Visit invites theft
A trip to a friend’s house Feb. 8 led to the theft of eight video games from a house in the 9000 block of Vine.
The homeowner and his girlfriend had stayed overnight at a friend’s house the night before and when they returned to the house’s basement about 10:30 p.m. the next day, he noticed the video games missing from the shelf.
A rear door leading to a sun room was open and the video game system was unplugged from the wall. No signs of forced entry were found and the homeowner said he may have left the door unlocked. The video games were valued at $150.
Guns, pot found on candy thief
A .22-caliber revolver and five sandwich bags of marijuana were found on a man who allegedly stole items totaling $1.64 from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Feb. 11.
About 11 p.m. that day the Ecorse man, 28, was arrested after a store employee saw him conceal several pieces of bulk candy into his pocket and eat several cookies before attempting to leave the store without paying.
When officers asked if the man had any weapons, he said “maybe.” A search of him turned up the gun and the bags of marijuana.
Car stolen from street in front of house
A vehicle theft was reported about 9 a.m. Feb. 13 in the 8000 block of Shaddick in which a 2012 Ford Edge Crossover valued at $25,000 was stolen. The four-door vehicle was parked on the street in front of the victim’s house on Feb. 13.
About 1 a.m. the victim’s brother saw the vehicle parked outside the house. About 7 a.m. the victim noticed her vehicle was missing. The victim noticed broken window glass on the street but did not see anything suspicious during that time.
There is no suspect information.
Valuable items stolen during car break-in
A black Chevy Malibu in the 5000 block of Melborn was broken into between 7 a.m. Feb. 13 and 11:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and several items of value were stolen.
The owner said his Mp3 player, white designer gym shoes and workout items were stolen. The unknown culprit stole the items from the victim’s unlocked vehicle while it was parked in his driveway. The victim could not provide suspect information. Officers on the scene did not observe any footprints in the fresh snow.
Attempted break-in foiled by door lock
Media Connection Advertising, 24432, Michigan Ave. could have been a victim of breaking and entering when one of its door locks was partially drilled.
The store owner estimates the damage occurred between 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and 10 a.m. Feb. 13. A lock valued at $150 was damaged. The owner discovered the attempted break-in when his key could not be removed from the lock after he unlocked the door. He also noticed footprints and tire tracks in the snow.
Afternoon break-in unsuccessful
Between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 an unknown offender attempted to break in to a house in the 24000 block of Fordson by trying numerous points of entry.
The subject tried the northeast bedroom window, breaking it in the process but could not enter. The suspect also tried to gain entry through the rear door, damaging the door jam and could not enter.
The suspect also tried to enter through the front door and break the glass window portion of the door in the process.
The victim was unable to locate anything missing.
Footprints came from north east off of Joy Road, and appeared that the suspect had hopped the victim’s rear fence then entered the yard.
The front entry door window, rear entry door and bedroom window were damaged.
GPS unit among other items stolen out of vehicle
An unknown suspect gained entry into a locked vehicle parked in the driveway of the victim’s house in the 5000 block of North Charlesworth about 6 a.m. Feb. 11.
In addition to a Global Positioning System unit, various music CDs were stolen from the car. The owner said the theft probably occurred sometime between 6 p.m. the day prior and 6 a.m. that day.
There were no signs of forced entry.
Purse thief strikes at Meijer
Police are looking for a woman seen on security footage leaving Meijer, 3710 Dix, with another woman’s purse.
A woman told police and store security that she was shopping at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, and momentarily left her purse unattended in a cart. A few minutes later she noticed the purse missing, and surveillance cameras recorded another woman — whom the store manager recognized from a previous fraud arrest — exiting the store with the purse.
Inside the bag were a wallet, credit cards, a cell phone and an estimated $75 in cash.
Along with store management, police are investigating.
Online deal brings in phony cash
A deal for a smartphone over an online bulletin board allegedly went bad when the seller said he was given counterfeit cash about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The seller, a Melvindale man, said he met the buyer in a parking lot in the 3500 block of Oakwood about that time to exchange the money for the phone.
After the buyer paid for the phone, the seller said he “didn’t feel right” and checked the bills with a counterfeit marker, which indicated the bills were phony. He wrote down the license plate number of the man’s black Infiniti four-door.
The bills were turned over to police and several of them were found to have the same serial number.
The buyer was described as a black man in his late 20s and about 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Bike missing from yard
A bicycle was reported stolen about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10 from a house in the 18200 block of Ruth.
The bicycle, described only as having a red cart on the back, was parked next the owner’s house at 10 p.m. the day prior and found missing about 2:30 p.m. the next day.
Van stolen during dinner
Police were called to Logan’s Roadhouse, 13305 Eureka Road, shortly after 10 p.m. Feb. 10 when a customer reported the theft of a van from the parking lot.
The owner of the 2002 Chrysler Voyager, valued at $1,000, arrived at the restaurant about 7 p.m. The owner had the only keys to the locked van, which contained documents and identification papers.
Police did not observe shattered glass near where the van was parked. A description of the vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Fast thief takes vehicle
A woman parked and went into the Head Start Guidance Center, 15601 Northline Road, just long enough to pick her children up, and long enough for a thief to take off with her van.
Police were called to the center shortly before 4 p.m., when a woman reported the theft of a 12001 Dodge Caravan valued at $5,000.
The woman had all keys to the vehicle, and police did not observe any shattered glass in the parking area. The van’s description was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Apartment looted after basement break-in
A Taylor woman called police about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, after arriving home from work to discover the break-in and theft from her apartment of a computer and video game systems.
Police responded to an apartment building in the 9300 block of East Pickwick Circle, where they discovered a shattered basement window through which one or more thieves gained access.
The woman said a $300 Acer computer and two gaming systems valued at $400 were taken.
Stolen items left at Burger King
A home invasion in the 7500 block of Katherine Avenue resulted in the theft of jewelry and assorted items from a bedroom, some of which was discarded at a nearby restaurant.
A woman told police that someone entered her home the morning of Feb. 7, likely by standing on an air-conditioning unit and forcing open a locked bedroom window. The woman reported that some rings, other jewelry, medications and other items of little monetary but sentimental value were stolen.
Shortly after the burglary, the woman was called by an employee at a nearby Burger King on Ecorse Road, who said a customer reported finding several of her pill bottles in the parking lot.
Police are investigating.
Teen thief targets parked cars
A woman living in the 3400 block of Sherwood Avenue called police when she observed a teenager opening and searching various vehicles on the street.
According to police reports, Sherwood was one of several streets in the city the 14-year-old targeted. After responding to the initial call abut 4:30 a.m. Feb. 12, officers and a K-9 followed a trail from Sherwood to the 3300 block of Margaret Street.
Responding officers heard a noise coming from the garage at the trail’s end, and saw a teenage boy matching the description given by witnesses. Police secured the boy in the patrol car without incident, and searched a 2008 Jeep Commander that was in the garage.
Inside the Jeep officers found four Global Positioning System units, a digital camera, a plastic bag with a large amount of coins and other small items. The boy, when searched, was found to have more than $500 cash that he could not explain, as he said he did not have a job.
“I was walking home and made a mistake and went through some cars,” the boy reportedly told police. After processing at the station the boy was surrendered to his mother.
On further investigation, police determined the boy broke into seven vehicles on Sherwood, Middlefield, Chelsea and Oakwood. A juvenile petition was sought for the suspect.
Construction site thefts reported
A worker discovered the theft of various supplies at the site of a new house construction at 647 Vinewood about 9 a.m. Feb. 10.
The items included a two 100-foot air hoses, one soft air hose, a four position air manifold and two automotive batteries from the crane kept at the site.
Driver gets the boot
A 36-year-old resident was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11 after driving away in a car with a parking boot.
The 1993 Ford truck had been immobilized in Taylor for a parking violation. The tow truck driver then saw the driver drive away, breaking the boot, and followed him to the area of Fort Street and Oak in Wyandotte.
The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license and for two outstanding warrants out of Romulus.
The tow truck driver was told to contact Taylor police to file a complaint about the damaged boot.
(Compiled by Sherri Kolade, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)