A cautionary yarn
A 51-year-old Detroit man was arrested the morning of March 20 after he allegedly tried to steal four skeins of yarn and three knitting needles from Joann Fabrics, 23125 Outer Drive, by concealing it inside his zippered jacket, then fleeing on foot. When he was approached by police officers, he admitted to the theft, and said he had stolen the yarn for his daughter’s school project. He did not have any cash or means in his possession to pay for the stolen merchandise. The man was taken into custody, charged with retail fraud and held on $300 bond.
Masked bandit cornered in suspected home invasion
A raccoon proved to be the culprit behind a suspected home invasion in the 16900 block of Cicotte the night of March 22, when a resident arrived home and discovered a kitchen window open and miscellaneous items from the window ledge scattered on the floor.
The resident call 911, and waited while police officers cleared the house. In doing so, the officers discovered and cornered a raccoon in the basement. Downriver Animal Control could not be reached, so the woman said she would spend the night elsewhere until the furry marauder could be apprehended.
Bank paperwork, loose change returned to owner
Police were dispatched to a house in the 1300 block of Highview March 17 after a homeowner found loose change in his driveway and a black grocery bag with change in his backyard.
The homeowner said that about 1:15 a.m. he let his dog out when he found the loose change in the driveway, placed in a zip-top bag, then found the bag containing loose change on the grass between the garage and fence line.
Prior to calling police, the homeowner noticed a Chase Bank money envelope and paperwork lying on the grass in his neighbor’s backyard. The paperwork included a birth certificate, driving record and tax records while the bank envelope had deposit slips and receipts for a business account.
Officers recovered the paperwork and envelope, took the items to the address associated with the paperwork, and made contract with the son of the victim who lost the items.
According to the report, the son said his father’s work truck was left unlocked when it was parked on Herbert Weir Drive on March 15. Overnight someone then entered the unlocked truck.
When the son contacted the father, the father said he hadn’t made a police report because nothing had been broken in the truck. He said paperwork and a black plastic bag with loose change were missing from the truck. He described the plastic bag and bank papers that were in the envelope that had the father’s name on them.
All missing items were returned to the son, at his request.
iPhone, designer purse reported missing
The victim of a vehicle break-in reported that his Apple iPhone 7 used for work, a Louis Vuitton purse and battery pack were stolen the morning of March 15.
According to the report, the man parked his Ford F-150 in front of his house in the 25000 block of West Hills Drive about 10 p.m. March 14. The next morning, he noticed that his vehicle had been broken into.
There was no evidence or suspect information.
A white 2011 Ford Escape was reported stolen between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. the night of March 21 by a resident in the 1100 block of Fort Park Boulevard. The vehicle was parked near his house, on Morris, west of Fort Park Boulevard. The vehicle was stolen without the keys. It was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen, and neighboring police departments were messaged with an alert.
A Fed-Ex delivery of a 27-inch Asus computer monitor, valued at $300, was stolen the afternoon of March 7 from the porch of a house in the 1400 block of Austin Avenue. The man who ordered it said he arrived home from work about four hours after the monitor was left on his porch, only to find it missing. There were no nearby surveillance cameras that might have recorded the theft. He was given a police report number to pursue a loss claim.
Slam dunk damages
A basketball slam dunk by a passing stranger caused a basketball stand to topple on its side, and when he followed up with another shot to the rim, the glass backboard shattered the night of March 19 in the 17900 block of Hanna. Neighbors said nearby teens were shooting baskets when the stranger approached and subsequently caused the damage, after which he ran off in an unknown direction.
The suspect was described as an 18-year-old black male, 6-foot-5-inches tall, wearing a black hoodie and red pants. The resident said he did not wish to press charges, but did want to document the incident should he experience any further trouble.
Wallet, gun stolen from unlocked vehicle
A wallet and gun were reported stolen overnight the morning of March 21 from an unlocked car in the 2400 block of Corbin Street. The victim, a 27-year-old man, said a loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol was taken from the glove box and his wallet was stolen from the center console.
The victim said three debit cards and his Social Security card were in his wallet. He was advised to cancel the debit cards and monitor his credit score, and to contact the Social Security Administration to have his identification number flagged. He also was given identity theft information, and the serial number of the handgun was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Garbage truck vs. gate
A garbage truck was damaged the morning of March 12 by a security gate at Pirates Cove Self Storage, 18301 Krause Street. The driver of the garbage truck said he was entering the facility behind a car when the security gate came down on top of the truck and was damaged, and became caught on the top of the truck. It was unknown why the gate sensors did not prevent the gate from lowering. The manager of the facility arrived and photographed the scene for insurance purposes.
A woman who was shopping at Walmart, 14900 Dix Toledo, at 3:49 a.m. March 7, said two fleece jackets and a leftover pizza were stolen from her vehicle while she shopped. There were no signs of forced entry to her vehicle.
Catalytic converter cut from Cadillac
A catalytic converter was cut from the underside of a black 2007 Cadillac DTS between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 16 while it was parked at Burlington Square Shopping Center. The vehicle owner reported the theft the afternoon of March 18, and said he had no suspects and needed a police report for insurance purposes.
Victoria’s Secret fraud
A woman reported the morning of March 8 that someone fraudulently used her Victoria’s Secret credit card on March 7 to purchase $1,112 in items from the retailer, as well as from Bath and Body Works. She said she acquired the card during last summer, but is unsure where the card is, and said she hasn’t used it. She does not know if the purchases were online or in a retail store. She was given advice about checking her credit report and putting a fraud alert on it.
Test drive turns into stolen vehicle
An employee of Victory Motors, 2355 Fort St., reported the afternoon of March 11 that a 30-year-old Flat Rock man took a black Chrysler 300 for a test drive at noon and never returned with the vehicle. The employee called the man’s father, who advised him to report the incident to the police. The vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)