City picnic table found at house
Police received a tip just after 4 p.m. Monday that a resident in the 1800 block of Gregory had a city-owned picnic table in his yard.
The homeowner told police his nephew had taken the table for a birthday party in August from the Lincoln Park Community Center, 3525 Dix, and never returned it.
The homeowner was cited for receiving and concealing stolen property. City workers returned the table, valued at $500, to the community center.
Tools, GPS removed from SUV
Tools and a Global Positioning System unit were taken last week from a 2003 Dodge Durango parked in the driveway of a house in the 1400 block of Wilson.
The owner last saw the property inside the vehicle at 7 p.m. last Sunday and discovered it missing about 5:30 p.m. Monday. The tools were valued at $600 and included a power saw; the GPS unit was valued at $500.
Cabinet can’t hold cash
A resident in the 1700 block of Warwick flagged down a patrolling officer early last Sunday evening to report that some cash was taken from his garage.
Between 4:30 p.m. April 30 and 3 a.m. May 1, the lock was broken off the garage’s side door and about $240 cash was taken from a locked plastic cabinet.
Theft ruins trip plans
The journey of a Dearborn Heights man to South Carolina was cut short May 1 at Leo’s Coney Island, 9845 N. Telegraph.
He told police he parked his Ford F-150 about 11:30 p.m. in the lot east of the building, along with an assembled motorcycle he was carrying in the bed.
When he exited the restaurant just before midnight, the truck and its contents were gone.
In addition to the motorcycle, which he said was essentially a 2010 Harley-Davidson, those contents included clothing and golf clubs.
No values were listed for the missing items.
Thieves exchange bike for power toys
A resident in the 26300 block of Beverly awoke last weekend to find that his go-cart and four-wheeler were missing from his back yard.
He told police the vehicles were parked near the back door of his house when he went to bed at 11:30 p.m. April 30 and were gone when he looked outside at 7:30 a.m. May 1.
A minibike that was in his garage was found in the spot where the other vehicles had been. A green bicycle that doesn’t belong to anyone in his family was found in the driveway.
Police were unable to check it for fingerprints because of the rain that fell that night.
Man shot at gas station stops at mom’s
Police received an emergency call early Monday that a 34-year-old Lincoln Park man who had been shot in the foot was at his mother’s apartment in the 3300 block of Van Horn Road.
The man said he had been in the area of Fort Street north of Visger Road in Detroit about 1 a.m. when he was robbed at gunpoint by two men, who took his wallet and cell phone before shooting him in the foot. A taxicab took him to Trenton, he told police.
The man’s foot was bleeding when police arrived and he was taken to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center for treatment.
The man described the robbers as black men who got out of a white Chevrolet Cavalier at a Detroit gas station
and asked him if he wanted to buy drugs. When he declined, one then pulled out a large-looking black handgun, shot him in the foot and fired another shot at his legs that missed.
The cab driver said he picked the man up about 12:30 a.m. from C-Dogz Bar & Grill, 2441 Van Horn Road, after being told the man’s car had broken down, and that he collected the $40 fare before driving him to the gas station on the way to his Lincoln Park residence. The man then asked to dropped off, the driver said.
As the driver was writing out paperwork he heard a “pop” sound and saw the man running back to the cab and bleeding. The driver then let the man use his cell phone to call his mother to let her know he was coming to her apartment.
A license plate number given by the man did not match the alleged robbers’ vehicle, police said.
Scammers victimize elderly resident
Police were dispatched just before noon April 28 to Metro Shores Credit Union on report of a customer trying to withdraw money from his account to receive lottery winnings.
An 86-year-old resident told them he had been contacted in January by someone who said he was from California and was holding checks for about $8 million, and that after the resident began sending money orders to the caller, the winnings eventually would be deposited in the resident’s account.
On that day, the resident said, a Romulus man was supposed to come to his house in the 2900 block of Parkwood with an Internal Revenue Service agent to deliver his checks.
The resident was told that the money orders to be given to the courier were to be made out to a Chicago woman, and police were at the resident’s house when the woman called. The resident told her he didn’t have $10,000 to send her. She then asked for two money orders for $200 each, and again he refused.
Credit union records show the resident took out more than $103,000 since January. His son and daughter told police they are aware of the situation, and that they took some of the money out of his account. They told police the total sent to the Romulus man is about $66,000.
Video cams taken from school
Two handheld video cameras were discovered missing April 29 from Arthurs Middle School, 4000 Marian Drive.
A teacher said they last were used March 26, and that she could not find them that morning during an inventory.
The cameras, which are valued at $175 each, were inside black cases valued at $50 each with blue lanyards bearing the words “Trenton Schools.”