Two arrested for carrying gun
A 21-year-old Detroit man and a Detroit juvenile were arrested for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit Aug. 29 after a semi-automatic handgun was found in a vehicle driven by the 21-year old on Interstate 94.
The pair were stopped about 9 p.m. after police radar equipment registered their speed as 92 mph in a 70 mph zone.
The driver told police there was nothing illegal in the vehicle. The juvenile, whose age was not given, said he was just going for a ride with the driver and did not know anything about the vehicle’s contents.
A K-9 search of the vehicle revealed the gun under the front passenger seat. It was registered to another Detroit man.
The 21-year old was transported to Allen Park Police Department while the juvenile was taken to Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Semitrailer thieves net valuables
Several semitrailers parked in a lot at Cragg Transportation, 15100 Goddard Road, were found burglarized Tuesday.
About 5 a.m. officers responded to the lot, where a fence on the east side had been cut open.
One semitrailer owner said he arrived at 4:15 a.m. and saw the trailer locked but the handle broken off. Missing was a hot pink Suzuki motorcycle valued at $1,500. Another trailer owner reported a tool box and tools valued at $200 missing. A third owner said a CD player and CDs valued at $200 were stolen.
More vehicles had been burglarized but their owners were not present to report items missing.
A 50-inch television valued at $800 was taken between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. July 29 from an upper-level duplex in the 6000 block of Calhoun.
The victim told police he went to bed at 2 a.m. and when he woke up at 9 a.m., the television was missing. He said he has been robbed before and suspects a neighbor. Many of his items have gone missing since the neighbor moved in, he said.
The neighbor said he heard someone waking around about 12:30 a.m., but denied any involvement.
Car break-in nets $3
Thieves got away with $3 from a black 2010 Ford Edge between 7:30 p.m. July 29 and 7:10 a.m. July 30.
The owner, who owns another vehicle that was recently burglarized, said he parked the sport utility vehicle in the driveway in the 100 block of Meridian and left the doors unlocked. The glove compartment and the center console were in disarray.
Phony workers steal jewelry from elderly woman
Police are looking for two men who conned their way into a home in the 2100 block of Philomene Boulevard, then stole more than $16,000 worth of jewelry.
Shortly after noon Monday the victim, an 82-year-old woman, returned home to the 2100 block of Philomene Boulevard. She told police the two white male suspects, 30 to 40 years old, knocked on the door. The men reportedly told the woman that the landlord, whom they identified by name, sent them to measure a window due for replacement.
Inside, the men quickly began discussing how “nice and valuable” the woman’s rings looked; the first suspect grabbed the woman’s hands and forced two rings off her fingers, and the two men left and ran into a newer model Ford Edge.
Investigating officers spoke with a neighbor who provided a description of the vehicle and suspects. The landlord confirmed that he had not sent any workers to measure windows.
Home invasion nabs two safes
A resident of the 3300 block of Helen Avenue stopped short when he returned home shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, seeing a back fence gate open and a sliding door of the house partially open. Both, he knew, were secured when he left that morning at 9 a.m.
Before calling the police, the victim did a quick search and observed areas of the house that had been ransacked, including the bedroom, from which two safes were taken. The safes contained an estimated $1,300 worth of jewelry along with $200 in miscellaneous cash and goods, and also identification documents.
A neighbor told police she observed that day two white males in their early 20s walking through backyards, and that they left the area in a dark-colored Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Copper pipe gone from vacant house
A water meter valued at $200 and 100 feet of copper pipe ($200) were taken between 8 p.m. July 25 and 10 a.m. July 26 from a house in the 5000 block of Heritage Ct.
The homeowner said a window on the north side was unlocked and the screen was cut. He said a side door he locked was found open.
Wallet missing after sleepover
A wallet valued at $50 was stolen between 12:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. July 27 from a house in the 6000 block of Nightengale.
The owner said she was spending the night at her boyfriend’s house and there were two other people there. She said her wallet, containing various forms of identification, her debit card and $280 in cash, was in her purse.
The next day the wallet was missing along with the boyfriend’s sister and her boyfriend. When the victim’s boyfriend confronted them, they denied having any involvement.
Tools taken from garage
About $2,000 worth of garden tools were taken between 3:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. from a garage in the 2000 block of Eton.
The thieves got away with a circular saw, a jigsaw, a lawn mower and a cordless power tool. The homeowner said the garage doors, which were closed the previous night, were found open later in the morning.
Officers found tracks on the front lawn one house east where they believe the tools were dragged out.
Three motorcycles stolen
Police are investigating the theft of three motorcycles as reported July 27 and 28.
The first cycle, a recent model Yamaha valued at $5,000, taken from the 11000 block of Burlington, was reported stolen prior to 5:50 a.m. July 27. The owner reported having the vehicle under a carport, with a locking cable secured. Investigating officers observed the seemingly cut cable lying near where the cycle was parked. The owner confirmed having all available keys to the motorcycle.
The following night, two cycle owners reported having their vehicles stolen. Residents in the 13000 block of Pineview Way and the 15000 block of Goddard told police similar stories: Their vehicles were secured, either in an assigned parking lot or on a back porch under a canopy. A 2006 Kawasaki and a 2010 Kawasaki – both with estimated values of $5,000 – were paid off and all keys were accounted for.
The information and descriptions of all three vehicles was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Burglar gets TV, video games
A resident of the 15000 block of Beech Daly left home at 8 a.m. July 28; less than five hours later, he returned to find his back door pried open and his television and video game system missing.
Police took note of the back door and the pry marks near the lock. The resident told police that a flat-screen television, video game system and several games and controllers were taken. No estimated value was reported for the stolen items. The resident told police he did not have any problems with anyone, but several local teenagers are aware of the long hours he works.
Home ransacked during weekend theft
Police were called to a house in the 6600 block of Campbell Avenue July 26 when a renter returned and found the house broken into and several electronics items stolen.
The renter told police he was away for the weekend, having left at noon July 23. Police observed the back door had been broken into, and noted that it was an interior door, not meant for an entrance, that was easily broken.
The renter told police that two flat-screen televisions were taken, along with a video game system and assortment of games and accessories. No estimated value was given for the merchandise.
Man attacked at bar
A man reported being “jumped” by three men and a woman before 3 a.m. July 31 at an unknown bar.
The man was found lying on a sidewalk in the 17500 block of Dora Avenue and bleeding. He told police he did not remember the name of the bar or what city it was in, but that three white men grabbed him and threw him into a vehicle and a white woman drove him to his present location.
Once there, the man said the suspects hit him in the head with a piece of concrete and robbed him of his cell phone and $800 in cash. He also reported the men took his wallet and keys. Both were later found at the scene.
The man smelled of liquor and officers said he was highly intoxicated. He said the woman called herself “Patty.”
Two witnesses reported seeing three white men get into a black Sport Utility Vehicle driven by a woman and take off north on Dora toward Oakwood.
Money missing from apartment
A resident of American House, 20300 Fort St., reported $1,700 in cash was missing from her apartment.
The 86-year-old resident noticed the money missing about 2 p.m. July 30. She said no one knew where she kept it and her great-granddaughter, who reported the incident, confirmed that no one but her grandmother had access to her finances or knew where she kept cash.
Fence vandal strikes
A resident of the 14000 block of Berkshire suspects his neighbor of vandalizing his new vinyl fencing and landscaping after the two had an argument about it.
About 11 a.m. July 31, the resident reported someone had spray painted “cry baby” and “loser” on the side of the fence facing his house. Landscaping rocks along the property boarder also had been spray painted.
Officers had responded to several arguments between the neighbors, the most recent of which pertained to the fence and took place the week prior.
The neighbor was not home and could not be interviewed.
Laptop thief caught after run
A foot chase through several back yards in the 2500 block of 23rd led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Romulus man who stole a laptop computer from Broken Tradition Tattoos, 2461 Fort St., July 28.
The man allegedly entered the shop just before noon, grabbed the computer, and left out of an egress door. A shop employee chased him through an alley and several back yards before officers caught up with him entering a front gate of a house in the 2300 block of Vinewood. He failed to stop when officers ordered him to but was handcuffed while hiding in a back yard in the 2600 block of 23rd.
During the chase, the suspect had dropped the laptop and two shirts he was wearing, all of which were recovered.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)