Car left unlocked, GPS taken
A Global Positioning System was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 15000 block of Jonas Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman said she left the vehicle parked on the street in front of her house two days prior.
She told police the vehicle appeared to have been rummaged through when she returned to it. The vehicle was left unlocked, police said, and the vehicle was not damaged. There were no witnesses to the incident and police had no suspects.
Fishing gear stolen
Police reported a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 9700 block of Fox Avenue was broken into around 11 a.m. Wednesday and two fishing rods were taken. The victim told police the vehicle was unlocked and believed the poles were taken sometime over the weekend.
He said his grandfather’s hand-made salmon spawn bag tying machine, valued at $100, was also taken from the vehicle. The eight-foot and 10-foot poles were valued at $300. There were no witnesses.
Man shoots himself in leg
Officers were called to Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, after witnesses say a man shot himself in the leg at 2:40 a.m. Monday. The man was found laying inside the entrance of the store, police said, and secured the handgun near him.
He had a concealed pistol license, police confirmed, and reported he accidently shot himself in his leg. He told police he was carrying the gun unholstered in his waistband, and when he went to reach for his debit card, the gun slid down his pant leg.
Police said the gun went off when the man tried to put the handgun back in his waistband. He was transported to Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn and was not seriously hurt. The bullet went in his knee and exited out the other side.
The only witness confirmed the man’s story.
Vehicle stolen from driveway
A red 2008 Dodge Charger was reported stolen from a driveway in the 6600 block of Calhoun about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.
The victim told police that his wife woke him up that morning and told him that she had heard a suspicious noise. She added that she had looked out the window to investigate the noise and discovered that the vehicle was missing from the driveway.
The victim added that he had parked the vehicle in the driveway about 7 p.m. the previous night. He also remembered locking it and taking the keys inside with him.
He also stated that no one else had access to the keys to the vehicle and that he still possessed both sets of keys.
Police searched the area where the vehicle had been parked but did not find any broken glass or any other evidence.
Cash stolen from vehicle
A man entering his vehicle at 9:16 a.m. Sept. 12 discovered that someone had broken into it and stolen all of the cash out of his wallet in the 4800 block of Mead.
The victim told police that he had parked his black Honda Accent in his driveway about midnight and had placed his wallet, containing $470 cash, in the vehicle’s glove box.
When he entered the vehicle later that morning he found the glove box open and his wallet laying on the passenger side floorboard with all of the cash missing.
Nothing else was reported stolen from the vehicle.
Police officers inspected the car and found no signs of forced entry.
No suspect information was available.
Home invasion reported
A woman entering her bedroom about 4:30 a.m. Sept. 15 to retrieve money from the wallet in her purse discovered that someone had broken into the house through a window in the room and robbed her of cash in the 26000 block of Powers.
The woman told police that when she entered the room, which is in the rear on the house, she found that somone had cut a hole in the window screen to gain entry into the house.
There was $133 in cash in the wallet and the woman said that the theft most likely occurred between 2 and 4:15 a.m.
The woman also told police that she believes her son may be responsible for the crime, but nobody she has talked to described observing the suspect at or around the house during the given time frame.
Police are investigating.
Vehicles damaged in driveway
Police responded to a report of three damaged vehicles in a driveway in the 8300 block of Lenore at 6:36 a.m. Sept. 17.
The victim told police that when he exited the house he found that his black 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500 had a tire slashed and that the paint was damaged by what appeared to be paint thinner or another chemical being poured on it. He observed that paint was peeling off the vehicle’s body on all sides.
The victim also reported that two tool boxes, a breaker bar and a floor jack were missing from the truck.
Two other vehicles in the driveway, a white Cadillac and an orange 2002 Chevy Avalanche, also had damage to their paint and the tires slashed.
The victim told police that he suspects his girlfriend’s former boyfriend for the incident because he has been harassing her since that relationship ended. The suspect also warned her that he would do something if she did not break up with her new boyfriend.
Police searched the property and found the two tool boxes and a can of paint thinner near the south fence behind the garage.
Police are investigating.
Stolen goods discarded by thief
Police responded shortly before 8 p.m. Monday to reports of a shoplifter at Meijer, 3710 Dix, who got away but left behind the stolen merchandise.
Store security personnel called police and said an officer was following a white woman in her mid-20s who had concealed “a large amount of merchandise on her person” and left the store without paying.
The store officer told police he watched the woman in the electronics section select about 15 DVDs, which she took to another section and with “some type of ‘bladed’ object” sliced open the packaging and stuffed the discs into her sweatshirt pocket. She next went to the women’s department and selected a brown purse and two wallets. While walking toward the exit the woman allegedly removed all security tags from the items and left the store.
The loss prevention officer followed the woman outside, but she ignored his attempts to communicate and kept walking. After heading south on Dix the woman threw down the purse and ran into an alley. The store officer located the purse, which contained loose DVDs and the two wallets.
Police reviewed evidence and are investigating.
Man enters house, takes nothing
A complaint was filed with police around 1 p.m. Sept. 12 after the victim walked into a house in the 19500 block of Hanna and saw his room in disarray. Police said the screen in the bedroom window was left under the window and the window was opened from the outside.
Nothing was reported missing from the house, the victim said, but the dresser drawers were open and the room was rummaged through. Police said fingerprints were pulled from a television that had been moved.
A witness said she observed a 17- to 20-year old black male about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slim build wearing a white shirt and white baseball hat standing on their porch about 7:30 a.m. She said she thought it was a friend of the victim.
Man arrested twice
Police transported a man to the Melvindale Police Department from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and found marijuana concealed in his pants. The man used his brother’s name as an alias and was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Melvindale.
While they searched the man, police said there was a strong odor of marijuana and found a golf ball-sized bag of a marijuana-like substance in his pants. Police scanned his fingerprints and his name came back clear of any warrants.
The substance was confirmed to be marijuana and the man was arrested for possession. The marijuana was weighed at 4 grams.
Police investigating suspicious car fire
Officers responded to the Pennbrook Place Apartment complex in the 15000 block of Brookview Drive, after receiving a call about a car fire in the parking lot Sept. 14. Police said the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived around 5:10 a.m. Trenton and Riverview fire departments fought the blaze, police said, and the license plate was used to identify the owner of the vehicle.
The witness told police the fire began in the back seat, then spread quickly through the vehicle. Police contacted the owner of the vehicle, who thought it was still parked along the south side of her building.
She was advised the car was located near the front of the complex, where it caught fire. The woman told police she was unaware the vehicle was moved and asked about potential theft because no one had permission to use it or access to its keys.
She said she lives alone and last saw the vehicle when she parked it about 1 p.m. the day before. Officers were shown the last known location of the vehicle, but said there was no broken glass near the parking spot and they believed the vehicle was parked there for a long period of time.
$15,000 in items taken from home
A woman called police when she found about $15,000 in jewelry and a bottle of prescription pills missing from her home Sept. 15.
Police received the call about 4:30 p.m. after she said her son found the pill bottle in a friend’s bathroom. The son told police his friend showed up at their house in the 19400 block of Coventry about 2:30 a.m. the day before because he needed somewhere to stay for the night.
The son allowed the friend to stay, but received a call from his mother, who said the pills were missing, when he was taking his friend home. He checked the friend’s belongings, but did not find the pills. He said he entered the friend’s house to use the bathroom and saw the pills.
The son opened the bottle of pills, police said, and found two rings inside with 59 pills of Hydrocodone — a prescription painkiller — and a dollar coin. Once they discovered the missing items, the woman said, she called the friend’s mother to ask if she could look for the remaining items.
The victim told police other items went missing from her bedroom in June including a $10,000 ring which she believed was just misplaced. Another ring was found and returned to the victim at a later date.
When asked about the missing jewelry, the friend denied any knowledge of any thefts. The items stolen were two rings, worth $400; four Susan B. Anthony coins, $20; a woman’s wedding ring, $4,000; two heirloom wedding rings worth $10,500; and 59 pills.
The heirloom rings, three of the coins, and the $4,000 wedding ring were recovered, but the other items are still missing. Police said the woman will pursue charges against the friend regardless if the items are ever found.
Daughter suspected in $14,000 theft
A woman arrived home after working a double shift at a Detroit bar to Monday find $14,000 in cash missing from her bedroom.
She told police she entered her apartment in Huntington Apartments in the 17500 block of Fort Street about 3:30 a.m. and discovered the deadbolt was not locked, but the bottom lock was still locked. She said both locks were engaged when she left for work.
Her bedroom was ransacked, she said, with all the dresser drawers left open and several boxes were emptied and stacked up in a corner. She said she was using one of the boxes to save money to buy a house and found that it was missing.
Only a few people knew about the hiding place, including her daughter, who she recently kicked out of the apartment. Police said the daughter had the key for the door lock, but not the deadbolt.
Police said the daughter called the mother and told her she could not to get in the apartment, but knew how to get in through a window in one of the bedrooms. Officers found fingerprints and fresh smudges on the bedroom window.
Nothing else was taken from the apartment, the victim said, because the television and laptop were still in the living room when she returned. The daughter and her boyfriend could not be located at the time of the report, police said, but are the primary suspects.
Electronics stolen from vehicle
A woman reported to police the theft of a laptop computer, Apple iPad and Canon camera that were in a backpack and box in the back seat of her vehicle. Police responded to the 13000 block of Argyle at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14, and were told that a locked vehicle — make and model not disclosed — had been broken into and re-locked by whoever stole the items. The woman said the backpack containing the electronics and the camera box had been left behind.
Police checked for evidence and noted descriptions and information regarding the stolen items.
Likely thief seen behind looted home
A woman returned from taking her children to school Sept. 12 to discover her house in the 16000 block of Lauren Street had been broken into during the 45 minutes she’d been away.
Looking out the now-open kitchen window — the blinds from which had been knocked on the floor — the woman saw a white man, approximately 25 years old, walking near the bordering wooded area. When the man saw the woman, he turned and ran deeper into the woods.
The woman said that electronics including a $400 xBox, $900 iPad, Toshiba laptop computer valued at $1,500 and some jewelry were missing.
Police noted the window area, and spoke with a neighbor who said he’d seen the same man, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, about 40 minutes earlier, walking up and down the street. The neighbor said it looked as if the man was casing the house.
Police collected evidence and descriptions of the suspect and are investigating.
Woman halts suspected burglar at door
A woman was alone in her house in the 6700 block of Clippert on Sept. 12 when she went to answer a knock on the door. Instead, she told police, she saw a man who was looking inside the front and side windows of the house.
Approaching the front door, the woman next saw a crowbar or tire iron wedged into the door frame. The prying tool squeezed into the opening a few times before the woman screamed and asked why he was trying to break into her house.
The man asked if her tailer was for sale before turning and running to a white, four-door Ford Taurus parked nearby.
Police responded about 3:30 p.m., checked for evidence and noted a description of a white man in his 30s, average height, and wearing tan shorts.
Suspects sought in burglary
Police are looking for one or more thieves who helped themselves to more than $1,000 worth of jewelry from a woman’s bedroom.
A woman reported that she discovered a number of pieces of jewelry missing on Sept. 15, and that she suspected workers from a service company that had been in the area two days earlier.
The woman said she had left a back sliding door unlocked, and had noticed dirt on the floor but hadn’t thought about it until she discovered the theft.
Nothing else appeared missing, and police are investigating.
Man attempts suicide, resists arrest
A mother called police to the 1000 block of Dee about 6:45p.m. Sept. 9 after she found her son trying to hang himself from a baby’s crib. She told officers her son had taken prescription painkillers and had been drinking all day.
His girlfriend found him with the rope tied taut around his neck, police said, and his brother had to wrestle him down to remove the rope from around his neck.
When police arrived, the man tried to flee on foot toward Eureka Road. He was later found in a nearby alley and arrested for obstructing police.
The man resisted officers as they handcuffed him and tried to pull away from them after he was lifted to his feet. While being transported to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, the man was shifting himself about and got his hands from behind his back by going under his feet.
An officer stopped the vehicle and attempted to control the situation with a warning of pepper spray. The man proceeded to kick at the officer and attempted to spit on him. The officer used his pepper spray to subdue the man and admitted him into the hospital.
The mother filed a petition for a mental health check.
(Compiled by Gabriel Goodwin, James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)