Bike takes off
A woman who parked her bike in the bike rack outside of Allen Park Public Library, 8100 Allen, May 5 went out later that day to find it missing.
The woman parked her bike about 1 p.m. that day and went back to it about 10 minutes later to find it missing. There was no further evidence.
Caught red handed
An alleged shoplifter who cut himself while allegedly pocketing more than $226 in items from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, Monday used one of the stolen items to stop his bleeding.
About 12:14 p.m. that day, loss prevention personnel saw the 26-year-old Hillsboro man pocket items including designer cologne, whiskey, beer and men’s shorts by opening the packages with a knife. As he was opening one of the cologne packages, he cut his hand and swiped a towel from the home department to stop the bleeding before exiting the store without paying for any of the items.
Loss prevention called the police, who arrested the man after the Fire Department treated his cut.
Man’s car damaged while at work
An unpleasant surprise was waiting for a local store manager in the parking lot after his shift. Between 10:30 a.m. and 7:40 p.m. May 5, in the 2400 block of South Telegraph, police reports state that someone cut cables out of the victim’s vehicle, also damaging fuses inside of his fuse box.
When the victim left his job at 7:40 p.m., he noticed his car would not start. When the victim opened the hood he saw the damage and told police he was unsure if he locked the car door. According to reports, nothing is missing from his car. There are no suspects.
GPS unit stolen from work van
A DTE employee’s Global Positioning System unit was stolen between 9 a.m. and noon May 6, in the 7000 block of Appoline, according to police reports.
The employee told police he discovered his work van’s driver’s-side window was shattered at about 12:30 p.m. and nothing else was missing except the global positioning system unit. There are no suspects.
Windows slightly damaged by pellet gun
A local business’s front windows are damaged after they were shot with a pellet gun.
Between 6 p.m. May 2 and 9 a.m. May 3, at A&H Accounting, 13920 Michigan Ave., an unknown suspect shot two 6 foot-by-7-foot front windows with the gun; the pellets damaged the outer pane of glass. There are no suspects.
Suspect breaks into house, owner unsure if any items stolen
An unknown suspect broke a window while attempting to gain entry into a house between noon April 27 and 1 p.m. May 2, in the 19000 block of Annapolis. When the suspects were unable to gain entry through the window, they entered through a side door.
The owner of the property moved out of the house but has maintained the property to prepare it for a short sale, according to police reports. The victim is unsure if the suspect stole any items from the house. There are no suspects.
Jewels, valuables stolen from house
A muddy shoe print was the only trace left by an offender who stole valuables at about 11 p.m. May 1, in the 8400 block of Grayfield. The unknown offenders pried open the back window of the house, pushed it up and entered the house. The suspect used a pillowcase from the main bedroom to take the victim’s jewelry box which contained a large amount of jewelry, an Mp3 player, a laptop and a mink coat.
The victim left the house at 7 a.m. and received a call from an alarm company at 10:58 p.m. The police checked for prints and took a picture of the muddy shoe print left on a floor by the offender after exiting the house through the back window. There are no suspects.
Vehicle not damaged in break-in though valuables stolen
A man discovered valuables were removed from his car at about 7:50 a.m. May 2, in the 25000 block of Hanover.
The car owner parked his vehicle in the driveway of his house at 11 p.m. May 1. At 7:42 a.m. the next day the owner discovered $40 in cash missing. A touch-screen radio and phone were also stolen. There was no damage done to the vehicle and there are no suspects.
Forgery suspected for fake dollar bills
Police are looking for a woman who paid for $13 worth of gas with one-dollar bills, five of which were counterfeit.
A store clerk at Sunoco, 1312 Fort St., called police shortly before 5 p.m. Monday after a customer, described as a white woman about 5 feet 5 inches tall, in her late 30s, with brown hair and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, paid for gas with bills determined to be counterfeit.
Four of the bills bore the same serial number, according to police reports.
Surveillance footage at the store shows the woman shuffling various bills in her hands prior to approaching the counter. The woman left the station in a red sedan and drove south through the parking lot. Police are reviewing security footage and evidence.
Abandoned house broken into
Signs of a break in were found at a vacant house in the 2500 block of Emily April 27, but reports of squatters could not be confirmed.
Officers responded about 5 p.m. to calls of squatters in the abandoned house and found a door and window on the east side of the house smashed and opened. No one was inside the house.
Laptops missing after break in
Two laptop computers were reported missing from an apartment in the 100 block of Gale about 9:30 p.m. May 5 and signs of forced entry were found.
The resident said she was away from the apartment for about two hours that day, and when she returned, found the laptops missing from the kitchen table and bedroom.
The apartment door had been kicked in.
Neighbors did not report hearing anything related to the alleged crime.
Drunken man arrested
A man was cited for disorderly person after officers found him passed out and apparently intoxicated in the median of Williamsburg Street about 2 a.m. May 6.
An officer noticed the man about 1:40 a.m. while transporting a prisoner and called a second officer, who attempted to rouse the 25-year-old resident. He was covered in vomit and smelled of intoxicants. The officer was unable to awaken the man, but he eventually gained consciousness long enough to vomit on a stretcher while Riverview Fire Department transported him to a nearby hospital.
Officers mailed him the citation.
Car call leads to arrest
When a Taylor man called police to report the alleged theft of his car Monday, he didn’t imagine that he’d end up in the back of a police car.
Officers responded to Rack N Roll, 13634 Sibley, about 2:20 a.m. that morning to investigate reports of a stolen car. The man, who had been drinking inside the bar, said he went out to find that his car had been moved.
Officers located the car in the lot and found no signs of damage to it. They then talked to bar personnel and patrons, who said the man had fought with a bar employee and had been asked to leave after allegedly punching the staff member. The Taylor man said the bar employee started the fight. Witnesses said the Taylor man did.
As officers interviewed the Taylor man, he allegedly took a “fighting stance” toward an officer, who then pushed his chest to create a “defensive gap.” He held the man against his car and instructed him to sit in it until a ride for him could be arranged. When he stood up again, he was arrested for disorderly person.
The bar employee declined to press charges.
Gunshots traded at flea market
Police are investigating reports of two men whose parking lot disagreement at Gibraltar Trade Center included gunshots.
According to witness accounts to police, at about 10 p.m. May 4, one man fired shots from a .22-caliber rifle at another man, who returned fire with a revolver before running through the lot. He was picked up by other men in a blue Nissan.
The man with the rifle, along with three others, chased the Nissan in a red Dodge Avenger. Both vehicles were gone by the time police responded. Officers reportedly found seven bullet casings on the ground near where the rifle was said to have been fired. Additional evidence and bullets were collected, and police are investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call 734-287-6611.
Police, school investigate knife threat
A gym teacher at charter school Taylor Exemplar Academy interceded when a fifth-grade student reportedly threatened a friend with a knife.
Police responded on April 25 to reports that the 11-year-old pulled a four-inch camouflage knife on a 10-year-old classmate. The teacher took the knife from the student, who was immediately suspended for 10 days. Taylor Police are working with school administrators and the parents of both students as an internal investigation will review the incident and take appropriate action.
Cash, drugs taken in burglary
During a two-hour dinner absence, a man said his house in the 2900 block of Stanley was burglarized and $700 in cash, two debit cards and a prescription for a drug used to treat opiate addiction were taken.
The man said he was out for dinner with his fiancee and her parents and returned home shortly after 9 p.m. April 30, to discover the theft of cash and merchandise. He told police he noticed other items moved around, that a large TV was disconnected, and several drawers opened and rummaged through.
Police did not observe any signs of forced entry.
Pit bull bites puppy
Trenton Police and Animal Control officers are investigating a reported attack by a pit bull terrier on an 11-week old German Shepherd puppy.
A woman told police that at about 9:30 p.m. on May 3, she was walking her dog along the 3300 block of Middlefield when a pit bull came from the side of a house and bit the woman’s dog.
The woman said that the pit bull’s owner approached and apologized for the attack. The woman’s dog suffered some abrasions along the back and shoulder area, but skin was not broken.
The woman also said that the dog’s owner appeared at her house soon after to speak with her, and she believed he was concerned that animal control officials may take the pit bull away from him.
The woman told police she would take her puppy to a veterinarian and would pursue the matter after determining the extent of her animal’s injuries.
Dog target of teens
A barking dog allegedly led to a scuffle between a homeowner and three teens who allegedly targeted his dog about 2 a.m. May 6.
About that time, a woman in the house was awoken by her dog barking from the backyard. When she looked outside, she saw three teens, one of whom said, “Damn, I almost had her around her neck,” as he lunged for her dog. The woman yelled at the boys, described as white with brown hair and in their late teens or early 20s, and they walked east down an alley.
She notified her husband, who followed the boys in his car and confronted them blocks away. One used profanity at the man before throwing rocks at him. He drove back home and called the police.
Man injured trying to thwart car theft
A resident of the 500 block of Biddle said a thief who stole his girlfriend’s 2001 Jeep ran over his foot in the process.
The man said that about 2 a.m. May 3, he returned from drinking and smoking marijuana in a neighbor’s apartment to find his apartment ransacked and his TV and phone missing.
He then heard a car start and recognized it as his girlfriend’s. When we went outside, he saw a white man in his 20s about 6 feet tall with a blond buzz cut inside the car. The man tried to pull him out, but the thief started the car, dragging the man and running over his left foot in the process.
The man declined medical attention and said he suspects the people with whom he was smoking marijuana, because he had bragged about his recent financial success to them.
He said he had never seen the alleged thief before.
(Compiled by Sherri Kolade, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)