Homeowners burned twice
A house in the 10000 block of Buckingham that was damaged by fire was robbed sometime during the restoration process.
Since November the homeowners have been unpacking items that were removed and cleaned by an outside contractor. They reported Monday that they are missing a $1,700 diamond ring, a $2,000 camera, a $200 flash and a $700 lens.
Need for personal hygiene products betray shoplifter
A man with $285 worth of personal hygiene products in his shopping cart at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, raised the suspicion of a store detective about 10 p.m. Jan. 26.
An employee watched as the man stuffed the products into his jacket lining before attempting to leave without paying. The man is being held without bond pending investigation into possible felony charges.
Tinted glass can’t hide violations
A cracked windshield and tinted glass windows on the driver’s- and passenger-side windows of a pickup truck triggered a traffic stop near Dix and Outer Drive about 1 p.m. Jan. 26.
The ankle-tethered, unlicensed driver was operating his wife’s uninsured vehicle in her presence with her consent. A 3-year-old girl riding in a car seat was not buckled in. Both adults were cited and released, and their vehicle was impounded.
Kids ditch impaired driving dad
Two Strong Middle School students exited their father’s car about 8 a.m. Tuesday, several blocks from their school, while he continued to drive impaired and struggled to stay awake.
Officers stopped him in the parking lot at Allendale Elementary School. The impaired man was driving his boss’s vehicle with a suspended license. The vehicle was impounded, and a paper plate issued.
Repeat offender vehicle forfeiture paperwork was filed and given to both the owner and driver. Fire Department medics checked the driver before taking him to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for a consensual blood draw, after which he was returned to the police station to sober up.
Barricaded gunman soothed
A suicidal barricaded gunman under the influence of alcohol and prescription medications in the 24000 block of Downing was safely and successfully taken into protective custody Jan. 26.
Police blocked off nearby streets from about 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., when the man surrendered. He is under treatment for bipolar disorder and was taken to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for treatment.
A social worker was apprised of the situation. Police said no charges had been filed as of press time.
Waitress’s tip a bad one
A 20-year-old Brownstown Township woman attracted unwanted scrutiny the night of Jan. 26 when she tried to buy gas the Mobil gas station, 18982 Fort, with a counterfeit $20 bill.
An employee notified police when the woman used the bill to tried to prepay for gas. She told officers she received the bill as a tip at her waitressing job in Dearborn.
Police found no other counterfeit cash in her possession.
Apartment lot car thefts continue
A blue 1997 Mercury Marquis disappeared sometime between noon and 5:20 p.m. Jan. 23 from the 13000 block of Fort Street.
Drunken teen found asleep in driver’s seat
Police received a report about 6 a.m. Jan. 23 of an intoxicated 18-year-old Taylor man passed out in the driver’s seat of his 1998 four-door green Plymouth in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven, 1140 Ford Ave.
He smelled of intoxicants glassy eyes and exhibited poor manual dexterity, admitted to having had several alcoholic drinks. He was arrested, taken into custody, and his car was impounded.
13 fake checks drawn on account
A local woman recently discovered that 13 counterfeit checks totaling $259 have been fraudulently drawn from her bank account since June 2009.
Six checks of $19.95 each were written to one payee and seven checks of $19.95 each were written to another, neither of which was familiar to the victim. She said she did not authorize the payments.