Washing machines’ coin slots cleaned out
A total of $677 in quarters allegedly was stolen from six washing machines at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Wick sometime between Saturday night and 8:20 Sunday morning.
The tops of the machines had been cut off and a dryer had been stolen. The building’s manager told police each machine typically holds approximately $150 in quarters.
Thieves reach through glass for register
A cash register containing approximately $200 apparently was stolen from Opa Opa Coney Island, 17445 Hamilton between 9 p.m. Friday and 6:30 Saturday morning.
When an employee arrived to open the store at 6:30 Saturday morning, a window was broken, a concrete block was lying on the floor and the cash register was missing.
The suspect never made entry into the store, but reached through the shattered window and took the register, according to surveillance footage.
The employee said she does not know how to operate the surveillance system, so she cannot be sure what time the suspect broke into the restaurant. No alarm went off during the night.
Purse snatched from car
A purse was reported stolen from a 1997 white Ford parked outside of Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, about 9 p.m. Thursday.
At 8 :15 p.m. the victim parked in the parking lot and entered the store. When she returned 20 minutes later, she saw that the lock on the driver’s-side door of the vehicle had been punched out, and that her purse was missing from the vehicle.
The purse was located later in the parking lot, but $50 was missing from it.
Officers let stolen high-speed vehicle go
Police saw a stolen black 2004 Chevrolet Impala driving east on Michigan Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5.
The car had turned into and parked at A Victory Inn-East Dearborn, 9430 Michigan Ave. in Detroit, when a computer search revealed the car had been stolen about two days earlier. Officers pulled into and waited at a nearby Sunoco gas station as a black woman in her 20s about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds left the car in the hotel’s north parking lot.
When the car began to move, officers followed as it quickly turned east onto Michigan Avenue, north onto Addison and east onto Dayton while traveling about 80 miles per hour. Officers stopped their pursuit near Lonyo and returned to Dearborn.
Man denies robber
A 29-year-old Oak Pak man nearly was robbed about 5:15 p.m. Nov. 4 while leaving Wolverine Truck Sales, 3550 Wyoming.
After picking up an order inside the business, the man left and was pulling out toward the road in his 2001 Toyota 4Runner.
A white man about 25 years old was riding his bicycle nearby, and the victim stopped his sport utility vehicle to let the man pass. The man then drove his bicycle directly into the passenger side of the SUV. When the victim got out to check on the man, the suspect got up off the ground, pulled out a knife and demanded money.
The victim refused to comply and got back into his vehicle. The suspect got on his bicycle and rode south on Wyoming.
The suspect was described as wearing a green skullcap, blue jeans and a blue and red jacket.
Identity thief racks up cable bill
A resident reported Nov. 8 that he was the victim of identity theft after being contacted by debt collectors regarding an unpaid debt of nearly $1,100.
The man said his name and Social Security number had been used to open a satellite television account in Illinois without his knowledge.
Ex-roommate takes cable box
Cable television access became an issue earlier this month in the 8200 block of Virgil.
A resident called police 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 because the woman had been living there took the cable service provider’s DVR box when she moved out 10 a.m. Sept. 4.
The homeowner said the woman had put the cable account in the homeowner’s name while she was living there, and told the resident she would return the box when she moved out.
The suspect then took the box with her in the move. The provider recently called the resident, saying the suspect never returned the box.
Cash, checks taken from shop
Police were called Monday to National Auto Glass, 2580 Dix, on word of a break-in.
An employee said he found the rear door open when her arrived after 8 a.m. Paperwork was strewn around a rear storage area; about $800 cash and some written-out checks were missing from a cabinet.
The employee said other employees may have been involved in the theft.
Container prove unenlightening
Fog lights were removed sometime Monday from a 2004 Chrysler four-door in the 600 block of Kings Highway.
Perpetrators replaced them with disposable plastic container covers to make it look like the lights were still there.
The lights are valued at $500.
Purse, camera removed from van
A purse containing cash and other items was taken Nov. 5 from a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country parked at Holiday Inn, 16777 North Line Road.
The owner said she went inside about 4:30 p.m. and returned to her van about an hour later to find the purse missing. It contained $100 cash, $85 in written-out checks and a $120 digital camera, along with some credit cards.
The van’s driver’s-side door handle had been damaged.
Magazine reader opts not to pay
After apparently lying about his intentions, a man on Tuesday walked past a clerk out of One Stop Market, 15570 North Line, with an adult magazine.
The clerk said the man told him he was going to show the magazine to a friend in a car just outside and then return to pay for it. Instead, the clerk said, the man got into the driver’s seat of a medium blue late 1970s or early 1980s minivan and drove east on North Line.
The magazine is valued at $10.
Artistic pen bins emptied
A manager at Hobby Lobby, 23865 Eureka Road, noticed Wednesday afternoon that a number of artist pens had disappeared.
He said several bins containing the bins were full about 3 p.m., but that about 5 p.m. an employee told him they needed to order 110 new pens.
Realizing the pens typically don’t sell that quickly, the manager checked the cash registers and found that no such purchases had been made.
The pens are valued at $6.50 apiece. The ones that are missing have a total value of about $710.
Late-night intruder grabs MP3
A resident in the 8000 block of Sloan woke up a little too late last Sunday to save her MP3 player from being stolen.
She had gotten up to get a drink about 3 a.m. when she looked out the window into her driveway and saw a man sitting inside her vehicle. She went out the front door to confront him, but he took off running.
The resident gave chase briefly, but lost the intruder when he ran west on Hayes. He was described as a white man dressed in all black clothing and was wearing a hat.
Drunken girl arrested after car crash
Police were called Monday to an alley in the 2500 block between Riverside Drive and West Jefferson on word of possible traffic crash.
They arrived about 11:50 p.m. to find a 1999 Buick pointed out by a passer-by that was registered to an address one house north of the car’s location. The car had been legally parked but had sustained some damage to the telephone pole at the intersection of Atwood and the alley. At the base of the pole were pieces of door trim from the car.
Police found the homeowner at the registration address clad only in a T-shirt and underwear. He was arguing with his 17-year-old daughter, who was wearing a restaurant uniform. Police said she smelled strongly of intoxicants and had poor balance.
She told them she had one beer at a nearby apartment complex before heading home on a flat tire. She then failed field sobriety tests and registered 0.133 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath test. A percentage of 0.08 is considered intoxicated under Michigan law.
Police arrested her for underage drinking and filled out a crash report.
Jewelry, cell phone missing
Jewelry and other items were discovered missing from a house in the 13000 block of Kingswood Wednesday.
At 5:28 p.m. Wednesday, a 54-year-old female reported the inside door leading from the garage into her home was open and her dog was roaming in the garage. The front window next to the main entry door was broken and a large rock was lying on the floor. Lights were left on in the upstairs bedroom, and the master bedroom and bathroom had been ransacked.
Missing were various pieces of jewelry of unknown value, a cellular phone belonging to the American Red Cross, and a laptop computer of unknown make or model.
A K-9 unit tracked a scent to the edge of the American House south of the residence but was unable to follow any other scent.
Police photographed boot prints left on the front door and took samples of blood from around the front door inside and outside the residence.
SUV stopped, retrieved
Officers assisted Trenton police in retrieving a stolen vehicle at 12:35 a.m. Saturday.
One officer spotted the 1999 gold Ford Explorer at a stoplight at northbound Fort and Sibley, but was not positioned to stop the vehicle. Another officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it did not stop.
After a third officer turned on the sirens on his vehicle, the Explorer turned east onto Longsdorf and then south onto Koester before turning East on Sibley. As the vehicle passed by Harrison it struck the median and rolled over. The driver began to run on foot and was apprehended.
The vehicle is registered to a Berlin Township woman.
Argument over pants turns violent
A mother and daughter both said they were assaulted during a dispute that began over damp pants Saturday morning.
At 8:01 a.m. Saturday police responded to the 1200 block of Spruce, after a “hysterical” female had called and police were unable to determine the reason for her call. When they arrived, they talked with a 45 year-old-female who said her 22-year-old daughter and 24-year-old boyfriend had gotten into a fight because the boyfriend was upset that his pants were not dry when he began getting ready for work that morning.
She said the argument was heated but did not turn physical. She told officers the daughter was busy getting ready for work and the boyfriend had already left for work.
Later that day, the daughter came to the police station to make an assault complaint, alleging that the boyfriend had struck her in the left side of the head and knocked her into a cabinet, which left a scrape on her left knee. She said her mother had prevented her from speaking with police when they were at her house.
She then changed her story, saying she was not aware police were at the house at the time. As the conversation progressed, she became “hysterical” and verbally aggressive with the officer, grabbing her driver’s license back from him and using profanity.
When officers returned to the home, the mother denied preventing her daughter from speaking to the police and said her daughter had bitten her when she tried to intervene in the fight. She also told police her daughter’s injuries were suffered when she tripped over an entertainment center. The mother also denied her boyfriend’s involvement.
Police were unable to speak to the boyfriend, who was not present for either visit.
Window of vehicle bursts
While traveling in the area of Lindbergh and St. Johns around 2:30 p.m. last Sunday, a 48-year-old woman said the rear window of her 2005 blue Jeep Liberty was shattered.
She did not see any suspects and did not know what caused the glass to shatter. Nothing was found inside the vehicle that could have caused the damage and no witnesses were located.
(Compiled by Chris Jackett, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)