Basketball player steals, passes iPhone
Two men using guest passes the afternoon of July 17 at L.A. Fitness worked in tandem to steal a silver iPhone 7 left on a ledge near a basketball court. A manager, who observed the theft on surveillance video, said a man playing basketball grabbed the phone off a ledge and placed it in his pocket. Less than a minute later, he passed the phone to another man, and continued to play basketball.
Both men then left the building, and drove away in a red Chevy Malibu. A manager provided a license plate number to police, which was associated with a 2000 green Ford Taurus.
The cell phone was deactivated and locked prior to the arrival of the responding police officers. The manager said he would provide police with surveillance video of the two men, who were described as black males, one 5 feet 8 inches tall and heavy set, wearing blue shorts and no shirt, and the other as tall and skinny, with dreadlocks, and wearing a white shirt.
Store employee arrested for theft; drug residue sickens police officer
A police officer became ill the evening of July 19 when he came in contact with drug residue found in the backpack of an employee suspected of theft at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive.
The female employee, a 28-year-old Melvindale woman, who was suspected of stealing a package of chicken tenders, was found to have suspected heroin and Xanax in her backpack. The loss prevention officer, who initially found the substance, had worn latex gloves, and was advised by police officers that the powder could be laced with Fentanyl; he was warned of the risk of coming in contact with the substance.
One of the responding police officers, who had also worn gloves around the white powder, then said he was feeling light-headed and dizzy, and was pale. Rescue personnel were called to transport him to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The woman was taken into custody for retail fraud and violation of the Controlled Substance Act. She was taken to the Allen Park police station for processing.
Police arrest man for drag racing
While on patrol in the area of Warren Avenue and Schaefer Road July 30 police observed a Dodge Charger drag race with a motorcycle about 8 p.m.
The driver of a Charger and the motorcycle began racing when the traffic light turned green as the officer watched. The officer caught up to the two drivers, and a traffic stop was conducted with he driver of the Charger.
The driver said his intent was not to race with the motorcycle next to him, but he was arrested by police for drag racing and transported to the police department.
BMX bikes go missing from backyard
Police were called to a house in the 27200 block of Sheahan July 7 on a report of three stolen BMX bikes from the backyard.
The victim said she left the bikes in her backyard just after midnight July 21 and noticed at 7 a.m. that same morning they were stolen.
Police came up empty checking the neighborhood for security cameras. There is no suspect information or evidence.
House burglarized while homeowner hospitalized
A 53-year-old woman living in the 900 block of Park Avenue reported the morning of July 21 that her house was burglarized between the morning of July 16 and the evening of July 18 while her husband was hospitalized and she spent the night at his bedside.
Two silver necklaces, a staple gun, a drill bit and prescription medication were stolen.
The woman’s sister said she recalls a gray sport utility vehicle parked in the driveway, but could not recall a make, plate number nor the date or time it was there. The front entry door lock and frame had visible pry marks. There were no suspects.
Equipment stolen from unlocked garage
A snowblower, generator and pressure washer taken overnight were reported stolen the morning of July 20, after they were taken from an unlocked garage in the 1000 block of Park Avenue.
The thief left a Suzuki motorcycle in the driveway. The homeowners reported that the vehicles in the garage were scratched when the stolen items were removed. There was no surveillance video and no suspects.
Break-in at fire-damaged Dollar Tree
An employee of MGM Restoration reported the morning of July 31 that the rear door of the fire-damaged Dollar Tree, 3610 Oakwood Blvd., had been forced open. Police officers observed pry marks on the door, then checked the building and found it to be vacant. There was no Dollar Tree representative available to verify if anything had been removed from the building. The restoration employee said there was no salvageable merchandise inside the store.
Motorcyclist loses control, dies from injuries
A passenger on a motorcycle that crashed when the driver lost control flagged down a police officer at 1:30 a.m. July 31, on Outer Drive near Meginnity Street.
The driver was lying in the street about 15 feet from the motorcycle, unconscious, with noticeably shallow breathing. He was transported to Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, where he died of his injuries.
The passenger also was transported to Beaumont, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
The Michigan State Police Downriver Crash Unit investigated the scene. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol contributed to the driver’s loss of control. Autopsy results are pending.
Car stolen while owner out of state
A 30-year-old man living in Village Green Apartments, in the 16700 block of Quarry, reported the night of July 25 that his car, a 2012 red, 4-door Toyota Camry, was stolen when he flew to Boston for an overnight trip.
He said he saw his car in the lot before he left, and it was gone when he returned. He said no friends nor family members use the car. He said he lost a spare set of keys several months ago, and he was up-to-date on his car payments. There was no broken glass or signs of vehicle damage where it had been parked. The car was entered in the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Man victim of identity theft
A Southgate man filed a police report the afternoon of July 26 after LifeLock alerted him to an AT&T account that someone tried to open using his name, address and Social Security number. He said he also received a letter from Wells Fargo that someone had attempted to open an account in his name. He said he also received an alert that someone tried to access his bank accounts, which he closed before any money was taken. He said he has no idea who might have stolen his identity.
Two motorcycles stolen during weekend absence
A man living in the 8200 block of Gulley reported the night of July 22 that two motorcycles were stolen from his garage when he was out of town for the weekend. A 2016 white Beta Motorcycle and a 2006 yellow Suzuki RM 250 were taken. He said he thought the garage was locked before he left. There were no signs of forced entry. He said he is known throughout the neighborhood for owning several motorcycles.
Batteries, transmission, drive shaft stolen from company trucks
A warehouse manager for Brown Facility and Maintenance, 7173 Holland Road, reported the afternoon of July 25 that two batteries were stolen from each of two company trucks overnight, and a transmission and drive shaft was also stolen from one of the trucks. The trucks were 1999 and 2000 International trucks. There was no surveillance video, and no suspects.
Man victim of debit card identity theft
A man reported the evening of July 18 that he received an alert from Fifth Third Bank that a debit card he neither carries nor uses was used at a Mobil gas station in Lincoln Park. He said the bank froze the account and relieved him of liability for any fraudulent purchases.
Weed whipper accidentally shatters car window with rock
An employee of United Landscaping of Washington Township said he accidentally caused a rock to become airborne and shatter a vehicle window July 17 at CVS/pharmacy, 3575 West Road, where he was using a weed whip during site maintenance.
The landscaping worker said he went into the store and located the vehicle owner. He said the company owner agreed to cover the cost of the windshield. The vehicle owner filed a police report to help ensure that they were compensated for the vehicle window damage.
Drunken man kicked while down, gets aggressive in hospital
A 21-year-old New Boston man who was removed from Whiskeys on the Water Bar, 2903 Biddle, for trying to instigate fights with patrons, ended up in the hospital in the early morning hours of July 21 after his aggression backfired.
Multiple witnesses reported that the man, who was outside of the bar, punched a woman in the face, after which an unknown man pushed him to the ground. Then a 22-year-old Wyandotte man approached and kicked the New Boston man in the head, rendering him unconscious. Witnesses then stood by the unconscious man until EMTs arrived.
Witnesses described the Wyandotte man, who was wearing a white shirt and a ball cap, to police officers, who were able to apprehend him. The man was arrested for assault, handcuffed and taken to the police station for booking.
A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.127, more than one-and-a-half times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
The New Boston man later was arrested for assault and battery when he sucker punched a hospital security guard who was accompanying him to the exit.
Hospital personnel said the man, who had been admitted to Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital about six hours earlier, was combative and appeared intoxicated when hospital personnel attempted to discharge him to his mother. He then turned and attacked the security guard, after which other personnel held him until he could be restrained on a gurney.
The man was arrested for assault and battery, and taken to the Police Department, where he was processed and held.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)