Pants conceal liquor
A Detroit man tried to steal three bottles of liquor April 17 by concealing them in his pants at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive.
The man, 42, of Detroit, was caught on surveillance cameras shortly after 6 p.m. stuffing two bottles of whiskey and one bottle of tequila into his pants.
He then attempted to exit the store without paying for the bottles and was arrested
Woman steals 27 clothing items
A 33-year-old Toledo woman was arrested April 15 for attempting to steal 27 articles of clothing from Old Navy, 3260 Fairlane Drive.
The woman concealed the clothing, valued at $404.50, in her coat and purse and attempt to leave without paying.
She was arrested.
An unlocked light green 1998 Dodge Caravan was stolen between 3 a.m. and noon April 16 from the 7000 block of Steadman.
Thieves take back seat
A car stereo valued at $600 and a back seat valued at $100 were taken between 11:30 a.m and 4:45 p.m. April 16 from a 2009 GMC Yukon at the AT&T store, 7320 Greenfield.
The vehicle had been parked in the south parking lot; the middle passenger-side window was broken out.
Home invasion at apartment
A desktop computer, a digital camera, a television set, an assortment of DVDs, a souvenir football jersey and $300 in loose change were among the items stolen between 7:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m. April 18 from an apartment in the 5000 block of Evergreen.
Thieves also got away with three watches, four bottles of cologne and a DVD player.
Fraudulent cell phone accounts opened
An Evergreen Road resident reported April 13 that a cell phone account was opened in February with his information.
The victim said a collection agency sent him a letter saying he owed $261.74 on an account he had not opened.
The account is registered to an address in the 13000 block of East State Fair Street in Detroit.
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A Powers resident reported April 13 that an account with a cell phone carrier was opened April 8 using her information.
The victim said she received a notice from a collection agency informing her she owed a balance of about $400.
The billing address on the statement is in the 1000 block of East Pierson in Flint.
Stolen speakers lead to fight
Police were called just after 2 a.m. Sunday to Cee Em Bar, 4090 Dix, on word of a fight in the parking lot.
A 26-year-old resident said he had been inside the bar for a couple of hours when he exited to find that his 1994 Chevrolet Yukon had been damaged. He went back inside to see if surveillance cameras were trained on the parking lot and came out again to find his sister wrestling with a 49-year-old resident and that resident’s male companion.
All parties had been inside drinking earlier that evening, police said.
The Yukon owner’s sister struck the other woman in the face after the two women fell to the ground, and the Yukon owner pulled the woman’s companion, who had joined the fray, off his sister.
The 49-year-old woman and her companion were taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and could not be interviewed by officers. She had suffered a lump above her right eye, and the man had blood coming from his right ear, police said,
Two speakers, valued together at $500, had been removed from the vehicle, and its rear window was shattered, causing $200 in damage.
A resident in the 1100 block of Cleveland returned from church about 2 p.m. last Sunday to find that her garage had been damaged and several items stolen out of it.
She said she had left at 11:30 a.m., and that upon coming home found the garage’s side entry door open. Missing items included a lawnmower valued at $600 and two weed trimmers valued at $250 each.
Damage to the garage is estimated at $100.
Cameras catch thieves
A surveillance camera caught two males stealing items valued at more than $600 April 13 from a 2008 GMC Yukon parked in the 17000 block of Smith.
The owner said he had left the vehicle unlocked in his driveway that night. An MP3 player valued at $120, a humidor valued at $90 and 30 cigars valued at $350 were taken.
Surveillance footage showed a small four-door car pulling up to his vehicle and two males in their 20s getting out. One entered the vehicle and removed the items. They then drove off with a third suspect.
A neighbor reported a stereo system was missing from his car the same night.
Party precedes missing cash
A $20 bill was taken from a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu overnight April 15 at Holiday Inn, 17201 North Line.
The guest it belonged to told police she had parked her car in the lot about 1 a.m. and returned about 8:30 a.m. to find the glove box and center console had been rummaged through. The door of the glove box, which had contained the $20 bill, was broken.
The guest said there was a party on the second floor the night before, and that she saw several juveniles standing around in the parking lot.
Video games removed
More than $750 worth of items were taken last week from a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze in the 14100 block of Pearl.
The owner parked the car about 7 p.m. last Sunday and found the items missing shortly before noon Monday. The rear window had been broken out.
Taken were a video game console valued at $175, a $30 carrying case, four video games valued together at $140, a $235 MP3 player, $120 worth of children’s and doll clothing and a $15 cell phone charger.
Sunglasses, MP3 lifted
Cash and other items were taken between 7 p.m. April 14 and 6:30 p.m. April 15 from a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 16700 block of Aspen Way.
Missing were two pairs of designer sunglasses valued at $200 each and a $200 MP3 player. Miscellaneous change and two $1 bills were taken from the center console.
No signs of forced entry were found.
Copper cleaned out of business
About 2 a.m. April 16, someone pushed through the rear wall of Steel Tool and Engineering, 22152 Pennsylvania Road, and stole about 150 feet of copper piping.
Total value of the missing metal is unknown.
Renovations interrupted by thefts
A number of items were taken between 8 p.m. April 13 and noon April 14 from a house being renovated in the 6000 block of Sylvia.
Doors on the south and southeast side of the house had been pried open, causing damage. Missing were 650 square feet of laminate flooring, $150 worth of new copper wiring, hand tools and a cordless drill.
Copper plumbing had been cut from the walls but left inside the house.
Burglars strike twice on same street
A resident of the 4500 block of Leisure Lane said his 55-inch television disappeared Monday shortly after a neighbor stopped by to use his telephone.
The neighbor stopped by shortly before 2 p.m., made a call and then left. The resident left between 2 and 8:20 p.m. and returned to find his front door kicked in and the TV missing. It is valued at $1,650.
A large chunk of wood was missing from the doorjamb, along with the hardware.
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A laptop computer and a digital camera were taken April 16 from another house in the 4500 block of Leisure Lane.
The resident said someone got in between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., but that her husband had been using the laptop before he left, and that the computer and the camera had been left on the kitchen table.
Neighbors did not see anyone suspicious in the area, police said.
The laptop is valued at $700 and the camera at between $300 and $400.
Purse snatched from park bench
A woman’s purse was taken April 15 after she left it on a bench at Elizabeth Park.
She said she had been walking her dog while the purse was on the bench but did not realize it until later.
The woman said she looked in trash cans and the surrounding area but could not find the purse, which contained her keys, driver’s license and $290 in cash.
Online ice rink sale begets fraud attempt
A Heatherhill resident reported last week that he had been the victim of a fraud attempt.
He said he had posted a portable ice rink for sale online for $500, and that he received an email from a woman who said she would purchase it. On on April 15 he received a check from a university drawn on an account at an Indiana bank, followed by an email from the woman on what to do with the excess money.
The return label on the envelope containing the check showed a return address for a man in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The resident became suspicious and turned the check and the envelope over to police, along with instructions on where to send the excess money.
Heroin found on driver
Sixteen packets of brown heroin were found Tuesday on a 35-year-old Ecorse man stopped for failing to use his turn signal while driving south on Fort.
The driver admitted that the substance, found during a pat-down search, was heroin.
The man was arrested for possession with intent to deliver.
Drugs found on driver
More than a gram of cocaine was found April 13 on a passenger of a vehicle stopped when the driver drove the wrong way down an alley near Fort Street.
At about 4:30 p.m., officers stopped the vehicle, which also had blocked north bound traffic on the street.
The driver, a 28-year-old resident, said the two had come from a nearbye shop known to sell drug paraphernalia. The officer then received permission to search a purse belonging to the passenger, a 21-year-old Canton Township woman. In the purse was a folded dollar bill containing 1.2 grams of cocaine.
The woman was arrested.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)