Patio furniture stolen
A patio umbrella, two metal flower pots and two lawn chairs were stolen from a backyard in the 9700 block of Becker between 11 p.m. Oct. 3 and 7:50 a.m. Monday.
The resident said he woke up and noticed the side gate was open, and that the property was missing. He said he had closed the gate the before going to bed.
Bar tab goes unpaid
A credit card was declined and a bar tab was left unpaid at Caper’s Bar, 23120 Outer Drive, after more than a week of grace time was given by the owner.
When a 23-year-old Taylor woman’s card was declined about 10:15 p.m. Sept. 25 on a $117 bill, she and her friends decided to leave. The bar owner told her she could pay during the next few days, but didn’t hear from her by Monday. He called the her that day and again Wednesday, but she made excuses both times as to why she couldn’t pay yet.
Officers advised the owner to take up the issue in civil court because of his willingness to set up a payment plan. He still has the woman’s credit card.
Rash of car break-ins strike local hotels
Thieves broke into five cars between Oct. 1 and 3 at the Henry Hotel, 300 Town Center Drive, and the Hyatt Regency-Dearborn, 600 Town Center Drive, apparently targeting cars with visible Global Positioning System units.
Police said two cars were broken into about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Hyatt parking lot. Surveillance video showed a late 1990s red Ford Thunderbird or Mercury Cougar approaching two vehicles. A single suspect got out and smashed out a window in each, and retrieved a GPS unit and a cell phone charger from each target. Police said the crimes took less than 30 seconds apiece.
About 1:45 p.m the next day, a woman staying at the Henry reported that the window of her 2008 Pontiac G6 had been smashed and her GPS unit stolen. The same red coupe spotted at the Hyatt the day before once again was caught on surveillance cameras at the Henry.
On Oct. 3 police were dispatched to the Henry on two reported larcenies from automobiles. The first victim to called about 3 a.m. after finding that a GPS unit, a radar detector, and a pair of men’s designer sunglasses were missing from his rented 2010 Chrysler Town & Country. About 8:45 p.m. that day, a hotel employee called to report a GPS unit stolen from her 2007 Ford Fusion parked in the hotel’s lot.
Police estimated the value of the GPS units at $200 each.
Larcenist takes, leaves loot
Three cars were broken into overnight Oct. 3 on Nightingale, but all of the property stolen from them was recovered on nearby lawns.
An unlocked 2010 Dodge Ram in the 1500 block was open and ransacked when police arrived, but nothing was reported missing. A locked 2005 Ford Escape in the same block was broken into by unknown means. The culprit took a bag containing school books and a culinary knife set, which was found on the front lawn of a house a few doors down without anything missing.
A 2004 Chevy Silverado in the 500 block was broken into by unknown means, and the culprit took a bag of miscellaneous power tools. The tools were recovered down the street near the Coburn intersection.
Garage burglar wheels property out on wagon
A garage burglary in the 27000 block of Clairview sometime overnight Sept. 29 netted the perpetrator hundreds of dollars’ worth of tools and other durable goods, including power and hand tools, a bicycle and a children’s wagon.
After noticing the items missing, the homeowner called police about 7:30 a.m. the next morning. He said he had thought the door was locked, but that he wasn’t sure because its locking mechanism can be finicky.
Police followed wagon wheel tracks from the garage through a baseball field near the property until the railroad tracks disappeared at the field’s parking lot. They found an extension cord and rope along the tracks.
Birthday bash ends unhappily
A birthday party Monday night at Cathay House, 3781 Dix, turned out to be a boon for thieves and a bust for the guest of honor.
Nearly $5,500 in gifts and cash for a resident celebrating his 40th birthday were taken from his 2008 Jeep Wrangler sometime between 8 and 10:30 p.m.
The man said there were no signs of forced entry, and the victim told police he has had problems locking one of the doors.
Missing items included a laptop computer valued at $1,800, a digital camera ($200), an MP3 player ($200), a wristwatch ($1,400), a gold ring ($400), clothing ($400), about $600 worth of CDs and $500 cash.
Pants can’t hide stolen guitar
A 24-year-old resident walked out of a local pawn shop last month with a $70 electric guitar in his pants, the owner reported Monday.
The owner of Fort Jewelry & Loan, 1568 Fort St., said the man had pawned a pair of climbing spikes and was looking at the guitar. When the owner turned his back, the man left and was spotted by a witness who saw the guitar sticking out of the man’s pants.
Teen caught window shopping
A 14-year-old Allen Park boy was seen running around in the 18500 block of Allen Road about 4:15 a.m. last Sunday.
An officer on patrol saw him wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and leaning against a building while holding a black laptop computer bag.
The officer circled the area and saw the boy looking into the window of a skateboard shop when a vehicle approached. The boy ran south and hid behind the Rainbow Cleaners building, hugging the wall.
The boy told police he was hiding from a friend. When searched, a folding pocketknife, a flashlight and two cell phones were found in his pockets. The laptop bag was empty.
The boy was arrested for curfew violation and a concealed weapons offense.
License plate lifted from woman’s car
A woman came into the police station about 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 to report the license plate had been stolen off her car.
She said she had seen it on her vehicle the day before and was at Wayne County Community College District the night before.
She returned to her parking spot in front of her apartment and noticed the plate missing the next morning.
Boat taken from repair shop
A 1997 Aluminum Smoker Craft — on a trailer and with a new engine — was stolen from Riverview Shores Marine, 18110 West Jefferson, between 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 8 p.m. Sept. 27.
The total value of the missing items is about $10,000.
About a month ago the victim, a Grosse Ile resident, took the 16-foot boat to be fixed, paying about $2,300 in advance. She saw the boat in front of the business the week prior to Oct. 1 and assumed it finally was being fixed.
The business owner said he had rebuilt the engine and parked the boat in the front parking lot because he thought it was safer under the parking lights than in the locked storage yard in the back, where recent thefts had occurred. He noticed the boat gone on Sept. 27 and assumed the owners had taken it, despite the repairs being incomplete.
However, the woman’s husband called Sept. 30 to say he was returning home and wanted to pick up the boat Oct. 3. The business owner then realized the boat had been stolen, and he and the woman reported the theft Oct. 1.
Woman in labor following car crash
A pregnant woman was cited for driving without a license while she was in labor at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, 5450 Fort St. in Trenton, about 6:45 p.m. Oct. 3.
Officers came to the hospital in response to a traffic accident that had occurred between 6 and 6:30 p.m. on southbound Fort Street, south of Sibley Road.
The driver of a blue Ford Focus in the accident, a 24-year-old Taylor woman, had on her record five open license suspensions and six terminated license suspensions, as well as a prior charge of driving with a suspended license and two traffic accidents.
Rather than arresting her at the scene, police issued the woman a second warrant for driving with a suspended license because she had been admitted to the hospital and was in the process of giving birth.
Dress suit disappears
A $50 black and tan dress suit was discovered missing about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1 from a apartment closet in the 13200 block of Village Park Drive.
The resident said other items of hers have disappeared in the past, but she has not reported them. Police said there were no signs of forced entry, and that nothing but the dress was taken in the most recent incident.
Garage break-in nets washer, bikes
A power washer valued at $200 and three mountain bikes collectively valued at $1,500 were taken last week from a garage in the 14400 block of Trenton Road.
The owner discovered the items missing about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Police said there no signs of forced entry.
Vacant house relieved of appliances, tools
All of the appliances and some power and hand tools were discovered missing last week from a vacant house in the 7100 block of Vivian.
A man who had been preparing to move in found the front door unlocked about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1. The house was secured at 11 p.m. Sept. 30.
Police did not provide values for the missing items.
Computer thieves strike quickly
A three-hour departure proved costly Sept. 29 for a resident of the 23800 block of Schomberg.
He left at 3 p.m. and returned at 6 to find that his laptop computer was missing, along with $5 in change.
The resident told police he had left the back door open accidentally.
Rings among missing jewelry
Jewelry valued at about $900 was discovered missing just before 7 p.m. Oct. 2 from a house in the 1500 block of Westfield.
The resident said she left at 9 a.m. that day and had been working at an event downtown before returning to find her front door pried open and its lock mechanism lying on the floor. Upstairs, she found her bedroom a mess and a few jewelry containers missing, though the other bedrooms appeared untouched.
The resident’s daughter had come to the house about 11 a.m. to pick up a space heater and said the house was intact at that time.
Among the missing items were a class ring and her deceased brother’s military ring.
Colored scarves only things lifted from house
Six various colored boas valued at $120 were reported missing last week from a house in the 3000 block of Charles.
The resident said she discovered them missing Sept. 30 and said she last saw them in a closet upstairs Sept. 1. She told police that a neighbor who may have bugged her telephone stole the boas and plans to give them to her children for Halloween.
Dirty burglar thwarted
Police apprehended a man just before midnight Monday after being called to a breaking and entering in progress in the 3500 block of West Jefferson.
The caller said someone was trying to get into her house through a bedroom window, and that she could hear loud crashing and breaking noises. She fled out the back door on the south side of her apartment complex. Police entered and found the man walking away and arrested him after finding pieces of a plant on him that matched those of a plant that had been thrown through a kitchen window. A shutter nearly was torn off a window, and an air-conditioning unit had been pushed onto the floor.
Nothing was reported missing from the caller’s apartment.
Drunken man takes public nap
A 46-year-old resident was found lying half on the grass and half on the parking lot at Monroe Bank & Trust, 467 Eureka Road, about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The man appeared intoxicated and told officers he had just lain down for a minute. He had an open bottle of vodka with him as several high school children passed by after being dismissed for the day.
After being arrested and brought back to the station, a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content level of 0.337 percent. A level of 0.08 percent is considered intoxicated under Michigan law.
Homeless man finds knife, turns it in at restaurant
About 7:30 a.m. Sept. 30, a 38-year-old homeless Taylor man entered Nanna’s Kitchen, 2962 Biddle Ave., with a 3 1/2-inch blade he had found on the ground outside.
He placed it on the counter and told a 23-year-old employee to call police. He then exited the business and walked east toward the Detroit River without further explanation.
Officers recovered the knife and caught up to the man as he sat on a park bench facing the Detroit River. They identified him by his Wayne County Jail identification bracelet.
The man said he was waiting for the Social Security Administration office to open and was walking on Oak Street near Chestnut when he saw the knife on the sidewalk. He was unsure what to do, so he decided to turn it in to the restaurant and tell the staff to call police before it fell into the hands of the wrong person or a child.
Police discovered the man had a misdemeanor warrant out of 36th District Court in Detroit for being a disorderly person and having a mental condition. He was advised of his warrant.
(Compiled by Chris Jackett, J.Patrick Pepper and Tom Tigani.)