Doctor visit invites theft
A trip to an urgent care center allegedly left a woman vulnerable to theft Feb. 24.
About 1 p.m. that day the woman drove her boyfriend’s car to Park Urgent Care,15101 Southfield. When she exited, she found the passenger lock had been pried from the 2000 Mercury and the stereo system was missing.
The woman went inside the center to ask someone to call the police and when she told the receptionist what happened, a man in the waiting room immediately ran outside.
Surveillance footage showed the man and another unidentified man breaking into the car and taking the radio.
Theft victim chases suspect
A resident of the 18000 block of Moore did not take an attempted theft from his vehicle easily.
The man said he looked out of his living room window about 10 p.m. Tuesday and saw the vehicle’s interior light on. He went onto his front porch and saw a silver car, possibly a Mitsubishi, drive by and circle back and a white man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt run from the resident’s car and drop the laptop from it.
The resident chased him to the corner of Marlborough and Dale, where he lost sight of the suspect, but picked up a wallet he had dropped.
The wallet contained identification for two men.
Employee arrested for clothing theft
An employee of Target, 3100 Fairlane, allegedly attempted to take more home Wednesday than her check.
The 45-year-old Detroit woman allegedly stole several clothing items and DVDs during a trip to the fitting room.
Officers responded to the store about 11 a.m. that day, after a call from store personnel who had monitored the woman on store surveillance. The manager said the woman had gone into the fitting room with more items than she came out with and that upon exiting, her purse seemed to be bulging. The video shows her exiting out the employee doors and putting her purse in her car.
More than $90 worth of merchandise was missing. The woman was arrested.
Home invasion theft nets undetermined amount of money
A home invasion occurred between 8:45 a.m. and 7:50 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the 5000 block of Heather Drive.
An unknown suspect took an undetermined amount of jewelery and valuables, including items worth more than $700. When the reporting officer came to the location, it was noted that an unknown object broke a 2 foot-by-6-foot window on the front door and entered. The victim left work at 8:45 a.m. and came back in the evening to see her bedroom in disarray.
After calling the police she said three designer bags worth $500 were missing. Also missing were a $600 pearl necklace, a $150 stacked ring,a $50 jeweled ring, a $100 blue stone necklace, a $400 watch, $675 shoes and $705 worth of designer shoes.
Attempted break-in leaves window damaged
An attempted break-in and entering of a vacant home occurred around 10:47 p.m. Feb. 25 in the 7000 block of Kentucky. A window and window frame facing the northeast side were damaged. Witnesses were reported to have seen three unknown teen boys in dark clothing around the area. The reporting officer was not able to locate the owner of the house.
DVD/CD radio deck stolen from unlocked car
The driver of a 2001 Chevy Impala was allegedly the victim of a robbery when his built-in DVD/CD radio deck was stolen between 6:50 and 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Fairlane Town Center. The driver left his unlocked vehicle parked at the shopping center and he returned to find an empty space where his property was.
Abandoned vehicle reported by Inkster police found in Heights
An abandoned 1999 maroon Dodge Intrepid was found by Dearborn Heights Police at 11:38 p.m. on Feb. 27 after Inkster police reported the vehicle stolen at 6 a.m. the same day in the 300 block of Kinmore Court.
No more information has been provided at this time.
Shots fired at birthday party
Shots were fired during a birthday party at 11:46 p.m. Feb. 25 in the 7000 block of Garling Drive. The host of the party was celebrating her birthday and invited her boyfriend.
During the party an argument broke out between the boyfriend and a few guests. The boyfriend fired a handgun after arguing and the guests left the house. The suspect fled the east side of the building firing six more times.
It is unknown whether anyone was hurt during the shooting. The reporting officer did not see any damage inside of the house or shell casings recovered. The suspect left his cell phone and it was placed in police custody.
Lost night, lost vehicle
A reunion night with friends for a 30-year-old California man in town visiting his father ended with the theft of a 2011 Toyota Tundra valued at $26,000.
Police were called to the parking lot of Joe & Joe’s Bar, 1800 Southfield, about 12:40 p.m. Feb. 26. The victim told police he parked near the bar on Porter the previous evening, met some friends and had a couple of drinks.
The man left with his friends, and when he returned about noon on Sunday discovered the vehicle was missing. He could not locate the vehicle keys, and police reported that “he could not recall most of the night and is unsure what happened to the vehicle keys.”
A description of the vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
‘Fake’ gun real trouble for teen
A 16-year-old boy believed responsible for several acts of minor vandalism may now be facing weapons charges.
Police responded to several complaints of property destruction along the 700 and 800 blocks of Southfield shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 26. The suspect teenager was seen crossing Southfield on the mostly empty streets, and made contact. The officer noticed a bulge in the teen’s pocket, which proved to be a small revolver.
“I found it in the alley,” the teen reportedly told police. “It’s fake. ”Police secured the weapon, a .38 Smith and Wesson Special with two rounds of ammunition, and transported the suspect to the station for processing. A parent of the suspect was contacted and advised that he was transported to Wayne County Youth Home for holding, with concealed weapons charges pending further investigation.
Two bicycles were reported stolen from storage units in the 100 block of Gale Wednesday.
About 10 p.m. that day, officers responded to a call from the owner of two bicycles, a gray and red Schwinn and a maroon Huffy, that had been taken from two storage units. each bike is valued at about $50. The locks had been pried off each unit.
Door kicker sought
Officers responded to an apparent attempted break-in in the 17000 block of Grange Feb. 22.
About 10 p.m. that day, the resident said he heard someone kicking his side door while he was asleep.
He woke up and checked the door and said he saw someone with a flashlight on his porch but did not get a description of the person or see a vehicle the person may have used.
Officers found fresh boot prints near the side door.
Quick-change artist hits pizza parlor
Police are investigating a larceny committed by a currency-exchange specialist, caught on video taking money from a register at Happy’s Pizza, 12984 Dix-Toledo.
About 10:20 a.m. Feb. 17, a tall, thin black man with an untrimmed beard and wearing all-dark clothing approached the counter, and was seen on surveillance footage handing cash to the clerk. After some discussion, the man handed additional money to the clerk, and then reached over the employee’s hands and took money from the open register drawer.
Police are reviewing the footage, and said the entire exchange lasted about 12 minutes. The suspect then left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Thieves target games
One or more burglars took advantage of a three-hour absence by a teenager staying home alone while his parents were away, and made off with nearly $1,000 worth of video game equipment and accessories.
The teen’s parents called police shortly after 7 p.m. Feb. 23, when they returned from a five-day trip to Kentucky and were told that someone broke into the home the day before.
Among the stolen items were two video game systems valued at $400 each, along with assorted games and controllers. Police said that other teenagers were likely the suspect, as other valuables were in sight yet left untouched.
The teenager told police that on Feb. 22 he and a friend left the house for three hours, and discovered the burglary when they returned. Police took note of scratch marks near an entry door, and are investigating.
Scream scares away would-be intruder
A man allegedly attempted to enter a house in the 1500 block of 13th Feb. 23.
About 10 a.m. that day, a woman said she saw a man, described as white with short blond or brown hair and a gray hoodie attempt to open her back door.
She saw the man ride a white bicycle past her house and five minutes later, heard a noise at the back door. She walked back and saw the man trying the door knob, screamed and he ran away down a nearby alley.
Car spray painted
A fan of a Republican presidential candidate allegedly used someone else’s car to voice his support Feb. 24.
A resident of the 5100 block of Cedar found the name “Ron Paul” spray painted in two areas of his silver 2010 Ford Escape in blue and red paint about 11 p.m. that day.
He had last seen the car about 7 p.m. that day.
(Compiled by Sherri Kolade, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)