Desk thief leaves prints
Eight antique desks were discovered stolen Monday from a garage in the 15700 block of Harrison.
The homeowner said he last saw the desks in the garage two weeks ago, and that a side entry door was left unlocked.
Officers estimate the theft must have occurred before a Feb. 25 snowfall, as footprints were in the snow in front of the garage.
Gun possibly stolen
A resident of the 15100 block of Hanover believes his handgun may have been stolen sometime before Feb. 27.
The homeowner said he searched his house after discovering the Colt 6 revolver missing that day, but could not locate it.
The only people who had access to the home were plumbers, but the homeowner said he doesn’t suspect them. He asked police not to contact the plumbing company. He has no other suspects.
No signs of forced entry were found.
License plate disappears
A license plate was stolen Sunday at 10 p.m. from a car parked in the driveway of a house in the 8000 block of Hazelton.
Coat, purse removed from car
A a gray winter coat, a black purse and $500 cash were taken from a black 2004 Ford Taurus between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m Tuesday in the 500 block of North John Daly.
Police said the car may have been unlocked.
Armed robber gets cash
Police are searching for a man who robbed the Lucky Star Party Store, 22113 W. Warren, about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The owner said the man came in asking if there was an automated teller machine available; the owner told him the bar across the street had one. The man returned a few minutes later and attempted to buy a bottle of wine.
When the owner opened the cash register, the robber pulled out a semiautomatic gun with gold coloring on the barrel and demanded all the money in the drawer. The owner complied by giving him between $250 and $300, and the man left the store.
The suspect is described as 25 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing around 200 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with gray lining, baggy pants and work boots.
Break-in nets jewelry, money, electronics
Almost $20,000 worth of cash, jewelry and electronics were taken between 5 and 9:15 p.m. Feb. 27 from a house in the 2000 block of Homer.
The homeowner returned from shopping to find lights on inside and the side door and gate open. The door frame was damaged and impact marks were found on the side door.
Burglary nets cash and jewelry
Over $20,000 in jewelry was taken between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from a house in the 1000 block of Culver.
The owner was running errands and returned to find the family room door and window open. The bedrooms also had been gone through.
Jewelry boxes had been emptied on the bed in the master bedroom, and $400 cash also was stolen.
An MP3 player valued at $150 was taken about 3 p.m. Feb. 26 from a vehicle parked at Dollar Tree, 3698 Fort St.
‘Smoke’ allegedly starts fire
A former tenant was arrested Monday for starting a small fire at an apartment complex in the 2000 block of Fort Street.
A witness said he smelled a strong odor of gasoline as he entered the building about 2:20 a.m., and that the former tenant — nicknamed “Smoke” — walked past him down the stairs. The witness entered his apartment and began playing video games with two other men, but stopped after 15 minutes when the hallway filled with smoke.
The witness then ran back inside his apartment, roused his children and took them outside.
Police arrived and found burnt newspaper on the floor in front of the witness’s apartment. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, and an investigator found a pair of knit gloves on the scene and gasoline beneath the newspaper.
The landlord said he had evicted the former tenant the week before and asked that he not set foot on the property again.
Officers caught up with the former tenant just after 3:30 a.m. in a parking lot near Ferris and Southfield Road and could smell gasoline on him. He told them he had been working on cars all day.
After being arrested he admitted to placing paper on the floor next to his old apartment, pouring gas on it and starting the fire. He told police the people inside the apartment where he lit the fire were responsible for numerous break-ins at his apartment, and that they carried guns, sold narcotics and were generally disorderly.
The former tenant said he wanted to teach his former neighbors a lesson about messing with his family.
Lawn care items taken
A snowblower and lawnmower were reported missing Feb. 23 from a backyard shed in the 17600 block of Dora.
The homeowner said he discovered them missing two days prior. He said he had not been out to the shed in two weeks.
The items are valued together at approximately $650.
Garage lock smashed, valuables gone
Someone smashed a lock overnight Feb. 25 on the garage of a house in the 18200 block of West Jefferson and stole more than $600 worth of equipment.
A weed trimmer valued at $175, a power washer valued at $350, a propane heater valued at $75, and a snowblower were reported missing. No value was given for the snowblower.
The homeowner said he last checked on the garage at midnight the previousday , and that when he went back to it at 9:30 a.m. the next day, the lock was smashed.
Designer purse swiped
A $400 designer purse was taken between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday from a 2008 Jeep Wrangler parked at Planet Fitness, 15591 Eureka Road.
Gym patron’s wallet lifted
A purse was taken between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 from a shopping cart in a store at 14561 Eureka.
It was recovered after a short time in another aisle and was missing a wallet that contained $20 cash and a Michigan identification card.
Pit bull missing from yard
A pit bull was taken just before 8 p.m. Feb. 26 from a backyard in the 6500 block of Westpoint.
Basement break-in nets shoes, computer
A man flagged down an officer just after 2 a.m. Feb. 23 in the 9200 block of Pickwick Circle to report that his apartment had just been broken into.
He said he and his girlfriend were gone between that time and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22.
Police found a piece of tin used to hold a dryer vent in place of a basement window had been kicked in. Missing were two pairs of gym shoes, a laptop computer and a duffel bag containing work boots and a badge.
Personal items had been rifled through, and $300 was missing from a wallet in a closet.
Police said the window opening was small, and that only someone very thin could have fit through it. Earlier that evening an officer had reported a similarly broken basement window in the 9500 block of the complex, where residents reported seeing two thin 16-year-olds.
Shopper’s rings, cards gone
Wedding and engagement rings were inside a woman’s purse taken shortly before 1 p.m. Feb. 25 as she shopped at Big Lots, 27290 Eureka Road.
She said she had been to a dollar store elsewhere in the Cambridge Square shopping center before parking and locking her vehicle at Big Lots and going inside the store for 30 minutes. When she returned the purse was gone.
It was made of gray and white camouflage-type fabric and in addition to the rings, valued together at $300, two credit cards and a government-issued food card also were missing.
Her vehicle was undamaged.
Woman blames ex for injury
A 43-year-old Lincoln Park woman who suffered injuries to her left arm Feb. 25 at the home of her ex-boyfriend said he pushed her out of his house.
The woman said she went to the the man’s house, in the 1640 block of 19th, to wish him a happy birthday. She stayed for an undetermined amount of time, leaving before 6 p.m., and said the two argued and that the man and his brother pushed her off the porch.
The 45-year-old man said the woman fell on the snow and ice after stepping off the porch.
Officers found no physical evidence to support either claim and were unable to establish the cause of her injuries.
She was transported to Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital for treatment.
Credit card fraud reported
A resident of the 900 block of Goddard reported Feb. 25 that a credit card was opened in her name without her permission.
The woman said the card used her name and Social Security number, along with an address from Lithonia, Ga. She said she never authorized the account and has never lived in Georgia.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)