Dress for criminal success?
A loss prevention officer at Old Navy, 3260 Fairlane Drive, reported that a woman entered the store the evening of Oct. 30 with an empty shopping bag, and partially filled the bag with baby clothes before moving on to the women’s section, concealing items under her gray pullover shirt and inside the black pants that she was wearing.
As the woman tried to leave the store, she was confronted by loss prevention personnel, but managed to evade them by throwing some of the stolen clothing at them. She left in a white Chevrolet Impala with an unknown license plate number. Store personnel said that based on the surveillance video and the items she didn’t throw at them to escape, she made off with about $137 worth of clothing.
Illinois vehicle purchaser uses former Michigan plate to avoid tolls
A woman reported the afternoon of Nov. 2 that an Illinois man who purchased a 2014 Mercedes from her on April 25 mistakenly received a Michigan license plate registered in her name in the trunk of the car. The purchaser failed to return the plate to her, so on May 8 she canceled the plate with the Michigan Secretary of State.
The woman recently received a bill from the Illinois Tollway stating that she owed more than $1,200 in unpaid tolls, which were recorded for her old license plate number, which the new owner had retrieved from the trunk and placed on the vehicle. The agency sent photos of the Mercedes with the plate to corroborate its claim. She was told to file a police report to be excused from the toll charges.
Man cited for driving with suspended license, defective equipment
Police responded to the area of westbound Ford Road and Mercury Drive Oct. 23 for a black 2016 Chevrolet Malibu driving recklessly.
Once on the scene, officers located the vehicle traveling west on Michigan Avenue near Outer Drive with a tinted driver’s side window. A traffic stop was conducted where the man verbally identified himself and police confirmed his identity with MIDRS.
Another officer arrived at the scene after he made contact with the caller who advised him the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and disobeyed two red traffic signals in the area of westbound Ford Road and Mercury Drive.
A check of the driver’s record revealed he had a suspended license. The driver was given a citation for driving with a suspended license and defective equipment for the tinted window.
Man arrested for warrant, cited for driving with expired license
While on patrol in the area of Schlaff and Barclay Oct. 24, police saw a vehicle roll through a stop sign. A traffic stop was conducted at Schlaff and Michigan Avenue where the driver verbally identified himself to officers because he had no identification with him.
Police followed the man to his residence on Argyle near Colson where the driver provided his identification. A check of the driver’s record revealed that the license was expired and a warrant from the 19th District Court. The warrant was for failing to display license with a $300 bond. Police arrested the driver for the warrant and issued him citations for driving with an expired license, disregarding a stop signal and no proof of insurance.
He was transported to the Dearborn police station.
Resident reports catalytic convertor stolen
Police were called to a house in the 6900 block of Highview Oct. 29 after a resident reported his catalytic convertor missing off his Honda Accord.
The woman said she parked her vehicle across the street from the house on Oct. 28 discovered the catalytic convertor stolen just before 7:30 a.m. the next morning. According to the report, the woman said the Honda’s alarm did go off about 3 a.m., but she didn’t think anything of it.
There were no or security cameras in the area, nor any suspect information.
Carryout order creates opportunity for thief
A woman who left her car unlocked the afternoon of Nov. 2 while she entered Los Arcos Market, 2210 Fort Park Blvd., to pick up a food order, left behind a carryout temptation for a would-be thief.
A 53-year-old Grosse Ile Township man who was parked nearby said he saw a black male teen, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweat pants and tan boots enter the woman’s car, take her laptop case and flee on a red bicycle. He told police officers that he attempted to follow the teen, but lost sight of him.
About two hours later a resident in the 1300 block of Cleveland Avenue found the stolen laptop computer abandoned on his lawn, which had the victim’s name on the laptop, which was returned to the woman undamaged.
Woman drops keys, loses car
A woman who thinks she dropped the car keys to her car in the parking lot at the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post, 1125 Fort St., where she works, when she took out the trash the night of Oct. 31, said she left the vehicle in the lot and walked home at 2 a.m. Nov. 1.
She said the next morning, at 9:40 a.m., the vehicle — a 1999 gold Ford Escort — was missing. Surveillance footage showed a man in a hooded sweatshirt, with a backpack, enter the vehicle and drive it out of the lot.
The car was recovered Nov. 2 in Detroit in the area of Liddesdale and Gleason, undamaged but without the keys. The car was towed and returned to the woman.
Woman may have shoplifted while waiting for prescription
A woman who triggered loss prevention alarms the afternoon of Nov. 4 when she left the CVS/pharmacy, 18340 Allen Road, had prompted store personnel to call police officers earlier when she started opening up makeup packages while waiting for a prescription to be filled. The woman reportedly opened up a mascara and an eyeliner package without paying for the merchandise.
It is not known what, if anything, she may have taken with her to trigger the security alarms at the store exit. The woman, a 57-year-old Detroit resident, who was identified by her prescription information, left the area in a silver Saturn car, and headed toward Dix Road on Oakwood Boulevard.
Tools stolen overnight from unlocked pickup truck
A 27-year-old man living in the 17400 block of Henry Street reported the morning of Nov. 4 that a toolbox with miscellaneous tools, a DeWalt drill set, a Black and Decker grinder and a DeWalt grinder were stolen overnight from the back seat of his unlocked silver 2001 Ford F-150 pickup. The man said his initials were engraved on most of his tools. He said he would contact his landlord to see if surveillance video captured any images of the theft.
Change, change, change
A man living in an apartment in the 20000 block of Fort Street reported the night of Oct. 31 that a contractor may have stolen about $275 in change while working inside the man’s apartment. The man said he was told to leave the apartment from 11:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. while the apartment aired out. He said when he returned, several large containers containing coins were missing. He said the man also rummaged through his bedroom dresser where he keeps his checkbook.
The contractor was described as a Flat Rock man in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, and blond hair.
Tenant’s car stolen while items unloaded
A woman living in an apartment in the 19000 block of Fort Street said her black 2012 Dodge Charger was stolen 10 minutes after midnight Nov. 6 while she was transferring items from her car to her apartment. The woman said she still had both sets of keys, and that the vehicle was not being repossessed. It was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Post office door glass damaged
The glass pane of the front door of the Southgate Post Office lobby, 14000 Dix Toledo Road, was cracked into a spiderweb-like pattern between 6 p.m. Oct. 30 and 3 a.m. Oct. 31, causing $2,000 in damage. The door allows entry to a 24-hour service lobby. The reporting employee said the damage appeared to be deliberately caused.
Woman wises up to scam after being asked to send money
A 62-year-old woman said she received a voicemail message on her cell phone the morning of Oct. 29 claiming that her Social Security number was “expiring” and she needed to call the party who left a phone number.
When the woman called, she was told that her Social Security number was used out-of-state to purchase a car that was later used in a crime. The woman gave the caller her SSN to “verify” that she was the true recipient of the number. The caller then told the woman to go to a convenience store to purchase a money order, and to call her back with the information.
At this point the woman realized she was being scammed, and hung up. She contacted her bank and changed all her passwords and security information associated with her accounts, and she contacted the Social Security administration.
Man told bow hunting illegal within city limits
A man was cited the morning of Nov. 2 for bow hunting within the city limits. Police officers saw a pickup truck pulled into a two-rut road north of Pennsylvania Road near Strong Road, and followed footprints into a nearby field and woods. They encountered a man within 400 yards, who said he had permission from the owner to hunt on his land, and he did not know hunting was illegal within the city limits.
License plate stolen at Trolley Commerce Center
A man reported the afternoon of Nov. 5 that a license plate was stolen from his Lincoln MZK when his daughter drove the vehicle to work at the Trolley Commerce Center, 21655 Trolley Industrial Drive. The plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
‘Ghost bike’ stolen
A woman reported the afternoon of Nov. 1 that her grandfather’s memorial “ghost bike,” a Schwinn painted white and secured to a utility pole at W. Jefferson and Grosse Ile Parkway, was missing. She said it had been in the location for about 10 years. She said she contacted the Wayne County Road Commission, who said they had not removed it. The woman said the bike went missing between Oct. 24 and 29.
Man’s Social Security number fraudulently used to open Verizon account
A man reported on Nov. 1 that LifeLock services detected a Verizon account opened in his name in Detroit using his Social Security number. He was told that he would not be liable for the delinquent account, but he needed to file a credit report to get it off his credit report.
Play Station seller steals customer’s money
A 19-year-old Wyandotte man who posted on social media that he wanted to purchase a Sony Playstation 4 was instead robbed of $150 by the purported seller. The man said on the afternoon of Nov. 1 a man he knew only through social media offered to sell his a PS4 for $125, and arrived at the man’s house driving an older model 4-door Honda Civic, with an Hispanic male in the front passenger seat and a black male in the back seat.
The purchaser got into the back seat, while his father, who supplied the cash, watched from the lawn, before handing over the money. Before he could take possession of the PS4, the seller, who was driving, accelerated around the corner of the road, and told the intended purchaser to get out of the car, without his money or the PS4, or he would be killed. The man exited the car, and he called 911. The incident is still an open investigation.
Computer blackmail scam unsuccessful
An unknown party tried to extort money from a man the morning of Nov. 2 after they sent the man a text message to his phone, claiming they had hacked into the man’s Wyandotte computer cable account, had accessed his browsing history, and would tell all his email contacts that the man was looking at adult websites if he did not send his $927 to an account in Bitcoins. He said the extortionist referenced an old user name and password that he no longer uses.
The man called Wyandotte cable and tech support, was assured that it was a scam, and that his account had not been breached. He was told, however, to monitor his accounts and online information for signs of fraud.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)