Break-in nets monitors
Ten computer monitors were reported stolen from a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire parked in the 15000 block of White Avenue Sept. 25.
The owner, who runs a computer repair business, had left the monitors in her sister’s vehicle parked on the street in front of the sister’s house.
The sister said she was awakened at 6:20 a.m. that day by the backyard gate shutting. She looked out the window to find her car’s dome light on and a man standing next to the car. She yelled at him and he jumped in an unknown vehicle and sped off east on Garfield.
No value was given for the monitors.
Teens arrested after car chase
Three teens allegedly led officers on a high-speed chase into Flat Rock that ended with a collision Sept. 24.
Three Taylor teens were arrested after the chase, which began about 10 a.m. that day after Taylor police spotted the vehicle, reported stolen out of Ecorse.
Allen Park officers spotted a stolen 1999 GMC Envoy at Champaign near Vine and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop, and turned south on Dix Road, passing red lights until it entered southbound I-75 where it drove at speeds upwards of 90 mph, 20 mph over the posted speed limit.
It exited onto Gibralter Road in Flat Rock, re-entered the freeway and exited onto Huron River Drive. It turned down several side streets before sideswiping a Flat Rock police cruiser on Sheeks Street, forcing both vehicles onto the curb. It then hit an Allen Park squad car parked in a driveway in the 29000 block of Sheeks before the vehicle stopped and the teens, a 17-year-old girl, a juvenile boy, whose age was not given, and a 19-year-old man, ran west.
After a foot chase, all suspects were apprehended. The 17-year-old and 19-year-old were held at the Allen Park Police Department and the juvenile was released to his mother.
Robber tries ripoff at Kroger
Police are searching for a would-be robber who attempted to steal an estimated $160 worth of merchandise from Kroger, 2060 Dix Ave., Tuesday afternoon.
Police were called to the scene at about 4 p.m. after employees observed a black male, approximately 40 years old with a small build, wearing a striped shirt over a white T-shirt and jeans, browsing and selecting items throughout the store. He then approached the exit without attempting to pay.
Outside, two store security officers approached the man, who jumped on a red bicycle and left the scene. The merchandise was left on the sidewalk.
Officers were in the area as a suspect matching the same description was sought in a breaking-and-entering in the 2100 block of Riopelle.
Police collected evidence and the investigation continues.
Thieves hit Fort retailer
An early morning alarm Monday sent Lincoln Park Police to Lincoln Park Palace, 900 Fort St., where a pair of robbers broke in and made off with an unknown amount of money.
Security camera footage showed two men, one black and the other likely white, both medium height and wearing hooded sweatshirts and baseball caps. One of the two suspects wore gloves. Police believe a third suspect may have been outside and communicating with the two via cell phone. They entered the store approximately 3:40 a.m. after cutting through a gate lock and prying open the front door.
One man took a large cloth bag and filled it with cartons of cigarettes; the suspect wearing gloves took money from the cash registers and lottery machine.
Police collected evidence near the doors and behind the counter; the store manager will provide a complete list of missing merchandise and cash.
Help call turns up crack
A 49-year-old Lincoln Park woman was arrested for possession of narcotics paraphernalia and violation of a controlled substance after officers found 0.3 grams of crack cocaine, a crack cocaine pipe, and a hypodermic syringe in her pickup truck Sept. 25.
At about 5:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to Meginnity and David streets on a call of a woman needing assistance in her vehicle. The woman admitted to having the needle and a search turned up the other items.
Pantsless man arrested
A 27-year-old Dearborn man was arrested for disorderly conduct after walking through the parking lot of Motor City Motel, 17355 Raupp, wearing only a shirt about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Officers were parked in the parking lot when the man, who had been pacing outside of a room, approached them and asked what was wrong. Officers told him there was no problem and he returned to pacing in and out of his room.
Later, he exited his room wearing only a shirt, and allegedly walked around the patrol cars with his penis exposed.
He was identified through motel records and transported to the Melvindale Police Department where he allegedly charged at officers during his processing. He was placed in a cell where he refused to wear the pants given to him.
Car found burned
A 2011 Ford Focus was found on fire about 1:40 a.m. Sept. 23 in the driveway of a house in the 5000 block of Linden.
Firefighters found a white sock containing a socket wrench burned and lying on the ground near the car’s gas tank. They also found an energy drink can with a cloth wick and a melted bottle of canola oil near the car.
A man living at the house, who was not the victim, believes the incident stems from a dispute he had with his “soon-to-be” ex-wife.
Money stolen following armed robbery
A wallet containing $400 cash, an identification card and an insurance card was stolen at gunpoint at about 10:35 p.m. Sept. 22 from a man sitting in a car parked in the driveway of a house in the 6000 block of Mayburn.
The man told police he was sitting in his car waiting for his family to come out of the house when the suspect, described as a white male approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans and a dark-colored hat, approached the driver’s side door and demanded the victim exit the car.
As the victim was getting out, the thief pushed him to the ground, punched him in the stomach and pointed a gun at him, demanding he empty his pockets. After taking the items, the robber fled in an unknown direction.
Purse taken from church
A purse containing $150 cash, a driver’s license, assorted credit cards and a cell phone was taken from St. Anselm Parish, 17700 W. Outer Drive, at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21.
The victim said she was cleaning the church by herself when she heard a door to its fellowship hall close. Seeing no one there, she walked to the front door of the church and saw the suspect walking in front of the door. She opened the door, at which point the suspect fled north from the church.
The victim went back to check on her purse and found it missing.
Cigarette causes fire
Officers assisted the fire department in fighting an apartment fire about 10 p.m. Sept. 25.
Two officers evacuated the building, in the 19700 block of Fort Street, while a third used a fire extinguisher on the fire, which had ignited in the living room of one apartment. Its occupant said she had been smoking and must have started it accidentally. She called her husband at a nearby bar, who alerted police.
All other apartments in the building were evacuated except one, which the Fire Department later gained entry to and determined to be unoccupied.
Tires taken off Lincolns
The owner of a small company in the 11000 block of Reeck Road arrived at about 8 a.m. Monday morning to discover that two vehicles, Lincoln MKX Sport Utility Vehicles, were missing all four tires.
Police responded to the scene and confirmed the theft of eight tires, each valued at $1,000. Officers collected evidence at a rear fence that had been pried open, which previously was welded shut.
Information on the tires was provided to investigating officers.
Apartment hit twice by robbers
A resident of an apartment in the 10000 block of Mt. Vernon Drive told police that on Sept. 23 her home was burglarized — for the second time in a week.
Police were called to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. Sept. 23 when a woman said she returned home to find a front sliding window removed, along with a jar of coins.
One week earlier, she told police, someone broke in and took a large-screen TV, a video game system and prescription drugs. The apartment manager was instructed to repair the window.
Cash, jewelry taken from house
A woman returned to her house in the 14000 block of Mortenview Drive Thursday, Sept. 22 to discover the theft of a small bedroom safe, along with $8,000 cash and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.
The woman, who lives in the house with her husband and five children, said she arrived about 1:30 p.m. and went to place some documents in the safe, which was kept beneath the bed.
After realizing the safe was missing, she checked and confirmed that all doors and windows were locked.
Police observed no signs of forced entry nor evidence of the break-in. Information on the missing jewelry, including several gold rings and a necklace, was being provided to police.
Bedroom burglar startles woman
Police are looking for a suspect who entered a woman’s home in the 2100 block of Harrison Avenue in the middle of the night Sept. 21.
The victim called police at about 2:10 a.m. that day after waking up to find a man standing in her bedroom and looking through her jewelry box.
The woman told police that the man, of average height and wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, left the room and ran out the front door when he saw that she was awake.
Police observed fresh footprints in the wet grass near the door, and with a K-9, followed the trail southeast across Harrison and behind a house at the corner of Glenwood, where the tracking ended.
The woman told police the man’s back was to her, and she could not tell the suspect’s race or provide a description.
Police noted that the rear garage entry door was open, as was a door from the garage into the house. The screen of the rear door had been cut, and pry marks were visible on both entry doors.
The woman said that nothing of value was taken. Police collected evidence at the scene and the investigation continues.
Police, store crew nab small-time thief
Police placed a shoplifter in custody Sept. 21 after alert store employees observed and reported the theft-in-progress.
Officers were sent to the West Grange Pharmacy, 3390 West Road, at 11:25 a.m. that day for a retail fraud complaint. A store employee observed a white female, wearing a black running suit and white ball cap and carrying a blue bag, place several items in the bag while shopping. At the register, the woman was seen purchasing three items, but not the merchandise in the bag.
Responding officers saw the suspect outside, standing next to a bicycle and speaking with two store employees. The officers were told that the stolen merchandise was in the blue bag.
“The suspect began to act aggressive and yelled that she did nothing wrong,” the police report indicated. At that point, the suspect was handcuffed and placed in the back of the patrol car, where she continued“to scream and yell” and said that her husband is a lieutenant with the Lincoln Park Police Department.
The blue bag was marked with “Lincoln Park Police.” Inside police found two Christmas ornaments valued at $7.49 each, a $2.49 extension cord and a wick trimmer valued at $8.50.
Store officials said they wished to prosecute, and that the woman is no longer allowed in the store. The suspect was arrested and taken to the 33rd District Court to answer an outstanding larceny warrant.
It’s in the bag
A bag stuffed with deodorant, razors, and other products was confiscated from a homeless man after officers suspected the items were stolen.
The man, 34, with a last known address of Highland Park, was stopped in the area of Fort and Baumey about 6 p.m. Sept. 24. while carrying a black plastic bag officers said was “bursting” with retail items. He told police he was walking to a shelter in Detroit.
When the officer asked him about the bag he said his girlfriend gave it to him, but could not provide her name or any other details about her.
The bag contained nine sticks of deodorant, eight razors, two boxes of razor refills, and a package of cubic zirconia earrings. Some of the items still had price tags from Meijer and Kmart on them.
He was wearing an identification bracelet from William Dickerson Detention Facility in Hamtramck. When officers asked him why he had been there, he said he had been arrested for retail fraud.
Officers told the man he could have the bag back when he provided receipts for the items.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)