Need help, going to jail
Police arrested a 45-year-old Westland man Sept. 22 for drunken driving at Southfield Road and Fern Street after failing a brethalyzer test. The man was reportedly parked on the shoulder with emergency lights on. The driver, who had a flat tire, said he was waiting for his brother and a tow truck.
The driver failed sobriety tests and could not count backward from 98 to 75.
I want the stuff
A 46-year-old Detroit woman was arrested Sept. 14 for allegedly taking $64 worth of merchandise from TJ Maxx, 3320 Fairlane Drive.
Police assist with vehicle fire at Marshall’s
Police were called to assist with a vehicle fire in the parking lot of Marshall’s, 23001 Michigan Ave., at 6 p.m. Sept. 15.
Officers arrived and observed firefighters attempting to extinguish a 1997 Oldsmobile Silhouette engulfed in flames. The officers made contact with the owner of the vehicle, who said he had been traveling to the store and noticed smoke coming from under the hood. He stopped the vehicle and opened the hood and found a small fire burning in the engine compartment.
He moved the vehicle away from other parked vehicles and called 911.
The man said he had recently purchased the vehicle at an auto auction and had had no mechanical problems with it prior to the fire.
The fire department was able to extinguish the fire and police had the vehicle towed from the parking lot.
Teen cited for no license
A 17-year-old Dearborn Heights woman was cited for driving without an operator’s license following a traffic stop near the intersection of Hubbard and Evergreen at 8 p.m. Sept. 15.
An officer on patrol observed a 2001 Dodge Caravan traveling west on Hubbard with a non-functioning brake light. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who said she did not have a driver’s license with her and instead presented a learner’s permit. A check on the permit showed that the driver did not have a driver’s license and was required to drive with another licensed driver older than 21-years-old.
The woman was removed from the vehicle and transported to the police department where a ride was called to pick her up. She was cited for operating a motor vehicle with no Michigan operators license and advised to contact the 19th District Court within 14 days.
The Dodge was towed from the scene and impounded.
A resident called police just after noon Sept. 20 to report that his vehicle had been stolen from the 27200 block of Cecile.
The victim said he had parked his 2013 Chevrolet Malibu across the street from his house at 3 p.m. the previous afternoon and upon exiting his house the next morning discovered that the vehicle was missing. He said the vehicle was locked and secured, and no one else had permission to use it.
Officers checked the area but did not find any obvious signs of forced entry like broken glass. Officers also contacted a neighbor with a surveillance camera facing the street and were able to view footage from overnight.
In the video, someone is seen about 6:30 a.m. driving the vehicle down Cecile and out of the camera frame. Due to the darkness at the time nothing was visible except the vehicle’s headlights as it travelled away.
The owner of the video said he would make a copy for police.
Items stolen from vehicle
Police were dispatched to investigate a report of items stolen from a vehicle parked outside of an apartment in the 5600 block of Pardee at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20.
The victim said he had parked his 2010 Ford Focus in the parking lot of the apartment complex about 1 a.m. When he returned in the morning he noticed fresh damage to the lock on the front passenger side door. He entered the vehicle and discovered that it had been ransacked.
After searching the vehicle he determined that a CD player and a cell phone, valued at $100 and $800, respectively, had been stolen.
Officers searched the area but were not able to locate anything of evidentiary value. No suspect information was available.
Bicycles, tools taken from unlocked garage
More than $700 worth of bicycles and tools were reported stolen sometime early Sept. 23, from a garage behind a home in the 1400 block of Washington.
A man told police he’d last seen the garage closed — although unlocked — at 10 p.m. Sept. 24 and awoke to discover that someone had gone in through the side door. Items reported stolen included two BMX-style bicycles, each valued at more than $300, and a tool box with assorted tools.
Police checked for evidence and noted descriptions of the bicycles.
Unlocked trailer stolen
The owner of a 2008 Sure-Trac trailer valued at $1,800 reported it stolen from an apartment parking lot in the 16000 block of Grace Court.
Some time between Sept. 22 and early Sept. 23, the trailer — which had not been locked and secured — was taken from a rear parking area.
Police entered the trailer’s description into the Law Enforcement Information Network and are investigating.
Man assaulted in driveway
Police are looking for a man believed to have stabbed a man three times.
A man called police at 2:20 a.m. Sept. 24, and reported the assault. The man said he parked his car in a nearby parking lot and was walking to his father-in-law’s house in the 6800 block of Campbell Avenue when a man emerged from the shadows near the driveway. The man asked the attacker what he was doing, and was punched, knocked to the ground and stabbed by an unknown object in the upper chest, stomach and arm.
A K-9 police dog was brought to the scene, and followed a scent from Campbell to Mortenview to Pinecrest and Huron, where the scent was lost at Ecorse.
The man was treated for non life-threatening injuries at the hospital.
The attacker was described as a white male, about 5 feet 9 inches and weighing about 200 pounds.
Police are investigating.
TVs stolen from bar
Sometime early Saturday morning one or more thieves stole three TV screens that had been mounted on the walls at Twin Keg, 7847 Telegraph.
Police responded to a report from the owner at 8 a.m. Sept. 27, who discovered a pried-open door, missing televisions and an undisclosed amount of cash stolen from an office safe.
Investigators found a pry bar near the door, checked the area for evidence and are investigating. A review of video surveillance images was pending.
Unregistered gun stolen from home
Police responded to the 15000 block of Pond Village Drive to reports of a burglary in which a laptop, tablet, video game system and unregistered handgun were stolen.
A man told police he, his girlfriend and three children returned home at 9 p.m. Sept. 25 after being away all day and discovered the front door open. Responding officers noted that two upstairs bedroom windows had seemingly been pried open and screens bent.
Among the items reported stolen were a PlayStation 3, Ematic tablet, Acer laptop computer and a 9-millimeter Luger high-point pistol. The owner told police he hadn’t registered the weapon, having “bought it illegally on the street.”
Police checked for evidence and are investigating.
Traffic stop ends with warrant arrest
The driver of a 2001 Ford Explorer caught the attention of a patrol officer with a prohibited left turn onto King Road from northbound Fort Street, and was soon in custody for on a bench warrant from Southgate.
Police observed the Taurus make an illegal turn about 10 p.m. Sept. 26, and stopped the vehicle to question the driver, a 37-year-old Trenton man.
The driver told police his license had been suspended and that he “had warrants.” A check with the Law Enforcement Information Network reported a bench warrant from Southgate for having violated probation for a retail fraud conviction.
The man was taken into custody and held pending court determinations.
I want my laptop back
Police are investigating the Sept. 17 theft of a $350 laptop from an outdoor school function in Champaign Park. The student left the Asus T-100 unattended and when he returned, it was gone.
Arrested for resisting arrest
A 56-year-old Wyandotte man was arrested about 4 a.m. Sept. 22 after attempting to enter several vehicles on 12th Street near Oxford Court.
An officer said the man was trying to get into the vehicles. When the officer exited his vehicle the man ran. The officer caught up to him and arrested him for resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. The man, who was having a difficult time keeping his balance, said he just shot up heroin.
(Compiled by James Mitchell, Tereasa Nims and Bob Oliver.)