Man arrested for CCW warrant
A 19-year-old Detroit man was arrested for an outstanding warrant for carrying a concealed weapon following a traffic stop that occurred near the intersection of Tireman and Steadman at 7:15 a.m. March 23.
A green 1999 Dodge Neon was observed by a police officer traveling east on Tireman with the driver not wearing his seat belt. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who verbally identified himself but stated that he did not have his license with him. A passenger in the vehicle presented the officer with his identification.
A check of the vehicle occupants revealed that the driver had an expired license permit and that the passenger was wanted for the warrant from the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit. The passenger was removed from the vehicle and arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured in the patrol vehicle without incident.
The driver was cited for having an expired license permit and given a written warning for the seatbelt violation.
Heights woman arrested for multiple warrants
A 24-year-old Dearborn Heights woman was arrested for multiple outstanding warrants following a traffic stop that occurred near the intersection of Greenfield and Jerome Street at 2 p.m. March 19.
An officer on patrol observed a white 1995 Mercury Mystique turning north onto Greenfield from the ramp off of eastbound Michigan Avenue with a defective right tail light. The officer followed the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop for the equipment violation and made contact with the driver and passenger.
The driver presented his Michigan driver’s license but the passenger verbally identified herself and said she did not have a driver’s license or state identification.
A check of the vehicle occupants showed that the passenger was wanted for five outstanding warrants in Van Buren Township for malicious destruction of property, larceny, no proof of insurance, registration violation and license plate violation. The woman was arrested, handcuffed, searched and secured in the patrol vehicle.
During the search of the woman the officer discovered her identification in her jacket pocket.
The driver was cited for the defective equipment and for having no proof of insurance and was released.
House broken into
Police were called to investigate an alarm signaling multiple interior motions at a residence in the 23600 block of Ann Arbor Trail just before 3:30 a.m. March 24.
Officers arrived and found the dwelling vacant. While checking the perimeter of the house they discovered a door on the west side of the house ajar. A broken window was also located on the north side of the house.
The homeowner arrived and walked through the house but could not immediately determine if anything was missing. He also reported that the house had previously been broken into and that on that occasion copper piping that been stolen.
A check of the surrounding area did not turn up anything of evidentiary value but another officer patrolling in the area said he had observed a maroon Ford Taurus in the neighborhood around the time that the alarm was set off.
The homeowner said he would return later in the morning to secure the broken window.
Church illegally entered
A caretaker returning to Faith Covenant Church International, 27280 Powers, called police about 5:45 p.m. March 23 to report the discovery of a recent break-in.
Police arrived and spoke with the caretaker, who said he had left the church at 9 a.m. with everything intact and returned at 5:40 p.m. to find that a glass door on the north side of the building was shattered and left open. He also reported finding a large rock on the floor with all of the broken glass.
The caretaker walked through the building with police but was unable to determine if anything had been taken. He also said the church has an alarm system that is operational but the invasion did not set it off.
The caretaker was told to go through the facility again and report to police if any items were discovered missing.
Officers checked the grounds but did not find any other damage or evidence.
No suspect information was available.
Purse stolen at drug store
A woman told police her purse was stolen while she was shopping at CVS/pharmacy, 2400 Fort St., about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23.
According to police reports, the woman placed her purse in a cart while shopping in the cooler aisle. A few moments later, she noticed it was gone. The purse contained credit cards, driver’s license and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Although security cameras did not capture the theft, a man was seen lingering near the woman shortly before the theft. Police noted a description of the suspect, a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, medium height and build, wearing an oversized black jacket, baggy jeans and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap. The man was seen leaving the store and walking west toward Fort Park. Police are investigating.
Pickup truck stolen from dealer lot
Police are investigating the theft of a woman’s 2008 Ford F-150 that was stolen from the lot of a dealership where she’d taken the truck for service.
According to police reports, the woman left the vehicle at Southgate Ford, 16501 Fort St., at 5 p.m. March 14 for servicing. A dealership representative said the vehicle had been inside for the weekend with the keys inside. An unknown employee moved the truck to the parking lot, and it was reported missing at 1 p.m. March 20.
Police were told the keys were missing from where they’d last been seen on a hook inside the building. Ford managers and police are investigating. A description of the vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Smart phones stolen from mall kiosk
Police are looking to match fingerprints found at a T-Mobile kiosk, where more than $33,000 worth of smart phones were reported stolen.
The owner of the kiosk told police he closed the outlet in Southland Center, 23000 Eureka, at 9 p.m. March 19. He was notified by mall security at midnight that a locked cabinet door had been pried open, a theft discovered at 11 p.m.
Police met with the owner, and noted the pry marks on the kiosk and also collected several fingerprints. The owner said 64 phones of various makes and models had been stolen, with a value of $33,440.
Southland Center security told police no surveillance cameras captured any suspicious activity near the area. Police collected evidence, including a list of the stolen phones and their serial numbers.
Drugs found during traffic stop
A motorist who nearly bumped into a police car ended the night in jail facing a dozen arrest warrants and likely charges for possession of drugs.
A patrol officer traveling north on Fort Street near King Road was nearly struck by a 1997 Nissan that had crossed over the center line. The officer pulled over the Nissan at Sibley Road, and spoke with the driver, a 20-year-old man, and front-seat passenger, an 18-year-old man. A man and woman — both 20 — were in the rear seat.
The driver said he was looking at his GPS when he unknowingly shifted lanes, and that they were on their way to a night club in Pontiac.
According to the Law Enforcement Information Network, the driver’s license had 12 active suspensions for failure to pay driver responsibility fees. Police informed the driver he was under arrest and placed him in the rear of the patrol car.
The officer then asked the passengers if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, and they each denied any contraband. The officer noted that one of the passengers wore several multi-colored bracelets, one of which had the word “Molly” written on it, “similar to ones that people wear when they attend ‘raves’ where narcotics are consumed,” according to the police report. The front seat passenger had in his pocket a small key with the word “Samsonite” on it. The passenger said he didn’t know what the key opened.
K-9 officer Truax was sent into the vehicle and alerted police to a dark blue makeup case on the backseat floor. The key found in the passenger’s pocket unlocked the case, inside which officers found numerous capsules containing a white power-crystal substance, capsules containing a brown powder substance, and capsules containing a brown tar-like substance. Also found was a piece of tin foil containing white powder, a black digital scale and two calibration weights.
The driver admitted he’d given the small key to the passenger because he knew he “was going to jail for his suspended license.”
The passengers in the rear seat denied any knowledge of the case or drugs — the woman said she had just started hanging out with the others. The two were released with no charges.
The driver and passenger were taken into custody to await lab tests of suspected cocaine, marijuana and MDMA, and lodged at the Trenton Police Department pending further investigation.
(Compiled by James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)