Instruments stolen from church
A secretary of Mount Hope Lutheran Church, 5323 Southfield Freeway Service Drive, found a door to the church ajar and items missing about 12:30 p.m. July 11.
The woman said she noticed about that time that a door on the south side of the building had been damaged and was opened. The door is always kept locked and never used. Missing were a microphone valued at $200, a keyboard valued at $390, and a sound system valued at $665.
There are no suspects.
Concert leads to attack
A resident of the 15000 block of Dasher reports he was “jumped” by three men on his way back from a concert in Taylor July 15.
About 2:16 a.m. that day, the man and his girlfriend returned to their house from the concert when they said they were attacked by the men, described as about 5 feet 11 inches tall, between 20 to 26, and with buzz cuts. They approached him and started to shove him. They then allegedly pushed him into his back yard, kicking and punching him and taking his house and car keys.
He declined medical treatment.
The girlfriend said she may have seen the men at the concert but did not know how they knew where the couple lived.
Print left during attempted break-in
Someone who allegedly attempted to break into a house in the 17100 block of Arlington Avenue July 15 left a clue behind.
A hand print was found on an outside window the homeowner said she found pushed up during an attempted break in about 4 a.m. that day.
She said she had been sleeping on the couch when her dogs started barking at the window, waking her up. She said the window looked to be pushed up and damaged from the outside.
No suspects were found and officers told the woman not to touch the glass to preserve the print.
Teens arrested in car theft
Two Romulus teens were arresting after driving a stolen vehicle about 10 p.m. July 15.
The teens, an 18-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, were stopped allegedly driving 71 mph in a 55 mph zone, on Southfield Road near Oakwood, in a 2003 Ford Focus. Officers stopped the vehicle and a check revealed it was reported stolen at gunpoint from Van Buren Township.
The girls matched descriptions of the women who allegedly stole the car.
No firearms were found in the car, but officers found various car theft tools in the trunk.
The 18-year-old driver said she had borrowed the car from the 15-year-old’s boyfriend, but could not provide his last name.
The 18-year-old was transported to the Allen Park Police Department while the 15-year-old was taken to the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Shopper flashes employee
Officers are looking for a man who allegedly exposed his penis to an employee at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Boulevard, Monday.
About 2:45 p.m. that day officers responded to the store after an employee said a man, described as Middle Eastern, about 5 feet 8 inches and 200 pounds, and in his late 20s, allegedly exposed his penis to her in the produce section.
The employee said the man approached her and asked if the store carried a brand of tortillas. When she said they did not, the man allegedly followed her around the produce section, commenting on her appearance and body. He then allegedly asked her what she was willing to do to him and took his penis out of his pants. The employee ran to the deli section where she told a supervisor.
The man then left in an unknown direction.
Officers were waiting to view surveillance footage of the store.
Too hot to handle; thief steals air conditioner
A man went into the Dearborn Police station to report that his window air-conditioning unit, valued at $135, was stolen about 10 a.m. July 16 in the 1300 block of Porter. The man said an unknown person stole the unit from his window by separating it from the outside. No suspect information was reported.
Thief steals airbag, leaves car damaged
Two police officers responded to an apartment complex in the 19000 block of Ford Road for a larceny report about 8 a.m. July 12.
Officers spoke with the owner of a 2008 Ford Fusion who said someone broke into the vehicle and stole the driver’s side airbag sometime between 3 p.m. July 10 and 7:30 a.m. July 12, according to the police report. The victim said the front driver’s side window was shattered when the air bag was stolen. There is no suspect information.
Thirsty crook steals cases of beer from grocery store
A thief is still on the loose after stealing several cases of beer in two days, according to a police report.
About 7 a.m. July 12, a man walked into Kroger, 23000 W. Michigan Ave., and stole approximately eight cases of assorted beer, according to the report. Police officers responded to Kroger did not catch the thief, described as a 6-foot tall black man, possibly between 35 and 45 years old and weighing about 180 pounds, bald, and wearing a blue T-shirt with white writing on it and blue jeans.
Officers who responded to the store spoke with the store manger who said the thief left the store through the entrance without paying for the stolen merchandise. After the thief left the store he loaded the beer in the trunk of his vehicle and fled west on Michigan Avenue, according to the police report.
The manager said the same man entered the store about 10 a.m. the previous day and stole an unknown number of cases of beer. No one from the store filed a police report for that day.
Laptop, gaming console stolen from apartment
Police are investigating the disappearance of a missing laptop computer and gaming console allegedly stolen from a West Warren Avenue apartment complex.
A woman reported to police that between about 5:45 and 7 p.m. on July 10, her son’s laptop computer and gaming console were stolen.
The woman told police that she left her house at 5:45 p.m. and when she returned at 7:30 p.m. she noticed the items missing and her front door unlocked, according to police reports. The woman also reported that when she was standing outside her apartment waiting for police to arrive, one of her neighbor’s, a boy, walked up to her and said “What happened? Did someone rob you?”
The victim reported that she thought the comment was suspicious and she told maintenance personnel about it when they changed her locks. The maintenance personnel said a child was seen trying to get into apartments in the building, according to the police report.
Police did not to locate the missing items.
Boy’s bicycle stolen in front of him
Police officers responded to a call for a bicycle theft about 1 p.m. July 10.
In the 25000 block of Hopkins, police investigated a boy’s story about his bicycle being stolen at the corner of Hopkins and Beech Daly. The boy, who first told his father about the crime, reported to police that when he was riding his bike a boy approached him and told him to get off of the bicycle. The victim told police he was scared and complied, according to police reports.
The suspect, described as a black boy,4 feet tall and wearing a short buzz cut and no shirt, left with the bike north on Beech Daly Road; a teenage boy also was reported to be with the suspect. The teenager was described to be black, between 14 and 15 years old.
When officers checked the area they did not find the suspect or the bike. The bike’s serial number and description were reported to police.
Paint balls shot at house, cause damage to siding
A woman said unknown offenders shot paint balls at her house in the 6000 block of Highview about 3 a.m. July 9. The victim said the offenders shot the siding of her house with paint balls, damaging a number of the panels. The paint balls were green with yellow paint.
Drunken driver stopped with 4 children in SUV
Police interrupted a midnight drive by an allegedly drunken 36-year-old Ecorse man who had four sleeping children in the back seat.
Patrol officers spotted a GMC Envoy traveling south on Fort Street near Paris shortly before midnight Monday.
Twice the sport utility vehicle swerved into adjacent lanes, and a traffic stop was made after turning east on Southfield. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver leaned his head out the window and yelled that he was, “driving to the hotel up the street” with his kids.
In the back seat were four children — two infants — “laying on top of each other;” none were in safety seats or belted in,” according to police reports.
The driver smelled strongly of intoxicants, police observed, and several field sobriety tests were given. “(He) was asked to recite the alphabet and not sing it,” the officer said. “He sang the alphabet,” though not successfully.
The man failed several more challenges and a preliminary breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent for drunken driving in Michigan.
The Law Enforcement Information Network revealed two prior convictions for operating under the influence, and two active warrants from River Rouge and Dearborn.
The man’s fiancee and four children were transported to a hotel; the man was taken to the police station for processing. Warrants were requested for operating under the influence, third offense — a felony — and child endangerment charges are being considered.
Carjack ‘victim’ cited for false report
Police responded to an alleged car theft at Dix and West Outer Drive about 9:30 p.m. July 15, and were told that the victim’s black Dodge was taken at gunpoint.
Officers met the vehicle owner, a 47-year-old Brownstown Township man, at a gas station on West Outer Drive, who said he had just been robbed in Lincoln Park.
The man told police he stopped at a red light and was approached by a black man with cornrows, who pointed a gun and demanded the keys and the man’s money. The man told police he handed over the requested items, and the thief drove off east.
The man seemed nervous, and officers asked if he’d ever been arrested in Lincoln Park. “Yeah, I was,” the man said. A Law Enforcement Information Network search revealed a 2011 drug arrest.
Asked again if the car-jacking took place in Lincoln Park, the man changed his story and told police he was robbed in Detroit at a Marathon gas station while trying to buy drugs.
“I know Detroit PD would not help me and that you guys would,” the man said. “I’m sorry I lied, don’t take me to jail.”
The man was taken into custody for filing a false police report. Police found nearly $1,000 on the man in cash, and he is scheduled to appear in court next month for possible charges of interfering with police and filing a false report.
Warrants found for drunken driver
Police responded to an early morning call July 14 that reported a drive-through customer at McDonald’s, 3355 West Road, struck another vehicle waiting for service.
Responding officers saw two men speaking with a woman seated in a white Buick, which began pulling away when the patrol car arrived.
Police pulled the driver over, and noticed the woman smelled of intoxicants and her speech was slurred. A check with the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed the woman’s license was suspended and that there was a warrant out for her arrest in Lincoln Park. Police did not disclose the nature of the offense that resulted in the warrant.
Officers performed field sobriety tests: The woman nearly fell when asked to walk-and-turn, and a preliminary breath test measured a blood-alcohol content of 0.219 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent for drunken driving in Michigan.
The woman agreed to another breath test after being taken to the Trenton Police station. The woman vomited, and was instead taken to Oakwood Southshore, where a blood test was taken.
Items stolen during move
Two laptop computers and an empty wallet were allegedly taken from a house in the 800 block of Lincoln while the residents were moving to a new house.
About 4 p.m., the residents noticed the items missing. They said they had been in and out all day moving their belongings to a new house. One of the residents said her brother was sleeping inside and did not hear anything.
Police, Border Patrol assists stranded boaters
Wyandotte Police and U.S. Border Patrol Agents assisted a group of men whose boat had stalled in the Trenton Channel July 15.
About 10 p.m. that day, a Wyandotte officer was patrolling in a parking lot near the Detroit River when he saw two men in the water near a 1977 Sea Ray boat, pulling the boat by a rope toward the shore.
The officer contacted a Border Patrol agent, who sent a boat to the spot.
The men declined medical attention and said they had just taken their boat from the city’s municipal ramp when it stalled.
(Compiled by Sherri Kolade, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)