Woman arrested for $80 hair straightener
Loss prevention officers detained a woman attempting to steal a hair straightener from TJ Maxx, 3320 Fairlane Drive, about 9 p.m. Jan. 10. They told police the woman entered the store with a shopping bag and walked to the beauty department.
She was seen putting the hair straightener inside the bag, which already contained a pair of boots, and tried to walk out of the store without paying for the item. The loss prevention officers made contact with the woman outside the store and held her until police arrived.
Police said the woman complied with the loss prevention officers and told them she knew she made a mistake. Officers located the woman’s vehicle and impounded it. She was arrested and processed for the theft.
Woman arrested for third DUI
A driver called police about 11 p.m. Jan. 10 because they thought a woman was asleep at the wheel near Park and White streets.
When officers arrived, they saw the woman’s vehicle parked on Park taking up three spots. The officers said the vehicle was still running and they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Her eyes were bloodshot, police said, and she slurred while she spoke with the officers.
Police told the woman someone called because they thought she might need help and she gave them her driver’s license. The woman said she had a glass of wine and the officers gave her a field sobriety test.
She failed the alphabet and counting tests, police said, and was asked to step out of the vehicle. She was given a preliminary breath test with resulted with a .12 blood alcohol content. In Michigan, the legal limit to drive is .08
Police arrested the woman for operating the vehicle while intoxicated and took her to the police station. As she entered the station, she lost her balance and fell. Paramedics were called and checked the woman for injuries.
She was given a chemical breath test that said her blood alcohol content rose to .20. While processing the woman, officers found out this was her third drunken driving offense.
Man arrested for warrant
A 34-year-old Detroit man was arrested for a felony warrant after a traffic stop on Michigan Avenue near the ramp to westbound I-94 at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19.
Officers patrolling in the area of Michigan and Wyoming avenues observed a white 2004 Dodge traveling west on Michigan with a small child in the backseat not wearing a seat belt.
The officers initiated a traffic stop and spoke to the driver and passenger of the vehicle before obtaining their driver’s licenses.
A check of the passenger’s license showed that he was wanted on a felony warrant in the 54-A District Court in Lansing for parole violation.
The man was arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured in the back of the patrol vehicle and taken to the police department.
The driver was cited for violation of child restraint law and released at the scene.
Man arrested for drunken driving
A man was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after a non-injury collision involving two vehicles at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Outer Drive just before 1 a.m. Jan. 19.
Police responded to the scene and spoke to the drivers of both vehicles and observed that one had red and glassy eyes and smelled strongly of intoxicants.
When asked if he had had any alcohol that night, the man said he had “two beers” at a local bar.
The officer administered several field sobriety tests to the man, which were all failed, before asking if he would submit to having his blood alcohol content checked.
The man consented and registered a blood alcohol content of 0.145 percent at 1:02 a.m. The legal limit for blood alcohol content for operating a motor vehicle is 0.08 percent in Michigan.
The man was arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured in the back of a patrol vehicle to be transported to the police station and his vehicle was towed from the scene.
Two more blood alcohol content tests were given to the man at the police department and he registered a 0.17 percent at 1:54 a.m. and a 0.15 percent at 1:57 a.m.
Items stolen from vehicle
Police were called to investigate the larceny of several items from a vehicle in the 4200 block of Clippert at 9:46 a.m. Jan. 19.
Officers arrived and spoke to the victim, who said she had parked her 2003 Ford Windstar on the street in front of the house about 6 p.m. the previous night and upon exiting the house in the morning discovered that it had been entered broken into.
The woman reported that a Bluetooth device, power inverter and Tomtom GPS unit were taken from the vehicle. She added that the vehicle had been left unlocked overnight but no one else had permission to enter it.
No suspect information was available.
Home invasion reorted
Several items were reported stolen after a home invasion was discovered in the 24000 block of Hopkins just before 5 p.m. Jan. 17.
The victim said she had been away from the house between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and upon returning discovered that a rear window was open and that the blanket that normally covered it was displaced.
After a search of the house, the victim noticed that $20 cash, two credit cards, an Apple iPhone and several pieces of both men’s and women’s jewelry had been taken from two bedrooms.
The woman said she believed the intruder fled the house through the rear door after taking the items.
Police searched the property and observed the window through which the intruder is believed to have entered, but were unable to locate anything else of evidentiary value.
Robbers take money, assault hotel staff
Police are looking for two men who pointed — and fired — a gun at hotel workers before taking off with an undisclosed amount of money.
According to police reports, two men entered the lobby of Super 8, 1805 John A Papalas Drive, at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17. One of the men pointed a silver handgun at one of two women working the front desk. “Where’s the money?” the man demanded. The woman said she didn’t have any, and the man asked where the safe was. She didn’t know, she told him, as she had just started working at the hotel.
One of the men then grabbed her cell phone out of her hands, and both men went behind the desk toward a back room where a second employee worked.
The man approached her from behind, and again demanded where the money was. The man wore a white bandana over his face, and the woman thought it was a maintenance man playing a joke on her. She laughed and pushed the man’s hands away from her. The man then hit her, and the handgun discharged next to her head.
The woman gave the man money from the hotel register and her purse. Both men left the lobby, and the women weren’t certain which direction they headed.
Both men were described as black, about 6 feet tall with thin builds. One had a bandana covering his face. Both wore black hooded sweatshirts.
Police collected evidence, noted descriptions and are investigating.
Woman robbed by intruders
A woman watching TV in her living room was confronted by two men who had walked into her home, pointed a gun and ordered her into the basement while they stole more than $1,000 worth of electronics and valuables.
Police were called about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 16 by a woman in the 3100 block of Howard. She said she lived with a roommate who had just left for work, and about 7:15 a.m. the front door opened and she saw two people enter the home. One was a black or Hispanic male, about 6 feet tall who wore a painter’s mask covering much of his face. She couldn’t tell if the second person — wearing a dark ski mask — was a man or woman.
The man pointed a black handgun at the woman and asked, “Where’s the camera? Is the alarm on?” The second person went to a back room where a computer was located.
The man asked for her cell phone and she told him she didn’t know where it was, although it was in the pocket of her sweatshirt. The man told her to take the dog and wait in the basement.
While in the basement the woman called her roommate and the police while listening to the two intruders walk around upstairs. After about five minutes the man walked halfway down the basement stairs and pointed the gun at the woman. She sat still and he went up the stairs and the two intruders left the house.
Police and the woman’s roommate arrived soon. The man told police he had locked the front door but did not secure the dead-bolt. Police found no signs of forced entry.
Investigators noted the ransacked rooms and noted a list of stolen items, which included a Mamiya Pro camera valued at $800. Police are investigating.
Woman ticketed for underage drinking
A police officer stopped to question a woman at the corner of Oakwood Boulevard and Dix about 1:50 a.m. Jan. 19 because she was blocking traffic. The woman identified herself to the officer, but told him she didn’t have identification because she never obtained a state-issued identification card.
Officers asked the woman if they could search her purse and she consented. The officer found a 24-ounce beer can in her purse, police said, which was open and cold to the touch.
Police said the officer poured out the beer in front of his dash-mounted camera and disposed of the can. Her information was run through the Law Enforcement Information Network, which police said confirmed the woman was not of legal drinking age. She was arrested and processed at the police station for being under age with open alcohol and jaywalking.
Resident reports home invasion
Officers respond to a house in the 17300 block of Palmer about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday because the owner reported someone forced a side door open. The owner said no one was home between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and the door was not locked.
He told police the intruder took some jewelry, a camera, a laptop computer, a video game system, several video games, a video game controller, and three pairs of shoes. Officers took the shoe boxes and a camera lens cap as evidence.
Turn signal taken off pickup truck
Officers are dispatched to the 18600 block of Koester concerning a theft of the right turn signal assembly from a 1998 Ford F-150. The driver said the vehicle was parked across the street from the house about 9 p.m. the night before.
He told police he got in the car to drive to school and noticed the turn signal was not clicking, so he checked it after returning home and noticed the entire assembly was missing. There were no suspects or witnesses to the incident.
Woman arrested after losing control of vehicle
Police officers respond to a call regarding a vehicle that went off the road in the 17000 block of Fort Street about 8:15 p.m. Jan. 16. They made contact with the driver and said confirmed she was the only occupant in the vehicle.
An officer said the woman appeared disorientated and confused — she kept changing her story — and her pupils were like pin needles. She told police she was cut off by “some guy” and lost control of the vehicle as she was getting a cigarette.
A witness to the incident told police she was following the woman’s vehicle north on Fort Street. She said the vehicle was all over the road, so she passed the vehicle just before the driver lost control.
The vehicle went to the right off the roadway, the witness said, and it hit the curb. Firefighters arrived and got the woman from the vehicle. Officers said she was “uneasy on her feet” and almost fell several times.
She was transported to Southshore Hospital and officers asked for a blood draw. She was given a field sobriety test at the hospital and failed the counting test and alphabet test before police administered a preliminary breath test. The test resulted in .00 and the woman consented to the blood test, but she was still arrested for operating a vehicle on drugs.
Officer spots vandalism before shift
An off-duty police officer leaving the 17000 block of Valade for work around 7:15 a.m. noticed a set of footprints in the snow, leading from the alley up to his garage. He believed it was an attempted break-in and followed the footprints through the alley.
The footprints stopped in front of his neighbor’s garage, the officer said, and the garage door was sprayed with spray paint. The officer said the footprints continued to Longsdorf before disappearing because the snow was cleared.
According to police reports, the officer waited until it was lighter out to continue his search of the area south of Longsdorf. He found shoe prints similar to the initial prints and followed them south to the front door of a house in the 18000 block of Koesler.
He reported the information to Riverview Police Dispatch and waited until another officer arrived to assist in the investigation. The officers knocked on the door, police said, and a son of the homeowner answered the door. He told police the homeowner was gone, but he and his two younger brothers were inside the house.
The officers were allowed to enter the house, police said, and asked the son to call his father so they could interview the younger brothers. Officers said the father returned and they informed him of the situation and that the evidence pointed to one of his sons.
The father told police two of his sons walked to Meijer around midnight and the younger of the two went down the alley because he needed to use the bathroom. The other boy stayed on Valade, police said, and met up with the younger brother at Longsdorf.
As police interviewed the boys, the younger son admitted he spray painted the garage for “no good reason,” and police took his shoes and spray paint cans as evidence. A report was sent to the Detectives Bureau and another was given to the victim for insurance purposes.
Two vehicles reported stolen
Police responded twice within two days to reports that a Dodge Ram pickup truck and a Dodge Magnum had been stolen.
On Jan. 17, a man told police his 2003 Ram had been stolen sometime during the night after 10 p.m., when he’d last seen the truck parked in front of his house in the 2500 block of Pinetree.
Police did not observe any broken glass near where the vehicle was parked on the street. All keys were accounted for. The truck was equipped with an alarm system that was not activated. Inside the truck were some tools, a Garmin GPS system and a gold 800-series ring with the man’s name.
Police entered a description of the truck — including customized features — into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
On Jan. 19 police responded to a woman who said she’d parked her 2006 Dodge Magnum in her driveway in the 3200 block of Pale Street. The woman saw the vehicle at 1 a.m. when her dog barked to go out, which the animal did again at 3 a.m., at which time she noticed the Magnum was missing.
The woman said the vehicle was locked and that she had the only key. When she had locked the door she said the “locking devices made a weird noise.” Inside the vehicle were some electronics, boots, a briefcase and toolbox.
A description of the vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Shoes, hats, and $2500 stolen from house
Police responded to a call about a break-in at a house in the 1800 block of Vinewood Jan. 17. The homeowner told police he left the house about 9 p.m., but his girlfriend called him about an hour later about some trash dumped on the kitchen floor.
He said he returned to find the back door — which was locked with a deadbolt and chain — was forced open. Police saw shoe prints near the steps close the door and the damage to the door jam.
The intruder took 20 pairs of shoes and 10 baseball hats from an upstairs bedroom, police said, and flipped over a mattress to take $2,500 stashed underneath. The homeowner said the shoes were taken out of their boxes and he believed the intruder used the garbage bag from the trash container in the kitchen to put the shoes in.
He believed someone who knew where his money was stashed and about his shoe collection broke into the house. The pairs of shoes were valued at $1,000, while the hats were valued at $200.
There were no suspects or witnesses to the event and police said there was no evidence that could be collected at the scene.
Man arrested for erratic behavior
A worker at the Mary Frances Residence assisted living facility, 2533 Biddle Ave., called police Jan. 15 after a resident returned from a store talking about demons. The worker said the man entered the facility and seemed agitated, and said that he was going to “kill the demons.” The man was instructed to return to his room for quiet time, the worker said, but he refused.
When police officers arrived, the man was in the living room and approached an officer and called him a demon and threatened to kill any demons. The officer asked the man to step away from him, but the man refused and the officer used a pressure point maneuver to push him back.
The officer said he told the man not to approach him again or he would have to use a stun gun on him. The man ignored the officer, walked toward him again, then threw a pair of headphones in the direction of the officer.
Police said the officer knocked the man off balance before another officer grabbed his arms and tried to arrest him. The man immediately struggled with the officer, police said, and a stun gun was used in an attempt to subdue the man. Officers said the attempt had little effect on the man, but they were able to take him to the ground. He continued to kick and resist arrest, police said, so officers used pepper spray. The officers involved said the pepper spray had little effect on the man, but it did distract him enough to allow them to handcuff the man.
The fire department was called to the scene and paramedics placed the man on a stretcher before taking him to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. The nursing home worker followed the ambulance to the hospital and completed a mental health petition for an evaluation. The man was ticketed for resisting arrest.
Brother steals from family home
A woman went into the police station about 2:20 p.m. Jan. 14 to report a theft and told police her brother might be responsible. She said her brother —who is homeless — was staying in the house due to the weather conditions.
Police said the woman went into the house and found several electronics, valued at $1,900, were taken from the house. The woman recovered many of the missing items from a pawn shop and believes her brother is an heroin addict.
The woman is willing to prosecute her brother for the theft, police said, and believes he will return to take some of the copper plumbing or other fixtures from the house. Police said the house will be given special attention because it is currently vacant and was broken into several times. She told police she already has changed the locks.
(Compiled by Gabriel Goodwin, James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)