Police catch up with side street speeder
An 18-year-old Monroe man surrendered early Tuesday after leading police on a high-speed chase through a neighborhood.
An officer headed south on Colwell at Aster about 4 a.m. saw a white 1993 Chevrolet Lumina minivan parked in the middle of Aster facing west with its lights off.
As the officer turned west onto Aster to investigate, the van took off without turning its lights on and turned south onto Park Avenue without signaling.
Police followed it through the neighborhood as it turned onto several streets without signaling or turning on its headlights. It was traveling as fast as 60 miles per hour in a residential zone with a 25-mph speed limit.
The van swerved around another patrol car that attempted to create a blockade. As a result the van ran over a parking sign, continued north through the chain-link fence at Cabrini High School, then through another fence after crossing the football field.
The van eventually was stopped in the backyard of a residence in the 9000 block of Ruth. While on the ground and at gunpoint, the suspect disobeyed a direct order to stay put and tried to get inside a tool shed. Because of potential weapons inside the shed, officers electronically subdued the man before loading him into a patrol car.
A passenger in the van, described as a white man in a sleeveless shirt, was not found during a search of the area.
He was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, fleeing and eluding and obstructing police.
Groom robbed of ring
Five men are suspected of stealing an $800 wedding ring and a bottle of cologne from a groom.
He told police he had a party with the five suspects on July 13 from 6 p.m. to midnight in the 14900 block of White and he noticed the ring and cologne were missing from the bathroom the following morning. The man made the report about 4 p.m. Monday.
The ring is described as a white gold octagon with a hammered finish, two channel cuts and a polished inside. The bottle of cologne, which was two-thirds full, had a gold top and the word “Honey” engraved on the side.
Glass strike blinds man in bar fight
A fight about 1 a.m. July 16 at T.G.I. Friday’s, 720 Town Center Drive, left one man blinded in an eye and another man wanted for felonious assault.
The victim, a 42-year-old Taylor resident, told police he was blindsided while confronting a man who allegedly was harassing a pair of women at the bar.
While he was talking to the alleged groper, the victim said, another man smashed either a glass bottle or cocktail glass on the left side of the victim’s face before the alleged groper and the attacker fled the restaurant. The attack victim was transported to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for treatment while police continued to track down his attacker.
Based on witness descriptions of the suspect’s vehicle, police pulled over a Honda Odyssey near the restaurant. The three passengers, all women, told police they had just been with the men who were in the fight but were not involved themselves.
One woman claimed to be the attacker’s mother and provided police with his name and address. The women were released at the scene, although a restaurant manager later would tell police they skipped out on their tab.
Later that morning, the victim was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital for further treatment after it became clear his injury had left him blind in his left eye.
As of press time the incident still was under investigation.
Customer makes death threats over pizza order
An irate customer in a telephone call threatened to kill everyone at Little Caesars, 26056 Ford Road, about 7:30 p.m. July 19, police said.
A man calling from a blocked number told the store manager he was upset about his order. When the manager told him he had to call the company’s corporate offices, the caller was incensed, telling the manager he would come to the store and “kill you all,” police said.
The incident is under investigation.
Burglar robs vending machine, leaves
An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from a vending machine sometime between July 16 and 19 in a burglary at United Precision Products, 25040 Van Born Road.
An employee of the airplane part manufacturer told police the suspect must have come in through an unlocked window. A screwdriver was recovered and taken as evidence.
Store owner sees vandal punch out window
The owner of Lincoln Park Fruit Market, 1180 Fort St., saw two white male teens outside the front window just after midnight July 17.
One of them then punched a 6-foot-by-8-foot pane of glass, breaking it. The two then ran off in an unknown direction. Damage is estimated at $1,000.
Garage emptied after party
Several items totaling about $1,640 in value were stolen overnight Tuesday from a garage in the 1700 block of Mill.
The owner said his daughter was entertaining friends in the garage until about midnight that day and may have left the door unlocked.
Missing items included a lawn mower valued at $140, a snowblower ($100), two sets of golf clubs ($900 total value), an engine hoist ($400) and two weed trimmers ($100 total value).
Store burglarized for cigarettes
Officers responded to an alarm in the 18900 block of Dix about 2:30 a.m. July 17 and saw the front door was damaged. Cigarettes and other unknown merchandise behind the counter was disturbed or stolen.
A K-9 unit from Allen Park was called in and picked up a scent that ended at the back of the building, police said, indicating the suspect(s) got into a vehicle.
Van stolen overnight
A resident in the 17600 block of Harman called officers to his house about 5:15 a.m. Monday to report that his white Chevrolet Lumina minivan had been stolen.
He last saw it parked in the street next to his house sometime between then and 1:15 a.m., when he went to bed. The right fender was damaged and a fly-fishing rod had been left inside the van.
Police found no signs of forced entry. The man said the van was locked, and that he had the only two pairs of keys.
Suspended speedster arrested
An officer parked near Sibley Road and Valleyview about 11 p.m. Tuesday saw a green 1999 Volkswagen Passat headed west on Sibley at 52 mph that slowed as it passed the officer.
Four men were inside. The driver, a 20-year-old Taylor man, was arrested for driving with a suspended license and given a speeding violation after telling the officer he normally doesn’t speed.
The driver had a warrant outstanding from Dearborn for failing to appear in court on a registration and plate violation charge dating to March.
Records showed the driver also had two previous speeding violations, one in Oregon last year and one in Livonia less than two months ago.
Cards found on course
A Riverview man was walking behind his house near Riverview Highlands Golf Course in the 18100 block of Country Club Circle when he discovered a check card and driver’s license on the ground.
The cards belong to a 27-year-old Southgate man and are being held by Riverview police until the man can pick them up. Officers left a message for the cards’ owner.
Wooden welcomer disappears
A carved wooden bear was stolen overnight July 15 from the front yard of a house in the 14900 block of Irene.
The owner said he placed it there two days before and last saw it in place about 10 p.m. July 14. It stands about 5 feet tall and weighs 150 pounds and features a sign that reads, “welcome.”
Electronics, clubs taken from vehicle
A moviegoer at MJR Southgate Digital Cinema 20 returned to his 2008 GMC Sierra about 9 p.m. July 15 to find that it had been broken into.
A stereo/DVD player valued at $600 was missing from the center console. Also taken were $500 worth of CDs and DVDs, an MP3 player ($200) and a set of golf clubs ($1,000).
GPS unit finds own way home
Police found a Global Positioning System unit while executing a search warrant at a house on Norwood about 8 p.m. July 15.
They said the suspect in the case admitted to stealing the unit from a vehicle about a week ago. The unit showed a home address in the 2300 block of Northfield.
When they visited that address, the owner said he had not used the unit in weeks and wasn’t sure when it could have been taken. He identified from a picture shown to him by officers and was advised to go to the police station the next day to retrieve it.
Thieves net early haul from car
A number of electronic items and other goods were stolen between 3 and 6:30 a.m. July 16 from a 2003 Dodge Stratus.
One of the owners said that when he was leaving for work that morning, he found the passenger door slightly ajar. Upon further investigation he discovered that the items had been taken. The other owner said she was awake until 3 a.m. and did not hear anything. She said the doors were locked but the window was open a few inches.
Missing items included a subwoofer valued at $250, an MP3 player ($500), designer flip-flops ($30), designer sunglasses ($60), a digital camera ($300), another MP3 player ($40) and a computer game ($50).
The subwoofer was in the trunk of the car; the rest of the property was inside the cabin.
The car’s locks were undamaged.
Bank robbed for second time in a month
Chase Bank, 1909 Fort St., was robbed about 9:15 a.m. Monday.
A woman walked up to a teller and displayed a note demanding $200 cash in certain denominations.
The suspect is described as white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing about 125 pounds and between the ages of 25 and 30. She wore a dark hat pulled low over her eyes, a dark green Army jacket. Witnesses said she appeared to be homeless. She was seen walking in the alley behind the bank prior to the robbery.
The robbery was the second at the bank this month. On July 10 an armed robber escaped with $3,750. He was described as black, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 200 to 230 pounds and between the ages of 25 and 35.
Mother rams ex in road rage chase
A 16-year-old Wyandotte girl was driving east on Eureka Road near Trenton Road in Southgate with her friend, a 20-year-old Lincoln Park man, about 4 p.m. July 16 when the man’s ex-girlfriend, a 20-year-old Wyandotte woman, drove past them.
Enraged that the two were together, the ex-girlfriend began to chase the 16-year-old’s white 2001 Ford Escort with her silver 2001 Ford Taurus.
The ex-girlfriend drove next to the Escort, yelling obscenities and throwing a pop bottle at the vehicle. Trying to get away from the woman, the girl was forced to stop at a red light at Eureka and 17th.
The woman rear-ended the Escort, pushing it into the intersection and forcing it to run the red light before running the red light herself in order to follow. The same thing happened at Eureka and 12th Street before the girl could turn north onto Biddle Avenue and head toward the police station.
After pulling into the police station parking lot, the girl did not see the woman’s Taurus, so she exited the parking lot. The Taurus then appeared and sideswiped the Escort while turning into the station’s parking lot. The girl’s Escort stopped, but the Taurus sped out of the parking lot, heading south on Biddle.
After heading north on Biddle and dropping the man off, the girl drove west onto Emmons Boulevard, where she pulled over and called police. She had attempted to call police once during the chase, but dropped her phone and lost the call.
Police tracked down the woman driving the Taurus, who had a small child with her in a rear car seat flipped on its side. She was charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Police arrested her for a driver responsibility fee suspension and driving with a suspended license.
Check fraud caught at used car dealerships
Two used car dealers nearly were victims of fraudulent cashier’s checks about 11 a.m. July 16.
The owner of Yurkovich Auto Sales, 2355 Fort Street, flagged down officers and said a man was at Vizachero Motors, 1411 Fort Street, who had written him a $18,000 check July 12 that came back as fraudulent.
Another officer was dispatched to Vizachero Motors because Yurkovich’s owner and police had interrupted another sale to tell the Vizachero salesman of the fraudulent check.
The Yurkovich owner insisted officers arrest the 34-year-old Lansing man, along with a 26-year-old Saginaw woman and a 25-year-old Orlando man in the vehicle who were responsible for the fraudulent checks. Police gathered the evidence and complied.