Man faces home invasion charges
A 30-year-old Allen Park man awaits a preliminary examination of the evidence against him Dec. 12 on felony home invasion charges after allegedly stealing three computers from a house in the 10500 block of Melbourne Dec. 1.
About noon that day, officers responded to an alarm at the house, which the caller, a neighbor, said the suspect had just entered.
The man allegedly had knocked on the neighbor’s door across the street, and when she did not answer, smoked a cigarette on her porch before walking to the house across the street and disappearing up the driveway.
A suspect matching the description was found by Southgate police exiting a house in the 11100 block of Dorchester, where the computers were located. Cigarettes matching those left on the caller’s porch were found on him.
Four rings were discovered missing from a house in the 7200 block of Winona Dec. 12.
The homeowner said he last saw the rings, two gold bands valued at $220 each, a white gold and sapphire ring valued at $258 and a white gold and diamond ring valued at $577.
He last saw them on Nov. 17. There were no signs of forced entry to his house.
Grinch ruins Christmas decorations
A homeowner reported at 9:47 a.m. Dec. 5 that someone has repeatedly damaged the Christmas decorations on his house in the 3000 block of Vasser.
The victim said that over the past few weeks, someone cut the decorations’ electrical cords, causing about $300 in damage.
The victim said he will continue to fix the display and will press charges if a suspect is caught.
Patient tries to steal medical equipment
A patient seeking medical treatment tried to steal equipment about 10 a.m. Dec. 4 from First Choice Urgent Care, 23822 Ford Road.
An employee at the clinic said the patient came in seeking medical care and was taken to an examination room. When he left, an otoscope, a device used to check ears, was missing from a counter. A patient in the lobby later saw the suspect drop the instrument and watched it fall to the floor.
Clinic officials said they will not press charges, however the suspect is banned from the building.
Sisters report home invasion
A laptop computer and two cell phones of indeterminate value were stolen about 12:50 p.m. Dec. 5 from a house in the 20000 block of Whitlock.
The victims said they were home alone when a black male kicked in the rear door and asked the victim, a 14-year-old girl, and her sister if “Dave” was there.
The children said they didn’t know who “Dave” was, at which point the suspect demanded money and threatened them. According to the police report, they said they had no money, so the suspect took the phones and computer.
The victim said the suspect also tried unsuccessfully to remove a TV from the basement.
Items taken from car
Skating equipment, along with clothing, fitness equipment and a camera of indeterminate value were stolen sometime before 7 a.m. Dec. 4 from a silver 2003 Land Rover parked in the driveway of a house in the 4000 block of Tulane.
The victim said there was no damage to the sport utility vehicle and the victim believes the vehicle was unlocked.
Stolen car found in Detroit
A 1994 Honda Civic stolen sometime before 5 p.m. Dec. 5 from a parking lot in the 15000 block of Michigan Avenue was later found in Detroit.
The victim said the car was taken from the northwest corner of Walwit Street and Michigan Avenue. The victim said the car’s door locks were broken and could not be secured.
A law enforcement information network search revealed that a Special Operations officer ran the car’s license plate earlier in the day and discovered it was located in the the area of Warren Ave nue and Cicotte in Detroit.
Officers were notified and recovered the car.
Cash taken from daycare service
About $530 was taken from a petty cash box sometime before 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Oakwood Adult Daycare, 3601 Pelham.
An employee said she keeps the money in a safe, but left it unlocked because she is the only one who handles the money. She last counted it Nov. 29. When she went back Dec. 2, the money was gone.
Piping missing from auto parts business
Copper plumbing valued at $500 and a water meter of indeterminate value were stolen sometime before 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 from J&J Productions, 15360 S. Commerce Drive.
The company’s owner said he was out of town at the time of the robbery.
When he arrived at the building, he found the water meter and plumbing were cut off from the building’s exterior.
Nearby businesses also reported several larcenies of copper plumbing in the area.
Truck taken from parking lot
A guest of Motel 6, 18777 Northline Road, reported to police the theft of a 1988 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck valued at $5,000, sometime after 9:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 7 a.m. Dec. 4.
The victim told police he parked in the motel parking lot, secured his vehicle and was in his room for the night. In the morning he found the truck, which had been locked, missing. Police observed broken glass on the pavement near where the vehicle was parked.
The truck’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Two sought in gas station robbery
Lincoln Park Police are looking for two men responsible for an armed robbery at a Sunoco gas station, 3031 Fort St., shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.
According to the police report, the two suspects entered the store as the lone employee was closing up for the night. One approached the worker while the second waited near the door, seemingly as a lookout. The first suspect walked behind the counter, pointed a small, silver semiautomatic pistol and said, “Open the register and don’t touch anything.”
The register was opened and the first suspect grabbed a handful of currency, an unknown amount. Some of the bills were dropped as the suspect left the building. Both suspects ran south through an alley toward Mayflower Ave.
The suspects are described as either in their late teens or early 20s. The suspect inside the store was black, the one outside was not identified . Both wore hooded sweatshirts. The suspect inside the store wore a black face mask, gloves and hat.
Teen arrested for shirt theft
A 17-year-old Allen Park boy was arrested after allegedly stealing a T-shirt from the assistant principal of Melvindale High School Nov. 30.
The principal said he saw the boy going through a a box in the corner of his office about 11 a.m. that day. A red compression t-shirt with the word “Family” on the back had been hanging above it. The principal had purchased the shirt for his son.
When questioned, the teen first said he had bought the shirt at a local sports store, then said he had found it in the lost and found. The shirt was later found in the boys’ locker room.
Theft nets tools
Various tools were stolen from a detached garage in the 17100 block of Eddon sometime between 11 p.m. Dec. 3 and 9:45 a.m. Dec. 4.
The homeowner said the garage door’s locking mechanism was broken and secured with vice grips.
A detailed list of stolen items was being prepared.
Boots and bag taken from porch
A woman reported to Trenton Police the theft of a parcel, received that day from United Parcel Service, containing a pair of Nine West leather boots and a black tote bag she’d ordered online.
The victim, a resident of the 4000 block of Grange, told police she was informed by UPS that a box was left on her porch on Monday sometime between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Suspect sought in parking lot assault
Police are looking for a man who allegedly punched a 69-year-old woman in the stomach while she was taking out garbage in the parking lot of Pennbrook Place Apartments Dec. 2.
The man, described only as about 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt covering his head, allegedly punched her in the stomach, knocking her to the ground before running west.
The woman had no visible injuries and declined medical treatment at the scene. A K-9 officer could not track the man’s scent.
Someone apparently attempted to break in to a house in the 14600 block of Shenandoah Dec. 1.
The homeowner said she left for work about 7:45 that morning and when she returned about 2 p.m. that day for lunch, she noticed the front door was damaged and had pry marks. No entry was gained. The damage is estimated at $200.
Christmas thief strikes
A resident of the 8900 block of Dudley Avenue told police that sometime during the day Dec. 1, thieves broke into the house and stole cash, jewelry, gift cards and wrapped Christmas presents.
The victim told police that it was likely more than one suspect, as the amount of items taken were too much for one person to carry. Police found a few items in the yard that seemed to have been dropped. The woman told police she left home about 10:30 a.m., and when she returned at 8 p.m. she found a bedroom window had been smashed. Police found a brick near the window, and two window screens were found in the bushes by a neighbor.
The woman reported the theft of approximately $400 in cash, jewelry valued at $3,000, gift cards totaling $800, and an estimated $500 worth of wrapped presents.
Cash stolen from apartment
A woman who moved to a Taylor apartment last month was victimized by burglars who took an estimated $700 in cash.
The victim left her apartment in the 12000 block of Pine Street at about 10 p.m. Dec. 1, and returned at 4:45 a.m. to discover one or more thieves had ransacked the house and took money. Police observed no signs of forced entry, and the woman was certain she had secured the dead-bolt lock before leaving. No other valuables were taken.
House entered while owner away
A homeowner in the 1400 block of Maple came home about 5 p.m. Dec. 2 to find someone had entered her house.
A window screen on the west side of the house was pushed up and the window was ajar.
Nothing was found missing, and the woman suspects a former boyfriend, against whom she has a personal protection order.
Two men in their late teens allegedly stole a case of beer valued at $20 from Circle K, 540 Goddard about 4 a.m. Dec. 4.
The clerk said the two white men, both about 5 feet 8 inches tall and dressed in skinny jeans, one in a white hoodead sweatshirt and the other in a black jacket, ran out of the store without paying for the beer.
(Compiled by Daniel Poteet, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteer.)