Car break-in nets valuables
Belongings valued together at more than $700 were allegedly stolen from a vehicle parked behind the Allen Park Cinemas, 6601 Allen Road, Jan. 7.
An unknown object was thrown through the passenger-side window sometime between 6 and 10 p.m. Items stolen included a backpack valued at $60, an MP3 player ($150), a global positioning system ($100), a radar detector ($250), tools ($100) and three insulin pens.
Two similar reports of vehicle-break ins also occurred at the same location on the same day.
Store bilked of bras
A 47-year-old Detroit woman stole seven bras Monday from Meijer, 3564 Fairlane Drive.
The woman allegedly placed the bras into the child’s seat of a shopping cart and covered them with a sales paper. She was observed later stuffing the bras into her purse.
The woman checked out using a a self-serve electronic clerk machine but did not scan the bras. She was arrested for retail fraud and held on $300 bond.
Running vehicles stolen
Three vehicles were reported stolen last week when they were left running unattended.
On Jan. 7, a resident of the 14900 block of Russell said she saw a white female backing her red 2009 Ford F-150 out of her driveway and then drive it toward Dix. The owner said she started the vehicle and took her dogs into the house. At that point she realized someone was driving the vehicle away.
Also that day, a resident of the 9600 block of Sterling said his 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck was stolen from his driveway while he was inside his house for about five minutes.
On Jan. 8, a resident of the 15800 block of Meyer said her 2004 black Chrysler Sebring was stolen from the street outside her house when she left it unlocked and running while she was inside of her house for less than five minutes.
Truck, tools taken
A a white 1996 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck was stolen Jan. 6 in the 7000 block of Bingham.
The truck, which was left running in the driveway of a house with the keys in the ignition, last was seen heading south on Bingham.
The truck had $700 in tools in the bed and a Global Positioning System unit in the passenger compartment.
Purse stolen at local gym
A purse containing a wallet, a cell phone and $350 in gift cards were stolen Jan. 6 from a 1997 Nissan parked in front of Powerhouse Gym, 7031 Bingham.
The purse’s owner and a friend noticed a dark-colored car with a man inside parked next to them who watched as she set her purse down before she and her friend went inside.
He is described as heavyset, black and about 5 feet 10 inches tall.
When they returned, the car’s driver’s-side window was broken and the purse was gone.
A wallet and sunglasses belonging to her friend were undisturbed.
Thieves warm up to running vehicles
Several vehicles were stolen last week shortly after their owners started them and were warming them up.
At 8 a.m. Jan. 8, a red 1995 Pontiac Firebird was taken from a driveway in the 1700 block of Reo.
At 8:35 p.m. that same day a gray 2002 Dodge Ram was stolen when the owner left it running and went into his garage to get a snow brush.
Just after 8 a.m. Monday, a black 2003 Pontiac Aztek left running and unattended was stolen from the 1300 block of Paris.
About 9:30 a.m. Monday, a four-door 2001 Toyota Corolla was taken from the 1100 block of Mayflower after the owner left it running and unattended in the street. Her purse, containing bank cards, Social Security card and other miscellaneous items, was inside the car.
The car was electronically tracked to Detroit later that day and had sustained front-end damage. The purse was still inside the car, but the owner’s wallet and keys were missing.
About 6:20 p.m. Tuesday a black 1996 GMC Jimmy was taken from the 1200 block of Lafayette when the owner left it unattended in his driveway.
Exchange nets counterfeit bill
Police were called about 7:30 p.m. Monday to the area of Dix and London on word that someone was in possession of a counterfeit $50 bill.
There they met a resident who gave them the bill, which he said he received from a man named Mike after the latter called him asking for change for a $50 bill. The resident said Mike also asked if he would meet him near the intersection to make the exchange.
The resident gave Mike two $20 bills and a $5 bill, but said he noticed the $50 bill was fraudulent after Mike rode away on a bicycle. The resident said he tried to call Mike, who would not answer the telephone.
Gym patrons victimized by break-ins
Three patrons were the victims of theft in a two-day period last week at Planet Fitness, 13591 Eureka Road.
Two of the incidents happened last Sunday. Just before 5 p.m., a woman returned from working out to her 2000 Chevrolet S-10 to find that her purse and digital camera were missing.
Someone apparently tried to pry their way in through the driver’s-side door with a crowbar or similar tool, but was unsuccessful. The thief then broke in through the passenger-side door.
The purse contained $140 cash, a driver’s license, a Social Security card and keys to the woman’s workplace.
About 5:30 p.m., a woman returned to her vehicle to find her leather jacket and purse missing.
About 4:30 p.m. Monday a woman returned to her 2002 Toyota Corolla to discover her purse missing. The thief broke out the passenger-side window and used the trunk release button to access the trunk, where the woman had put her purse.
Driver may have snatched purse
A thief was nearly caught in the act of stealing a purse Jan. 6 from a 2004 Ford Explorer parked at the Downriver Family YMCA, 16777 North Line Road.
The owner said she parked the vehicle at 7 p.m. and returned to it at 9:30 p.m. to find her purse missing.
A witness said he pulled into the lot between 9 and 9:10 p.m. and saw a car backing out of the space next to the passenger side of the Explorer, and that he could see broken glass falling from the Explorer’s window. The car then drove off.
It is described as a large four-door sedan, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria, with a damaged front fender and headlight and black, rusty steel wheels.
The driver is described as a possibly a black male wearing a skullcap and dark clothing.
Vacationer’s house robbed
A neighbor heard a noise about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 7 at a house in the 23200 block of Brest that turned out to be a burglary.
The neighbor was watching the house for the resident, who was vacationing in Florida, She said she heard a banging noise, but did not investigate until later that morning.
The neighbor said she entered the house after finding the front door had been kicked in. A television was missing from a bedroom, where two jars of change had been emptied and left lying on the bed.
A safe was undisturbed, however, and the neighbor at the resident’s request removed the cash inside it to keep until the vacation ended.
Company gate damaged
The owner of Rodriguez Expedited Freight Systems Inc., 9400 Pelham Road, arrived at work about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 6 to find that a rolling gate had been damaged.
About 35 feet of the gate was affected. Repairs are estimated to cost about $7,000.
Cigarettes swiped from store
A customer made off with 20 packs of cigarettes Monday at 7-Eleven, 18210 Allen.
The cashier said the man asked her for the cigarettes, and that after she put them in the bag the man grabbed the bag and ran out of the store.
He is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 40 to 45 years old and wearing a Detroit Lions hat and black leather jacket.
The cigarettes were valued at $140.
Paint dumped on vehicle
Black paint was poured onto the hood and trunk of a 2003 Mercury at J&E Hair Salon, 18643 Allen Road.
An employee said she had parked the vehicle behind the salon at noon that day, checked it at 2 p.m. when a customer alerted her and found the paint still was wet.
Woman accused of cyber bullying
A woman reported Monday that she was threatened by her roommate’s former girlfriend on a social networking site.
The 23-year-old woman said she created a fake account on the site in order to read the 31-year-old woman’s postings. The 31-year old woman’s postings apparently included threats that she “had a bat” with the woman’s “name on it,” and also accused the woman of being a child molester.
She said she had contacted the Web-site about the matter but had received no assistance.
Foot chase leads to capture
A foot chase led through several backyards and to the eventual arrest of a 22-year-old Ypsilanti man Tuesday.
After 2 p.m., an officer on routine patrol saw the man and a 25-year-old Ecorse man fighting outside condominiums on Biddle. The officer asked both men for identification but noticed the the Ypsilanti man whispering to the Ecorse man.
After both men provided the identification, the officer realized the Ecorse man had outstanding warrants from Dearborn Heights, Taylor and Ecorse.
The Ypsilanti man asked if he was under arrest and then ran away, followed by the Ecorse man. Both left their identification with the officer, who spotted them again near 890 Biddle. The Ecorse man ran into the building while the Ypsilanti man ran into the officer.
The officer attempted to subdue him, but he took off again south on Perry Place, jumped several backyard fences and ran through driveways. He then ran south along Biddle, where he was apprehended by a second officer. He was arrested for being a disorderly person, as well as running and obstructing.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)