Criminals run out of gas
An officer traveling east in the left lane of I-94 about 8:15 p.m. Aug. 22 noticed a pickup truck stopped on the right shoulder in front of the Uniroyal Giant Tire with two men outside the vehicle.
The officer got onto westbound I-94 and back onto the eastbound lanes in order to pull off to the side to investigate.
Upon stopping, only one of the men, a 46-year-old Highland Park resident, was visible and told the officer the other man, a 49-year-old Wyandotte resident, had walked off to get gas because the truck had run dry.
The officer asked the Highland Park man about the black canvas tool bags and an electronic tool visible in the bed of the truck. The man said the tools must have belonged to the Wyandotte man, who also was the owner of the truck.
The Wyandotte man returned minutes later and said the tools belonged to the Highland Park man, denying any knowledge of them.
After other officers responded to assist at the scene and were checking a nearby fenced-in construction site, the Wyandotte man admitted the tools were stolen from an AT&T trailer near Southfield and Allen roads, and that he would take officers there.
When officers with the Wyandotte man confirmed the crime at the AT&T trailer site, the responding officer arrested the Highland Park man while they waited near the big tire. The Highland Park man then became angry and swore at the officer, saying police had made things up to pin on him and threatening to “put a bullet in (the) head” of the responding officer when he was off duty. The man also attempted to head butt the officer while being taken out of the police car at the station.
The Highland Park man was placed in a separate detoxification cell from the Wyandotte man until he would cooperate with the booking. A computer check showed the Highland Park man was on parole.
Car missing from dealer lot
A 2009 Dodge Journey was discovered missing on Aug. 13 during an audit at Westborn Chrysler, 23300 Michigan Ave.
A manager told police the used sport utility vehicle with about 35,000 miles on it last was seen on Aug. 9. Officer found no signs of forced entry, and the manager said he couldn’t think of anyone who might have taken it.
Man suspected in $4 million credit card fraud ring
A 27-year-old Detroit man arrested for fraud and outstanding warrants on Aug. 11 at Sears, 18900 Michigan Ave., is a suspect in a massive credit card theft ring, investigators say.
Police arrested the man outside the pickup bay as he was waiting for an alleged accomplice to return with flat-screen televisions purchased with a stolen credit card. Loss prevention officers called police after the men were unable to provide the correct Social Security number for a credit card number they allegedly used to purchase $2,500 in merchandise.
Among the items purchased were five pairs of blue jeans, three video game consoles and two flat-screen TVs.
A responding officer reported arriving to the pickup bay, pulling behind the suspect’s 2001 Buick LeSabre and trying to obtain the license plate number. Before the officer could record it the man tried to pull away, prompting the officer to cut off his escape and initiate an investigation.
The suspect said he didn’t know the name of the other man he was with and acted surprised about the allegations.
A search of the car turned up the blue jeans; the electronic devices still were inside the store. One officer who searched the vehicle noticed that the vehicle identification number looked like it had been altered. Upon further inspection, police discovered the car was stolen out of Ingham County. The man subsequently was arrested.
A fraud investigator for the credit card issuer told police he wanted to interview the suspect about his suspected involvement in a $4 million credit card fraud ring.
Police were unable to locate the second suspect at the scene, but did obtain his name and a description of his physical build.
Home invasion suspect narrowly escapes
A suspect in a home invasion Wednesday in the 7400 block of Amboy evaded police tracking dogs shortly after striking for about $2,000 worth of stolen property.
Among the items missing from the house were a $1,000 laptop, a $300 purse containing $150 cash and two cell phones valued at a combined $500. Police were dispatched about 7 a.m. after a neighbor reported a strange person entering the house next door through a rear sliding door.
Officers reported tracking the man throughout the neighborhood but were unable to locate him. During the track, a resident of the 7300 block of Amboy flagged down an officer and said her car was ransacked.
The suspect was described as a 20-year-old white man with short blond hair in a crew cut style, a day’s beard growth and was wearing a white T-shirt and gloves.
Vacant house de-piped
About $2,000 worth of copper piping was discovered missing earlier this month from a vacant house in the 4100 block of Brousville.
The piping last was seen intact in October.
The house is owned by a bank, which reported the theft Monday.
Pricey sunglasses, cards disappear
Designer sunglasses and several personal items were taken between 11 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Monday from a 2010 Ford parked in the 1900 block of Montie.
The sunglasses are valued at $400. Other missing items included a work badge a driver’s license, a Social Security card, a debit card and a credit card.
Squatter taken down
Officers responded to a report of a 50-year-old man inside a vacant house in the 24700 block of Outer Drive about 10:15 p.m. Aug. 22.
The man left the house on a bicycle before officers arrived and headed west on Outer Drive.
After finding a man fitting the description nearby in front of a car wash, officers stopped him and he immediately began swearing at them. He then told officers he was in the house because he is homeless, and that he stays there all the time.
While putting his hands behind his back to be arrested, the man lunged forward at a second officer and swung his arm in a punching motion. The officer punched the man in the side of the head twice to stun him. Officers then took him to the ground, where he continued to resist.
The white cardboard box the man had with him was filled with computer equipment and two receipts that belonged to the deceased owner of the vacant house.
Public domestic dispute vanishes
Police were called about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 22 to the 18900 block of Reed near Gough on word of a man beating a woman.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to about 10 women who said a dark-haired, chubby female in her 20s and wearing a red tank top was beating on a shirtless male in his 20s. Both last were seen headed south on Allen Road from Gough.
Officers were unable to locate the pair during a 15-minute search, but talked to a woman who said the two were arguing outside her house, and that the woman chased the male west in the alley behind a bank at Oakwood and Reed.
Officers checked the area, but were still unable to locate either combatant.
Purse left behind is stolen
A 45-year-old resident reported her bank debit card was stolen along with her purse at Family Services Credit Union, 19040 Fort St., sometime between 12:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 5 p.m. Monday. She told police she had set her purse aside to count money and forgot it. When she returned the next day, however, her purse was gone.
Taylor police alerted the woman that her debit card was used illegally.
Gaming systems stolen from house
Upon returning home about 7 p.m. Tuesday, a resident of the 17500 block of Clark noticed her cable box was knocked off the entertainment center.
Her PlayStation 3, which was sitting on top of the cable box, was missing. She searched the house and also discovered her Xbox 360 was missing from the basement entertainment center.
The woman suspects those responsible may have pulled the storm door in the sun room hard enough to open it despite it being locked. The interior back door was left open, but there were no obvious signs of forced entry.
The video game systems were valued at $300 apiece. The house is being remodeled, so it was unknown at the time of the report if anything else was taken.
Break-in nets computer, tools
A resident returned from vacation about 5:30 p.m Aug. 20 to find his house and garage had been robbed.
A gold ring was taken from a nightstand in a bedroom. A computer valued at $500 also was missing, and clothing had been strewn about the house, including the basement.
A scooter valued at $1,000 was taken from the garage, along with $600 worth of tools.
The resident had left for vacation Aug. 18.
Park visit just long enough for burglars
A short trip to a park with her child proved costly Aug.17 for a woman in the 5900 block of Daniels.
She and her daughter left at 6:30 p.m. and returned a half hour later to find a bedroom window open.
A television and a number of DVDs were taken from the bedroom, which belongs to her teenage son.
Ex-waitress may have used diner’s card
A woman left her credit card at TV’s Deli & Diner, 2441 Fort St., after paying for a meal in June and reported last week that it had been used about 25 times without her authorization.
She said she did not notice the charges until she received her July bank statement. A card company employee gave her the name of a woman who had worked at the restaurant.
The owners told police the woman had been involved in a similar incident in July, and that when they confronted her about it, she said she needed to attend to a family emergency at home. They said they have not seen the woman since.
The unauthorized charges on the reporting woman’s card came to just over $1,500. Detectives still are investigating.
Some stolen property found in field
Police responded about 2 a.m. Thursday to a field behind a house in the 3100 block of Palmetto Court on word of some found property.
The caller was a man who earlier had called to report that his vehicle had been broken into.
In the field police found a cash register, a bottle of rum, a bottle of soda and a cell phone charger. In a nearby backyard they found two sets of headphones and the caller’s driver’s license.
Two beer cans were found on the east edge of the same yard near a walkway to the field east of the house. Next to the beer bottles was an empty bottle of prescription painkillers that also belonged to the caller. Police also found an owner’s manual to a Jeep Liberty, which was reported stolen by another Palmetto Court resident.
The caller also reported a debit card and pair of sunglasses and case stolen from his vehicle, which he had found open with its dome light on about 1:30 a.m.
Parents drink, smoke with teenage son
A noise complaint in the 500 block of Highland resulted in the arrest of a man, a woman and their son about 7:45 p.m. Aug. 21.
Officers could hear screaming from the apartment upon arrival and made contact with a 49-year-old woman there. They were overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana and could see a plastic 2-liter bottle fashioned for smoking marijuana sitting in plain view. The woman’s 17-year-old son and his father, a 51-year-old Allen Park resident, both came outside to speak with police.
The son had a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath and told officers he had been drinking with his father. He registered a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content during a preliminary breath test. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08 for those age 21 and older.
The son also admitted to smoking marijuana in the apartment, and when told he was under arrest, he swore at officers and continued screaming profanity as neighbors gathered to watch the disturbance.
The boy attempted to pull away from officers by kicking and thrashing about while being escorted to the patrol vehicle. He began banging his head on the outside of the patrol car until he was sprayed with pepper spray.
Once inside the car, the boy slammed his head into the rear passenger side window several times, causing it to push the window outward and bend the window frame.
The son was charged with resisting and obstructing police, malicious destruction of police property, minor in possession by consumption and disorderly conduct. Both parents were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and loitering where drugs are kept/used/sold.
Police said the incident was not the first time the parents were advised against providing alcohol for their underage son.