Driver robbed at gunpoint
A man acting as a stranded motorist allegedly robbed a Dearborn Heights man at gunpoint June 16.
About 9:30 a.m. that day, the Dearborn Heights man said he was driving east on Pincecrest near Buckingham when a man, described as white and in his 20s with closely-cropped hair, left his motorcycle and approached his vehicle, asking for a few dollars for gas.
The driver pulled $2 from his wallet but when he looked up, the motorcycle driver was pointing a black revolver at him, demanding the rest of his cash.
The man surrendered the money and the motorcyclist fled east on Pinecrest toward Southfield.
The suspect is described as having several tattoos including a spider web on his left wlbow and the letters “FTW” on his left cheek or neck. He also had a large scar on his right cheek.
The motorcycle is described as an older black model with a loud exhaust.
Instead of stealing cash a resident of the 8200 block of Vine had placed in her mailbox, unknown thieves allegedly stole the entire mailbox June 18.
The resident put $300 in the box for her father to pick up that day.
About 5 p.m. that day, the woman’s boyfriend and her friend walked to the front of the house from the backyard to find the mailbox had been stolen. They said they had been in the back yard for about 20 minutes but had not heard anything unusual. The boyfriend called police as the woman was at work. Officers did not speak to her.
Car vandalized with fireworks, sauce
A resident of the 9400 block of Reeck Road came out to his vehicle about 8 a.m. June 16 to find an explosive surprise.
Fireworks had been discharged on the hood of his 2012 Ford Focus and fast food sauce packages had been opened and drizzled onto it.
The resident said he parked the car in his driveway about 7 p.m. the day prior. He said his wife heard fireworks about 11:30 p.m. that day but did not think much about it.
Stereo taken from unlocked vehicle
A stereo valued at $200 was stolen from a vehicle between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m. June 24 in the 2900 block of Cornell.
The stereo was stolen from an unlocked 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, which did not have any damage on it according to police reports.
The victim reported the theft at the police station, where he told police the vehicle was parked in his driveway and the suspect entered the vehicle and stole his stereo. No other items were reported missing. There were no suspects found.
Car stolen from under the owner’s nose
A man reported that his car was stolen by unknown suspects about 7 a.m. June 21 in the 24000 block of Michigan Avenue.
The man who was staying at an inn at the time said he woke up and went outside at about 7 a.m. and his vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Durange, was missing. His vehicle was parked outside of his room and there was no glass damage left on the ground. The victim said his vehicle is paid off. There were no suspects found.
Woman due in court for leaving dog in hot car
A woman is due in court on animal cruelty charges after reportedly leaving her dog in a hot car at about 4 p.m. June 20 in the 15900 block of Ford Road. The police were called by a passerby who noticed the dog, a 2-year-old Chow/Cocker Spaniel mix, was sitting inside an unattended car for at least 15 minutes in 95-degree weather, according to reports.
When the officer arrived, he noticed the dog panting heavily, but otherwise he said the dog appeared to be fine.
The officer reached through the partially opened window, which he described as hotter than 95 degrees, and unlocked the door. Eventually, the owner of the car arrived and the officer told her to turn the air conditioning on.
The owner of the car said she was inside the store with her children to shop and was not gone for more than 10 minutes.
The police officer issued the woman a ticket and she is due in court within three to 14 days for a hearing. The woman was not arrested.
Extinguished fire now under investigation
Officers are investigating a house fire that occurred at about 10 p.m. June 23 in the 20300 block of Old Colony road.
The fire occurred after the family living in the house got ready for bed, according to the report.
Officers were dispatched to the area and met with one the former homeowners who told police that when he was checking around the house before bed he heard popping noises and went upstairs to find a fire in the back of the residence.
The wife also told police they sold the house and were moving at the end of the month. She told police that their children were with neighbors.The Dearborn Heights Fire Department extinguished the fire, which is now under investigation.
Blood, fingerprints lifted from house
Several valuables were stolen from a house between 6 p.m. and about 10 p.m. June 24 in the 26000 block of McDonald.
An officer responded to the location and spoke with the homeowner who said she arrived at the house where she immediately discovered items had been removed from her living room.
The officer looked around the house and did not find forced entry, but the officer discovered an unsecured rear door off the kitchen area, where the victim reports she did not lock the door.
The items stolen included four gaming consoles and gaming systems and three laptops. The victim is unsure if anything else is missing. Police also noticed blood smeared in the stairway next to a handrail that leads to the upstairs and took the blood and fingerprints as evidence.
Two men arrested for breaking glass in apartment complex
A Dearborn Heights police officer responded to a call of glass breaking at about 11:45 p.m. June 22 at an apartment building complex in Yorkshire Boulevard.
When the officer arrived he noticed the entry door glass window busted out and two men on the outside of the door reaching through the opening and turning the door knob open. The suspects, described as black, entered the apartment building’s lobby area, when the officer entered the apartment through the opposite door and detained both suspects. The men said they were visiting friends in another apartment who would not allow them back inside.
The officer spoke with the women from the apartment, who said their father did not allow anyone inside the apartment at that time of the night. The suspects later told police they had to break the glass window to get in. The officer arrested the men for destroying the property. One suspect was transported to a police station, the second one was released to his mother. The glass door has since been fixed.
Teens arrested for being on school roof
Most students count the days until summer vacation, but at least four teens wanted to keep hanging around Lafayette Elementary School and were found late Sunday night on the roof.
“Getting on top of as many school as possible,” one of the young offenders told police, was “fun.”
Instead, four teens age 14 and 15 were issued trespassing violation citations and will be reviewed by Lincoln Park police’s youth bureau.
Officers responded at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to reports of young people playing on the roof of Lafayette Elementary School, 1350 Lafayette. The teens tried to hide on the roof and officers set up a perimeter surrounding the building. Four boys jumped off the roof and started to run, two were caught near the corner of Lafayette and Hanford Avenue.
With the help of a ladder truck from the Lincoln Park Fire Department, officers cornered two more teens, a boy and a girl, on the roof. Two teens remained unaccounted for.
The juveniles were arrested for trespassing and a curfew violation. At the station two of the offenders “refused to cooperate with officers,” according to the police report, and were separated from the group and handcuffed to a juvenile chair, “because they continued to yell at officers.”
The teens’ parents were called to the station and took custody of their children.
Walkers catch car thief
Two women walking dogs in an apartment complex in the 17500 block of Fort Street allegedly stumbled upon a burglary from a 2005 Dodge pickup truck June 22.
About 12:45 that day, the women were walking their dogs when they saw a man, described as white and in his 20s with blonde hair, inside the truck, parked in the west parking lot of the complex.
According to the report, the witnesses then saw the man exit the vehicle and drop a car radio on the ground. He picked up the radio and ran to a green truck parked in the front of the lot. He then fled in the truck south onto Fort.
The radio is valued at $200. An amplifier, valued at $300, was also found missing from the truck.
The women called police about five minutes after seeing the theft.
Game leads to purse theft
A woman watching a baseball game at Young Patriot’s Park June 23 came back to her 2007 Dodge Nitro about 3 p.m. to find her purse missing.
The purse had been under the front seat of the unlocked vehicle. It contained credit cards and a checkbook as well as an Mp3 player valued at $300.
Collision claim two lives
A Taylor resident and an Indiana man died in separate collisions on local roadways late last month.
About 9:30 p.m. June 18, a rollover crash reportedly occurred on Eureka Road between Beech Daly and Inkster. The driver was seen by witnesses driving erratically and without headlights, and was ejected from his vehicle in a single-car accident. Police said that it was unknown if drugs and alcohol were a factor, and are investigating.
On June 23, a 33-year-old Indiana man died on southbound Interstate 75 near Allen Road when his 2012 Nissan Rouge swerved onto the shoulder, hit a construction message board and continued off the road. The vehicle reportedly rolled over and the driver was ejected.
Teens busted for smoking marijuana
Officers cited four teens allegedly caught smoking marijuana in an alley Monday.
About 4:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to the alley near Seventh and Eighth streets on a call of teenagers smoking marijuana there.
Four teens they found there denied smoking marijuana, but officers found on them a sandwich bag containing 2.5 grams of it and a pill bottle containing a small amount.
Three of the teens – a 15-year-old Riverview boy, a 16-year-old Wyandotte boy, and a 15-year-old Wyandotte girl, were cited for prohibited conduct for persons under 17. The Wyandotte boy was found to be a runaway from a youth home in Monroe County, and was arrested. A 17-year-old girl, who lived in the house in the 2200 block of Seventh behind which the teens were gathered, was cited for loitering where drugs are stored or used.
Bone found may be human
A resident of the 1700 block of Third Street found what may be a human bone near her property Monday.
About 1 p.m. that day, the woman called to report finding a large bone in the alley near her backyard.
The bone is described as large, old and brittle and according to the report if it is a human bone, it may the top portion of a femur. It could also belong to a large animal, like a horse.
The woman said she had actually uncovered the bone two years earlier, in a hole dug by Wyandotte Municipal Service in the alley directly behind her house during a utility pole replacement project, but that she had placed it under the steps in the back of her house and forgotten about it.
Officers are investigating whether the bone is human.