Stolen DVDs dumped
A 25-year-old resident found a wet hiding spot for items he allegedly stole from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, April 12.
After a foot chase from the store to a pond in the shopping complex, officers caught up with the man about 4 a.m. that day, where he said he had dumped two DVDs, valued together at about $70, into the pond after stealing them from Meijer by placing them in his hooded sweatshirt.
He was arrested.
I.D. leads police to alleged shoplifter
A purse and identification left behind by a woman who allegedly stole merchandise valued at $1,971 from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, April 13 led police to her Allen Park house, but not to her.
A store loss prevention officer reported seeing the woman about 4:30 p.m. that day removing price tags with nail clippers and stuffing various pieces of jewelry into her purse.
The woman then allegedly went to the self-scan machine but failed to pay for the majority of the items. Store personnel led her into a store office, but she fled, leaving behind her purse and identification.
Officers visited her house and spoke with her husband, who was home caring for the couple’s children. He said the woman had a history of alcohol abuse, but he thought she had stopped drinking. He told police he would contact them when she returned home.
Two suspects arraigned, charged on felony larceny
Two Detroit residents were arraigned in connection with felony larceny from vehicles in Oakland county, according to a police report.
Ronald Koesatta Peterson, 28 and Fayonia Delecia Berry, 25, were arrested April 4, by Dearborn Police Department’s Special Operations Unit for larceny of catalytic converters, unlawful driving away of an automobile and receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle.
The DPD, along with several area communities have investigated the thefts of more than 100 catalytic converters. On April 4, the SPU began their surveilling the vehicle; leading them through several jurisdictions. The officers followed the drivers of the vehicle through Madison Heights, where the suspects stole three catalytic converters, according to the police report. Officers then arrested Peterson and Berry for the larcenies.
The pair were charged by the Oakland County Auto Theft Unit with felony larceny from vehicles in Oakland County. Peterson was given a $15,000 cash bond and Berry a $10,000 cash bond. Both are being held at the Oakland County Jail.
Dearborn police obtained felony charges April 11 against Peterson for the Dearborn incidents – one count of unlawful driving away of a vehicle, receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, five counts of felony larceny from vehicle (catalytic converters) and a habitual fourth notice in Wayne County.
Peterson was arraigned April 13 in the 19th District Court in front of Judge Richard Wygonik. Peterson is scheduled for a preliminary examination at 9 a.m. April 27 in the 19th District Court. He was issued a $100,000 cash bond on the charges.
$40 worth of gasoline syphoned from vehicle
A man noticed $40 worth of gasoline stolen from his vehicle at 5:42 p.m. April 15 in the 20000 block of Boston. The victim said between 1 p.m. on April 14 and 5:30 p.m. April 15, an unknown suspect siphoned gas from his vehicle while it was parked on the street in front of his house. According to the report, the victim’s gasoline has been stolen from his vehicle several times in thepast few weeks. The victim made a police report of the occurrences in March. The responding officer said there were no tool marks or anything suspicious near the gas tank. The vehicle’s fuel door and gas cap does not lock.
Mp3 player, headphones, wallet stolen from vehicle
Several valuables were stolen from a man’s vehicle near midnight April 14, in the 5000 block of Orchard, according to police reports.
While parked in front of his brother’s house, the victim’s Mp3 player, a black men’s wallet containing two credit cards and the victim’s driver’s license, and audio headphones were stolen from his 2002 Honda Civic. The report said the crime occurred between 8:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. on April 13. The suspect is unknown.
On April 14, when the victim went to the police station to file a police report, he noticed his backpack stolen from the front porch. A laptop was reported to have been in the backpack. It is unknown if the same suspect committed both crimes.
Larceny from auto parts store investigated
Two suspects are still on the loose after allegedly stealing a toolbox from O’Reilly Auto Parts, 5120 Schaefer Road.
One suspect, a black man between 35 and 40 years old, is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build with a beard, wearing a black jacket with blue jeans. His accomplice was reported to be a black woman, and no description was reported.
The pair were alleged to have stolen a toolbox worth $130 from the store after the man walked into the tool section and selected the tool box at about 3 p.m. April 14. His partner allegedly left the store before him, heading to the rear parking lot to bring her car around, when the man fled the store with the tool box. The woman was near the front of the store with the car, a 2006 Silver Chevrolet Impala, when the man carrying the toolbox jumped in the back seat while an O’Reilly employee pursued him.
The man then yelled “go, go, go” to the woman who accelerated the car in reverse so the employee could not see the license plate. She then accelrated forward and fled south from the rear parking lot. The employee informed the police what was on the license plate.
Thieves nab bicycles
Two teen boys left their bicycles by the side of a house Monday evening and went inside to play video games. Not long after, they heard a dog barking, and when they looked outside the bikes were missing.
Police were called to the 600 block of Cleveland Avenue shortly after 6:30 p.m. by a woman who said that two bicycles — a $300 Kink Curve and a $300 DK BMX bike — were taken from the side of the side of the house.
Responding officers checked the area and found no sign of the bikes, and took note of the bike descriptions and information.
Tools from garage stolen
A man discovered his tools were stolen from his friend’s garage at 3 p.m. April 17, in the 2000 block of Lehigh.
The victim said between March 29 and April 15, an unknown offender entered the garage through the side door and stole an air compressor, a compound saw, a jig saw and a hand saw. The victim said his tools were kept near the door.
Break-in attempt thwarted by citizen; man arrested
A resident’s evening got a little more interesting after noticing an attempted theft at 7:11 p.m. April 12 in the 20000 block of Lehigh.
A witness said he observed a man carrying a set of golf clubs from a detached garage, walking south on Lehigh. The witness then stopped the suspect, held him down and waited for police to arrive.
When the police arrived on a report of a fight, the witness informed the officer that he knows the residents who own the golf clubs and said the garage is not abandoned and no one should be removing items from it.
The officer then checked the garage and saw the side door kicked in, checked the residence and observed the rear door window pane to be broken out and the door unlocked. The officer checked the interior of the location and found nothing to be disturbed. The officer spoke with the suspect who said he found the golf clubs at the road for garbage. The owner denied the claim to the officer and said the golf clubs were kept inside the garage.
The officer arrested the offender for breaking and entering. The offender was transported to the Dearborn Heights Police Department by the officer.
An apartment in the 300 block of Gale was burglarized sometime overnight April 14 when the resident was visiting his girlfriend.
The man said he left the apartment about 10 p.m. April 12 and when he returned April 13, he noticed a broken doorjamb and boot prints on the front door.
Officers believe, however, that the suspect failed to open the front door and instead gained entry through a bathroom window which was found opened.
Missing were $20 in cash, a pair of Mp3 player speakers and a bicycle.
Three ticketed for drinking in parking lot
Three men were cited and released April 8 after officers allegedly caught them drinking alcohol in a 1995 Oldsmobile parked in front of Rack n Roll, 13634 Sibley.
About 12:15 a.m. that day, officers spotted the 36-year-old Detroit man, 37-year-old Romulus man, and 39-year-old Taylor man in the vehicle after responding to a request from bar staff to check for anyone drinking in the parking lot.
An open bottle of beer and an open bottle of vodka were sitting in the car’s cup holders and several empty beer bottles were in the back seat.
Officers also noticed an odor of marijuana and saw a plastic sandwich bag with suspected marijuana residue in the back seat.
A K-9 search confirmed the residue as marijuana.
Tools taken from trailer
A man reported to police the theft of an estimated $500 worth of tools that were taken from a secured trailer parked in a construction company’s lot.
The manager of Cassino Construction, 13150 Dix-Toledo Rd., told police that sometime the night of Wednesday, April 11 before 10 a.m. Thursday, someone cut a Master Lock securing a trailer and stole from inside a drill, saw grinder and tool box.
Police reported that the thief may have been a transient resident from a nearby motel, and are investigating.
Burglar strikes through unlocked doorwall
Police were called to an apartment in the 13000 block of Princeton Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday by a woman who’d been robbed of two $500 televisions.
The woman renting the apartment told police she left at about 11 p.m. Saturday and returned Sunday afternoon to discover a ransacked bedroom and theft of 40-inch and 42-inch TVs. She told police she locked the apartment door before leaving, but not the sliding doorwall.
Police found no sign of forced entry, and took note of the serial numbers on the electronics.
Motorcycle rider killed in collision
An early afternoon collision took the life of a 50-year-old motorcycle rider from Grosse Ile after he was struck by a car on Telegraph Road near Pennsylvania Road.
About 12:46 p.m., a 1990 Lincoln Town Car driven by an 89-year-old Detroit man, reportedly failed to yield when turning east from southbound Telegraph. The motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene; his name and that of the driver were not released by press time.
The accident was under investigation by the Taylor Police Department Traffic Division.
Coin boxes stolen from laundry room
An unknown amount of money was lost, along with the cost of damage to two laundry dryers when the coin boxes were pried out and taken from the basement of an apartment complex.
Police were called to Bretton Woods Condominiums, 1861 Baldwin, at 9:25 a.m. April 14, and were told that sometime since the previous night one or more thieves entered the basement and pried open the coin boxes on two commercial dryers.
Police were told that a key would be needed to access to the building and basement; no signs of forced entry were found and police reported that a current or former resident may be responsible.
Police collected evidence and are investigating.
Drunken men arrested after street fight
Two men were arrested Monday after a street fight in the 800 block of Baumey.
A Wyandotte man and a Lincoln Park man, both 24, were punching and yelling at each other when officers arrived about 5 a.m. that day.
A third man was released after the men said he tried to break up, but was not involved in, the fight.
Both men were injured — the Wyandotte man with a bloody hand and the Lincoln Park man with a bloody mouth — but declined medical treatment.
Both had blood alcohol limits above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The Wyandotte man registered a reading of 0.21 percent while the Lincoln Park man’s level was read at 0.15 percent.
Government vehicle damaged
A 2009 Chevrolet Impala owned by the U.S. government was reported vandalized Tuesday.
The car was parked behind the U.S. Armed Services recruiting office at 3179 Fort St., but the damage, a large dent in the vehicle’s rear quarter panel, was discovered November 19, 2011.
Personnel said the report was filed now for insurance purposes.
Police: Crash caused by fainting
An 84-year-old resident was transfered to Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital after crashing his vehicle into a cement-walled mulch bin at the city’s recycling center.
The man apparently passed out at the wheel of his 2005 Honda Civic.
The vehicle sustained front-end damage and the bin was undamaged. Damage also was found on a chain link fence and post near the site.
(Compiled by Sherri Kolade, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)