Addicts found chilling
An officer observed two men, a 27-year-old South Lyon resident and 26-year-old Novi resident, sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, at about 12:40 p.m. June 6. When approached, the men said they were waiting for a friend.
The officer observed a hunting-style knife in a sheath in the center counsel near the gear shift and asked the men to get out of the vehicle. The knife was recovered and found to be more than 3.5 inches long with a cut hook on the end of it.
The officer also noticed cotton swabs in the pocket of the South Lyon man and also on the floor of the vehicle, which was owned by the South Lyon man despite the Novi man being in the driver’s seat. Through experience, the officer knew that swabs are often a part of using heroin.
A K-9 unit was called in to sniff around the vehicle and a 0.5-cubic-centimeter needle was discovered in the driver’s door map pocket and three similar needles, plus a glass crack pipe, rolled into a black bandana were found in the glove compartment. A metal crack pipe was found in the trunk and both men were arrested. The Novi man admitted both men were heroin addicts.
Unknown drugs found in bottle
A 43-year-old Conyers resident was observed slumped over in her Buick Rivera in the 5600 block of Allen Road. When the officer approached the vehicle, the woman sat up. When asked if she had any narcotics in the vehicle, she responded with slurred speech, saying no, and that the officer could search the vehicle.
A records check revealed an outstanding warrant for possession of cocaine and the officer found a black bag with a pill bottle, which included one Vicodin, one Valium and 17 unknown pills, plus three packs of powder. The woman was arrested for violation of a controlled substance.
Fraudster collects, changes cop charity check
A woman claiming to represent a Dearborn police charity took a $25 check from a Mobil gas station, 10000 Ford Road, and changed it to $1,550 about noon May 28.
A gas station representative told police a man solicited the check and said that he would have a woman come to pick it up at a later time. The representative discovered later that the recipient name on the check was changed to make it payable to a Lesean Michelle Johnson, and that the amount also was changed.
The check was cashed and taken from the business’s bank account.
Woman wanted for stealing donation box
A woman arrested for larceny at Pet Supplies Plus, 2621 Telegraph, also is suspected of stealing a Dearborn Animal Shelter donation box at the store on June 1.
The suspect, a 30-year-old Dearborn Heights resident, was arrested for taking cash register receipts from a trash can she later used to make a fraudulent return at a Pet Supplies Plus store in Taylor. The Dearborn store manager called police after reviewing store surveillance cameras that showed the woman also taking the donation box from a checkout counter.
The missing cash is estimated at $50.
Ex-boyfriend makes late-night house call
Police are looking for a 22-year-old Dearborn Heights man after he allegedly forced his way about 1:20 a.m. June 7 into an ex-girlfriend’s house in the 24000 block of Eton and stole $20.
The girlfriend told police the man showed up and demanded money in order to pay a ticket he was issued. She reportedly refused and told him to leave, but he forced his way in anyway and took $20 from her purse before exiting.
Before leaving the scene, he rammed the rear bumper of the woman’s car with his car, causing it to fall off.
Produce aisle pickpockets strike again
For the third time in two weeks, a wallet was reported stolen from a shopper at Randazzo’s Fruit Market, 24135 Joy Road, about 4 p.m. June 5.
The victim, a 45-year-old Taylor woman, told police she was in the produce aisle when two women pushed and bumped her multiple times. When she left the aisle to get away, she noticed her purse had been unzipped and her wallet was missing. Among the items in her wallet were five credit cards, a debit card, personal identification and $150 cash.
The suspects’ modus operandi seems to be in line with a May 28 incident at the store that also occurred in the produce aisle and featured two woman suspects. The victims in both incidents could only describe the suspects as being black.
In another incident on May 29, a woman’s purse was snatched as she was unloading groceries into her car.
Leftover partiers break up house
Police were called about 6:20 a.m. Monday to the 1400 block of Anne on word of two women damaging property at a vacant house.
Officers found the two women inside the house when they arrived. The women, 18 and 21, both of Canton Township, said they had been partying there earlier that night after being driven there by a friend, who failed to pick them up when the party ended.
Witnesses said the 21-year-old was cutting screens on the house and had ripped off the mailbox and porch light, throwing them into the street as the 18-year-old sat on the porch.
A 19-year-old city resident told police he had been fixing the house for the owner, who also lives in Lincoln Park. and that he had thrown a party the night before in the basement. He told police he locked up about 4 a.m., and that he saw the two women get into a car after they left the house.
Police found the mailbox and porch light in the street and a small bag of marijuana on the 18-year-old before taking the two women into custody.
Some furniture and light fixtures inside the house were broken. Damage to the house is estimated at $100.
Garage cleaned out by thieves
Several items were taken before 9 a.m. June 5 from a garage in the 24800 block of Outer Drive.
Entry apparently was gained through a side entry door. Police said the door frame near the handle was broken.
Missing items included a three lawn mowers with a combined value of $500, two mountain bicycles with a combine value of $300, a circular saw ($180), a wheelbarrow ($120). A central air conditioner was taken from behind the house, which the owner said he had been fixing.
Lawn mower taken from garage
A resident in the 2700 block of Emily reported someone had broken into his garage and stolen his lawn mower between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Evidence showed the suspect had attempted to kick in the garage door, but failed and decided to break the garage window in order to gain entry. The victim also reported the suspect had returned to the garage between 9 and 10:20 p.m. and turned on the lights, but then left.
The mower was valued at about $300, while the door and window combine for an additional $500 value.
Shoplifter goes calmly
Officers were dispatched to the 4000 block of Oakwood Boulevard at about 7:15 p.m. June 5 on report of a retail fraud. Upon arrival, officers were given a description of a black male in a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
A Detroit resident matching the description was found quickly nearby and admitted to taking merchandise from the store. He was arrested, transported to the police station and processed without incident.
A stereo was stolen from a red 1995 Oldsmobile between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 14300 block of Huntington.
The rear driver’s-side window was smashed in. The stereo is valued at $110 and the window will cost about $75 to repair.
Scammer collects donations
While at Baffo’s Enterprise Inc., 18856 Fort Street, on June 1, a 41-year-old man was approached by another man described as being in his late 40s, balding and about 6 feet 3 inches weighing 350 pounds.
The suspect approached the victim and identified himself as collecting donations for the Grosse Ile Baseball Association.
The victim asked for proof of his affiliation and the suspect left, but returned an hour later, saying he had locked his keys in his car at nearby Concessi’s, 13720 Sibley Road. The suspect asked for $40 for a locksmith, which the victim handed over with the understanding the suspect would return and repay the loan.
The suspect did not return to repay the loan by Tuesday and was found to have a similar report against him on file with authorities in Trenton.
Unlocked door an open invitation
Several power tools were taken between 4:30 p.m. June 5 and 3 p.m June 6 from a garage in the 12700 block of Wesley.
The owner said the garage door was closed but not locked. Missing items included a lawn mower valued at $450, a $400 power washer, a $500 mig welder, a $200 circular saw and acetylene tanks valued at $200.
Late-night noise a prelude to break-in
Noise that awakened a resident about 2 a.m. June 5 in the 13100 block of Phelps may have been made by the same people who stole several items from his garage.
He told police that a light-colored, four-door, low-riding car, possibly a Ford Tempo, was emitting the noise while headed east.
Missing items included a snowblower valued at $650, a generator ($800), a leaf blower ($200), a chain saw ($450), a weed trimmer ($200) a miter saw ($350) and a shop light ($30).
Dog gone, turns up online
The dog of a resident in the 14600 block of Syracuse was taken June 2 from a locked back yard.
The resident said he let his dog out about noon and returned about 6:30 p.m. to find him missing. He canvassed the neighborhood and was told by a neighbor that a man was walking the dog on a leash about 4:15 p.m.
The neighbor questioned the man, who then asked the neighbor if he knew where the owner lived. That evening, an advertisement for a dog matching the description showed up online.
When the owner called, a man told him he had bought the dog from “a crackhead” and wanted at least $175 for it. The owner replied that it was his dog, and the man hung up. The owner tried to call back, but no one answered. The ad disappeared later that night.
Police called the number and left a message to return the dog.
Trailer full of razors disappears
A semitrailer was reported missing June 1 from ICX Terminals, 5955 Pardee.
A clerk said a driver checked it in about 5 a.m. May 29, but that it turned up missing in an inventory she took June 1.
The trailer contained 60 pallets of electric razors valued at about $570,000.
Company’s equipment stolen
A 14-foot trailer and nearly $12,000 worth of equipment was taken between 5 p.m. June 4 and 8 a.m. Monday from DeBacker’s Lawn Care & Maintenance, 2501 Fort Street.
An employee said the trailer had been parked just inside the gate and that he returned to work to find it missing.
Aboard the trailer were a mower valued at $6,000, another at $3,700, another at $500, two weed trimmers at $250 each, an edger ($250), two leaf blowers ($450 each) and miscellaneous tools. The trailer, which has a broken hand crank, is valued at $2,000.
Fishing gear filched
Fishing equipment was taken before 6 p.m. Monday from a boat in a back yard in the 2900 block of Fourth.
Missing were a depth finder valued at $100, a tackle box with lures and other equipment ($100) and four fishing rods collectively valued at $250.
Facebook profile falsified
A 30-year-old resident reported someone had opened a Facebook account in his name, without his permission. Holding a management role at a local casino, he said he believes a former employee may be responsible.
The victim discovered the Facebook page when a current employee asked him about joining his page as a friend. The two did a search on Facebook and discovered a profile with a photo, home address, phone number and vulgar/defaming statements. The victim had no idea how long the account has been open.