Drunk threatens officer
Police were dispatched to a gas station at Ecorse and Pelham roads on reports of two men fighting in the parking lot at about 11:30 p.m. May 29.
Upon arrival, five witnesses told the officer a man struck a woman in the face, and that both fled the scene. Shortly after leaving, dispatch received another call about a fight about to restart at the same location.
The officer arrived to see two men squared off and ready to fight. One jumped into a blue pickup truck and left while the other was bleeding and walking away.
The officer asked if the man, a 27-year-old city resident, was OK, to which the man replied by walking toward the officer and profanely threatening him.
The man then was taken to the ground, handcuffed and taken back to the station while continually yelling and spitting blood all over the patrol car’s interior. He was processed on a $300 bond for disorderly conduct and registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.202 percent. Michigan’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Additionally, a witness identified the man as the one who had struck a woman before police arrived.
Running vehicle stolen while unoccupied
A 46-year-old man left his truck running in front of a gas station in the 23000 block of Outer Drive at about 2 a.m. Monday while he went inside to buy cigarettes.
While inside, he observed the navy blue 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty truck speeding off in an unknown direction. The man said he saw three black men near the gas station, but did not physically see them get into the vehicle.
The gas station attendant did not see who stole the truck either and said security camera footage was locked in the manager’s office, and that he did not have access.
Shop owner’s car broken into
A revolver pistol and a wallet were stolen about 9 a.m. May 30 from a 2004 Ford Freestar parked in the alley behind Capri Bakery, 4832 Greenfield.
The owner of the minivan, who also owns the bakery, told police he had stopped at the business to do a quick check on his way home from church. Knowing he would be in and out, he left the minivan doors unlocked. But upon returning a few minutes later, the items already were gone.
Store surveillance footage showed a man getting out of a light-colored, older model Lincoln Town Car next to the minivan, open the door and take the items from the center console.
Police describe the suspect as a black man with short black hair in his 40s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing glasses, a short-sleeved dress shirt, dress pants and dark shoes.
In-dash GPS unit stolen
A $2,800 factory navigational system was stolen May 18 from a 2008 Chrysler 300 M in the parking lot at 16800 W. Executive Plaza Drive.
The owner of the car said he arrived for work at 8 a.m. and discovered the damage when he went to leave about three hours later. The culprit apparently smashed the front passenger window to gain entry and then ripped out the dash panel to make off with the navigational computer.
The theft marks the fourth time the car’s navigational system has been stolen, the owner told police.
A 31-year-old woman was arrested for larceny in the 25700 block of McDonald after she admitted stealing and then pawning some of her roommate’s possessions about 10 a.m. May 30.
The man called police after he noticed two knives and a gold charm necklace missing from his room. Suspecting that his roommate might have taken them, he walked next door to a pawnshop, where he found the knives on display.
The shop’s owner presented a sales slip to the man confirming the roommate had sold them, but denied having a necklace.
The woman admitted stealing the items and then selling them when questioned by police, saying she just “needed the money.” She said she received $5 for the knives and $91 for the necklace and provided a sales slip to validate her story.
When police questioned the store owner further, he again denied purchasing a necklace.
Break-in attempt thwarted
Police were called about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday to the 900 block of Progress on word of a break-in attempt in progress.
A neighbor in the 900 block of Detroit made the call after hearing glass breaking. Police looked over the fence from the caller’s back yard and saw a 42-year-old resident lying on the ground near an air-conditioning unit.
When an officer announced his presence and ordered the man to get up, the man ignored him and took off running east, wearing blue gloves and carrying a duffel bag.
The man jumped a fence into a back yard on Detroit Street and began running south. When he slipped and fell, police tried to handcuff him, but he resisted, at one point pulling his hands under his body.
Police eventually prevailed and loaded him into a patrol car before transporting him to the station, where he was charged with an attempted break-in and resisting arrest.
The duffel bag contained flashlights, tin snips and a gym bag.
The house the man was trying to break into was vacant, police said.
Spray painters caught
Two 15-year-old resident boys were apprehended just after noon Tuesday at Gregory Park, where police had been called on word of graffiti being spray painted.
Officers arrived to find the boys at a table under pavilion No. 1, where the boys tried to leave when they saw police approaching.
Cans of spray paint were found in each of their backpacks, and several words had been spray painted on a storage building south of the pavilion. The boys also had fresh paint on their hands.
The case was turned over to the Youth Bureau.
Plants stolen from yard
A resident from the 17600 block of Reed reported two rose bushes and two trees were taken May 24 and May 25 from the yard of the vacant house she had just purchased.
The new homeowner noticed two rosebushes were missing from her yard May 24. The following day, she noticed a Japanese maple tree and another small tree were missing from her yard.
Shortly after spotting the trees missing, she noticed a neighbor woman in her 40s taking a tree similar to the stolen tree over to another house on Reed.
Tools taken during holiday trip
A resident in the 2300 block of Downing was out of town from 7 a.m. May 29 until 9:30 p.m. May 31 and returned home to find his garage’s flood light turned on, which is uncommon. The resident was tired and went to bed.
At about 4:20 p.m. the next day, the resident went to the garage to get his lawn mower and noticed the side door to the garage had been kicked in, breaking the wood around the deadbolt and door handle.
A lawnmower, a silver, black and white mountain bike, a circular saw, a cordless drill, a scroll saw, 100-piece mechanic’s set, two chain saws, a gas trimmer and miscellaneous fishing equipment all were missing.
Stolen car chase suspect gets away
A 43-year-old male resident in the 15000 block of Brookview Drive looked outside to see his red 2003 Dodge Stratus being driven away by a stranger at about 2:15 a.m. May 23. The resident’s 17-year-old son got in his own vehicle and followed the stolen car to Pardee and Wick roads before Taylor police intervened.
The son confronted the suspect at a red light at Eureka and Telegraph roads The son described the suspect as a black male in his late teens or early 20s with a thin, dark complexion who was wearing a brown shirt, brown ball cap and Cartier glasses.
Taylor police recovered the vehicle after a 45- to 60-minute pursuit, but the suspect fled on foot and authorities were unable to locate him.
Golf clubs taken
A 38-year-old male found his wife’s red 2008 Ford Escape ransacked in the 19000 block of Coachwood at about 7 a.m. May 23.
The resident was about to leave home for a golf outing and discovered a backpack, debit card, clothing, a camera with three lenses, golf shoes and golf bag containing balls and more than seven clubs all were stolen from the vehicle. The items were valued at more than $3,600.
Yard tools taken
A snowblower and a weed trimmer were taken between 8:30 p.m May 28 and noon May 29 from a garage in the 13000 block of Balsam.
A side door to the garage may have been left unlocked, as there was no damage found.
The snowblower is valued at $700, the weed trimmer at $200.
Unlocked scooter disappears from store
An electric motor scooter was stolen about 11 a.m. May 29 from the front of Toys “R” Us, 14333 Eureka.
A couple who lives in the 13700 block of Helen rode it to the store and were inside for about 15 minutes before stepping back outside to find it missing.
They told police they did not have a key to the lock, but had wound a cable around the bike rack and the scooter several times.
Wheelchair lost in lunch run
An employee of Wayne County Community College District needed a ride back from his lunch break May 24.
The man rode his motorized wheelchair to Rustic Manor, 20620 North Line, to get his food and was inside for about 15 minutes. When he returned outside, the vehicle was gone.
It is described as blue with a gray seat and the right arm removed.
The man told police he had seen three young men outside the bar looking in through one of the windows before the chair disappeared.
Jewelry thieves hit it big
Various jewelry totaling about $15,000 was taken sometime between 11 a.m. May 16 and 4 p.m. May 18 from a house in the 6800 block of Fellrath.
The owner said the items, which included bracelets, charms, necklaces and rings, had been kept in a bedroom.
Police found no signs of forced entry.
Patient’s residence deemed unlivable
A 67-year-old woman living in the 3500 block of West Jefferson was removed from her mobile home May 26 after it was deemed unlivable.
Police received a call from a dialysis company representative who said its shuttle driver arrived at the trailer just after 5:30 a.m. to take her to her appointment. The driver found no one at home and the door open; the company dispatcher then called police.
Officers arrived and were stopped at the door by what they called “offensive filth and stench.” They called for city engineers to look into the situation, and officials learned later that the woman had driven herself to her appointment.
About 12:30 p.m., an engineer arrived and condemned the property with help from police. The resident was taken to the Trenton Motor Inn, where the city had set up accommodations.
A .17-caliber shotgun was removed from the trailer. The woman told police a 20-gauge shotgun also was inside, but police could not find it.
40-ounce bottle thrown through van window
At 8 a.m. May 29, a 40-year-old female resident in the 1800 block of 13th woke up to discover the driver’s window on her 1995 Chevy Astro Van had been shattered while parked facing south.
Pieces of a clear 40-ounce glass bottle were strewn throughout the front seats of the van, suggesting the object was forcibly thrown into the vehicle from the street. A men’s watch with a white pleather band, blue face and cubic zirconia/diamond look around the watch’s face was found on the ground next to the driver’s side of the vehicle.
The watch’s owner is unknown, but fingerprints were visible on the watch’s glass face.
Truck stuck, owner found with crack pipe
A 46-year-old Lincoln Park man was found next to a purple 1995 Ford F-150 truck stuck in the gravel on the railroad tracks near Emmons Boulevard and Alfred at about 2:40 p.m. May 30.
When police arrived the man told them he was walking west on Mill from Biddle when he saw his girlfriend driving the truck. He said he shouted to her and gave chase on foot, prompting her to turn south onto the train tracks before the vehicle got stuck and she fled the scene on foot. Officers did not believe the story and saw the man had two outstanding but invalid fugitive warrants.
Officers also saw a glass crack pipe exposed from the man’s front right pants pocket. The man said his girlfriend left it in the truck – which was owned by his 78-year-old father – and it was not his pipe. He was cited for possession of narcotics paraphernalia and the truck was towed.
(Compiled by Chris Jackett, J. Patrick Pepper and Tom Tigani.)