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.
2 woman caught stealing from Kroger
Police responded to Kroger, 23303 Michigan Ave., Nov. 9 on a report of retail fraud involving two women who attempted to leave the store with 36 stolen items.
A Kroger employee informed officers that when the two women approached the self-checkout register she remembered them from previous thefts that were not reported. According to the report, the women purchased $87.32 in grocery items and used those items to cover remaining items in the cart. The women passed all points of purchase and attempted to exit the store when they’re stopped by employees.
They were taken to the Loss Prevention office where the items, totaling $136.64 were recovered. Police conducted a LEIN check which came back clear and a criminal history check which revealed one of the women had a prior retail fraud case on her record.
The Kroger employee advised officers that the women are not allowed at any Kroger stores in Michigan and that they are also banned from stores in Dearborn as a penalty.
Police informed the women of the penalty, cited them for larceny and gave them the items they paid for. The Loss Prevention Officer said a copy of the security footage, receipts, reports and witness statements would be provided to assist with the case.
Man arrested for operating while intoxicated warrant
Police on patrol in the area of Michigan Avenue and Schaefer Road Nov. 9 noticed a vehicle driving with two ornaments dangling from its rearview mirror.
A traffic stop was conducted about 2 p.m. where the driver identified himself and said he did not have a valid driver’s license. Officers confirmed the driver had a suspended and expired driver’s license.
According to the report, a check of the driver’s record revealed an operating while intoxicated warrant with a $2,148 bond out of Redford Township. Dispatch confirmed the warrant.
The driver was transported to the intersection of Telegraph and Joy roads where he was turned over to the custody of Redford Township police.
The owner of the vehicle arrived at the scene and took possession of the vehicle.
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.
Tools, vacuum missing from garage
Police were called to a house in the 27000 block of Pleasant Ridge Drive Nov. 7 after the resident discovered his drill, sander, table saw and vacuum were stolen overnight.
The man said he saw the items inside the garage the day before when he left the door closed, but unlocked. According to the report, the man went back outside to his garage about 2 p.m. the following day when he noticed the tools and vacuum were missing.
There was no suspect information or security cameras in the area to obtain video footage.
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.
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.
Man’s Social Security number fraudulently used to open 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.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)