Shopping trip turns costly
A woman returned home just after 6 p.m. Monday from shopping at Kroger, 2060 Dix, and realized she had left her purse in a shopping cart.
When she went back to the store to try to retrieve it she noticed that a blue or black older model Ford Explorer still was parked in the spot next to where her car had been. She told police that the driver, a black man about 5 feet 8 inches tall between 35 and 40 years old with a heavy build, still was sitting inside the sport utility vehicle.
She also said the man appeared to be watching her as she loaded her car with groceries.
Her $600 Coach purse contained a $50 gift card and a men’s wallet with two $75 gift cards, as well as her vehicle registration, driver’s license and four credit cards.
Windows get kick out of passerby
Police were called about 8:30 p.m. Monday to Al Petri & Sons bicycle shop, 2160 Fort St., on word of a man kicking at the front windows.
An officer found a 30-year-old Wyandotte man matching a witness’s description about to get into a car driven by his friend at the corner of Garfield and Fort.
The man was intoxicated and admitting to kicking the windows. Police found glass fragments in his tennis shoe.
One window was broken, the other was cracked, causing about $800 worth of damage.
Thief apparently seeks closer look
A peephole valued at $50 was found removed from the west rear access door at the former HQ, 15800 North Line Road, just after 9 a.m. Monday.
The building currently belongs to Wayne County.
Cash, electronics disappear from house
A break-in last Sunday at a house in the 13400 block of Mercier netted $100 cash, a $150 MP3 player and a $70 MP3 stick.
The owner found the side door forced open about just before 6 p.m. No one was inside and nothing else appeared to be missing.
Vehicle emptied of items
Several items were taken overnight last Sunday from a vehicle in the 11300 block of Cove Creek Court.
The passenger-side window was broken out to gain access, and the door frame and dashboard were damaged.
A Global Positioning System unit was missing, as was video game equipment and accessories, household goods and assorted tools.
Band promotion costs man GPS unit
A Tecumseh man quickly came to regret stopping into Drinks Saloon, 9015 Telegraph Road, to drop off some press packs for his band.
The man said he arrived about 11:40 p.m. and returned about 15 minutes later to his vehicle, which was parked in the lot north of Mary Street, to find its driver’s-side cargo window broken out.
A Global Positioning System unit had been removed.
TV lifted from drugstore
Police were called about 3:10 p.m. last Sunday to CVS/pharmacy, 3575 West Road, on word that a television had just been stolen.
A clerk said after hearing that the TV was just taken off the shelf, she went out to the parking lot. There she saw an older white man wearing a blue jacket carrying the TV headed east toward the Boston Market restaurant.
He then got into the passenger side of a small black pickup truck parked there. The truck then circled the lot and went east on West Road, where a witness began following the truck after he got the license plate number.
The truck turned north on Fort Street and headed to Ford Boulevard in Wyandotte, where the witness said he thought he saw the truck parked in front of a house.
The truck was registered to a Southgate man.
Thief on bike caught with railroad copper
A 50-year-old Trenton man who fell off a bicycle along West Jefferson between King and Sibley roads was hospitalized for mental treatment Dec. 31 after police determined he had stolen some railroad copper wire.
Officers were summoned about 8:30 a.m. to Jim’s Garage, 344 W. Jefferson, on several larceny complaints about a man on a bicycle who had just left the area. There they found that a 1990 Chevrolet pickup and its trailer were damaged by the suspect, along with footprints and tracks in the snow from the bicycle.
The truck’s window had been smashed out and the trailer’s door opened. Police followed the tracks and footprints along nearby railroad tracks about 100 feet southwest of Jefferson, where they found stripped copper wire hanging off utility poles.
Riverview police found the man shortly afterward. He was carrying a duffel bag full of copper wire, apparently from the railroad lines.