Tools taken from truck
Tools valued at more than $1,000 were stolen from a truck sometime the night of Jan. 8.
The truck was parked in the 9600 block of Rosedale all day, and when the owner returned to it the next morning, he discovered the rear window was smashed out.
A drill and assorted other tools were in the truck. No suspects or witnesses were found.
Missing purse breeds violence
A 38-year-old Southgate man was arrested for felony assault after allegedly striking several patrons of the Polo Club, 6530 Allen Road, including his 18-year-old daughter, with pool cues about 2 a.m Jan 8.
The man, who had been asked to leave the club after being “belligerent,” re-entered it a short time later with his family searching for a purse he thought his daughter had left there. The man said he thought someone in the club had it, and then began swinging three pool cues at a group of men who were playing pool, before attempting to “stab” several patrons with the sharp end of the sticks, which were broken in the process.
A patron suffered scratches on his neck after the alleged assault, and the man’s daughter was struck in the mouth when the man allegedly attempted to strike a patron but missed. The daughter suffered bleeding and bruising on her lip.
The daughter told police she drank alcohol before coming to the club. She registered a blood alcohol content level of 0.44 percent and was cited for minor consuming alcohol.
The daughter’s pink purse was later found in her father’s car.
Biker thief busted
The get-away ride for a 27-year-old Melvindale man who allegedly shoplifted seven bottles of cologne from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, was no match for Allen Park Police cruisers.
After concealing the cologne in his coat and exiting the store with it about 2 p.m. Jan. 8, a store loss prevention officer approached the man, who pedaled away on his bicycle.
Officers caught up with the man cycling east on Outer Drive before heading into Outer Drive Manor Apartments. When they activated the squad car’s overhead lights, the man “looked back and continued to pedal faster in an attempt to evade patrol cars,” according to the report.
He dismounted his bike and attempted to climb a fence before he was handcuffed and arrested.
The cologne was valued at $294.
Break-in nets thousands in electronics
A laptop computer valued at $2,000, a video game system with four games ($450) and a DVD player ($300) were stolen sometime before 6:45 p.m. Jan. 9 from a house in the 21000 block of Homer.
The victim said after returning home from work, he noticed the front door was unlocked and found the glass from the back door pried out.
The victim said the laptop was taken from a kitchen table, the video games were taken from the basement and the DVD player was taken from a closet in an upstairs bedroom.
Neighbors reported seeing no suspicious activity.
Stereo-TV combo stolen from car
A combination television and stereo valued at $350 was stolen sometime before 8 a.m. Jan. 7 from a car parked near a house in the 6000 block of Appoline.
The victim said the suspects broke out the passenger-side window of his 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse and stole the equipment from a dashboard mount.
Car swiped from gas station
Officers are searching for a suspect who stole a car about 1:29 a.m. Jan. 8 from a Mobil gas station, 13600 Warren Ave.
The victim said he left his orange 2006 Pontiac G6 unlocked with the engine running while he bought gum. When he returned to the car, a black man between 20 and 25 years old with a heavy build, curly hair and wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt was sitting in the driver’s seat.
The victim ran up to the car, but the man drove off before the victim could open the door, heading north on Schaefer Road. Officers checked the area but could not locate the car.
Home invasion thwarted
Officers are searching for a man who attempted to break into a house about noon Jan 6 in the 20000 block of Whitlock.
A 15-year-old boy said he was upstairs sleeping when he heard pounding on the back door, followed by breaking glass. When he went downstairs to investigate, he found the door’s window shattered.
A neighbor said the suspect, a black man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and gray or tan sweat pants, ran north from the house toward Gulley Street after the neighbor scared the suspect away.
Electronics taken during break-in
Two televisions, surround-sound speakers, a video game system, a toaster, a coffee maker and $250 cash were stolen about 7:23 a.m. Jan. 7 from a house in the 5000 block of Mayfair.
The victim said the suspects got in through an unlocked side door and stole the items.
Music equipment taken from garage
An amplifier valued at $100, a set of speakers ($1,100), a CD player ($1,100) and an auto light ($150) were stolen about 1:44 p.m. Jan. 7 from a garage in the 4000 block of Pardee.
The victim said the garage’s side door was locked and a piece of steel was braced against the main door. Officers determined the suspects got in by forcing open the side door.
Air conditioner stolen from city-owned yard
An air conditioning unit valued at $3,000 was stolen sometime before 9 a.m. Jan. 9 from a city-owned house in the 20000 block of Whitlock.
An employee of the Dearborn Heights Building Department said the suspects entered the back yard and cut all lines and wires to the air conditioner.
Suspects sought for home invasion
Police are investigating a Tuesday burglary in which three possible suspects looted a house in the 1900 block of Garfield.
A woman told police she left the house shortly after 10 a.m., and when she returned at 12:45 p.m. she noticed the back door broken, and missing items including a $650 Panasonic TV, jewelry worth nearly $2,000, and cash from a lock box taken from a bedroom night stand.
An employee from a business across the street told police he observed a red Pontiac Grand Am parked in the driveway; one man sat in the back seat and the witness observed two men carry the television from the home, place it in the vehicle and drive away.
Police are looking for two Hispanic men, each approximately 20 years old, and a black man of uncertain description. Police noted a rear storm door that was shattered, and are investigating.
Store robbery nets little cash
A smash-and-grab burglar broke into Pizza Hut, 2121 Dix Ave. early Tuesday morning, but walked away with barely the price of a Hot and Ready pie.
Police responded shortly after 3 a.m. to a resident’s report, when a couple living in an apartment building facing the rear of the restaurant called to report witnessing the crime.
The man and woman said they heard a loud banging noise, and from their window saw a man of medium height and build wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and kicking at the entrance door. The suspect crawled into the store, and left soon after carrying a cash register. The man was seen throwing the register over a brick wall behind the building, and jumping over; he was last seen running east on Philomene.
Responding officers and a K-9 tracker followed the scent through a field, north on Abbot and across Southfield where it ended at a motel parking lot. The attendant did not see anyone enter at that time.
The store manager reported to police that the register held $7.86.
Two vans taken from lot
A woman reported the theft of two similar vehicles, taken from a parking lot in the 13000 block of Village Park Drive sometime after 9:45 p.m. Jan. 5.
According to a police report, the woman said she parked a gold 2002 Dodge Caravan valued at $8,000 there on Thursday evening, and at 1 p.m. Friday discovered it missing, along with a 2000 Silver Dodge Caravan of equal value that was parked nearby.
The woman was current in payments on the vehicles, both of which were insured. Police noted identifying marks of the vans, and entered the descriptions in the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Cash, gun taken from hair salon
The new year started poorly for the owner of the Clip’n Time hair salon, 23903 Goddard Road, after a thief broke in and stole more than $1,000 cash and a handgun.
Police were called to the business about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 3. The shop closed the previous Friday for the holiday, and the owner discovered the theft when she reopened Tuesday. Missing from her desk were envelopes containing an estimated $1,170 in cash, a DVD player valued at $100, and a $400 Beretta Bobcat .22-caliber pistol.
Police reported that entry was likely gained through a window which the owner said had a faulty latch. Police collected evidence at the scene, and entered the handgun’s description into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Bird taken from trade center
The owner of Jackie’s Exotic Birds, which does business from a nook at the Gibraltar Trade Center, 15525 Racho Road, reported the theft of a white umbrella cockatoo from her business.
Police responded to the call at 8:25 p.m. Jan. 7. The woman said she often lets the birds out of their cages during the afternoon, but they always remain in the nook area. At closing time, she noticed that one of the cockatoos, valued at $1,500, was missing.
Police and the business owner will pursue any leads found in online sales of exotic birds.
Cosmetics thief strikes CVS
A Saturday afternoon shopper at CVS, 1625 King Road, is believed responsible for the theft of about $500 worth of cosmetics.
Police responded to a call from the store manager at 3:25 p.m., who reported that a white woman, about 330 years old with long, straight blonde or red hair, was carrying a large gray bag while shopping. The woman left the store and area in a burgundy vehicle, a description of which was provided to police.
The store manager also provided photos taken from the video surveillance cameras. Police are investigating.
Woman charged for Identity theft
A 21-year-old woman with a history of embezzlement, counterfeiting and forgery charges was arrested on suspicion of identity theft charges.
Julia Loretta Graham, 61, was arrested by Det. Sgt. Mark Enright when she tried to obtain eyeglasses paid for with a counterfeit check bearing the name of a Trenton woman. Graham was arraigned Jan. 6 in 33rd District Court with three counts of uttering and publishing. Graham entered a plea of innocent to the felony, punishable by up to 14 years in prison, and one count of identity theft.
Using the personal information of a Trenton woman, Graham allegedly spent more than $6,000 in the week leading up to Christmas, cashing checks at chain stores throughout metro Detroit.
Graham was offered a 10 percent of $75,000 bond, and is scheduled for a preliminary examination Jan. 17 before Judge Michael K. McNally, according to court records.
Graham was also charged as a habitual offender, having been convicted three previous times on forgery-related charges.
Unlicensed driver cited
A 27-year-old Woodhaven woman was cited for driving with a suspended license after she was pulled over on Fort Street near King Tuesday.
An officer driving behind her ran the vehicle’s license plate, which revealed a license suspended Jan. 4.
The woman said she had recently paid citations from Allen Park and thought her license was “taken care of.” The officer informed her of an outstanding driver responsibility fee, for which her license had been suspended.
A patron of Frank’s Cafe, 3852 Sixth Street, left the bar about 3 p.m. Tuesday to find her 4-year-old dachshund missing.
The dog had been tied to a steel railing in front of the bar by a heavy-duty leash while its owner was inside for more than an hour.
The dog, black with brown spots, was wearing a pink collar with a tag that said “Casey,” and its owner’s phone number.
Door open, game system missing
A resident of the 2800 block of Fourth came home to find his front door open and his video game system missing about 7 p.m. Jan. 4.
The man had left the door locked when he left.
DCC fields suspicious calls
Downriver Central Dispatch has been receiving a string of suspicious 911 calls in the last two months.
The calls, the last of which occurred just after midnight Jan. 6, come from an unactivated cell phone and repeat for more than an hour. Sometimes the caller mumbles something, other times, nothing is said.
The cell phone was traced to an address in the 1600 block of 16th, but when a police officer is dispatched there, no one ever answers. The calls, however, stop anytime an officer reports there.
Witnesses see tire slashing
Residents of the 2000 block of Third reported seeing someone slash the tires of a neighbor’s car while they were sitting on their front porch about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
The man, described as white, 6 feet tall, and wearing a black hat and jacket, slashed all four tires on a silver car parked several houses down from the witnesses with a large knife before continuing west on Ford.
The vehicle owner said she had received several threats from a former boyfriend who matched the description of the suspect.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)