Roommate packs up, steals vehicle, cell phone, purse
A short-term roommate took “cleaning out” to a new level the afternoon of May 12 when he packed up his possessions, took one roommate’s car keys, vehicle, purse, and cell phone, and a second person’s cell phone as well.
The woman, who has an apartment at Willow Cove, said the man was staying with her for a short time. She said she had lent him her vehicle, a 2006 silver Dodge Caravan, in the past, but she had not given him permission to use it this time.
She said while she was taking an afternoon nap, he packed up his belongings, took her car keys, and left. She said her purse was in the vehicle, along with cell phone, identification and a debit card. She said the man also took a cell phone belonging to a second person in the apartment which had been charging.
The vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
The police officer ran the man’s name through the Records Management System, but was unable to find anything on him.
Man arrested for reckless driving
While responding to another call May 18, police observed a vehicle traveling approximately 85 mph on the northbound Southfield Freeway near Rotunda. The white 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee changed lanes multiple times without using a signal in the construction zone.
According to the police report, other drivers were making efforts to move away from the speeding Jeep. A traffic stop was conducted just before 9 p.m. on the freeway near Michigan Avenue.
The driver said he was speeding in order to make it home on time to break his fast with his family during Ramadan. Police arrested the man and placed him under a $500 bond for reckless driving. His vehicle was impounded.
Jet Ski reported missing from driveway
A black and green Jet Ski was stolen May 8 from the driveway of a house in the 26000 block of Constance Street.
The victim noticed his Jet Ski missing that afternoon when he left his house. According to the police report, the key was inside the ignition at the time of the theft.
There is no suspect information.
Bank account has $6,000 in unauthorized transactions
The victim of $6,000 in fraudulent bank transactions filed a police report May 16 after checking her bank account and discovering multiple charges she didn’t make.
According to the police report, there were 10 unauthorized transactions including four $1,500 automatic deductions. There were also several charges, each under $1 each.
The vicim was told to file a police report to allow for a reimbursement when she called her bank to report the unauthorized charges.
‘You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!’
A Red Ryder BB gun and 2,000 BB pellets, valued at $100, and a rabbit fur winter hat, worth $30, were stolen from a locked apartment the afternoon of May 16 while one resident was at work and the other was asleep. The victim said he thinks it is possible a specific maintenance person might have entered the apartment with his key and taken the items, but there was no surveillance video to back up his suspicions.
Pit bull attack sends man to ER
A 48-year-old man who was walking his dog the morning of May 20 near McGinty Park, at Robert and Coleman streets, said a black pit bull terrier ran toward him and attacked, and he had to kick the dog to get away from it. He said he then returned to his residence in the 18900 block of Harman before driving to the emergency room at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, where he was treated for dog bites on his face, neck, arm and hip.
Safe stolen from assisted living resident
A resident at American House assisted living, 20300 Fort St., reported on April 19 that a 15-inch cube safe, containing personal papers and $50 in coins, was stolen on April 16 from his apartment. The man said multiple people have access to his apartment, and the American House staff encouraged him to file a police report.
Credit score report alerts man to new line of credit fraudulently opened in his name
A man living in the 13000 block of Village Park Drive filed a police report the evening of May 12 after a service notified him by email that his credit score had changed due to a $700 line of credit being accessed fraudulently in his name with a given bank. The man was given a police report number and advised to notify the bank’s fraud division.
Man hears muscle car being stolen
A man heard the roar of the engine of his 2016 white Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat at 2:52 a.m. May 12 as it was being driven away by a thief from the parking lot of his condominium complex in the 14200 block of Ziegler. Surveillance video shows a man smashing the passenger side window before entering the car and driving away with it. The vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Landscaping brick shatters window
A man reported later in the morning that at 3 a.m. May 18, a landscaping brick from his yard was thrown at the front of his house on Evergreen, shattering a window. He said the noise woke him up, and he boarded up the window, then went back to sleep. He left the brick in the living room for the police officers to see. There were no suspects.
Providing police officer with unofficial name results in man’s arrest
A 59-year-old Lincoln Park man was arrested at 12:09 a.m. May 20 for providing an invalid name to a police officer, and for resisting and obstructing an officer attempting to carry out their duties.
A police officer on a late-night patrol on Fort Street saw a bicycle without any light cross Fort Street. The police officer activated the vehicle’s emergency lights, which the bicyclist ignored. He then activated his siren, which the man continued to ignore. When the patrol vehicle attempted to move ahead of the bicyclist to cut him off, the man finally stopped his bicycle and approached the officer.
The man was handcuffed and searched. When asked why he did not initially stop, he said he didn’t think that the police officer was pursuing him. He provided a name and birthdate, which came up as invalid in the Law Enforcement Information Network. The computer found another name used in connection with that alias. The police officer asked him if the other name was his. He said he was given that name at birth, but he later discovered that the other name reflected his actual parentage.
A search of the man’s birth name revealed several warrants out of Huron Township, which he claimed he “had taken care of.” The man was then taken to the police station for booking and was held.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)