Thunderbird missing, Dodge recovered
A green 1997 Dodge was recovered in Lincoln Park about 6 a.m. Dec. 17 with a broken window and a damaged steering column. The owner last saw it at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at her place of business, Hopping’s Miracle Appearance Reconditioning Specialists, 16038 Southfield Road in Allen Park.
A black 1994 Ford Thunderbird was taken from an apartment parking lot in the 14000 block of Champaign early Monday morning. The vehicle owner suspects his current live-in girlfriend, who may have taken the vehicle to finance her substance abuse habit. His keys, cell phone and $117 in cash were taken last night while he was asleep.
A woman buying groceries at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, used the self-checkout lane at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in an unsuccessful attempt to pay for only a portion of her grocery order.
Police through biometric identity verification discovered she was using an alias. The woman had multiple warrants in other jurisdictions.
Two young men from the city of Wayne tried to leave Old Navy, 3260 Fairlane Drive, about 10 a.m. Dec. 17 wearing clothing they did not purchase. Police detained them when they attempted to meet up in front of an adjacent restaurant. They were taken into custody and their vehicle was impounded.
Gold goes away
Gold jewelry valued at about $750 was stolen from a house in the 17000 block of Reed between 6:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Monday.
There was no sign of forced entry. A deadbolt on the side door was unlocked, and a board in the track of a back window was removed.
Dognappers demand ransom
A black and white border collie missing since Dec. 5 has been the subject of ransom negotiations between his owner and an unknown man and woman.
Talks broke down when the hostage holders demanded more than the dog’s owner was willing to pay. Police contacted the dognappers by phone and voice mail.
Gas and go?
A white man in his 30s left without paying after pumping $30 worth of gas at the BP gas station, 18609 Dix. He was driving a red GMC work van with a ladder on top and white business lettering on the side.
In-dash stereos stolen
An in-dash stereo valued at $125 was stolen from a Chevrolet minivan about 11 a.m. Dec. 17 while the owner was shopping at Dunham’s Sports, 20880 Fort St.
The vehicle owner said he was in the store for about 10 minutes, and did not think he locked the vehicle’s door.
An in-dash stereo valued at $250 was reported stolen overnight at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 17 by a young woman living in an apartment in the 14000 block of Brookview Drive. The vehicle owner said her car was locked. There were no signs of forced entry or damage to the vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Impala.
Car thief foiled
A would-be thief broke the steering wheel and ignition switch of a 1990 Chevy parked in an apartment complex in the 13000 block of Pennsylvania between Dec. 17 and last Sunday afternoon.
The vehicle was unlocked, and belonged to the driver’s son, a Lincoln Park resident.
Downed telephone line stops bridge traffic
Traffic was delayed at the toll span on Bridge Road about 7 p.m. Dec. 19 after a semitrailer snagged a low-hanging utility wire, which was severed and fell into the roadway.
Once officers determined it was a telephone wire, they cleared the lane and re-established the traffic flow. A toll bridge operator recalled that utility workers had been in the area several days earlier and had left their work site without tightening the slack in the overhead telephone wire.
Robbery follows threats
Jewelry, two antique pistols and ammunition were stolen from a 71-year-old woman’s apartment in the 1400 block of Chestnut sometimes between 6 p.m. last Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday.
She had spent the night in a hotel after her 49-year-old son had threatened her life. Her son still has a key to the apartment.
Packages missing from porch
A package containing a DVD and another containing miscellaneous Christmas gifts were never received by a resident in the 300 block of Biddle.
Post office records indicate that packages were delivered to her door about 10 a.m. Dec. 12.
The in-dash radio and valuable work-related tools were stolen from a man’s gray 1997 GMC Savana van in the 500 block of Pine between 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 9:45 a.m. Dec. 17.
The front passenger-door lock was popped out to gain entry to the vehicle.
The rear windshield of a 2002 Dodge Caravan was smashed between 4 p.m. last Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday while it was parked in the 1400 block of 23rd.
Police found a nearby rock believed to have caused the damage.