Air lift: Station compressors targeted
Air compressors were taken from two gas stations Monday, and the attempted theft of a compressor at a third station was abandoned.
The owner of all three stations said the device at the Sunoco station, 1312 Fort St., was valued at $2,000. The compressor at the Marathon station, 2472 Dix, was valued at $1,500.
The compressor at the Welcome station, 3585 Dix, sustained $100 in damage, but the owner was able to repair it.
Habit opens door for truck thief
A stop to buy cigarettes early Wednesday at the Mobil gas station, 4124 Dix, cost a resident his vehicle.
The man was inside making the purchase when the clerk told him his 2009 Jeep Wrangler was being driven away.
The owner ran outside just in time to see it turn onto westbound Goddard.
Couple witnesses getaway
A couple driving in the left-turn lane about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday saw a Ford F-150 pulling away from O’Reilly Auto Parts, 14615 Eureka, then saw that the store’s front window had been smashed.
The truck, which had a chrome tool box in its bed, was driven by a dark-haired white man wearing an orange jacket who then turned north on Kennebec.
Store management said two generators were the only things missing. A 1,000-watt unit was valued at $160; a 3,500-watt unit was valued at $350.
Business purged of tool supply
A number of tools were taken from a truck belonging to the owner of maintenance company between 8 p.m. Jan. 15 and 10:40 a.m. Monday.
The truck was parked near his apartment in the 15800 block of Lakeside Drive. Its rear hatch had been broken.
Missing items included a power washer valued at $330, a plumber’s bucket containing $200 worth of miscellaneous tools, a leaf blower ($90), a wet-dry vacuum ($60), a Global Positioning System unit ($260), a wallpaper steamer ($100), a digital camera ($80), two jigsaws ($40 and $75), a belt sander ($40), an angle grinder ($40), two lanterns ($80), two paint sprayers ($170), an air compressor ($150), a nail gun with air hose ($50), flashlights ($50) and two drills ($100).
House trashed during break-in
A house in the 7200 block of Vivian was ransacked after an apparent break-in between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Jan. 15.
Officers responding to the call entered before the homeowners and found a couch, love seat and recliner were slashed. A computer monitor and tower were damaged, and four framed pictures were removed from a wall and broken.
A mattress in one of the bedrooms had been turned on its side atop the box spring, and a video game console and several games were stolen.
The means of entry and value of the missing goods were unclear at press time.
Air lift 2: Device removed from pole
An air compressor was stolen from the Citgo gas station, 11796 Allen Road, between midnight and 6 a.m. Monday.
The $1,700 device was attached to pole on the north side of the building that was mounted in concrete. It had been cut off the pole with what was believed to be some type of industrial-grade saw.
Caller blames worker for dead friend
An employee at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, 5450 Fort St., said she was threatened by a man who had asked her how to treat a gunshot wound just after 9 p.m. Jan. 12.
She transferred the man to a nurse, who advised him to bring the victim in or call 911 for help. The man then hung up, she said.
About 20 minutes later he called back, saying, “Thanks to you, my partner’s dead.” He then said he was going to come and “get even with her.” No other calls were received after that, police said.
The call was traced to a cell phone; police then sought information about the caller from the provider.
Bad check passer returns
Police just missed apprehending a Detroit woman who passed a bad check about 1:40 p.m. Jan 13 at CVS/pharmacy, 1625 King Road.
An employee said she accepted the check, which was drawn on an Ann Arbor office of Comerica Bank, for items totaling $181. While contacting the bank for verification, the employee was told the check was fraudulent. In the meantime, however, the woman fled in an unknown direction and the employee called police.
She said she recognized the woman as the same one who had given her a bad check in the past and said the woman was buying the same items as in the previous purchase.
Police are reviewing store surveillance for the woman’s image in order to assist in their investigation.