Victim follows, loses suspect in hit-and-run
A woman tried to follow a driver whose vehicle struck her 2018 Ford Escape the afternoon of July 9, but she lost sight the suspect in the vicinity of White and Rosedale avenues.
The victim said the other driver, a white female in her 40s, 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 135 pounds, was wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans. After the other driver struck her vehicle, near Southfield Road and Roosevelt Avenue, the two pulled into the Allen Park police station lot. When the victim called police officers, the other driver fled in her 2010 silver Chevy Malibu. The victim was not able to get a license plate number.
Police officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the other driver. There were no apparent injuries, and only minor damage to the victim’s vehicle.
Microphone systems stolen from UM-D
Four wireless microphone systems valued at $3,676 were stolen from the University of Michigan-Dearborn Social Sciences Building July 8. It was reported that the larceny took place between 4:24 and 5 p.m. at the building.
Police made contact with the senior information technology employee inside a room at the university who said that his part-time employee was checking the microphone sound systems. The part-time employee was no longer on the scene.
While the employee was checking the sound system, he said it did not sound right and while checking a neighboring classroom the sound system also did not sound right.
The IT employee said that while the part-time employee was walking near the information technology room that houses the sound systems, he noticed an unknown man working near where the systems were housed.
After checking the neighboring classroom and returning to the first room, the four wireless microphone systems were missing.
UM-D police were notified along with Dearborn police.
According to the report, the entire college campus camera system was offline during the theft and there was no additional suspect information.
Air conditioning unit stolen
The victim of a stolen air conditioning unit called police to his house in the 6000 block of N. Beech Daly Road the morning of July 5.
According to the report, the victim left his house at 10 p.m. on July 4 and returned the next morning after working a midnight shift. His wife said she heard the couple’s dog barking non-stop about 2 a.m. while she was in bed.
When the victim went outside to mow his lawn on July 5, he observed the air conditioning unit was stolen. Police saw the wire and pipes meant for connecting the unit were cut.
There was no suspect information.
Purse, money, possessions stolen overnight from SUV
A small Coach wristlet purse, cash, a designer key chain, Apple headphones and sunglasses were reported stolen the morning of July 5 from a 2012 Chevy Equinox in the 900 block of Buckingham Avenue. The victim, a 58-year-old woman, said she believes she locked the vehicle overnight, but there was no damage to the vehicle indicating forced entry. There were no witnesses, surveillance video or suspects.
Credit card fraudulently used for online purchase
A 54-year-old woman living in the 18500 block of Hanna reported the afternoon of July 8 that she received a June 30 call from Macy’s department store asking if she had purchased a Guess brand watch, valued at $276, online June 29 using her store credit card. When she denied making the purchase, she was advised to file a police report to initiate a fraud investigation.
When the victim noticed that the account number appeared to differ from the number on her card, she was advised that a change in the company’s operating system had recently generated new account numbers for all customers. The woman said she had canceled her Macy’s account, and wished to pursue charges if the fraud investigation led to a suspect.
Drag racer rolls Mustang, lands in hospital
Witnesses reported the night of June 28 that one of three Ford Mustangs drag racing on southbound Fort Street near Williamsburg lost control and rolled over several times, leaving a debris field from Dearborn Federal Credit Union, 18070 Fort St., to the parking lot of Serendipity Cakery, 18100 Fort St.
The driver was the only occupant of the rolled-over Mustang. He admitted to speeding, and said he was driving in excess of 60 mph when he lost control of the car.
Fire department personnel were summoned to the scene, and a towing company was contacted to remove the vehicle and to clean up the debris field. DTE was contacted to secured a downed pole and wires.
The driver was ticketed for drag racing, and instructed to contact the 27th District Court in Wyandotte within 14 days for an initial hearing date. He was then transported to Beaumont Hospital, Trenton for treatment of his injuries.
Jeep stolen, recovered nearby with minor damage
A woman whose 2017 Jeep Patriot was reported stolen the morning of July 11 from her apartment complex lot later found it in another nearby lot, not in a parking spot, with minor front-end damage.
The woman said she is the only person who drives the vehicle. She said there were no valuables in the vehicle, and when the Jeep was found, she said nothing was missing.
The vehicle owner speculated that the damage to the front end of the vehicle might have been caused by the vehicle striking the yellow barrier which separates two adjacent apartment complexes. There was no damage to the ignition.
Two boys rob vape shop
Surveillance video at 3:40 a.m. July 13 shows two boys, each about 12 years old, burglarizing Metro Vapor Plus, 21216 Ecorse Road.
The owner said an interior motion alarm went off at that time, but when police officers were dispatched, they found the exterior of the building secure. However, the surveillance video revealed another story.
Two young boys are seen trying to unsuccessfully open the front door, but when they go around to the back door, the door opens with ease, leading to speculation that it might have been left slightly ajar, without the lock fully engaged.
The two boys are seen on surveillance footage going behind the counter, helping themselves to about 19 different items, then exiting quickly through the back door, latching the door shut behind them.
Both boys were white, with one wearing red shorts, a red shirt and hightop basketball shoes. The other boy, the shorter of the two, was wearing shorts of an unknown color, and a tank top style shirt.
When they left the store, they went east on Ecorse Road, then ran through the parking lot of Pia’s Ristorante Italiano.
Identity thief opens new account, attempts cash wire transfer
A woman reported the afternoon of July 8 that an identity thief attempted July 5 to wire $10,000, in two separate $5,000 transfers, from her existing bank account to a new account which the thief opened July 3 using the victim’s personal identity information. When reviewing the fake account with her financial institution, she found that the thief had her Social Security number and date of birth, but an outdated address.
Bank officials indicated they blocked the transfer attempt, as well as an attempted online purchase for $1,399 with a business known as Party Value.
The victim was encouraged to contact credit bureaus, and to put a fraud alert on her accounts. She was also advised to use the identity theft packet provided by her bank.
Female fist fight results in arrest for assault and battery
An 18-year-old Wyandotte woman who engaged in a fist fight with her boyfriend’s minor sister was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and underage possession of alcohol at 12:21 a.m. June 17 in the 800 block of Cherry.
The altercation allegedly began with pushing from both parties, then escalated when the sister allegedly hit the girlfriend in the head with a closed fist, raising a noticeable knot. The girlfriend then allegedly retaliated against the sister, pushing her to the ground, punching her six to seven times with a closed fist, bloodying the sister’s nose and scraping her knees.
When officers arrived on scene, the girlfriend, who smelled strongly of intoxicants, admitted to drinking. She failed to remain quiet and in control, and began to interfere with officers, shouting and interrupting. She then began to shout obscenities at the officers.
The girlfriend was then handcuffed and placed under arrest, searched for weapons, and taken to the police department for booking.
A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15, nearly twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
The girlfriend was then taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries, and from which she was later discharged.
The minor sister, who was in the presence of her parents, and who was cooperative with the police officers on the scene, was told she would be contacted if any pending charges were to be brought against her.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)