Store’s cash swiped in parking lot
A business owner carrying the day’s register proceeds to her car about 5 p.m. May 11 was the target of an armed robbery.
A co-owner of Southfield Liquor, 15672 Southfield Road lost more than $18,000 in cash and checks in the parking lot of the business when the robber, described as a man in his 20s standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds, cornered her at her car and demanded the bag of cash.
She resisted and he grabbed the bag and ran north on Quandt.
The woman returned to the store and told her husband, who called police.
She said she normally carries the day’s deposits to her car with the bag concealed in her pants, but could not that day as she was wearing a dress.
Baby formula stolen in front of children
A man and a woman allegedly shoplifted 17 cans of baby formula from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, while the woman’s three small children were present.
About 8 p.m. May 11, a loss prevention officer reported seeing the couple – a 25-year-old Detroit man and a 25-year-old Hamtramck woman – conceal the formula and other items in a diaper bag, baby carrier and the man’s pants pockets and attempt to leave the store without paying for them.
The man was arrested and transported to Allen Park Police Department and the woman was cited for retail fraud and left with her three children all under 5 years old.
Masturbator caught on camera
A video surveillance camera set up by a resident in the 9100 block of Reeck to catch teens he suspected of vandalizing his vehicle caught a different kind of disturbance May 12.
About 3 a.m. that day the man was watching TV and the video surveillance feed in his garage when he saw the camera capture a nude white man in his early 20s with shaggy blonde hair walk past his vehicle parked in the driveway and masturbate.
The man moved to a flower box in the front yard for a moment before leaving the screen and reappearing in the driveway and returning to the flower box where he sat for several minutes, continuously masturbating.
The homeowner grabbed his 44 Magnum revolver and went outside to confront the man, yelling at him and telling him not to return. The man then fled east down Wick.
The homeowner said he had never seen the man before but was concerned he may be a sexual predator or under the influence of drugs.
He said the man had no identifying marks except for a large tattoo on his back, possibly an eagle.
A motorcycle was reported stolen about noon May 9.
A resident of the 6800 block of Winona said he left the motorcycle on a pathway in front of his house about 10:30 p.m. the day prior and when he came back to it about 9:30 a.m. the next day, it was missing.
Porch furniture stolen
A man’s patio sofa and front porch table were stolen between 10 p.m. May 11 and 7 a.m. May 12 in the 7000 block of Payne Street.
There are no suspects.
Copper stolen out of house under renovation
A man renovating his vacant house in the 6000 block of Williamson discovered copper stolen out of it after leaving for about 30 minutes May 1.
The police report said the man left the house at 12:30 a.m. and returned at 1:26 a.m. to find copper pipes cut out. A neighbor did not see or hear anything according to the report and there was no forced entry or clear point of exit.
Leased vehicle stolen from parking lot
A 2013 Ford Mustang is still missing after being stolen from a Ford Motor Co. building parking lot at about 9 a.m. May 11, at 4751 Mercury Drive.
After it was detailed, the car was parked in the lot by a Ford employee between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on May 11. The employee then turned in the car keys in to the supervisor.
Between 11 a.m. and noon, an employee from company leasing the car went to retrieve it and found the car missing. Security guards were notified at 2:20 p.m. There was no broken glass on the ground where the vehicle was parked.
No suspects have been reported.
Police on lookout for suspect
The Dearborn Police Department needs the public’s help to identify a subject who broke into two area businesses during the night of May 7.
The individual, described as a thin, white man in his 20s with short brown hair, smashed the front glass at Rasmia’s Hair Salon, 9704 Dix and ComputerTec, 9700 Dix, to gain entry into both stores. Multiple electronic items, including cash, were taken during the burglaries.
Anybody with information concerning these incidents is asked to contact the Dearborn Police Department Tip Line at 313-943-3012.
Laptop stolen from vehicle
A man reported to police that his laptop computer, among other items, was stolen at about noon May 12 in the 26000 block of Hass Street.
The victim said his vehicle was parked and unlocked in his driveway when the laptop, laptop case and computer card were removed. There are no suspects.
Larceny leaves woman without jewels
A woman believes her son’s friends were involved in the theft of her jewelry which disappeared from her bedroom between Feb. 1 and May 12, in the 24000 block of Colgate.
According to police reports, the victim said she noticed numerous pieces of her jewelry — including a wedding set, bracelets, a pearl necklace, a diamond ring, two gold crosses and miscellaneous costume jewelry — were missing; the victim is unsure when the items were taken.
She said in the report her son had several parties and friends were over a lot during the time her jewelry was discovered missing. It is unknown who took the items from her her bedroom. Her jewelry was inside a jewelry box in her drawer. There appeared to be no forced entry or damage done to her bedroom.
Cash, charge cards stolen from woman
A woman discovered her purse was missing at 5:08 p.m. May 13 in the 800 block of North Beech Daly Road.
According to police reports the items stolen included her driver’s license, a checkbook with an unknown amount of checks, $150 in cash, approximately seven charge cards, a copy of her birth certificate, her Social Security card and keys to her house and vehicle. The victim cancelled her credit cards notified the bank about her checks. The report did not mention how she discovered her purse missing.
Crashes leave drunken driving trail
A man with a blood-alcohol level reported at nearly four times the legal limit made a scene at Fort Park May 10.
Witnesses and evidence told the story of a purple truck that weaved its way down the road, hitting a stop sign, a tree and five parked vehicles before stopping.
Police responded at about 11:20 p.m. to calls of a purple Ford F-150 that a woman watched steer from Cicotte onto Fort Park where it first hit a tree and then a stop sign before continuing.
The woman told police the truck then pushed a parked car onto a front yard, sideswiped another car and hit another head on before continuing to the next block, where additional cars were struck including another head-on collision.
Officers located the purple truck driving east on Warwick with a smashed front end and flat tires. A traffic stop was made, and when the suspect driver opened his door, several beer cans fell out of the truck. The 42-year-old driver smelled strongly of intoxicants and “could hardly stand on his own.”
The man was placed under arrest and was awaiting felony charges after a preliminary blood alcohol test of 0.31 percent, nearly four times the legal limit for drunk driving of 0.08 percent.
Thieves target repair shop
An estimated $16,000 worth of tools were reported stolen from Jack’s Auto Repair, 3120 Fort St., at about 11 p.m. May 12.
Police responded to an alarm and observed that the south side door was ajar and had been pried open. Officers determined that no one remained in the building, and waited for the shop manager, who said that a filled a tool chest, diagnostic scanner and assorted tools were taken.
The victim provided information on the stolen merchandise and police are investigating.
Items missing from shed
A lawnmower, weed whacker and various hand tools were stolen from a shed in the 18800 block of Harman Avenue May 9.
About 7 p.m. that day the homeowner noticed the items missing from the shed. She suspects the theft happened that morning or the night prior.
The lock was broken off the shed door.
Alleged peeper on the loose
A peeping Tom allegedly led police on a foot chase after he was reported peering into apartment windows in the 23900 block of Outer Drive about 10 p.m. Monday.
Officers chased the man, described as black, about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds and wearing a dark jumpsuit with white stripes and a baseball hat, along the east fence of the property and near several buildings in the complex until losing sight of him near Hanna Street.
They checked the area but could not find the man.
Civic stolen from street
A woman told Police that sometime between 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 7 and noon May 9, her 2002 white Honda Civic valued at $9,000 was taken from the street.
The woman told police she has both sets of keys, has fully owned the car for years, and locked it when last seen. Police discovered no signs of broken glass, and entered the vehicle’s description into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Vehicle robbed for tools
A customer at Lowe’s, 16140 Trenton Road, was robbed of an estimated $1,300 worth of tools Monday, May 7.
Police reported that the customer parked and locked his vehicle at 10:30 a.m., and when he returned at 11:40 a.m. noticed first the damage to the door handle, then the theft of an impact drill, nail gun, tool box, compressor and other tools.
Police noted the damage to the driver’s door lock, and are investigating.
Tools taken from garage
A man reported the theft of more than $1,000 worth of tools from a locked garage in the 7600 block of William Avenue May 12.
Police were called shortly before 7 a.m. after the victim noticed that someone broke into the garage. Among the items reported as missing were a $400 welder, a circular saw, jigsaw and other power tools.
Police observed that the burglar moved a patio chair beneath a window, which had been damaged and broken into. Police are investigating.
Cash, game players taken from apartment
A woman living in an apartment in the 14000 block of Allen Road told police that she left home at about 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and returned at 9:30 p.m. to discover the theft of two video game players and cash.
Police were told the woman returned home and saw that the door was open, the apartment ransacked and that a $300 game system and $300 game system were missing, along with an estimated $500 in cash.
Police discovered no signs of forced entry.
Drug store thief caught at scene
An off-duty Trenton police officer was waiting to make a purchase at CVS, 3575 West Road, May 10 when duty called.
The officer observed a white man in his late 20s try to leave the store with two containers of baby formula.
Alerted along with store management, the officer followed the man outside and wrestled him to the ground. The two were engaged when a Trenton patrol car, responding to store management’s 911 call, arrived on scene to assist in securing the man.
When questioned, the man admitted having two hypodermic needles in his pocket. Police collected evidence and took the man into custody.
Ex wife suspected in account theft
A resident reported May 9 that his former wife had allegedly made electronic withdrawals from his checking account at Chase Bank totaling $3,300 without his consent.
He said the former wife is not on his account and he did not authorize the charges.
A cool running
A man left two old refrigerators in his backyard in the 1400 block of Oak while he waited for DTE Energy to pick them up, but neighbors said they were stolen by an alleged scrap metal thief instead.
About 1:30 p.m. May 10, the resident saw the refrigerators, which he said DTE was to buy back for $50 each, missing before the company was scheduled to pick them up. Neighbors reported seeing an elderly white man with a beard and driving a white van take the refrigerators.
(Compiled by Sherri Kolade, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)