen Road, according to the store owner.
Police said he has tried limiting student entry to two at a time, posting an extra employee in the lobby, using surveillance recordings and communicating with the school principal.
On Oct. 7, after a student returned a second time in one day to fill his backpack and pockets with snack food without paying for it, police used electronic surveillance and increased patrol attention to take the minor into custody, after which he was released to his mother.
Police plan to continue to monitor the situation.
A black 2003 Jaguar S-Type was impounded when its owner was arrested for driving with a suspended license about midnight Tuesday at Civic Drive south of Sibley.
The woman also had a valid arrest warrant out of Romulus for speeding. She was arrested and released after posting bond.
Fake five given for fuel
A counterfeit five dollar bill was used to buy gas at Speedway Superamerica, 18799 Fort Street, between 7:40 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
A young blond man with a tattoo on his neck paid with the counterfeit bill, then drove away in a white van with another white male. Police plan to review store surveillance videos.
Pumpkin versus Escalade
The back window of a 2005 Cadillac Escalade was shattered by a pumpkin about 10 p.m. Tuesday night in the 20000 block of Maplewood.
Eureka viaduct concrete crumbling
Crumbling concrete from a viaduct over Eureka fell on and damaged a 2009 Dodge Charger about 4 a.m. Sunday morning.
The owner reported the damage about noon that day. Police received similar reports during the night. Officials referred the situation to the Roads Division of Wayne County’s Department of Public Services.
Officers determined that a stumbling man, reported to be intoxicated near Biddle and Sycamore about noon Oct. 8, was possibly mentally ill instead.
Officials report the man attempted to teach the officers his flying technique, but experienced rapid mood swings instead, dropping to the ground and screaming about the voices in his head. The man was taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.