The victim said he returned home after a week and found the paint chipped on his 2007 Cadillac Escalade. He said the vehicle is kept under a tarp and in the driveway.
The man told police he pulled away the tarp and discovered the whole car had been sprayed with a chemical that removed the paint. He said the dashboard and seats of the vehicle also were sprayed with the substance.
There were no witnesses but the man told police he is currently going through a divorce. Police did not say whether his wife is a suspect.
$1,800 in video games stolen
Police were called about 8 p.m. June 2 for investigation into the theft of 30 video games from King Video, 18626 Ecorse Road.
Victim told police he was conducting inventory for the store and noticed the video games missing. He said he checked the security video and noticed a man concealing video games in his pants. The victim told police the man was not a regular customer and had a 5-year-old boy with him.
The man was described as white, between the ages of 25 and 35, 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 180 pounds with brown hair.
Vehicle stolen from residence
The owner of a white 2011 Hyundai Sonata awoke about 7:30 a.m. June 3 to discover that the vehicle was missing from the 7400 block of Steadman.
The owner told police that the vehicle had been parked in front of the residence all night and that she was staying there to care for a relative. She did not hear any disturbances.
She also had one of the two sets of keys for the vehicle with her, and told police that that other set was with her husband at home.
Police searched the area and found no broken glass or anything else of evidentiary value.
House broken into
The renter of a house in the 1600 block of Hollywood discovered upon returning at 3:45 a.m. June 2 that the side door had been unlocked and pushed open while he was away.
Police conducted a search of the house and determined that the intruder was gone. They also observed dresser drawers pulled out in a bedroom and some laundry thrown around the basement but otherwise reported that the house appeared in order.
The renter then searched the house and observed that $40 in cash and a stack of mail that had been on the stove were missing.
The renter told police that his wife and daughter were out of town and that the only other person with keys to the house was the landlord.
Attempts to contact the landlord were not successful at that time.
Police then searched the area and surrounding houses for any surveillance equipment but were unsuccessful.
Water pump stolen
A woman called police at 1:15 p.m. June 2 after discovering that the water pump to her pool had been stolen in the 23000 block of South Brookside Drive.
The woman had noticed that the back gate to her yard was open, which was not normal, and then discovered the theft.
She told police that she was sure that the pump had recently been taken because she had used the pool the day before and had to tighten the hoses on the pump.
No suspect information is available.
Window shot out
A homeowner discovered that a garage window had been broken in the 4800 block of Harding about 6:30 p.m. June 2.
The victim told police that she had heard a “crashing” sound at the rear of the property about 5:45 p.m. and went to investigate it awhile later. She checked the garage and discovered that someone had shattered a side window of the garage.
The woman suspected that the damage had been done by a pellet gun after discovering pellets on the floor of the garage.
A neighbor told the woman that earlier that day two white males approximately 14 years old had been seen in a backyard in the 4700 block of Merrick playing with BB guns. The property on Merrick is adjacent to the victim’s garage.
Police attempted to contact the homeowners on Merrick but no one was home.
Suspended driver found with heroin
A patrol officer was nearly crashed into by a 2002 Mercury Sable on Outer Drive near the I-75 on-ramp, and soon had in custody the driver found to be in possession of heroin.
The officer made a traffic stop of the Mercury — which had no license plate — and asked the 44-year-old driver for his license and vehicle documents. The man said he didn’t have one, which was found to have been suspended. The man was placed under arrest and transported to the police station.
While in custody, a search revealed sandwich baggies and folded Lotto tickets that contained what was determined to be heroin. Police requested warrants from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for possession with intent to distribute charges, and the man was being held pending arraignment.
Vehicle taken from police impound lot
Police were called to the Melvindale Police Department Impound Lot on Oakwood Boulevard, about 1 a.m. June 1 on the report of a stolen vehicle.
Police said they were notified by a call from a witness who said he saw a black four-door sedan approach the impound gate. He said two people got out of the car and cut open the lock on the gate.
Responding officers observed the gate open, padlock cut off, and a single, wet tire track as leading from the gate onto southbound Wall Avenue. An inventory check revealed that a gold 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer was taken.
Police investigated an apartment complex in the 17000 block of Raupp where the vehicle originally was recovered. Officers checked a vehicle, parked in the apartments’ parking lot, that matched the stolen vehicle description but the Vehicle Identification Number did not match.
13 pickup truck tailgates stolen throughout city
Police said during the early hours of May 31, 13 tailgates from GMC, Ford, and Chevrolet pickup trucks were stolen from several streets on the city’s west side. Henry, Wood Hanna, and Harmon streets were primarily targeted during the thefts.
A residential surveillance camera captured a suspect vehicle, police said. The vehicle was described as a pickup truck, but make and model were unknown.
Melvindale police said Livonia police contacted their department regarding 20 reported thefts of Ford F-150 tailgates throughout Livonia about the same time the thefts in Melvindale occurred. No connection has been made but police are conducting investigations.
Anyone with information is asked to call Melvindale Police Detective Nick Martinez at 313-429-1040, Ext. 1405, or Livonia police at 734-466-2470.
Equipment stolen while roofers work
A contract employee working on the roof of Appelbee’s, 13855 Eureka, told police that someone broke into his work vehicle and stole more than $1,000 worth of tools and equipment.
Police responded to the complaint at 5:30 p.m. May 30 and reported the passenger side window of the man’s 2002 Dodge Dakota had been smashed and the interior rummaged. A Field Piece meter valued at $1,100, a $200 Craftsman socket set and other tools belonging to the driver were missing from the company vehicle.
Police collected evidence and are investigating.
Thief nets three TVs
A woman told police she returned to her house at 10 p.m. May 30 and found her back door kicked in and three televisions — including a 62-inch flat screen — stolen.
Police responded at 3 p.m. May 31 after the woman had returned to her house in the 6900 block of Beech Daly Road. She said she had locked all doors and windows, and police took note of the damaged door, footprints and other evidence. Police expected to review surveillance video footage from cameras at a nearby market’s parking area.
Neighbors told investigators they’d heard noises sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Police are investigating.
Pot delivery interrupted by police
The driver of a Ford Explorer who admitted that he “might have a gram” of marijuana in the vehicle turned out to have more than 30 grams that police believed he intended to distribute.
A few minutes before midnight May 29, patrol officers spotted a black 2004 Explorer at the red light on Sibley Road at Fort Street. The SUV had neither headlights nor taillights on, and a traffic stop was made.
Police smelled a strong odor of marijuana, and asked the 19-year-old driver if he had any in his possession. He admitted to some, and directed police to grey bag on the floor board. They found a freezer-size bag believed to contain more than 22 grams. A pipe and grinder were found in the center console, and another pipe and grinder were in the glove box. A digital scale was on a shelf near the radio.
The man was taken into custody. Police requested warrants for possession with intent to distribute.
No registration, no license
Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle near the 13700 block of Sibley Road about noon on June 2. The registration tag on the vehicle was the same color as one that would have expired in May.
The driver told police he bought the vehicle but had not registered it with the Secretary of State and put a May 2008 tag on the vehicle.
Investigation into the Law Enforcement Information Network proved the driver’s statement. Police found the vehicle was still registered to the previous owner, but it was not reported stolen.
The driver provided officers with an expired license and a reinstatement receipt from the Secretary of State. The driver was cited for failure to display a valid license and driving an unregistered vehicle.
The driver was advised not to drive until he received a valid license and proper registration on the vehicle.
Outdrive motor stolen off boat
Police responded to a larceny report about 9:40 a.m. May 31 at Riverview Shores Marina, located at 18110 W. Jefferson Ave. The victim stated he was notified by the owner of the property. He told police the outdrive and motor were stolen from his boat sometime between May 29 and 30.
There were no witnesses or suspects, but the owner said the outdrive was special because it increased power and would be worth stealing if someone knew what they were looking for. The outdrive was worth about $4,000 and the motor about $1200.
Purse, $500 taken from vehicle
Police responded to a theft complaint on the 620 block of Orange Street about 2 p.m. June 1. The victim stated his vehicle was parked in front of a house with the doors unlocked and windows partially opened. He told police he and his wife were only at the residence for about 30 minutes before they noticed the purse missing from the vehicle.
The woman stated an envelope containing $500 also was taken from the vehicle. She called to report credit cards stolen and was told one already had been used at an unknown gas station.
Man threatened multiple times
Police responded to a complaint of threats made at a house on the 700 block of St. John’s about 11:20 a.m. June 2. The victim said two men got out of a maroon Ford Fusion and began to approach him. He told police the two men said they were “going to kick his ass,” and he moved toward the front door of the house. He said the men backed away, but before they got in the car, they told him they were not going to stop until he was in the hospital.
The man’s girlfriend witnessed the entire incident. He said he made previous reports with police involving similar incidents.
(Compiled by Gabriel Goodwin, James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)