Repeat thief targets baby formula
Loss prevention personnel at Meijer’s, 3565 Fairlane Drive, reported at 4:48 p.m. Oct. 13 the theft of 12 cans Infamil infant formula powder, valued at $193, by a man taken into custody in the past for retail fraud.
The man brought shopping bags with him, put the cans of formula into bags, and exited the store without paying for the items. As loss prevention personnel attempted to detain the man, he entered a waiting car, a red Kia Soul with Florida plates, which then sped off toward Oakwood Boulevard.
Teen jailed for headphone theft
An 18-year-old Detroit man was taken into custody, booked and housed at the Dearborn Police Department following the theft of $30 Skullcandy headphone at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 13 at Target, 3100 Fairlane Drive.
Loss prevention personnel said the man picked up the Skullcandy headphones, went to another section of the store and put the headphones in his companion’s gym bag. He then sat at a table at the Starbucks inside Target, where he eventually retrieved the headphones from the gym bag and removed them from the packaging. He was then confronted by loss prevention personnel, who detained him until the police arrived.
Woman steals vehicle, money from man at motel
Police responded to Americas Best Value Inn, 13181 Michigan Ave., Sept. 23 after a man reported his vehicle was taken by an unknown female.
The victim said he met the woman walking along Livernois near Michigan Avenue in Detroit after we went drinking following work. He admitted that the woman was a prostitute and he solicited her services for $80 at the motel at 3 a.m. where the transition was completed.
When the victim fell asleep and woke up he found the woman left with his work duffle bag, money, iPhone 7 Plus and 2008 dark blue Ford Explorer.
The man said he couldn’t recall the woman’s name and described her as a white woman, age 25 to 30 years old, between 5 feet and 6 inches to 5 feet and 8 inches tall with blonde hair to her shoulders and a medium build,. She was wearing a red tank top, black yoga pants and grey tennis shoes.
Officers reviewed security footage with a motel employee where a blonde female was seen exiting the motel at 4:20 a.m. carrying a small black bag.
Man arrested for felony warrant
While on patrol Sept. 27, police observed a 2003 white Ford Expedition with a license plate registered to Toyota.
The vehicle was traveling west on Greenfield from Ford Road when a traffic stop was conducted at Greenfield and Blesser.
Contact was made with the driver and passenger when both men identified themselves. A background check revealed nothing on the driver’s record, but the passenger had two warrants.
The first warrant was from Dearborn for failing to display with a $250 bond and a second from Wayne County Circuit Court for assault great bodily harm less than murder with no bond.
Officers arrested the man and transported him to the police station.
McDonald’s employee causes disturbance, vandalize restaurant
Police were called to McDonald’s, 6412 Telegraph Road, after an employee and her mother assaulted the manager and vandalized the restaurant on Oct. 3.
The manager said the incident stems from Sept. 26 when the employee’s cash register drawer was missing cash. The manager told officers that she asked the employee to meet with her on Sept. 29 to discuss the missing $56.
On Oct. 3 just after 6 a.m., the manager again asked the employe about the missing money. Shortly after, the employee’s mother entered the restaurant and began throwing food on the floor, broke coffee pots and storage containers along with knocking items off counters. The employee then allegedly assaulted the manger by dumping orange juice on her and pulling her hair. Both the mother and employee then fled the restaurant.
The manager told police she would contact human resources to get full information on the employee.
Grim Reaper missing
A woman in the 1500 block of Mill Street reported at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 15 that a 7-foot inflatable lawn decoration of the Grim Reaper on a motorcycle was stolen from her lawn between 6 and 7:30 a.m. She said the decoration was fully inflated and anchored in place. She said she did not have any surveillance footage or witnesses.
Halloween decoration thieves caught on camera
A woman in the 2000 block of Garfield provided police with video footage captured at 4:12 a.m. Oct. 16 of two Halloween decoration thieves. The thieves were described as a bald white male, in his 40s, wearing glasses, a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans, and an overweight blonde woman in her 30s wearing a white sweatshirt and grey leggings. A 5-foot black cat valued at $50 and a 6-foot orange pumpkin valued at $50 were stolen.
Fake $50 discovered at Dollar General
Police were called to Dollar General, 3580 Oakwood Blvd., at 10:37 a.m. Oct. 18 when a sales clerk advised a customer that a $50 bill they were offering as payment was counterfeit. The customer asked that the police verify the claim before she was willing to surrender the bill. The police verified that the bill was counterfeit, but gave the customer the benefit of the doubt. The fake $50 was seized by the officer and taken into evidence.
10 sleeping pills merit trip to ER
Officers were called to the 19200 block of Roger Avenue after the resident’s sister, who does not live there, reported her nephew, who has a history of violence as well as outstanding warrants, to be on the property. The man’s mother told officers her son was not causing any trouble, but appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
When officers made contact with the man, he was drowsy, could barely stand up straight, and his speech was slurred. He told officers he had taken 10 Soma pills “so he could relax.” Rescue personnel were called and the man was taken to a local hospital.
A Trenton woman reported at 6:15 a.m. Oct. 6 that her 2012 Chevy Cruze was rear-ended in a hit-and-run while parked in the 17000 block of Quarry. Police had been notified of the hit-and-run at 1:39 a.m., but had been unable to locate the vehicle owner at that time. She was given a police report number for her insurance company, and the vehicle was privately towed from the site.
A man in the 18000 block of Hinton reported at 7:25 a.m. Oct. 6 that his 2003 silver Mercury Grand Marquis had been struck by an unknown vehicle during the night while it was parked in front of his house. The investigating officer saw front end damage on the car on the driver’s side, and black or dark blue paint transfer on the bumper. There also were skid marks on the pavement indicating that the unknown driver hit the Marquis head-on.
Motorized wheelchair vs. stationary Jeep
A woman in the 16000 block of Helen reported at 5:03 p.m. Oct. 5 that her 2017 blue Jeep Renegade had been scratched after a man in a motorized wheelchair struck her vehicle while she was parked near her house. The woman said she believed the collision to be an accident, and requested a police report number for her insurance company.
Chevy Silverado windshield cracked
A man in the 13000 block of Cambridge reported at 10:23 a.m. Oct. 15 that the windshield of his 2015 Chevy Silverado had sustained two large impact cracks in the middle of the windshield, with small pieces of shattered glass scattered along the inside dashboard. There were no suspects, and he was given a police report number for insurance purposes.
Neighborhood trouble escalates into shooting threat
A woman in the 7700 block of Jackson Avenue told police on Oct. 16 that a neighbor had been verbally threatening her household and said he would shoot them. She said she has not seen his gun, but thinks it is in his pocket. The man, who was sitting in a white van in front of the complainant’s house, was instructed to put his firearm in his residence.
Debit card missing, used while victim vacationed in Las Vegas
A woman who noticed her debit card missing Sept. 23 reported it missing on Oct. 16 when she realized a fraudulent $400 withdrawal had occurred. She said she was on vacation in Las Vegas when the fraud occurred. She said she did not give anyone permission to use her card, and she did not know who might have stolen it from her.
Stolen credit card used at Motor City Casino
A man who said he noticed his credit card was missing on Oct. 14 reported on Oct. 16 that $626 from the Motor City Casino had been fraudulently charged to his account. He said no one had permission to use his card.
Window opened, screen bent in possible abandoned break-in attempt
A man living on Atwood Street reported at 7:29 p.m. Oct. 4 that a possible break-in attempt occurred earlier that day between noon and 4 p.m. through a west side bedroom window, which he found open six inches and the screen bent. A woman who was home at the time did not recall hearing any unusual noise, but noted that the items on the window ledge were not disturbed, so she did not think anyone gained entry to the house through the window.
Siblings battle for custody of father with dementia
A man who has power of attorney for his father, 87, who has dementia, filed a missing person report when he discovered his father was not at his residence. He told officers he thought his sister might have taken their father to Illinois to live with her in an attempt to get him to sign paperwork in her favor without him understanding what he was signing.
Police reached the man’s sister, and she said their father was with her, he was safe and content, and she had taken him back to Illinois to care for him. The father also spoke to the officer and indicated that he was fine and satisfied with his daughter’s care.
Local police told the son that if he desired, they could arrange for police in his sister’s city to do a wellness check on his father.
Sleeping with a gun
Police were called to the area of Sycamore and 12th Street at 3:14 a.m. Oct. 14 when a caller reported a man passed out behind the wheel of his parked vehicle. Officers arrived at the scene and woke the man, a 23-year-old Trenton resident, who smelled of intoxicants. He admitted to drinking earlier that evening.
The man kept glancing toward the passenger seat, but remained silent when officers asked him if he had anything illegal in the vehicle.
The man exited the vehicle when ordered to do so, and reluctantly told the officers he had a pistol tucked between the seats. He said a friend gave it to him because he was “working in the rough parts of Detroit.” He admitted that he did not have a concealed pistol license nor a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The man was then taken into custody and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
Man with outstanding warrant passes police officer, weaves between lanes
A patrol officer recognized a driver who passed him southbound on Fort near Goddard as having a local warrant out for his arrest. The man, who was weaving in and out of his lane, also was using the center left turn lane as a lane of travel.
The officer initiated a traffic stop. The man provided a Michigan state identification card, the vehicle registration and proof of insurance. He admitted to not having a valid driver’s license.
The man appeared nervous, shaking, and his wrist was bleeding. When asked by the officer, he admitted to being a heroin user, which he had recently bought in Detroit, shot up, and driven home.
The man identified the location of his sharps in a tin in the console. The tin also contained substances that tested positive for heroin. He also had an outstanding warrant for “failure to appear.”
The man was taken into custody, booked, finger-printed and held. He was charged with possession of heroin and Phencyclidine, driving while license suspended and for the outstanding warrant. His vehicle was forfeited and impounded.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)