Woman evicted, loses custody of cat
A woman living in an unregistered rental house in Allen Park in the 15200 block of Keppen told police officers the afternoon of July 24 that she was evicted by her landlord when they learned that she had been incarcerated in the Oakland County jail for three weeks this spring. She said her son removed some of her possessions from the house, but he was not able to remove everything. She said the landlord threatened her with criminal trespass if she tried to retrieve the rest of her belongings.
She said friends were caring for her cat, which she was keeping at the rental house temporarily, but then her landlord took the cat to Downriver Animal Control, and she was cited with an animal care civil infraction. Meanwhile, she learned that the cat was transferred to the Wyandotte Adoption Center. The woman said she was anxious to get her cat back.
Allen Park police officials said they would try to help her arrange a walk through to get her belongings back, and said no eviction notice was filed. Meanwhile, police officials contacted Wyandotte authorities to get a hold placed on adoption of her cat until she could make arrangements to retrieve it.
Gold, diamond jewelry stolen by short time companion
A 25-year-old Westland woman said $165,000 worth of gold and diamond jewelry was stolen from her the morning of July 25 from her motel room at Best Western, 3000 Enterprise Drive, by a man she had met in Indiana two weeks earlier, who came up to Michigan to visit her. She said the two of them spent the night together at the motel, and when she woke up that morning, her jewelry and the man were missing, and he blocked her phone number and Snap Chat account.
She said the man stole a pink Rolex watch with diamonds, valued at $60,000; a gold, diamond studded bracelet, valued at $5,000; a gold and diamond necklace valued at $40,000, and two white gold bracelets with diamonds on the band valued at $30,000.
Man with knives arrested at Fairlane Town Center
While assigned to overtime detail July 13 at Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Ave., police were advised by security of a disorderly man near JCPenney who refused to leave the mall.
Officers spoke with the man and arrested him for trespassing. The man had a backpack on him which was searched. According to the report, police found an 8-inch kitchen knife with a black handle and a 4-inch silver knife in the backpack. Both were in violation of the city’s knife carrying ordinance.
The man was transported to the Dearborn police station and placed under a $1,750 bond for trespassing and violation of knife ordinance.
Reckless driver observed by police
While on patrol, police watched a gray Ford Fusion traveling at a high rate of speed with no lights east on Eagle from Wyoming on July 17.
The vehicle also didn’t stop at the stop sign at Salina, and then turned south without signaling. According to the report, the Fusion’s lights turned on and sped up while traveling more than 50 mph on Salina. As the vehicle approached Lapeer, the lights turned off as the vehicle briefly slowed down.
Next, the Fusion disregarded a stop sign at Salina and Lapeer as the driver continued to speed. Police caught up to the vehicle and conduct a traffic stop on Salina, just south of Lapeer.
The driver was arrested for reckless driving and placed under a $500 bond, which he posted immediately.
Bag filled with makeup stolen from vehicle
Police were called to a house in the 8300 block of Dixie Lane on a report of stolen makeup from a vehicle overnight. The victim said she parked her unlocked vehicle in front of her house about 10:15 p.m. July 18.
When she entered her vehicle the next day, she noticed it was ransacked. She also observed that her pink and floral Victoria’s Secret bag filled with makeup was missing.
There was no evidence or suspect information.
Woman reports tires and rims stolen off vehicle
A resident living at an apartment in the 7000 block of North Inkster Road discovered the tires and rims of her vehicle were missing July 20.
According to the report, the resident parked her vehicle about 6 p.m. July 19, and when she left the next morning the tires and rims were missing. The vehicle was sitting on cinder blocks. No items were stolen from the inside of the vehicle.
There was security cameras or video at the apartment complex for police to review.
Stun gun, identity documents stolen from unlocked car
A stun gun and identity documents were reported stolen July 25 from an unlocked 2000 Chevy Impala in the 1300 block of Grant, by a 35-year-old woman, who said the vehicle was ransacked overnight. Missing were the stun gun, valued at $100, her driver’s license, $40 in cash, and a bank card, which she cancelled. There was no surveillance video in the vicinity, and no suspects.
Woman steals pack of cigarettes with veiled threat
A middle-aged woman stole a pack of Newport menthol cigarettes, valued at $7.22, from the Mobil gas station, 4124 Dix, the night of July 29, telling the attendant that she was not paying for them, while patting her hip, implying possession of a weapon, and said to the clerk, “Do you want to die?”
The clerk described the woman as white, 45 to 50 years old, 140 pounds, and wearing a pink shirt and white shorts. She was accompanied by a white male, 18 to 20 years old, 150 pounds, and about 5 feet 6 inches tall. He said the two drove away in a black Mitsubishi 2-door sedan, and provided a partial license plate number.
The incident was captured on surveillance video, and an alert will be published to area police departments.
Mother may have run up fraudulent DTE bill in daughter’s name
A 28-year-old woman living in the 17700 block of Eddon said a DTE account was fraudulently opened in her name, and a collection agency said the account was $4,000 in arrears. The house, in Lincoln Park, was for an address where the woman’s 46-year-old mother had recently lived. Her mother denied opening an account in her daughter’s name, but the victim said her mother had enough of her personal information to do so.
The victim was advised by the collection agency to file a police report. The woman said she has had to place a fraud alert on her accounts in the past.
RV trailer vandalized at storage yard
A 55-year-old Lincoln Park man, who was storing a White Jay Flight recreational vehicle trailer at 1-800-Self-Storage of Melvindale, 19180 Allen Road, notified police officers the night of July 29 after a site employee told him that that his trailer’s rear window had been shattered. He said nothing was taken from the trailer, and estimated that it would cost about $1,000 to fix the window.
Employees of the storage yard said video surveillance cameras may have captured footage of the vandal, and they would forward any surveillance images to police. The trailer was stored in the northeast corner of the business, near a fence, facing east. The responding police officer was unable to find any object which might have been used to break the window.
Cement mixer truck snags low hanging wires
Low hanging wires became entangled in the top of a cement mixer transport truck the afternoon of July 17 on eastbound Williamsburg near Devonshire. The cement truck had cable and communications wires wrapped around the mixing drum at the front of the vehicle. When the wires became entangled, they took down a metal light pole, which snapped at the base, scattering debris across the road. The responding police officers did not see any arcing wires, and there was no visible fire or smoke.
A nearby resident said the cable wire that was snagged on the cement truck knocked down his flag pole, which then fell into his pool and onto an outdoor lounge umbrella.
DTE and AT&T were notified of the damage, and fire department and public works employees arrived to secure the scene and barricade the road.
Boy’s bicycle stolen from garage
A woman living in the 13000 block of Tall Oaks said a teenage boy stole her son’s bicycle the afternoon of July 20 from the house’s attached garage.
The woman said she was looking out the window when she saw a 14- to 15-year-old boy walk up the driveway. She expected him to knock on the door, but when he didn’t, she exited the house through the attached garage, and discovered both the teen and her son’s bike were missing.
The bike, valued at $350, was a Kink brand bicycle motocross-style dirt bike, black, with gray tires and blue hand grips. She said nothing else appeared to have been taken from the garage. Officers checked the area, but were unable to find the boy or the bicycle.
AT&T account fraudulently opened in man’s name
A man living in the 15000 block of Kingsley said his identity was stolen and used June 12 to open an AT&T phone account. He said the identity thief tried unsuccessfully several times to open accounts with Sprint as well. The man said the fraud was discovered before the identity theft caused him any economic loss.
Man swindled by texter claiming to be his priest
A man said a text message from a person claiming to be his parish priest the morning of July 24 asked him to purchase a $500 Goggle Play gift card, and to text the verifications codes to him. The man did so, then contacted his priest, who told the man he had not contacted him. The scammer subsequently contacted the victim again, asking for another gift card. The man then reported the situation to police officers, and said he needed a police report number so he could dispute the charges made against his bank account. He was advised to ignore any future messages from the scammer.
Suit jacket stolen
A man living in the 15600 block of Dupage Boulevard said July 10 that an $84 suit jacket he ordered online July 4 through Amazon was stolen from his doorstep the afternoon of July 6 following delivery, which occurred when he was at work. Amazon told the man they would process a refund once he filed a police report.
Minor shoplifter cited
A 17-year-old Taylor girl was cited for retail fraud when she attempted to steal 14 items, valued at $125, by concealing them in her purse at Walmart, 7555 Telegraph.
Loss prevention personnel said that during routine surveillance, they saw the girl select items throughout the store, then hide them in a large purse she carried. They said she then went through a self-checkout lane, purchasing only some candy.
Store personnel said they wished to press charges. The girl was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car. A check revealed she had no prior record of criminal activity. She was cited, told to contact the 23rd District Court in Taylor within 15 days, and was then released at the scene.
Gift card transactions fraudulently posted to checking account
A man reported two separate fraudulent charges against his Fifth Third Bank checking account July 16, which included a $400 charge to Walmart, and a $750 gift card order from Best Buy, to which he was alerted for pickup by a phone call. The man said he was in possession of his bank debit card at all times. He said his bank has since canceled the debit card.
Man fills duffle bags during pharmacy theft
A man walked out of the CVS Pharmacy, 2025 Fort St., the night of July 28 with two large duffle bags full of stolen merchandise, setting off security alarms as he left. A store employee said at the time that it was unknown what he took.
The man was described as a middle-aged black man, of average build and height, wearing a white T-shirt, gray sweat pants and a black cap. He walked toward the back of the store with a large duffle bag, and three minutes later exited with two bags of purloined products.
The reporting employee said the entire incident was captured on surveillance video. She said the man looked familiar, and is likely a repeat shoplifter.