Snowplow door taken
The glass door of a snowplow vehicle was reported stolen Feb. 18.
The owner reported parking the vehicle in the rear lot of a business in the 1630 block of Fairlane Circle three days prior, and when he went to check on it at about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 18, he saw the glass door to the vehicle had been stolen.
The door is valued at about $1,500. The lock on the door also was missing.
Phony shovelers blow off with cash
More than $300 in cash was reported missing from a house in the 15000 block of Belmont Monday.
The owner said she had let two men into her house before 3:30 p.m. that day when they came to her door to ask if they could shovel her sidewalk for $25. One then said he would pay her $50 to use her bathroom.
After a minute, the homeowner saw one of the men in her bedroom. They then left the house without shoveling her sidewalk. After they left, she noticed three $20 bills missing from the top of her dresser and a white envelope containing more than $300 in cash missing from the dresser drawer.
The man who entered the bedroom is described as a white male in his 40s and 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a gray hooded jacket and was clean-shaven.
The other man is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, also clean-shaven and in his 40s, but thinner than the other man.
Drunken driver runs from police
Police arrested a 27-year-old Livonia man who fled following a traffic stop at 6 a.m. Feb. 19 on the corner of Gulley Road and Cherry Hill.
A patrolling officer noticed loud music coming from the man’s gray 2010 Ford Fusion while it was stopped at a red light and pulled him over after the light changed.
The driver then ran from the scene along Cherry Hill. He was arrested later behind a house on the 300 block of Beech Daly. He told police he didn’t do anything wrong, and that he was “just sitting on top of a tree.”
He admitted he had been drinking and refused to take a sobriety test.
Drugs, gun taken from bar patrons’ vehicles
Prescription medications and a gun were among the items taken from two vehicles Monday at the Elmhurst Tap Room, 22057 W. Outer Drive.
The rear passenger-side windows were smashed out on a 2009 Ford Explorer and a 2008 Ford Explorer between 8 and 9:30 p.m. Missing from the 2009 Explorer was about $2,600 in merchandise, as well as various baby toys and several prescription medications.
A loaded semiautomatic handgun, a loaded gun magazine, cardiac medications, a digital camera valued at $200 and a car charger for a cell phone ($20) were taken from the 2008 Explorer.
Witnesses reported seeing a younger male with dark hair and a dark coat pulling on car handles.
Shots fired after argument
Police are looking for a 21-year-old man in the Feb. 19 shooting of his father’s house in the 4000 block of Merrick.
The shooting stemmed from an argument Feb. 16 between the man and his father over the father’s disciplining of the man’s two younger brothers.
A heated argument resulted, leading the father to allegedly put the man into a headlock before the father threw the man and one of his friends out of his house.
The man told his father that he would be back to get him.
Five shots were fired into the father’s house through the front picture window about 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19. The father was in bed at the time of the shooting.
Neighbors said they saw a white or gray van driving from Eton following the shots.
Injured woman robbed at gunpoint
A 74-year-old woman with an injured arm was robbed about 11 p.m. Feb. 18 in front of her mobile home in the 30 block of Second.
She was on the way home from a hospital when she noticed a car following her. As she got closer to the mobile home park where she lives, the car disappeared.
After arriving home, her neighbor went out to assist her when they were approached by two 20-year-old men.
One pointed a gun at the victim’s head, demanding her purse, which contained her house keys and $100.
The other man pointed a long, black gun at the victim and her neighbor and demanded money. Both men then ran from the scene.
One man is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a white striped pants with white sneakers. The other thief is 6 feet tall and was wearing a black jacket and black shoes.
Running van contained purse, license
A purple 1997 Plymouth Voyager was taken about 9 p.m. Tuesday after it was left running and unattended in the 1500 block of Philomene.
Inside it was the owner’s purse, which contained her medical prescriptions, driver’s license and Social Security cards for herself and her child.
Robber crawls through ceiling for pills
A robber who allegedly crawled through the ductwork in a cleaning unit of a business stole more than 800 tablets of a cough and pain medicine sometime before 10 a.m. Monday.
The owner of the store, in the 18200 block of Allen, said he closed about 2 p.m. Feb. 19, and that when he came back Monday morning, he noticed the drugs were missing and ceiling tiles were out of place.
The owner used a ladder to check the roof, and saw that the ductwork there had been opened.
A men’s black leather belt was found in the drop ceiling of the building’s stock room. Shoe scuffs were found leading up the rear southwest corner of the building.
False names lead to arrest
Two minors were arrested Monday after giving officers false names at a house party.
At about 3:50 a.m., officers responded to a call of a loud house party at an apartment in the 19400 block of Fort Street.
They heard male and female voices inside the apartment, but when they knocked, all talking stopped. They were invited inside and saw only four males.
The men all had identification and were 21 or older. The host, a 22-year-old Wyandotte man, who was in charge of the apartment while the renter, his mother, was out of town, said he did not know where the females were.
Officers found three females, hiding in a back bedroom and three more in the closet of a master bedroom. Two alcohol bottles were on the table of the bedroom.
One of the women showed identification proving she was 21. Of the remaining women, two admitted to being under 21. The others had no identification, but said they were 21.
A 19-year-old Wyandotte woman gave police the name of her sister, who was over 21. The woman was handcuffed when a records check revealed the sister had outstanding warrants. The woman then admitted to using a false name.
A 19-year-old Lincoln Park woman also gave a false name and birthday, but her friends told officers her real name and she was handcuffed.
Garage break-in nets big haul
Thousands of dollars worth of power and hand tools were discovered missing last Sunday from a garage in the 13500 block of Longtin.
Entry had been gained through the side service door. Missing items included two toolboxes containing $3,000 worth of tools, another toolbox with $100 worth of tools, a $10 gas can, a $150 weed trimmer and an $800 snowblower.
The owner believes the theft occurred between 10:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 8:30 a.m. last Sunday.
Truck started, left in driveway
A resident in the 13400 block of Cambridge found her 2003 Dodge Dakota running in her driveway about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19.
The shift lever had been broken off and the ignition key tumbler was lying on the floor. Police said the truck likely was started with a tool and were able to shut it off by manipulating the ignition mechanism.
No damage estimate was given.
Couple team for theft
A purse belonging to an employee operating a booth was stolen last Sunday at Gibraltar Trade Center, 15525 Racho Road.
Police said she had covered it with clothing behind the counter. About 5 p.m. a man and a woman approached the booth as they were shopping.
The employee said the man distracted her while the woman went behind the counter and took the purse, which contained a driver’s license, Social Security cards for her and her three children, keys to both of her vehicles, a digital camera and $40 cash.
The employee’s car had to be towed away from the trade center because the keys were stolen.
Copper cleaned out
All of the copper pipes were removed last week from a house the 5700 block of Wilson.
A real estate agent told police Monday that the house has been for sale and could not give an estimate for replacement of the pipes.
Burglars get jewelry, cause damage
A house in the 2400 block of Dickinson was robbed and ransacked last week while the owner was away for a couple of days.
The resident said she left Feb. 20 and returned Tuesday to find that entry had been gained through a bedroom window, causing $50 damage to the screen. A set of footprints in the snow led from the sidewalk south to the bedroom window and back, then in an unknown direction away from the scene.
A stand-up mirror was broken and two holes were made in walls by a blunt object. Clothes were thrown around the bedroom and jewelry valued collectively at $200 was taken. Several DVDs and CDs with an approximate value of $50 were damaged.
Grandson suspected in ring theft
A woman suspects her grandson and his friend of recently stealing more than $1,500 worth of jewelry from her.
The 74-year-old woman reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday that a diamond engagement ring valued at $1,000 and an emerald ring valued at $500 were missing from her apartment the day after the grandson and his friend had spent the night at her house in the 2600 block of Biddle.
Nothing else was missing from the house.
Crack pipe found
A crack pipe was found on a Wyandotte man arrested for outstanding warrants Tuesday.
An officer spotted the man pacing in front of a house in the 800 block of Riverbank at about 3 p.m. He said he was waiting for the mail to be delivered to his in-laws’ house.
A records search revealed the man had outstanding warrants and he was arrested.
A burnt crack pipe was found during a pat-down.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)