Fraud sheets … and pillowcases
A retail fraud investigator from T.J. Maxx reported to police the evening of Aug. 9 that a 41-year-old Wyandotte man entered T.J. Maxx, 3320 Fairlane Drive, the afternoon of June 21 and committed a refund exchange retail fraud.
The private investigator said the man reportedly entered the store with a cart, which had a white plastic bag in it. The man reportedly went to the bedding area, where he selected $85 worth of sheets and pillow cases. He then went to a register, said he did not have a receipt, and requested to return the merchandise for a credit. He was then given a $90 store value card.
When the retail fraud investigator reported the fraud, the police officer’s Record Management System search found a profile matching the photos provided by the store’s investigator.
Man arrested for breach of peace
Police responded to The Lava Lounge, 4656 Greenfield Road, July 31 on a report of a man screaming and yelling at customers. The owner informed officers who the man was and that he has had trouble with multiple times in the past.
According to the report, the man had trespassed in the business in the past. The latest incident with the man began when he entered the business and began screaming at customers. The man approached one woman who was leaving with a carryout order and scared her to the point of her dropping her food and fleeing the business.
When the owner approached the man, he began yelling and threatening him. The owner then called police, the man was listening to an app on his phone and fled the area.
Prior information from an earlier run indicated that the man was using a police scanner app to avoid officers dispatched to The Lava Lounge, the report said.
Police were able to locate the man after checking the area dispatch put out on an administrated channel. He was arrested for breach of peace and trespassing at the business.
The man’s phone was also taken as evidence in relation to him being a suspect in an obstruction or use of a police scanner in the commission of a crime.
He was placed under a $500 for each, breach of peace and trespassing.
Reckless driver arrested
While in the parking lot near Dollar Tree, 16201 Ford Road, Aug. 2, a police officer heard tires squealing when he observed a large smoke cloud. A Dodge Challenger appeared from the area as witnesses in the area pointed out the vehicle stating it was the one doing a burnout.
The Dodge entered the parking lot from Mercury, a parking lot that was occupied by several vehicles and customers walking around. According to the report, tire marks were later observed on the ground. Police were able to locate the vehicle in the parking lot near Five Below. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was identified.
When asked about the burnout, the driver said he was just trying to show his girlfriend a good time. He was arrested for reckless driving and placed under a $500 bond.
The Dodge was impounded.
Police advise man on trespassing at Home Depot
A security guard at Home Depot, 5951 Mercury Drive, flagged down police conducting a traffic stop in the parking lot stating there was an unknown man harassing customers on July 30. The man also was making threats to store employees and threatening a woman.
Police were advised that the man exited the store and was walking west through the parking lot. When officers made contact with the man outside of the store’s northeast doors, he verbally identified himself.
The store manager said the man was inside the store causing a disturbance, and when he was asked to leave, the man went outside to the hot dog stand and began harassing the worker. According to the report, the man approached the stand and requested two hot dogs and a water.
When the hot dog stand employee processed the order, the man attempted to pay only with a dime. The employee gave the man his ordered items for free, which he initially refused, but later accepted. He then briefly left the stand and returned making threats.
Security confronted the man and was told to leave the scene. The employee asked that police advise the man on trespassing at Home Depot.
The man was given a courtesy ride to the area of Warren Avenue and Southfield without incident.
Residents report ATVs missing
Police were called to a house in the 4000 block of Tulane on the morning of Aug. 5 after residents said their two black Suzuki ATVs were stolen overnight.
Both residents were on a camping trip and when they arrived home Aug. 4, they parked the two ATVs and a trailer in the driveway of the house and closed the gate. When the residents left the next morning, they observed both ATVs were stolen.
According to the report, one of the residents said one of the keys was with him and the second set was 400 miles away. Police searched the area for security cameras, but were not able to locate any.
There was no evidence or suspect information.
Two men steal tools from trailer
Police are seeking information about two men who broke into a trailer Aug. 12 at Nevets Glass, 25568 Van Born Road.
About 7 p.m. the men stole several tools and a long folding ladder. A video of the theft shows the two white men, one wearing a dark T-shirt and dark shorts along with the other wearing light colored shorts and a dark T-shirt. Both men are seen on security footage putting the ladder into the white SUV.
Anyone who has information on the suspects or robbery is asked to call Detective Sgt. Michael Guzowski at 313-277-7468.
Gun shots fired into air outside gas station
Police are seeking information on a man who fired shots outside of BP, 4551 S. Beech Daly, just after 7 p.m. Aug. 4.
The suspect is described as a black man with a thin build who drove off in a blue Ford Focus south on Beech Daly. According to the police investigative bulletin, the man entered the store and was waiting to purchase lottery tickets.
The man became agitated due to the wait and as a result, he got involved in an argument with the gas station clerk. When he left the gas station, he got into his Focus and fired several shots in the air while people were in the lot and area.
Anyone with information on the incident can call Dearborn Heights Detective Sgt. Joseph Reyna at 313-277-7709.
Thief steals all-terrain vehicles, yard maintenance equipment
Two 4-wheeler all-terrain vehicles, a backpack leaf blower, a lawnmower and miscellaneous hand tools, with a total value of about $4,500, were reported stolen the evening of Aug. 6 from a 51-year-old man living in the 1300 block of Euclid. The items were stolen from a detached garage, which has a door facing the alley. The lower left side of the garage door showed signs of damage.
The man said none of his neighbors noticed anyone near his garage during the day of the theft. There was no surveillance camera footage of the area. The victim said he would monitor local pawn shops to see if any of the items turned up.
Rolex, cash, computer, TV stolen from apartment
A 48-year-old woman living in Gale Gardens Apartments reported the afternoon of Aug. 7 that her second floor apartment was broken into, and a laptop computer, $1,200 in cash, a 52-inch Samsung flat screen television, six pairs of boots, a white and gold metal Rolex watch, her Social Security card and identification documents were stolen.
A 73-year-old woman living in a nearby apartment said she saw her neighbor’s apartment door open, and saw standing in the apartment doorway an unknown man, who left quickly when she spotted him. She said the man was black, about 30 years old, medium build, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and was wearing a baseball cap and a red jacket.
A police officer noticed the apartment door was damaged, with a shoe print on it. The victim was advised to call the credit reporting agencies about her stolen identity documents, and to put a hold on her accounts and Social Security number.
Fire damages playground equipment
An unattended bonfire burning at the base of playground equipment the night of July 30 in Young Patriots Park damaged a piece of playground equipment, which had heavy duty steel cables tied together to form a spider-web-like climbing structure. Fire fighters extinguished the blaze, which covered a 2-foot-by-4-foot area. Police officers searched the area, but did not find any suspects nearby. The cost of the damage to the play structure was unknown.
A black 2003 Jeep Liberty was reported stolen the morning of Aug. 5 from a residence in the 15000 block of Richmond Street. The vehicle owner, a 23-year-old woman, said the vehicle was still in the driveway at 1:30 a.m. She said it was locked, she had both sets of keys, and was current on her payments.
Broken tinted glass found on the driveway made it likely the thief broke a rear passenger side window to unlock the vehicle. The victim said the vehicle registration and proof of insurance were with the vehicle. The Jeep was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Star Wars-themed bike, Schwinn bike stolen from carport
A gray and orange Star Wars-themed bicycle, with star ship decorations and “BB-8” on it, along with a 26-inch white and pink striped Schwinn Ranger bicycle, were stolen between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 29 from the carport of a residence in the 20700 block of Shannon Street. There were no surveillance video cameras in the area.
Dinner and a movie attempted with stolen credit card account
An unauthorized credit card user who tried to get dinner and a movie through fraudulent credit card transactions was left hungry when a DealDash food delivery transaction raised a red flag with the victim’s credit card company. The woman said she had last used her credit card for an online Meijer payment. She said she cancelled her credit card, and wanted to file a report in case police officers could determine the unauthorized user through the DealDash food delivery address.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)