Christmas vandals strike
Four residents reported missing or vandalized Christmas lawn ornaments Dec. 17.
At 11 a.m. a resident of the 6600 block of Balfour came to the police station to report that two Christmas lawn ornaments totaling $120 had been damaged. Her neighbor reported at 4 p.m. that day that a snowman family and Christmas tree decorations totaling $215 were damaged at about 1 a.m. that morning.
The neighbor turned over a compact disc with surveillance footage but police were unable to view it. The neighbor said the video shows two young boys exiting a vehicle and damaging the decorations.
A resident in the 14600 block of Markese reported at 7:30 a.m. that a lighted sleigh and reindeer valued at $100 were stolen. Two lighted Christmas trees valued at $100 were damaged badly, and than an inflatable snowman valued at $50 was slashed open. The resident said he believes the damage happened about 1 a.m. because he heard his dog barking.
A resident of the 6800 block of Larme reported that sometime after she went to bed at 1 a.m., a lighted Santa and elf figurine and Christmas train were destroyed and a plastic North Pole sign was damaged.
Total value of the damage items is about $300.
Turnout gear taken
National Guard turnout gear was stolen Dec. 17 from a basement storage unit in the 10000 block of Allen Pointe.
At 3:30 p.m. that day, the resident called to report that someone had pried open the door to the basement storage unit and stolen his gear. The resident said the gear had been stolen between 10 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17.
The suspects apparently had pried the door frame and opened the clasp. No suspects were located.
Officers halt dangerous ‘fun’
Police were called about 4 p.m. Monday to the Champaign Road bridge over I-75 on word that a man was throwing snow, kicking it off the bridge and making obscene gestures at motorists driving along the freeway.
They arrived to find the man, a 59-year-old resident, kicking snow off the bridge. He told officers he was “just having a little fun.”
They said he had been drinking and had a 40-ounce beer in his possession. A witness told them he called because he was concerned for motorists’ safety.
Police arrested the man for being a disorderly person.
Man nearly arrested after forgetting ID was in pocket
An officer stopped four young men who were walking around near the Radio Shack inside Fairlane Town Center about 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and explained the mall’s adult supervision policy.
It requires all adults in the mall to have a valid identification with them, or anyone 17 or younger to be accompanied by someone 21 or older.
Upon being told this, one man said he was 18, but didn’t have his ID and began walking away. The officer stopped him and said the man had to leave the mall if he couldn’t show an ID verifying his age.
The man responded by cursing at the officer and attempting to walk away again, so he was handcuffed.
During a routine search, the officer found the man’s ID, which verified that he was an 18-year-old Detroit resident. The officer then cited and released the man.
Masked men rob auto store
A customer and the cashier were robbed about 8:45 a.m. Dec. 16 at Auto Zone, 8947 Tireman Ave.
Two black men in their late teens or early 20s burst into the store with masks on, pulled out a black revolver and demanded money.
The suspect with the gun was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and a “Halloween” movie hockey-like mask. His partner was wearing a green hoodie, dark jeans and a red bandana that covered the lower half of his face.
The man with the gun hit the customer at the register in the head with the butt of the gun and took his wallet, which contained at least three credit cards and $2,260 cash. The accomplice went behind the counter and filled a black pillowcase with between $300 and $400 from the register.
While this was happening, three new customers entered the store and were ordered to get on the ground. The man with the gun took one woman’s purse and car keys, and the two tried unsuccessfully to escape by using the woman’s car keys on the original customer’s Ford Explorer.
They then fled on foot northbound on Kentucky Avenue. A K-9 unit tracked the scent one block north to Belton.
Evicted couple suspected of taking appliances
A 33-year-old Harrison Township man discovered a washer and dryer valued at $400 apiece missing from a house in the 6800 block of Colonial that he was renting to a 28-year-old man and 27-year-old woman.
The landlord said the couple had occupied the house from 9 a.m. July 1 until 3 p.m. Dec. 16, at which point he discovered the two appliances missing.
The couple had been evicted, and the landlord believes they took the appliances with them despite a specification in the rental agreement stating that the washer and dryer were to remain in the house.
Items left in vehicle overnight gone by morning
After taking two large garbage bags filled with Christmas presents to his vehicle about 11 p.m. Dec. 15, a 40-year-old resident was surprised to discover them missing about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 16.
The presents, worth about $600 total, were taken from his vehicle in the 26500 block of Pennie. Also missing from the vehicle were a $400 MP3 player and a stereo amplifier and subwoofer worth about $600.
TVs, GPS unit swiped
A Global Positioning System unit and two flat-screen televisions were taken about 7:45 p.m. last Sunday from a 2006 Hummer parked at Roy Longton Property Service, 14226 Eureka Road.
The front passenger-side window had been broken out. Missing were a 50-inch TV valued at $800 and a 42-inch TV valued at $600. The GPS unit is valued at $250.
Purse snatched up
A purse was taken about 8:30 p.m. Monday from a woman shopping at A.J. Wright, 14255 Eureka Road.
She said she put her purse on a rack and briefly forgot about, but that it was gone when she went to retrieve it. Contents included two credit/debit cards, a checkbook and $80 cash.
Electronics, necklace lifted
A resident returned from work to her house in the 10800 block of Pine about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 15 to find her front door unlocked.
A flat-screen television, a video game system and a necklace with sentimental value were missing. No signs of forced entry were found.
Police did not list a value for the missing items.
An officer promised more patrol of a business after finding it had been vandalized.
Just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, the officer was traveling north on Dix when he heard an alarm coming from Tomboy’s Grille, 18800 Dix. The officer observed a “spider web” crack in the front door and a brick lying next to it. The metal door frame was secured and no entry had been made to the store.
The owner was contacted and said he would take care of the store in the morning.
Teens shatter window
Four teenagers allegedly vandalized a vehicle in front of the owner Dec. 11.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, the man came in to report the youths had thrown a rock at his 2000 Ford Explorer while he was in the area of Dix and Bloomfield. The rear window was shattered. The owner said he turned around to confront them, but that they ran off and he was unable to follow them.
He was unable to give a description of the youths, but said one may have been wearing a green jacket. No suspects were located.
Break-in attempt unsuccessful
Someone apparently attempted to enter a house in the 18000 block of Matthews Dec. 15.
After responding to a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the house, an officer saw that the screen door to the family room in the rear of the house was open and the door was broken open two to three inches.
The resident said a 1998 black Jeep Cherokee pulled in front of her house, and that the driver knocked on her door and attached a flier for a cable company to it. The flier had no logos, and prices were handwritten in.
Two days before, police responded to a similar incident two blocks west of the house. Footprints in the snow found in both areas were similar. The driver of the vehicle was not located.
Friend may have taken audio equipment
Several items were taken Dec. 17 from a house in the 100 block of Washington.
The resident said he and his sons had left for work by 8 a.m., and that when one of the sons returned at 2:20 p.m., the rear door had been kicked open. The son said a guitar and a stereo that belonged to him were missing.
The other son said his video game system and laptop computer were missing, and that a subwoofer valued at $100, a $150 car radio and a 600-watt dual amplifier were taken the night before from his 1998 Jeep, which was parked in the street outside the house.
The family suspects a friend of one of the sons may be responsible.
Car’s tires slashed
Three tires of a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier were found slashed about 12:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the 200 block of Cleveland.
The victim suspects a former friend may be responsible for the damage, which is estimated at $150. The victim, who once lived with the ex-friend, said the ex-friend recently had been sending profane text messages and making threatening calls on his cell phone.
Drugs found, student suspended
A 17-year-old Roosevelt High School student was suspended Friday after school authorities found prescription drugs in his book bag.
Fifteen tablets, one split in half, of the prescription muscle relaxer Metaxalone were found inside a prescription pill bottle for Darvocet. The prescription for the Darvocet was made out to the boy but had expired earlier this year, police said.
They also said the boy could not explain why he was carrying the pills. No other contraband was found in his locker or on his person.
No charges were brought against the boy, as the pills are not a controlled substance.
Camo-clad man arrested
A man wearing military and police clothing was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants.
At 12:30 a.m. last Sunday an officer at a gas station at 2832 Fort St, saw a male in military-style camouflage fatigues and a knit hat with the word “police” on the front approach the counter of the gas station.
As the store was the location of a recent robbery, the officer asked the man if he was a police officer. He walked away with answering and when the officer asked again, the man handed him his Michigan identification card.
“He was just in possession of this stuff,” Lt. Bob Heck said of the police paraphernalia. “That in itself is not illegal, but it makes us all wonder what he’s doing.”
The 28-year-old male resident was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants from Dearborn. A female passenger in his vehicle who had no license and outstanding local warrants was released when the officer learned she had two small children at home.
The man, who is of Middle Eastern descent, then threatened the officer, alleging that he had made a racial reference. The officer denied the accusation. The clerk at the store, who heard the exchange, said he did not hear either party use the word.
(Compiled by Chris Jackett, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)