Shoplifter stopped with empty wallets
Three empty wallets were the downfall of a would-be shoplifter Sunday evening at T.J. Maxx, 3320 Fairlane Drive, when a woman tried to leave the store without paying for them.
The woman voluntarily told loss prevention personnel she had a handgun with a valid concealed weapon permit in her purse, but did not at any point imply she intended to use it.
Cigarettes taken in lieu of cash
A man who broke the front window of the Sunoco gas station at 8333 Allen Road about 2 a.m. Tuesday was unable to break the cash register as well.
The man instead escaped with an unknown quantity of cigarette cartons. His image and the theft were captured on surveillance video.
Cold car becomes hot
A cold car became hot quickly Tuesday morning when it was stolen from in front of a house in the 14000 block of Paris.
The light blue 2009 Ford Flex had been left unattended to warm up and was taken within five minutes.
GPS unit taken
An Allen Park woman’s 2010 GMC was vandalized and her Global Positioning System unit stolen at Jake’s Crossroads Bar & Grill, 2704 Oakwood, for about an hour Friday night.
Her vehicle was parked at the rear of the building. The door had been pried open and the bumper was dented.
The front window of Jack’s Italian Bakery, 18841 Allen Road, was smashed by a rock early Sunday morning.
Once officers checked the inside, the owner went through the building and did not notice anything missing.
Truck’s merchandise missing
A Sprinter Services trailer with unidentified merchandise valued at $500,000 was stolen from Columbian Express Services, 18700 Meginnity, between 11 p.m. Feb. 19 and 3 a.m. Monday.
The truck driver told police a white Lincoln Navigator drove by several times as he made the drop-off, but that he could not see who was driving it.
The operations manager said the facility was locked securely all weekend, and that the merchandise would be tracked by the manufacturer.
Senior’s medicine missing
Vicodin, sleeping pills and other medications, as well as a medicine dispenser alert system valued at $850, were reported missing Monday from an apartment at American House, 20300 Fort.
A staff member said the resident’s son told employees about the missing medication, and that his father had left the apartment and moved in with him because of an illness.
No forced entry were found. The son said he planned to find out what time the medicine dispenser alert system was disconnected, which may help identify who had access to the prescriptions in the locked apartment.
An entertainment unit valued at $600 was thrown out by workmen prior to the apartment lease’s month-end expiration.
Vacant home vandalized
Vandals kicked in the rear door of a vacant house in the 14000 block of Pennsylvania sometime between Feb. 11 and 17. The owner found no damage or signs of trespassing inside the dwelling.
Parked car’s window shattered
A Canton Township resident found the rear window of his 2003 Dodge Stratus was shattered at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 20 in a lot east of an apartment building at 14896 Brookview.
It had been parked in the lot overnight.
Police believe the damage was caused by a BB gun.
Pain pills gone in minutes
Narcotic prescription pain medication was reported missing from a burglarized house in the 1000 block of Sixth Street about noon Thursday. The prescription had been filled three days before.
The homeowner said he had just left for five minutes to go to a nearby store and returned to find a side door open and his television on the floor near the door.
A game system, jewelry and tools also were out of place, and a door was damaged.
Shoe prints in the snow led to the alley.
A brick was found lodged in the windshield of a green 1994 Ford Tempo Friday morning in the 3000 block of 11th Street.
The car was legally parked in the street overnight. Its owner believes her former boyfriend, against whom she has a personal protective order, may be responsible.
Damage is estimated at $500.
Toking trio on Twelfth
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Police spotted three men apparently smoking marijuana in a gray 1995 Honda Civic at noon Tuesday in an alley south of Ford Avenue near 12th Street.
An office was transporting an arrestee when he saw the three and relayed his finding to dispatch.
Two men were arrested for possession of marijuana and loitering where drugs are used or stored, while the third man was arrested for loitering alone.
The car was impounded and seized under drug forfeiture laws, as was over $900 in cash. Two bags of marijuana and a “blunt” were seized as well.