Camper window smashed
The windows of a recreational vehicle were smashed out last Sunday in the 9370 block of Ruth.
About 9 p.m. a resident reported seeing a man break the window of her neighbor’s vehicle with his hand.
The man, in his late teens or early 20s, was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans and last was seen heading south on Ruth.
A Dearborn Heights man on March 6 attempted to steal items totaling $577.52 from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive.
A loss prevention officer said she saw the 34-year-old suspect use the self-checkout service, but fail to scan all items.
He was arrested.
Check books, glasses taken from vehicle
Two checkbooks, a pair of prescription glasses and a pair of designer sunglasses were stolen from a 2011 Ford Flex between 8 p.m. April 9 and 7:45 a.m. April 10.
The vehicle was parked in front of a house in the 300 block of South Vernon.
Stolen wallet leads to identity theft
A resident whose wallet was stolen recently found purchases on his debit card account that he didn’t make.
The man told police someone got into his unlocked Ford Explorer between 8 p.m. April 9 and 9:30 a.m. April 10 and took his wallet, which contained three credit cards.
The vehicle was parked in front of his house in the 100 block of Mohawk. A Global Positioning System unit also was stolen.
Charges totaling about $260 from a drug store and a gas station, both in Detroit, appeared on the victim’s account.
Air bag stolen from parked car
An air bag was stolen between 8 p.m. April 9 and 6 a.m. April 11 from the steering wheel of a 2008 Mercury Milan in the parking lot of A-1 Transmission, 8622 N. Telegraph.
The driver’s-side window was broken out and the vehicle was locked.
Police said the suspects used a screwdriver to loosen the window frame.
Cell phone gives away theft
Two alleged cell phone thieves were being searched by police just before 5 p.m. April 10 when one of six stolen cell phones they were carrying rang.
An 18-year-old Dearborn Heights man and a 17-year-old Detroit boy allegedly stole the phone from a 16-year-old resident at the corner of Midway and Vernon.
A witness said two males matching the thieves’ description ran north on Drexel. Officers caught up with them at the corner of Warren and Drexel.
The 18-year-old was carrying four phones, the 17-year-old had two.
While they were being patted down by officers, the 16-year-old resident called his own number, causing the phone to ring.
Armed robbers hit gas station
Two men allegedly used a gun while robbing two other men about 12:30 a.m. April 9 at the Valero gas station, 4551 Beech Daly.
One of the victims, an 18-year-old Romulus man, told police two men approached him and a friend demanding money.
A suspect wearing a red hooded sweatshirt pointed a gun at the victim, while the second suspect, who was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, stole $3 cash and a cell phone from the second victim.
The suspects later were reported heading north on Beech Daly in a red sport utility vehicle, possibly a GMC Jimmy.
Man charged for van bump
A 47-year-old resident was cited for malicious destruction of property last week after allegedly running into a 2006 Toyota Sienna in an alley near Dix and Champaign.
The owner was in the passenger seat of her minivan while another woman was driving in the alley west of Freeway Liquor Shoppe, 2568 Dix, when she the resident began yelling at them before pulling his truck into the alley behind them and ran into them.
The truck driver then backed up and turned back into the store parking lot. At that point the van’s owner got out of the front passenger seat and tried to get the truck’s license plate number. She said he then moved the truck forward toward her as though he was going to hit her before turning south into the alley, at which point she was able to write down his plate number.
The van’s driver corroborated the owner’s story, and police went to the resident’s house to question him about the incident. He admitted exchanging words with the women but said his truck was new, and that he never would have struck another vehicle intentionally.
Police found no scuff marks or any other indication that the truck had been in an accident, but later spoke with a resident of Markese who said she heard the yelling and came out of her house to see what was happening. She told them the driver of the truck did indeed strike the Sienna intentionally.
Upon inspection police found that the Sienna’s rear bumper had been sustained about $400 worth of damage. They then mailed the violation notice to the pickup driver.
Rental TV ripped off
A rented 32-inch television valued at $1,500 was discovered missing just before 9 a.m. Tuesday from an apartment in the 1300 block of Goddard.
Pry marks were found on the front door, which had been locked.
Car proves popular for thieves
A 2003 Ford Taurus belonging to an employee at McDonald’s, 2106 Dix, was taken from the parking lot about 7 p.m. last Sunday.
A resident came into the store to tell her that a short black woman wearing an orange shirt and tan pants had just gotten into the car and driven off.
The employee said she had just replaced the car’s locks and ignition after it was stolen a couple of weeks ago. It is valued at $10,000.
Checkbook thief gets big zero
A checkbook to a closed bank account was found missing about 12:30 p.m. last Sunday from a 2009 Chrysler Sebring in the 13400 block of Village Park Drive.
Several items had been thrown about inside the car, where a suction cup device that did not belong to the owner was found.
The car was undamaged.
Wallet removed from car
A woman’s red wallet was taken between 4 p.m. April 9 and 4:30 p.m. last Sunday from a car in the 11500 block of Dorchester.
The wallet contained a driver’s license, pay stubs and miscellaneous credit cards.
Storage unit robbed
Numerous items were stolen March 6 from a storage unit in the 19600 block of Fort Street.
An acetylene torch valued at $300, a paint ball gun valued at $100 and a remote control truck valued at $900 were taken.
Window crash wakes neighbor
A resident in the 23500 block of Irving was awakened just before 1:30 a.m. last Sunday by a loud crash and looked out to find that her neighbor’s double-paned front window had been smashed.
The resident didn’t see anyone outside after the crash.
The victim estimated repair cost for the window at $2,000.
Trailer full of lawn implements disappears
A lawn trailer was taken overnight April 7 from the rear of a business at 12725 Universal Drive.
The trailer had been locked to a trash receptacle when an employee left at 9:30 p.m. April 6, but was missing when he returned the next day. The lock had been cut.
The trailer contained landscaping equipment including riding lawn mowers, weed trimmers and blowers. Total value of all the missing items, including the trailer, is estimated at $12,000.
Antique tractor taken
A large red and yellow tractor was discovered missing April 6 from a yard in the 25300 block of Wick Road.
A woman told police the house belongs to her grandfather, who has been hospitalized, and that she discovered the tractor missing during a routine check of the property. It was not visible from the road, she said.
She told police she is unsure of the tractor’s value, but that her grandfather had turned down an offer $40,000 for it.
Car parts stolen
Two catalytic converters were reported stolen Sunday.
Shortly after 1 p.m., a resident of the 17200 block of Flora reported that one had been stolen overnight from his vehicle while it was parked in front of his house.
The man saw it had been sawed off that morning when he tried to move the vehicle and heard the loud exhaust.
At 7:30 that night, a resident of the 17500 block of Dora reported that the catalytic converter had been cut off his cousin’s Pontiac Montana. His cousin currently is serving overseas in the military.
The resident said the theft occurred sometime in the previous few days.
Army office vandalized
A U.S. Army recruitment office was vandalized Sunday.
At about 2:30 p.m., an Army sergeant called to report the vandalism, which consisted of spray-painted words and symbols on the door and walls of the building.
The word “think” and an unknown symbol were included in the graffiti. Officers said they recognized the symbol from other graffiti in the area.
Driver pepper sprayed
A resident reported he was pepper sprayed shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday while driving near Eureka and 12th.
He said two people in a gray newer-model Ford Mustang pulled up near his vehicle, on which the windows were rolled down, and sprayed him with the substance for no apparent reason.
He said the substance burned his eyes and skin but did not totally blind him.
He did not know the gender or race of either person in the vehicle.
Man assaulted at bar
A Lincoln Park man said he was punched in the face sometime Friday evening at My Place Bar, 806 Biddle.
The 32-year-old said Tuesday that he was smoking outside the bar with a friend when a 19-year-old acquaintance sucker punched him.
He said he was treated at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, then transferred to Henry Ford Hospital In Detroit, where he was treated for a broken jaw until Sunday.
He reported the event Tuesday afternoon.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)