Nervous thief nabbed with jewelry
A nervous thief who later admitted to police officers that he “f—d up” drew the attention of a loss prevention employee the afternoon of Jan. 11 in Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive. The employee, who was working the sales floor, watched as the man selected several jewelry boxes off the shelf, then walked to another area of the store, where he removed the jewelry from the boxes and concealed it in his pockets. He made two more trips back to the jewelry department while unknowingly under observation.
When the man tried to leave the store without paying for the pocketed merchandise, he was confronted by loss prevention personnel. He then ran across the parking lot, dumping packaging and some of the stolen merchandise, and entered On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, where police officers found him hiding in the restroom.
An initial search revealed a large amount of jewelry in his front pockets. He was arrested for retail fraud and taken to the police station for booking, during which more concealed merchandise was found in the pockets of a pair of jeans he was wearing under sweat pants. Nineteen items, valued at $360, were returned to Meijer.
Thieves use store wire cutters to sever vacuum cleaner security cable
Two thieves who were thwarted by vacuum cleaner security cables at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, on the afternoon of Jan. 7 went to the tool section of the store to find wire cutters, which they then used to sever the security cables.
The pilfering pair then hid the vacuums inside hampers, which were already inside a shopping cart, and covered the hampers with additional merchandise acquired earlier inside the store.
The pair then attempted to leave the store with the shopping cart full of merchandise without paying for it. When confronted by loss prevention personnel, one of the thieves pushed the cart to the accomplice, and the two ran to a 2001 red Dodge Grand Caravan with their ill-gotten goods.
Two police officers in an unmarked vehicle immediately spotted them, and followed while the suspects drove west on Outer Drive, then south on the Southfield Freeway. They kept the vehicle in sight until a marked patrol car was able to initiate a traffic stop for a defective brake light and for the wrong year tab displayed on the license plate.
When the vehicle and suspects were stopped at Southfield and Pinecrest, they were asked if they had any weapons, and the passenger showed the officer the stolen wire cutters.
Meijer loss prevention personnel arrived on the scene and identified the pair as the two people they had observed shoplifting.
The pair were arrested for first degree retail fraud, and 51 items, valued at $1,334, were recovered. The driver was also charged with driving on a suspended license and for not having vehicle insurance.
Blues for Cruze
A 28-year-old woman’s unlocked 2011 blue Chevrolet Cruze was reported stolen overnight the afternoon of Dec. 29 from a driveway in the 900 block of Moran. The woman’s driver’s license, Social Security card and her boyfriend’s Social Security card also were stolen with the vehicle. There were no suspects, and no surveillance video.
A 30-year-old woman living in the 1300 block of Keppen reported on Jan. 11 that she discovered a 5-foot steel motorcycle ramp, which was stolen from her a week earlier, for sale at a nearby pawn shop. She said the stolen ramp is identical to the other one she has, and said she uses two ramps because she hauls her 4-wheeler in her pickup.
Responding police officers observed that the ramp listed for sale was identical to the ramp in the woman’s possession, and had similar stickers on it. There were no suspects.
A 67-year-old woman living in the 17600 block of Prospect reported the afternoon of Jan. 20 that two of her house windows, valued at $400, were damaged overnight by projectiles from a pellet gun. There were no suspects.
Driver doing doughnut in crowded, snow-covered parking lot
A driver with a suspended license, who was intentionally skidding in the snowy, crowded parking lot of Strong Middle School the night of Jan. 19, excused his behavior by saying “his brakes weren’t working.”
As two officers were exiting a nearby coffee shop, they saw the man, in a white Lexus sport utility vehicle, intentionally driving recklessly in the parking lot, doing “doughnuts” in the snow-covered lot, and aggressively turning the wheel to make the vehicle drift out of control. After the man nearly hit another vehicle trying to exit the lot, the officers initiated a traffic stop.
When questioned about his driving maneuvers, the man disavowed doing anything wrong. He was cited for reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, and his vehicle was impounded and towed.
Side mirror damaged in road rage incident
A woman reported on Dec. 24 that another driver with anger management issues confronted her aggressively about her driving before slamming his fist into her driver’s slide mirror, damaging it.
The woman, who had a small child in the car with her, said she was driving east on Sibley when the car in front of her slowed to turn right onto Stonewood Street. The woman said both she and the driver behind her switched to the left hand lane to avoid the turning vehicle. She said when she returned to the right hand lane, the vehicle behind her sped up, and stopped in the middle of the roadway, cutting her off.
She said the driver, was a white male in his 20s, with dark hair and facial hair, of average build. She said he was wearing a suit with a red tie, and driving a gray truck, possibly a Ford F-150.
She said he got out of his truck, walked toward her and yelled about her driving. He then punched her vehicle’s passenger side mirror, breaking the mirror off the swivel mechanism.
The woman said she failed to write down his license plate number because she was concerned about the safety of her child, and wanted to leave as quickly as possible. She said she wanted to file a report in case the mirror was permanently damaged and must be replaced.
For whom the Belle tolls
An officer was called to Belle Fountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 18591 Quarry, for assistance with an irate person. When police officers arrived, they saw family members packing a man’s possessions into two vehicles, while the staff watched and while the man, who had resided at the center for two to three years, raised his voice and called the staff vulgar names. The officers told him to leave with his family and not return.
The director of nursing told the police officers that the man had been loud and verbally abusive to the staff the entire length of his stay. She said he was told that he was not welcome back, and if he came to the facility he would be charged with trespassing.
Website loan becomes fraud complaint
A man reported the morning of Jan. 10 that his bank account was compromised after he applied for a $2,000 online loan.
The victim said that after he entered information on the website, he received a phone call, stating that his loan was approved, and asked him for his bank account information.
He said the next day, $851 was deposited into his account, but his bank rejected the deposit. He said that the following day, another $851 check was deposited, and was rejected by his bank.
He then noticed that his account had a $544 overdraft, and he closed the account due to the suspicious activity. He said no one answered the number from which he was originally called. The man said he had no paper trail, but was working with his bank to document the fraudulent activity. He said he estimates the experience cost him a $200 to $300 financial loss.
A locked 2017 GMC Terrain was stolen the evening of Jan. 10 from the driveway of a couple living in the 16000 block of Timothy Drive, with an iPhone 8 plus inside the vehicle. It was parked at 3 p.m., after which the driver went to sleep. Five hours later it was noticed missing from the driveway.
The ignition key was missing from the driver’s key ring. Both were unsure how the key could have gone missing. The vehicle was recovered the next day, with the phone still in the car.
Unattended vehicle goes from warm to hot
A woman said her car was stolen while it was warming up prior to her leaving a birthday party the afternoon of Jan. 21 on Dean Street between Avalon and Joan. She said she left the vehicle unattended for a brief period of time. She said she drove around all day looking for the vehicle with no success. It was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Wallet stolen from car
A man reported the night of Jan. 19 that his wallet was stolen from the center console of his 2007 red Honda Civic between 12:30 and 2 p.m., while he was working out at Planet Fitness, 11420 Telegraph. He said his Social Security card, green card, driver’s license, and debit and credit cards were inside the wallet. There were no suspects.
Debit card stolen from care center patient
A patient at Aberdeen Skilled Nursing facility, 5500 Fort St., reported to police officers on Jan. 18 that his debit card was stolen some time after Jan. 10, when he became a patient at the nursing facility, the loss of which he reported Jan. 15 to the staff.
He said the card was used twice Jan. 14 at a Flat Rock liquor store, for a total of $75 in purchases. The victim said his credit union canceled the card and issued a new one for him, and the money was reimbursed.
An employee at the Chrysler engine plant reported on Jan. 20 that her 2007 white GMC Envoy was stolen from the plant parking lot between 4:50 p.m. Jan. 19 and 4 a.m. Jan. 20, from the lot near the west entrance, two rows east, in the middle of the lot. She said the vehicle was locked, and she did not leave extra keys in it. She said there were no valuables in the Envoy. She said the G from “GMC” was missing on the vehicle grille.
Non-custodial father wears out his welcome
A 35-year-old Wyandotte man who refused to leave a house in the 800 block of Plum Street the night of Jan.11, after visiting with his children, was taken into custody when he was found to have multiple local warrants against him, including a felony warrant. He also was warned to not return to the residence.
Hospital security staffer assaulted by mentally ill patient
Police officers investigated the attack on a security employee the afternoon of Jan. 11 at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital by a 31-year-old River Rouge man who was brought to the facility by Southgate police officers for a mental health evaluation.
When the man resisted undressing and putting on a hospital gown, one of the security employees tried to remove his shoes, in response to which the man punched the security employee on both sides of his face with closed fists, giving his victim a black eye. The patient was then restrained and gowned.
The patient told the responding police officers he didn’t want to be in the hospital, and he felt as if the security personnel were rushing him, which upset him. He was told that because he was brought to the hospital by the Southgate police, he was not free to leave until hospital personnel discharge him. The officers also told the man that while they were investigating the assault and would write a report, they were not arresting him.
(Compiled by Sue Suchyta.)