Truck, tools stolen
A red 2007 Ford Super Duty company truck, along with tools and equipment valued at $30,000, were reported stolen the morning of Dec. 3 from a residential driveway in the 3900 block of Wall Avenue. The truck has an attached crane and welder.
There was no broken glass observed on site, and the owner said he had both sets of truck keys in his possession. He was advised to compile a list of the stolen tools and their value. The truck was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Package thief flees in reverse to hide license plate from witness
A package thief fled the scene of a crime by driving his vehicle in reverse the evening of Dec. 3 to prevent an alert neighbor who saw him stealing from seeing his license plate number.
The man was described as “average” height and weight, with a beard, wearing a flannel shirt and jeans. He was driving a brown Ford Escape or Explorer with a cream-colored stripe. The packages stolen contained clothing and a small trash can, and both were purchased from Kohl’s.
Police called to Schaefer Road for suspicious person
Police responded to the 5900 block of Schaefer Road Dec. 2 after a jogger observed a vehicle following her. The woman said she believed that a “skinny Arab man” was following her in a red Honda Pilot about 8:45 p.m.
She stopped her run and entered a Subway restaurant nearby while the man left the area.
According to the report, the woman told police that she was OK to continue her run after the man left the area.
Package containing computer stolen off porch
Police were called to a house in the 540 block of Norborne Dec. 8 on a report of a stolen package.
The victim told officers FedEx confirmed the package was delivered and placed on the porch at 2:45 p.m. that day. According to the report, the Dell computer was worth $675.
The victim told police he would press charges if the thief was found.
Package thief steals toys
Toys from Target valued at $50 were reported stolen the evening of Dec. 3 by a 33-year-old woman living in the 1500 block of Arlington Avenue. The woman said she saw the UPS driver deliver a package at 6:10 p.m., but did not go outside to retrieve the package until 6:40 p.m., when she discovered it was missing.
The woman called UPS, who said the company believes that someone in her area has been following UPS trucks and systematically stealing packages from porches.
The woman was given a police report number and advised to follow up with Target.
Housing Commission window smashed in failed break-in attempt
A window at the Lincoln Park Housing Commission, 1356 Electric Avenue, was reported broken the morning of Nov. 27 in an unsuccessful breaking-and-entering attempt. The 29-inch-by-14-inch double-paned window, with a $200 replacement cost, was on the north side of the building, which faces Cicotte.
A black glove was found on the ground near a landscaping block amid broken glass. Another black glove was found later inside the building, and may have left the vandal’s hand when he heaved the landscaping brick at the window.
Surveillance video shows a possible suspect, described as a white male in his 40s or 50s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a gray beard. He was wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt, a black-and-white coat and black pants. The man was carrying two black-and-white Nike gym bags.
Men try to steal vodka from locked cabinet
The manager of CVS/Pharmacy, 18340 Allen Road, reported the evening of Dec. 15 that two men had broken into a locked liquor compartment before fleeing south on Allen Road in a white sedan.
The manager said two Arabic-looking men entered the store at 8:30 p.m., and after talking to each other, one of the men shook the case and tampered with the lock, yanking on the glass. He then reached inside the case, grabbed a 375 milliliter bottle of Gray Goose Vodka, valued at $16. When approached by the manager, he set the vodka on a shelf and both men fled in a small white SUV with a loud muffler.
A witness in the parking lot wrote down the vehicle license plate number _ which he later provided to police officers — when he saw the two men leave in a hurry.
Surveillance video of the two men inside the store was given to police detectives.
Parking barrier stolen from gas station
An employee at Sunoco, 19036 Dix, reported the afternoon of Dec. 15 that he watched on surveillance video while a man in a black early 2000 model Ford F-250 pickup entered the alley behind the gas station, then exited the vehicle and stole a metal parking barrier which was leaning against the building, placing it in the back of his truck before driving away. The reporting person said he did not want to press charges, but wanted to document the incident.
The surveillance video was unable to capture the license plate number. The man was described as white and wearing a plaid jacket, black ball cap and blue jeans.
Shipping driver may have stolen returned iPhones
A woman living in the 15000 block of King Road who returned two iPhones, valued at $1,000 each, through a Fed Ex driver on Nov. 14, filed a police report on Dec. 12 after Sprectrum Wireless did not credit her account because it never received the returned iPhones.
The woman said she had both a FedEx tracking number and a shipping label. A week after returning the iPhones to Spectrum, her account had still not been credited, and it was discovered that the FedEx employee never entered the tracking number into the system. The woman reported the problem to FedEx, who told her to file a police report.
The unkindest cut
A pink sparkly insulated cup was stolen from a porch in the 17000 block of Ray Street the evening of Dec. 12 by a thief who sliced open the package, taking only the contents and leaving the box behind. The cup was valued at $15, and purchased through Amazon. There were no suspects.
Ignition damaged on Dodge Ram during failed theft
A man reported the morning of Dec. 12, when he arrived at work at M & D Mowers, 15200 Fort St., that the ignition was punched and damaged on a 2003 blue Dodge Ram 2500 in a failed attempt to hotwire the vehicle. The man estimated that it would cost about $500 to repair the vehicle’s ignition. The vehicle was connected to a trailer, which was connected to a second trailer by a cable, which may have further hindered the attempted theft.
Apartment dweller reports attempted entry
A woman who lives in an apartment in the 13000 block of Pine Ridge Lane reported on Dec. 6 that at 8:30 p.m. the day before, and again at 9:30 p.m., someone pounded on the door of her apartment and jiggled her door knob. She did not answer the door, and no entry was made into the apartment, but she said she wanted to document the incidents.
The woman said she did not see the person who knocked, but did notice a red car leaving the lot the first time, and a black car leaving the second time.
The woman was advised to call the police department if the circumstances recurred and she felt unsafe or threatened.
Propane heater stolen from house under construction
A propane heater hanging from a ceiling joist of a house under construction in the 11400 block of Pheasant Circle was stolen the morning of Dec. 17 when the builder was away from the site for a meeting at city hall.
The builder said there were four-wheeler tracks on the west side of the site, and that one of the construction work trucks had been opened up, with nothing immediately known to be missing. No fingerprints or burglary tools were left behind. There were no suspects.
Cell phone stolen from car parked at mall
A woman who went to Southland Center Mall the afternoon of Dec. 16 for exercise said her cell phone was stolen from her car while she was power walking. The stolen phone was a new Samsung S9, valued at $1,000. The woman contacted Verizon and put a theft alert on the phone.
Identity thief files false unemployment claim in woman’s name
A woman filed an identity theft report the morning of Dec. 7, reporting that an unknown person has filed an unemployment claim in her name at a Detroit address. She said a Mastercard debit card arrived in the mail at her address from the Michigan unemployment agency, with activation instructions. The letter said another card was issued a year earlier but never activated.
When the woman called the Michigan unemployment agency, she was told a fraud investigation was already underway, and was advised to file a police report. She was also advised to follow her accounts and cards for possible other signs of fraudulent activity.
Residential holiday light wires cut
A woman filed a police report the evening of Dec. 14 after the wires to her decorative Christmas lights were cut for the second time in two weeks. The lights, which were plugged in inside her house, were not removed from the bushes, but the connect was cut, rendering them non-functional.
Hit-and-run driver identified by piece of bumper left behind
A woman in the 900 block of Eureka reported the morning of Dec. 8 that her car, which was parked on the street, was damaged during the night, on the driver’s side front corner. A large piece of bumper from the striking vehicle was left on the scene, which was an exact match with a vehicle parked five cars away from the victim’s car.
The license plate indicated that the offending vehicle was registered to a 30-year-old Dearborn Heights woman. The officer knocked on the door of the house at which the vehicle was parked, but no one responded.
The vehicle was then impounded, and as a tow truck was in the process of removing the vehicle, a woman came out of the house. She said the car belonged to her, and said she had driven it the night before. She said she had no recollection of hitting another vehicle. She was brought up to date and given a citation.
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest, vehicle forfeiture
A 33-year-old Detroit woman driving on a suspended license, and a 38-year-old Ecorse man with outstanding warrants and with cocaine in his possession ended up in jail after a traffic stop the night of Dec. 11, and the vehicle was impounded and forfeited.
A traffic stop was initiated when a patrol officer noticed a car following another vehicle too closely, as well as braking suddenly several times, barely avoiding hitting the other vehicle.
The woman driver first said she was following the other car to a street they had already passed, then corrected her statement to say she was driving to a fast food restaurant. A check of the woman’s identification revealed that her driver’s license was suspended.
The front seat passenger, who was extremely nervous, initially supplied a false name. He eventually admitted that he did so because he had active warrants against him. He was searched, and he was found to have 2 grams of cocaine in his possession. He also had a bag of marijuana, and was astonished to learn that it was legal for him to possess.
He admitted that he and the driver had snorted cocaine together earlier at a bar. Both the driver and passenger were arrested, taken to the police station for booking, and held.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)