While you were sleeping
Eight new tires were stolen off a tractor-trailer Oct. 29 while parked inside a fence-in lot at Belle Tire, 1000 Enterprise Drive. The driver was asleep in the cab of the truck when the tires were removed.
When he awoke after 7 a.m. he discovered the trailer door seal was broken off and $700 worth of tires were gone.
The fence to the lot was not damaged during the incident. Police are investigating.
Not a safe place for a backpack
A woman reportedly left a backpack near a trash can while she was working at Best Buy, 3349 Fairlane Drive. Oct. 29. Later in the afternoon she discovered it missing, she told police. She said it had a coat and keys in it.
Bike rider almost hit in crosswalk
Police on patrol on Warren Avenue near Schaefer Road Nov. 7 spotted a man crossing Warren against the red traffic signal on his bike west of Schaefer.
The man caused drivers to swerve or stop to avoid hitting him, according to the police report. He was also heard yelling at drivers traveling northbound on Schaefer.
When confronted by police, he said he was late for work and he didn’t want to be late. He also said the drivers were at fault for almost striking him.
The officers asked him if he had a weapon on him, and he admitted he had a knife in his hoddie pocket for protection from would-be robbers. The 7-inch blade kitchen knife he had violated a city ordinance, which allows a 3-inch blade.
He was issued a citation for violating the knife of ordinance and a verbal warning for crossing against the light.
Man arrested for drunken driving
A witness noticed a car driving slow and bouncing off curbs near Henry Ford Medical Center – Fairlane just after 7 p.m. Nov. 5. She called police, who met her at Auto Club Drive and Hubbard Drive.
She said she had followed the car from Outer Drive and Ford Road. She observed the vehicle going extremely slow and hitting several curbs in traffic, according to the police report. Police pulled over the driver, who was driving his 91-year-old mother home and smelled of intoxicants.
When the driver was asked what he drank he said he’d had “a couple of beers and a couple of shots of whiskey.” He was arrested for operating while impaired. His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.25 at the time of arrest, which is more than triple the legal limit of .08 for driving in Michigan.
The driver told police that he had been driving drunk for years. His car was also impounded.
Police drove the driver’s mother home.
MetroPCS store broken into
Police were dispatched Nov. 10 to MetroPCS, 4841 S. Beech Daily Road, for a breaking and entering.
Upon their arrival the officers observed the middle window was smashed and a large rock lying on the floor as well as a rock inside the broken cell phone display case, according to the police report.
The owner said that about 3 a.m. he received a call from the alarm company telling him the alarm was going off. He said he looked at the security footage from his cellphone and saw nothing out of the ordinary, and cancelled the alarm.
The next morning, an employee arrived to work about 9:30 a.m. and discovered the broken window.
About 25 cellphones, valued at almost $5,000, and 20 SIM cards worth about $700 were stolen. The owner wasn’t sure if any other items were missing.
There is no suspect information at this time.
Ring, cash stolen from house by bogus DTE worker
Police responded to the 7200 block of Colonial Nov. 9 for larceny. The victim said that on Nov. 7 between noon and 12:30 p.m. a man wearing an orange helmet identified himself as being with DTE Energy and said he needed to be let in to check her outlets.
Once she allowed him into the house, he spent 30 minutes inside. After he left, she noticed that $200 and a platinum diamond ring were missing from a bedroom drawer. The victim let the suspect into the bedroom unescorted, according to the report.
The suspect is described as a white male, in his 30s and clean shaven. He was wearing an orange work helmet and tinted glasses. He was driving a navy blue car.
No other suspect information was able to be given by the victim.
Acquaintance steals woman’s purse
Police responded to a call from a woman who said a man she “casually knows” stole her purse after she picked him up Monday afternoon.
The woman told police she was in a vehicle driven east on University when the pair were flagged down by a man she knew as “Arnie.” Her brother pulled over, and while the victim spoke with the man — who claimed to want directions — Arnie grabbed her purse from her lap and took off running.
The woman’s brother started chasing the thief but lost him as he ran through yards and jumped fences.
The victim said she could provide more information on the man — in his late 20s or early 30s, about 6 feet tall and bald — from Facebook.
Responding officers were unable to locate the thief and are investigating.
Where did all the iPads go?
More than $5,000 in iPads were stolen from the Academy for Business and Technology, 19625 Wood St. The iPads were last seen on Oct. 29, when a teacher checked them back in. When another teacher went to check them out on Nov. 3, they were missing.
The iPads were locked in a metal cart. No fingerprints were found and school officials are reviewing surveillance footage for anything suspicious.
Wouldn’t give them my real name, either
A 31-year-old Ecorse man wouldn’t give police his real name at first when he was detained Nov. 12, and it was later discovered he was wanted on warrants in three cities.
Police on patrol in the Gale Gardens apartment complex, saw the man rummaging through a van about 3 a.m. The man told him he was getting something from the van before going to his girlfriend’s apartment, who lived in the complex. Police said they smelled marijuana and asked the man’s girlfriend, who came out to the van if they could search the van. She agreed and police found marijuana, a digital scale and several small plastic bags.
The man had warrants for his arrest in Dearborn, River Rouge and Ecorse. He was arrested and cited with giving false information and possession of marijuana. He was released to Dearborn for that warrant.
Phone, iPod stolen from unlocked car
A woman called police at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 to report the theft of a $200 Apple iPod Touch and her cell phone.
According to police reports, the woman said she’d parked her 2013 Ford Fusion in her driveway in the 13000 block of Superior the night before, and noticed the missing items Sunday afternoon. She said the vehicle had not been locked.
Police noted a description and information of the missing items.
Appliances stolen from house for sale
Police responded to a call at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 from the son of property owners who reported the theft of $2,500 worth of appliances from a house his parents have listed for sale.
The man said he’d been at the house in the 8200 block of Jackson Avenue the afternoon of Nov. 2 to mow the lawn, and had secured the home before leaving. On Monday he noticed the side door was open, its lock smashed as one or more thieves had ransacked the home.
Missing items included a Kenmore gas stove, Whirlpool washer and dryer and a water tank.
Police checked the area for evidence, noted serial numbers on the stolen property and are investigating.
Teen found with drugs, warrants
A idling car at 1:30 a.m. Monday attracted interest from patrol officers, who found inside a teenage driver in possession of marijuana and subject of two arrest warrants.
Patrol officers spotted a 2010 white Mazda that was parked in front of a house in the 5200 block of Barbara, about two feet from the curb with its parking lights on. A driver was seen inside leaning back in the driver’s seat.
The officer turned around and parked behind the Mazda, which had shut off its engine and lights. The driver told police he was waiting for a friend, and pointed to a man standing on a nearby porch.
From the vehicle the officer smelled marijuana, and after the driver exited located two smoking pipes and a marijuana “blunt” on the dashboard.
A check with the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed two bench warrants on the driver: one from Melvindale and a drug charge warrant from Lincoln Park.
The driver was taken into custody for processing and misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession.
(Compiled by James Mitchell, Zeinab Najm and Tereasa Nims.)