A city resident was detained about 8 p.m. Feb. 26 when she tried to leave Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, with $80 worth of seafood in her purse.
The woman also was wanted by Detroit police for retail fraud.
Formula for fraud
Six cans of baby formula with a combined retail value of $76 were taken about 5 p.m. Feb. 24 from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive.
Employees recognized the man and woman suspects from a retail fraud arrest at the chain’s Taylor store.
March in like lion for larcenies
A green 1997 Ford Thunderbird was reported stolen Monday morning from the 18000 block of Dale.
Tools valued at $2,000 were reported stolen Monday from a white 2000 Chevy van parked overnight in the 16000 block of Sherbourne. Half an hour later, tools valued at $300 were reported stolen from a white 1997 Ford van parked since the previous Saturday in the 14000 block of Keppen.
On Tuesday afternoon, two-flat panel televisions with a combined value of $3,100 were reported missing from a house being renovated in the 10000 block of Allen Road. The owner told police she suspected two temporary employees who had admired the electronics excessively the day before.
Also on Tuesday afternoon, jewelry and precious metals valued at $5,000 were reported missing from a house in the 15000 block of Keppen.
Back door, windshield broken
A vacant home in the 18000 block of Ruth was reported broken into through the back door Tuesday morning.
The front window on a 70-year-old neighbor’s minivan parked in the driveway was broken as well.
K-9 finds cannabis crumbs
Cannabis crumbs were found by a K-9 partner Sunday night when expired license plates triggered a traffic stop.
A further check revealed the driver of the res 1999 Dodge pickup, a 24-year-old Dearborn man, had an expired driver’s license.
The miniscule amount of marijuana was not enough to warrant an arrest, but the man was cited for the violations.
A house in the 18000 block of Ruth was egged Sunday afternoon, as was a car in the 18000 block of Hanna.
Check fraud checked
A resident balancing her checkbook discovered three fraudulent electronic checks drawn on her account Feb. 24 and 25.
A week earlier an acquaintance lost a check she wrote to them. The woman suspects the information on the missing check was used to make the three fraudulent transactions.
Checks totaling $1,645 were issued to a drug store, a discount store and an office supply store.
A woman reported Feb. 26 that her debit card had been used illegally to buy $200 worth of vertical blinds on Jan. 29 from a Florida company.
She had encountered a language barrier when she attempted to contact the merchant.
Moving violations cost a car thief his spoils and freedom early Sunday morning.
A 35-year-old Detroit man entered an apartment in the 17000 block of Riverview while the resident was asleep and took a set of car keys and then allegedly took a gold 2002 four-door Taurus from the apartment parking lot.
When the man was stopped later in Detroit on a moving violation, the car had not yet been reported stolen.
Text messages carry threats
A Wilson Middle School student reported a series of threatening text messages Tuesday to his school principal.
The texts warned the youth to avoid a particular hallway at the school or risk gang retaliation. School administrators plan to investigate and to discipline the two alleged threatening text writers.
Knife nets expulsion
A Roosevelt High School student was expelled Tuesday for violating the school weapon policy when he was found with a pocket knife with a 3 ½ inch blade.
The boy was arrested.
Drunken driver strikes parked car
A 41-year-old city resident driving who was driving while intoxicated struck a parked car in his neighborhood while reportedly on his way to pick up his son from school.
A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.126 percent. Subsequent readings were 0.20 percent and 0.19 percent. A percentage of 0.08 is considered intoxicated under state law.
The man’s truck was impounded. His driver’s license was expired and had not been renewed since October 2000.
‘Powerful’ theft prevented
A man trying to illegally reconnect a power box in the 1300 block of Ford Avenue was arrested Monday when a resident saw him trying to defeat the lock on an electrical meter with a screwdriver.
Damage is estimated at $1,200.
Vehicle thieves target hospital lot
A red 2002 Dodge disappeared from a parking spot Monday morning near the front entrance of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.
Hospital security personnel agreed to check surveillance video.
On Monday morning, a tan and brown 1996 Chevrolet van was taken from a doctor’s office in the 2000 block of Ford Avenue.
The van belongs to the stepfather of a woman who works there. She said the van was locked, and payments were up to date.