Drunken driver rear-ends victim twice at red light
A 65-year-old Taylor man’s 1994 Chevrolet van hit a woman’s vehicle the evening of Sept. 16 when she was stopped at red light on Allen Road near Wick Road. When the woman pulled off to the side of the road, he hit her vehicle a second time, and the victim said when the man stepped out of his vehicle, he stumbled and fell to the ground.
The responding police officer detected a strong odor of intoxicants emanating from the man. When asked, he said he had consumed one alcoholic drink 10 minutes earlier.
The man failed numerous field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16, twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. He was placed under arrest for operating while impaired, and was held pending sobriety and bond, and his van was impounded and towed.
Tires, rims stolen from seven new Ford vehicles
Ford Motor Co. security personnel reported that early in the morning Sept. 12, two white males in dark clothing, in a black Ford Explorer with a manufacturer’s license plate, entered a secure parking area near Fairlane Drive, north of Oakwood Boulevard, by cutting the gate lock. Because the men were driving a vehicle with a manufacturer’s plate, security personnel initially thought they were employees. However, when security personnel later checked the area, the found seven vehicles missing tires and rims, with some of the vehicles left on bricks.
The pilfered vehicles included three Lincoln MZKs, two Explorers and two Fusions. Security personnel estimated the value of stolen wheels and rims to be about $2,000 per vehicle, a $14,000 total loss. Ford security personnel provided the VINs of the affected vehicles, but they vehicles were so new, the numbers were not yet in the system.
$800 stolen from wallet at Walgreens
Police responded to Walgreens, 13601 Warren Ave., Sept. 30 on a report of $800 in cash missing from a wallet set down on the photo counter.
The victim told officers the staff would not let her inside to look for the wallet. When police approached the front door they discovered it was locked with three employees inside who made their way outside after setting the store alarm system. An employee advised police that she gave the victim plenty of time to get back to the store, but that since it closed at 11 p.m. patrons are not allowed in the store afterward.
The same employee said she and the other two employees looked around the store and reviewed security video for the victim’s money, but could not find anything.
According to the report, the victim realized the money was gone after leaving the store and going home. When she called, the employee advised the store closed at 11 p.m. that night. The victim said she showed the staff she arrived back at the store just in time, but was not allowed inside.
Drunk and disorderly man arrested
A call from Hollingsworth Professional Services, 14225 Warren Ave., was made to police Sept. 27 after a recently terminated employee returned to the property.
The complaining employee said the former employee was terminated for insubordination and refused to leave, so police were called.
According to the report, the former employee left the area with a friend in a vehicle when police arrived. The complaining employee said the former employee went to the business attempting to enter the building, but security stopped him in the parking lot.
The complaining employee told police he felt that he did not do anything wrong to get fired and kept saying he had to work and was not understanding that his employment was terminated.
The former employee stated that he, “didn’t tell them to (explicit) off or anything like that. I told them that they weren’t (explicit).” He was advised to leave the property and contact human resources Sept. 30. According to the report, the former employee was angry but said he would leave and needed to catch the bus, so he walked across Warren and stopped on the sidewalk.
While police were notifying the complaining employee to notify them if the former employee returns, he walked up to officers with complaints about what happened.
Police believe the former employee was under the influence as his speech was slurred, he kept repeating himself and didn’t make much sense when speaking. He again was advised to leave the property or risk being arrested, so the former employee said he would wait to catch the bus home.
The former employee attempted to board the bus, but as the bus continued east on Warren without him he walked back over to police and starting complaining again.
He was advised to leave or be arrested, but he continued to complain, yell obscenities, walk back to the north side of Warren where he stood on the sidewalk yelling from across the street, and walk back to the business yelling obscenities.
Police arrested him for disorderly conduct and placed under a $500 bond.
Resident reports keyed vehicle damage
A woman visiting her girlfriend reported that her vehicle was damaged overnight in the 8700 block of North Evangeline after someone keyed her truck all the way around.
The police report said the resident went to the Dearborn Heights Justice Center to file the report, saying she parked the Ford F-150 in front of her girlfriend’s house on Sept. 16.
When she woke up at 8 a.m. the following day, she observed scratches down to the metal on her truck. There was no suspect information or security cameras in the area.
Man drives off without paying for gas
Police were dispatched to Citgo, 5157 S. Telegraph Road, Sept. 24 after a man pumped $27 in gas and drove away without paying.
The owner said that about 9 a.m. the man arrived at the gas station in a white Chevy pickup truck. The man entered the store to buy a pack of cigarets and asked for $2 in gas on the pump. The man proceed to pump $27 worth of gas and fled the gas station on northbound Telegraph. Before the man fled, he was advised by the store owner he needs to pay the other $25 worth of gas when the man became enraged.
The truck did not have a license plate, and a search of the premises by police produced no results. Security video footage of the man was obtained by police as evidence.
The man was described as white, between the ages of 20 to 25, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 145 pounds, wearing khaki pants, red flannel shirt and white hat.
Tailgate stolen from Silverado parked at repair facility
The manager of Down River Collision, 2323 Dix Hwy., reported the morning of Sept. 21 that the tailgate of a 2000 tan Chevrolet Silverado pickup was stolen overnight while the vehicle was parked in the business parking lot. The lot was not fenced, and there were no surveillance cameras to provide security. The tailgate has an estimated $800 value.
Chunk of concrete shatters window of parked van
A 63-year-old man reported the morning of Sept. 16 that the driver’s side window of his white 2002 Chevy 3500 van was shattered sometime between 5 p.m. Sept. 14 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16, while the van was parked on the south side of the 3200 block of Fort Street. The van owner said a chunk of concrete was discovered on the ground near the damaged side of the vehicle. Nothing was taken from the van. There were no surveillance cameras in the area, and the vehicle owner could think of no possible suspects.
Vehicle vandalized twice
The rear window of a 2012 Kia Sorento was reported shattered at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 22 by a man living in the 2300 block of Corbin Street. The man said that the vehicle had been vandalized with scratches a month earlier. He said he could not think of anyone who was angry at him and would want to damage his vehicle. The car window was estimated to have an approximate $250 replacement cost.
Man witnesses, reports teens rifling through parked vehicles
A 45-year-old man who went out on his porch at 4:20 a.m. Sept. 21 for a cigarette ended up witnessing and reporting two teens rifling through cars, and setting off a car alarm, in the 17600 block of Dora Avenue. The witness said the two suspects, teens, set off the car alarm of a 2016 blue Dodge Dart before running north on Dora.
He said one teen was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a backpack, while the other was wearing a white or light-colored reflective vest. Their images were captured on the man’s surveillance security camera, the footage from which he emailed to the responding police officers.
The person who responded to the car alarm, a 54-year-old man from Beverly Hills, said the car, which was registered to a relative, had been locked, and he was unsure if anything was missing from the vehicle.
High school rock painted; information forwarded to principal
Teens painting a boulder near the student parking lot at Riverview Community High School, 12431 Longsdorf St., on the night of Sept. 12, prompted a call to police officers by a neighborhood witness, who said four to six teens painted the boulder.
The rock was painted black, with pink and white writing. It said “UR MOM” on one side, and “JAY, VAL, TARA, KELSEY” and “Vball,” with a drawing of a volleyball, on another face of the rock. A black paint brush with wet paint was left at the scene, and the paint on the boulder was still wet. The responding officers discovered multiple paint hand prints on the sidewalk south of Krause Street, as well as indistinct paint-created shoe prints.
The witness said the teens were in a black vehicle as well as a white four-door vehicle, plus two other vehicles for which the witness had no description. The witness did not know the direction in which the vehicles drove when they left the parking lot.
The paint brush was taken into evidence, and photos were taken of the boulder, hand prints and shoe prints. One of the police officers sent an email to the high school principal to see if he wished to pursue an investigation.
License plate larceny
A license plate was discovered missing the morning of Sept. 7 from a black 2013 Ford Escape parked in an apartment complex lot in the 20000 block of Fort Street. The screws were missing from the license plate frame as well. The victim believes the plate was on the vehicle the night before when she parked the car. There was no damage to the vehicle, and nothing else was stolen. There were no suspects. The license plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Wallet, cordless drill stolen from pickup
A black wallet containing credit cards, $400 in gift cards and a Dewalt cordless drill, with two batteries, were reported stolen the morning of Sept. 2 from a silver 2010 Ford F-150 pickup parked in the 16000 block of Windermere Circle. The victim said the pickup was ransacked, and the center console was opened, with a small organizer moved to the passenger seat. He said the drill had been on the back seat, on the driver’s side. The victim said he had arrived home at 12:30 a.m. that day, and that nothing else was missing from the vehicle. There was no sign of forced entry.
Aztec plate taken
The license plate from a 2001 red Pontiac Aztec was reported stolen the afternoon of Sept. 17 from the driveway of a residence in the 24400 block of Mary Street. The victim last remembered seeing the license plate three days earlier. There were no surveillance cameras in the area, and no suspects. The license plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Purse stolen from unlocked car in Elizabeth Park
A purse was stolen from an unlocked car in Elizabeth Park the morning of Sept. 19, along with a wallet containing three bank credit cards, a health insurance card, a gasoline credit card and $140 in cash. The victim said her glasses, medication and other miscellaneous items were in the purse as well. She was advised to contact her credit card companies to cancel the stolen cards.
Storm door kicked in, door glass shattered
Residents of Dickenson Street reported to police officers the afternoon of Sept. 16 that their front storm door had been kicked in, which shattered the door glass. The woman said she was in the basement at the time, while a male occupant of the residence was in the adjacent living room. He was not hit nor injured by any broken glass. Nothing was stolen. They shared with police officers whom they thought had committed the vandalism.
Catalytic converters stolen from vehicles at used car lot
A co-owner of Victory Motors, 2355 Fort St., reported the morning of Sept. 3 that catalytic converters were stolen from two Hyundai Tucson sport utility vehicles in the used car lot during the weekend. He said the catalytic converters cost $500 each, and have a $100 street value. He said the thief appeared to know precisely which catalytic converters to target. The lot is monitored by surveillance cameras, and the reporting person said he would have the footage retrieved and forwarded to police officers.
Driver with suspended license arrested for possession of hallucinogenic drugs
A 25-year-old Wyandotte man who changed lanes without signaling and was operating a car with illegally tinted windows was arrested the morning of Sept. 3 when his license was discovered to be suspended, and he was in possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms in the trunk of the vehicle.
When a police officer initiated a traffic stop on Biddle Avenue near Miller, the man said the vehicle did not belong to him. He gave the officer a Michigan identification card, and said he was driving despite his license being suspended because he had to give his girlfriend a ride to work.
The man, who was visibly nervous, was asked to step out of the vehicle while it was searched, during which a box containing hallucinogenic mushrooms, also known as psilocybin, a schedule 1 drug, were found. Schedule 1 drugs are those with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
The man was handcuffed and arrested, and the vehicle was impounded and towed. He was taken to the police station, where he was booked and held. He was cited for possession of narcotics and driving while his license was suspended.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)