The man said the car was parked in the driveway all night but the doors were left unlocked. He said his Global Positioning System (valued at $100) was missing from the car but he found a 12-ounce soda on the passenger seat that did not belong to him. Approximately $2 in change also was missing.
A white 2000 Jeep was reported stolen from the 15000 block of Garfield Avenue about 4:40 a.m. May 20.
The vehicle contained a bunker bag containing approximately $1,000 worth of gear, including a helmet, vest and gun belt. It was not reported if a gun was attached to the belt.
The victim said the vehicle was pulled all the way up the driveway in front of the garage door and the door was locked. There was no evidence of a broken window or how entry was gained.
$25,800 taken in break-in
Police responded to a break-in complaint at a house in the 8900 block of Laurence Avenue about 2:20 p.m. May 20.
The victim said he was left the house between noon and 2 p.m. that day. He said that when he returned to the house, he discovered the side door had been kicked in and the intruder only searched through items in the basement of the house. The man reported damage to drywall and wood paneling on walls.
The man suspects a former employee who had been to the house before. He said the former employee knew the man had $25,000 in a lockbox in the basement. He said he recently fired the employee for absences from work. The $50 lockbox was taken containing $25,000 in cash along with $800 the man had on a desk.
Police observed damage to the door through which the intruder gained entry. There also were pry marks on the screen, and the door frame was splintered.
Vehicle stolen from near house
A 2013 light green Ford Fusion was reported stolen about 10 a.m. May 12 from from a woman’s house in the 15000 block of Champaign. The woman said she parked and locked the vehicle on Fox just south of Champaign near her garage around 5:30 p.m. She returned to where she parked the car only to find it missing.
Police reported there was no evidence of broken glass around the vehicle’s last known location. It was not reported if windows were open or how the suspect entered car. The extra set of keys were in the center console of the vehicle prior to its theft.
Police entered the vehicle into Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen. There were no reported witnesses or known suspects at this time.
License plate stolen
A woman called police after discovering that the license plate on her 2013 Dodge Charger had been stolen. The theft was discovered in the 7200 block of Kendal about 9:45 a.m. May 13
The woman had parked the vehicle in a lot about 11 p.m. May 12 and left it overnight. When she returned to the vehicle she noticed the theft.
She told police she was sure the plate had been on the vehicle when it was parked.
Police were unable to discover anyone who had seen anything suspicious in the area during the night and morning.
Car broken into
A woman who recently returned from vacation discovered that her vehicle had been broken into in the 1900 block of North Hawthorne just before 5 p.m. May 13.
The woman had been away from the house from May 9 to 12 and had not entered the vehicle until May 13. Upon entering the vehicle she observed that the navigation/center console computer system was missing from her white 2009 Buick Enclave. The vehicle had been parked in the driveway.
The woman told police she was not sure, but believed that the vehicle had been locked when the family left for the weekend. No damage was seen on the outside of the vehicle but damage was visible around dashboard as a result of the theft.
Police found no evidence in the area surrounding the vehicle.
Home break-in discovered
A woman who had been away from her house overnight returned to find that it had been broken into. Police were called to investigate the home invasion in the 4600 block of Monroe Boulevard at 10:10 a.m. May 19.
The woman said several valuable items were missing from the house including a laptop computer, stereo and 50-inch flat screen TV. Some of the woman’s clothing also were missing from a closet as were razors, soap and shampoo from the bathroom.
She also told police that she had told a neighbor that she planned to be away for the night.
Police investigated the area and discovered that a side door to the home had been kicked in and that broken glass was on the ground. They also witnessed markings on a neighbor’s yard that indicated that a vehicle had recently been parked there. Several sets of footprints were found also that went between the victim’s side door and the neighbor’s backyard fence.
Tires stolen off car
A man went outside his house and observed that all of the tires from his white 2013 Dodge Charger had been stolen in the 1700 block of Whitefield at 8:40 a.m. May 18
The vehicle had been parked in the driveway when all four factory 20-inch chrome wheels and tires were taken.
The man told police he did not hear anything suspicious overnight to alert him of the theft.
Police found no evidence at the scene.
Thief leaves lighted trail for cops
While on patrol near the intersection of Capitol and Pingree about 2:30 a.m. May 18, officers noticed three vehicles within a few short blocks that had doors left open and interior lights on. A closer look revealed interiors in disarray, with glove box contents scattered on the seats.
Not far away, officers observed a green Ford minivan that moved slowly down a street, its brake lights going on and off. While making a traffic stop on the minivan, officers noticed two teens walking nearby, wearing backpacks; they were seen walking from the direction of a fourth vehicle, a white Chevy van, parked on Pingree with its interior dome light on. The two were stopped for questioning.
First the officers questioned two young women in the minivan that had been cruising the block. The women said they had just been robbed and were looking for whoever had broken into their van. They pointed to the two teens and identified a backpack as belonging to them.
Officers questioned the two teens, who soon admitted to having broken into a number of vehicles — one said between five and seven; the other said it was about 10.
After collecting evidence, officers spoke with targeted vehicle owners and confirmed that items in the back packs had been stolen. The two teens were taken to the police station for processing. Warrants for breaking and entering charges were submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office.
Damaged rims with a side of bologna
Police responded to a complaint of damage to a vehicle in the 17000 block of Smith about 6 a.m. May 19.
The victim said the vehicle was parked in his driveway. He said the first thing he noticed when he approached his vehicle was bologna stuck to it. The victim said the driver’s side rims also were damaged.
Electronics stolen from vehicle
A resident of the Pennbrook Place Apartments in the 15000 block of Brookview Drive called police about 8:30 a.m. May 15 to report his vehicle had been broken into. He said the driver’s side front window was broken to access the stolen items and the door handle also was broken off the vehicle. The intruder took an MP3 player, subwoofers and an amplifier. In total, the damage and stolen items was approximately $800. The approximate value of the broken door handle was unknown at the time of the report.
Bicycles boosted from shed
A home owner in the 13000 block of Kerr told police he believed that “scrappers” were responsible for stealing three children’s bicycles and other items from his shed in pursuit of scrap metal to be sold.
Police responded about 6 p.m. May 13 to reports that sometime between 8 a.m. and that evening one or more thieves broke into his shed and stole three bicycles, a lawn mower and several bike frames and tire rims.
Police did not discover any sign of forced entry, and noted descriptions of the stolen items.
House broken into while resident sleeps
A house on the 2700 block of 21st Street was broken into with the resident sleeping. A 52-inch TV and a laptop computer was reported stolen from the home. The resident filed a complaint with police about 7:50 a.m. May 19.
He said he did not hear any activity in the house and that the intruder entered through a bathroom window. Police observed the screen had been cut and entire lower window had been removed and placed on the ground. When the victim woke up, he noticed the rear doorwall was open. He said he was confident the doorwall was locked and it must have been used as an exit.
Husband says wife tried to kill herself
A man called police to the 300 block of Bondie about 2:20 p.m. May 19, saying his wife was attempting to kill herself. The man said his wife had a history of depression and narcotics abuse. He said he believed she consumed a large number of perscription pills because the bottle was nearly empty. He said there were 10 pills left out of a bottle of 90. The number of pills prior to the event was not reported. He told police he and his wife had an argument the night before but it was not about anything too important. He said the effects of the pills were noticeable and he confronted her.
Woman was taken to the hospital and treated. The husband said he would speak to medical staff and have her evaluated.
(Compiled by Gabriel Goodwin, James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)