Shoplifter tries to hide cell phone case under her arm
A 25-year-old Detroit woman who had more than $400 cash with her was taken in custody the evening of Oct. 12 for attempting to shoplift a $35 cell phone case from Target, 3100 Fairlane Drive, by concealing the item under her arm. Her vehicle, a 2016 Ford, was impounded and towed. She was charged with retail fraud and released on bond.
Tag switcher arrested for retail fraud
A 35-year-old Detroit woman was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 13 for attempting to defraud Meijer for $112 worth of clothes and jewelry by scanning tags for inexpensive socks instead of the actual merchandise at a self-checkout kiosk. Store loss prevention personnel watched the woman on surveillance video while she did the tag swap and then went through checkout. She was taken into custody and charged with retail fraud. Her vehicle, a 2005 Mazda Tribute, was impounded and towed.
Man driving with expired license plate arrested for warrants
While on patrol on Ford Road and Oakman Boulevard Oct. 14 police noticed an expired license plate from January on a white Chevy Tahoe.
A traffic stop was conducted at Ford Road and Reuter where the driver said he had just purchased the vehicle and intended to transfer the license plate to the new vehicle. The man provided the vehicle’s title and a Colorado driver’s license because his Michigan driver’s license was suspended. A check of the man’s name on the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network revealed both driver’s licenses were suspended.
According the the report, the man advised officers that he recently moved back to Michigan and did not yet renew his driver’s license. A background check revealed five warrants out of Dearborn, and that the vehicle was registered and recently purchased. Four of the warrants had $250 bonds and one $200.
Police issued the man a citation for driving with a suspended license and no proof of registration or insurance. He was arrested and transported to the Dearborn Police Department.
Drive-in theater reports disorderly customer to police
Police were dispatched to Ford Drive-In, 10400 Ford Road, Oct. 20 for customer trouble and disorderly behavior. Once at the drive-in, officers were advised by employees that a man from a vehicle at theater one was last seen walking on foot toward Ford Road past the drive-in entrance. The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s wearing all black.
Officers located the man on the south side of Ford Road walking west where they made contact with him. He verbally identified himself and said he was going to the gas station to get a cigar and take time for himself after an argument with his girlfriend.
According to the report, a MIDRS photo was requested to confirm the man’s identification and a background check of the man’s name revealed a Wayne County Circuit Court warrant for controlled substance probation violation and had no bond. Police arrested the man and transported him to the Dearborn Police Department.
Resident finds Dell laptop missing from vehicle
Police were called to a house in the 4900 block of Raymond after a backpack containing a Dell laptop was stolen from a vehicle.
The resident said she parked her Toyota Highlander in the driveway at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 and when she returned the next day at 8 a.m. the backpack was gone from the backseat. According to the report, she said that she did not notice any signs of a break-in or damage to the vehicle.
When asked how the thief gained access to the vehicle, the resident said she did not know.
Unlocked Jeep stolen within 15 minutes of being parked in front of house
A 45-year-old man reported that his red 2005 Jeep Liberty was stolen between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 from the street in front of his residence in the 1300 block of Washington Avenue. He said he had a spare key in the center console, and he may have left his vehicle unlocked. There were no signs of forced entry, such as broken glass, where the vehicle, valued at $5,000, had been parked. There were no surveillance cameras in the area. The vehicle was entered in the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Chevy Astro van damaged, burglarized overnight
A 28-year-old man reported the morning of Oct. 12 that his 1998 Chevy Astro van was damaged overnight in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Fort Street, and clothing and shoes were taken from the vehicle. The driver’s side window, driver’s side rear passenger window, and the driver’s rear window were destroyed by an unknown object, with a $1,000 damage estimate. There were no suspects, and the vehicle was reportedly parked out of surveillance camera range.
House egged; vandal escapes in speeding SUV
A man in the 19000 block of Hanna reported at 12:19 a.m. Oct. 21 that his house was pelted with raw eggs. The man said he heard a thud near the front door, and when he went out onto his porch, he saw a man run across his lawn, then enter a late model blue SUV, which then sped off at a high rate of speed. Raw egg was splattered on the front door, front window and porch. There was no other damage to the house. Police were unable to locate a vehicle in the area similar to the one described.
Scrappers cited for stealing scrap metal from fire-damaged building
Two men were issued citations for larceny less than a $100 the afternoon of Oct. 19 when the owner of the fire-damaged Oakwood Food Center arrived on scene and found the two men in the back of the building, loading up two shopping carts with scrap metal, mostly aluminum and steel. Then men apologized, saying they needed some extra money, and did not realize that what they were doing was illegal. After the men were given citations, they were advised to set up court dates within the next five business days.
A woman in the Royal Woods Townhouses in the 13000 block of Sibley reported the overnight vandalism of a red 2016 Dodge Charger the morning of Sept. 7 in the complex parking lot. A foot-long scrape was visible on the top center of the front portion of the car. There were no suspects.
License plate larceny
The owner Samford Auto Sales, 18585 Fort St., reported the afternoon of Sept. 7 that a dealer license plate was missing from his business. He said he didn’t know if it fell off or was stolen. The license plate was entered in the Law Enforcement Information Database as stolen, and the owner was advised to apply for a new plate.
A woman living at Greentrees Apartments in the 19000 block of Fort Street Sept. 16 that the license plate was stolen from her vehicle after 1 p.m. that day in the apartment complex parking lot. There were no suspects. The license plate was entered in the Law Enforcement Information Database as stolen.
Box delivered without computer
A man in the 14000 block of Pearl Street reported the morning of Oct. 16 that he signed for and received a Fedex delivery on Sept. 20 which did not have the MacBook he ordered. He said he placed an order from a website called B & H Photo for an $1,800 MacBook. He said he missed the first Fedex delivery attempt, and received a notice, and said when he took possession of the box during the second delivery attempt, the box did not appear to be damaged, but when he opened it, there was no computer inside. He said the company from which he purchased the product told him to file a police report so they could proceed with the claim.
Storm-blown construction sign damages vehicle
A woman reported the afternoon of Oct. 20 that when she was driving west on Northline, between McCann and Drake, sometime between 1:30 to 2 p.m., storm winds blew a temporary construction sign into the roadway, striking her silver 2017 Ford Escape. She said the driver’s side front bumper, the hood and the windshield sustained about $2,000 worth of damage. Weather data confirms storm conditions during the time of the reported incident.
Thief goes on shopping spree after stealing debit, credit cards
A woman who left her purse and wallet inside her unlocked vehicle on Parkwood Street said her credit card company reported a possible fraud to her that evening after more than $340 worth of purchases was charged to her Visa card and $148 was withdrawn from her debit card for purchases. Some of the purchases were in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area. The woman was given an identity theft packet.
A postal worker later found the woman’s purse abandoned in some bushes. Police officers looked for surveillance cameras in the area, but found none.
An orange and black 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was reported stolen between midnight and 4:15 a.m. Oct. 16 from a residence on Fifth Street. The only set of keys were still in the owner’s possession. A police officer canvassed the area without locating the vehicle. There was no debris in the street where the motorcycle had been parked. The Harley was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Identity theft results in collection action
A 69-year-old Wyandotte woman reported Sept. 18 that a collect agency was trying to collect $1,468 for a Comcast Cable account opened in her name in a Chicago suburb. She said she does not have a Comcast account, has never been to the Chicago area and does not know anyone living there. She was given an incident report to initiate the bill resolution process with Comcast.
Credit card fraud pays for stranger’s vehicle body work
A 40-year-old Wyandotte woman reported Sept. 18 that her credit card was fraudulently used at a collision shop in Lincoln Park, which said they charged $1,859 to the card for repairs to a white Chrysler 300. The woman said she owns no such car, and her red 2010 Volkswagen Beetle would never be mistaken for the other vehicle. The woman was given an incident report to begin the bill resolution process with the financial institution which issued the credit card.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)