Tools snapped up
Hand tools valued at $2,000 were stolen from the basement of a house in the 7600 block of Pelham between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31.
Signs of forced entry were found. The residents suspect a cousin who uncharacteristically called earlier in the day to determine when they would be home.
TV taker tackled
A 38-year-old Taylor man was tackled and restrained about 5 p.m. Jan. 2 by three loss-prevention personnel at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive.
Two 19-inch liquid crystal display televisions, valued at $200 each, a $500 vacuum and a $60 circular saw were in the shopping cart with which the subject attempted to leave the store.
Homeless houseguest steals car
A homeless houseguest with a history of drug abuse left with her host’s white 1997 Saturn, which was parked in the 14800 block of Cleophus shortly before midnight Jan. 2.
Boots, debit card left party together
A party guest suspects she lost her $120 boots, a digital camera, $20 cash and a debit card to another guest, a Melvindale teen, at a social gathering of a dozen people at a house in the 6300 block of Luana just after midnight Jan. 2.
The debit card was used fraudulently at a Taco Bell at 12:45 a.m. Jan. 3. It was declined for lack of identification at 2:43 a.m. at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive in Allen Park. The victim told police that Meijer may have surveillance footage of the subject.
Coat, keys stolen from dialysis patient
A coat, car and house keys may have been taken by another Davita Dialysis patient from their 5600 Allen Road location between noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 28.
Patient confidentiality rules discouraged an employee from revealing which patient might have taken the coat with the keys in the pocket, accidentally or otherwise.
After a week, the patient missing his coat and keys filed a police report Tuesday. The victim spent over $700 to replace his car and house locks and keys.
A silver-colored 2007 Toyota Yaris was taken from the 2700 block of Blanche between 1 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1.
The owner was home and heard nothing at the time. The car doors were locked and he did not give anyone permission to use the vehicle. A bowling ball and car seat were in the car.
Unknown vandals tried unsuccessfully to remove an in-dash stereo from a black 2008 Chrysler van parked near the boat ramp between 8 and 10 p.m. last Sunday at 4300 S. Dearborn.
The driver’s-side window was smashed out, and three pizza kits were taken. Items were taken into evidence from which to possibly lift fingerprints. The vehicle’s old registration and insurance paperwork also were missing from the glove box.
New Year smash or grab
Two boys were arrested about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 2 as possible suspects in at least nine cases of vehicle vandalism and larceny in the neighborhood bounded by Fort, Pennsylvania, Longsdorf and the railroad tracks late Jan. 1 and early Jan. 2.
Some vehicles just had broken windows with nothing stolen, while others had no broken windows but were robbed.
A rear window was broken out of a vehicle in the 11000 block of Garfield, but nothing was taken.
In the 17000 block of Valade, one vehicle had a broken driver’s-side window with nothing taken, while another, which was left unlocked, was undamaged but had a stereo missing.
The rear window was shattered on a vehicle parked on the north side of Colvin in front of a house in the 17000 block of Brinson.
CDs and a cell phone charger were stolen from an unlocked car in the 17000 block of Smith. No damage was reported.
Auto repair shop robbed
A welding machine valued at $10,000 was stolen from Mike’s Auto, 1158 Biddle, between 10 p.m. Dec. 31
and 4 p.m. Jan. 1.
A bay door window was broken. Also taken were four custom chrome rims. collectively valued at $1,000, two televisions valued at $200 each and stereo speakers with a combined value of $300.
Rental property trashed
A landlord told police that his evicted tenants, two men in their 20s, may be responsible for severely damaging his lower rental unit in the 200 block of Antoine before leaving on or before Tuesday.
The responding officer observed a large hole in the wall, broken boards and wood, damaged drywall, wet plaster and blood smears.
Raw garbage, old furniture, broken glass and miscellaneous abandoned junk also were left inside the unit.