Cops bust serial larcenists
Three Detroit men admitted to a string of recent larcenies from cars at Roman Village, 9924 Dix, after they were caught in the act Nov. 11.
A special operations unit caught the trio stealing a subwoofer, amplifier and stereo from a Ford Explorer about 2:15 p.m. that day. After their arrest the men told police they had committed numerous recent larcenies at the restaurant, including one two nights earlier.
They said the stolen goods were sold at tire shops in southwest Detroit, however, they were only able to cite specifically one location at John Kronk and Livernois.
Senior conned by men claiming to be long-ago acquaintances
A suspected con game has left a 90 year-old woman $2,300 poorer and police looking for the three men who allegedly duped her at her house in the 21000 block of Outer Drive about 2 p.m. Oct. 27.
The woman told police she was approached by three men driving a larger black truck or van who said her garage roof needed to be repaired and it would only cost $38. One of the suspects asked the woman if she remembered him. He said she used to be friends with his mother when he lived down the street as a child, though she had no memory of the man.
Still, she agreed to the repairs. She said the men asked if they could borrow a stepladder, which the woman retrieved from inside her house and told them to leave in the garage. After the men had sprayed a liquid substance on the roof, they came into her house with the ladder. As she left the room to retrieve the $38, the men sat at her kitchen table.
After she paid the men and they left she noticed an envelope that had contained the cash was empty and had been moved. The woman told police the envelope was underneath a hard table cover and table cloth, and that no one knew it was there.
Elderly woman assaulted, robbed in her house
A gold wedding ring was stolen off the hand of an 89-year-old woman when two unidentified assailants forced their way into her house in the 21100 block of Fairview about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
The suspects were described as white women, about 5 feet tall, with long, straight black hair, one weighing 140 pounds, the other 160. The victim told police the women came in through her front door, and that one grabbed her by the wrist, twisted her arm and then removed the ring.
The suspect told the woman “not to fight back if she knew what was good for her.” before fleeing to a black sport utility vehicle parked in the driveway.
Man attempts armed robbery at drive through
An employee at Dunkin’ Donuts, 4345 Telegraph, was helping a customer at the drive-through window when a man on foot wielding a pistol appeared and demanded money about 4:30 a.m. Nov. 18.
The employee told police he immediately moved back from the window and shut himself in a storage room, fearing that the gunman might enter through the unlocked public entrance on the other side of the building. Meanwhile, the customer sped out of the parking lot.
The customer told police the suspect fled when the employee retreated from the window. She also reported hearing a gunshot, although the suspect never pointed the gun at her, she said.