Items missing from vehicle
An Mp3 player and a tote bag containing personal documents were stolen from a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 11.
The car was parked in front of the victim’s house in the 17000 block of Oconnor. She did not know if she had locked it. The bag contained her daughter’s Social Security card and birth certificate and the woman’s banking records.
Copper piping, air conditioner stolen
Copper piping and an outdoor air conditioner were stolen between 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 10 a.m. Aug. 15 from a house in the 8000 block of Hazelton.
The homeowner said the thieves pried open the west bedroom window and entered the house.
Fraudulent credit card issued
A resident of the 25000 block of Clairview reported Aug. 15 that a credit card was sent to him for a name he didn’t recognize.
He said he contacted a bank representative who told him there were $5,700 in charges on the card. The victim said he had no idea who the name on the card is and that a similar incident happened to him last year.
Thieves steal Old Glory
Thieves got away with a 3-foot-by-5-foot American flag between 6 p.m. Aug. 13 and 7 a.m. Aug. 14 from a house in the 5000 block of Williamson.
The homeowner said she last saw the flag intact at 6 p.m. Aug. 13. The next morning, she found the flagpole on the front of her house broken in half.
Cash box taken from safe
Two thieves stole a cash box containing $20 in change at 5 a.m. Aug. 14 from Advance America, 1320 N. Telegraph.
According to surveillance footage, the thieves smashed the glass front door and a male suspect, described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds and wearing a dark shirt and shorts, entered the business, followed by a second suspect, a black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a white bandana over the lower half of his face, a dark shirt and shorts.
They went to the rear of the business and disappeared from view for a short time. The first suspect was seen carrying the cash box a short time later, before both individuals left the business.
Bomb squad called to home
A resident of the 1500 block of Russell Avenue came across a suspicious item when he was cleaning out his garage: A small, round device stamped “Grenade simulator/M116A1, explosive device.”
The resident called Lincoln Park Police shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. Police then notified the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad. Arriving on the scene, the state technician retrieved the device without incident, noting that the vintage explosive retained the pressure and effect of a live grenade, but without the shrapnel.
No further action was necessary.
Household robbery nets computer, video game players
Police in Lincoln Park responded to a burglary call in the 1700 block of Chandler Avenue Tuesday, where the victim reported the theft of a laptop computer and two video game systems.
The victim left home at 5:30 p.m. for work, and returned at 2:30 a.m. to discover her house ransacked. She told police that the bathroom window may have been unlocked, and with no other evidence of forced entry seemed the likely point of entry. The woman’s bedroom was ransacked, and the stolen items were taken from the basement, living room and bedroom.
A palm print was taken from near a locked garage window, from which the woman told police someone could see one of the video game systems and games. Police noted the description and information on the laptop.
Bridge vandals arrested
Two Lincoln Park teens were arrested by Melvindale Police after allegedly spray painting a bridge in the 4300 block of Dearborn in Allen Park around 5 p.m. Aug. 11.
The 19-year-old man and 17-year-old boy under the bridge ran when officers approached. Officers chased and apprehended them in a nearby field and they were turned over to Allen Park police.
About 13 grams of marijuana was found in a vehicle belonging to the suspects parked in the 4300 block of Dearborn.
Valuables disappear during hospitalization
A resident of American House, 20300 Fort St., returned from a hospital stay Aug. 10 to find her jewelry and cash missing.
On Aug. 2, the 86-year-old resident checked into an area hospital. She said she told the staff she’d be gone for an extended period of time. Five days later, her daughter checked on the apartment and found the door standing open. Her mother told her she was sure she had closed and locked it. When the resident returned Aug. 10, she found missing two gold rings valued together at $500, a diamond ring ($500), and $300 in cash.
There were no signs of forced entry.
Laptop, games grabbed in burglary
Police responded to a call from a resident in the 300 block of Sibley reporting a breaking-and-entering theft that resulted in the loss of a laptop computer, a video game system and several games.
The victim told police he was at work from about 5:30 a.m. to shortly after 2 p.m. Aug. 12. He returned to find the back door’s double-pane glass smashed in, and responding officers observed shattered glass outside and in the home.
Police obtained full descriptions of the computer, valued at approximately $1,500, to include serial number. The victim provided police with leads on possible suspects.
Tools taken from pole barn
Tools valued at more than $1,000 were stolen from a pole barn last weekend, as reported to police by a victim in the 4900 block of Lathrop.
The victim told police that sometime Sunday morning someone broke into the side door of his barn and made off with a laser circular saw, jigsaw, vertical sander, impact wrench and other tools “worth well over $1,000,” according to the police report. Responding officers observed a locked side door to the barn that had either been pried open or kicked in.
The victim was unable to provide any thoughts on who might have committed the burglary, and was providing police with a detailed list of stolen items.
Thieves target electronics store
An early morning alarm at Radio Shack, 7860 N. Telegraph, brought Taylor police to the scene of a burglary.
Shortly after 6 a.m. Aug. 11, an alarm sounded at the electronics store. Responding police met with the store manager, and observed glass broken near a rear door and window.
The manager was uncertain if the security cameras were working, and told police that a laptop computer tablet, radio and other electronic items were missing. A complete list of stolen merchandise and estimated values was being prepared.
Bicycles stolen from garage
A resident in the 7700 block of Monroe Boulevard notified Taylor police that sometime between 10:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 5:30 a.m. Aug. 8, a detached garage was broken into and one or more thieves made off with two bicycles and a drill.
The victim told police he was working in the garage until about 10:30 p.m., and may have accidentally left the door unlocked. The two bicycles — a Redline BMX and Black Diamond Mountain Bike — were worth approximately $1,300.
Police saw no evidence of breaking and entering, and noted the descriptions and information regarding the stolen items.
Two residents of the same house in the 400 block of Clinton reported about noon Aug. 13 that someone had apparently poured sugar into the gas tanks of their vehicles.
The vehicles, a 2005 Dodge Ram and a 1999 Plymouth Voyager, were parked in the driveway. The same powdery white substance, believed to be sugar, was on the ground beneath the vehicles.
There are no suspects.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)