Silverado stolen at salon
A 2005 Chevy Silverado with tinted windows and distinctive features was stolen the evening of Oct. 3 from a parking lot near Nikki’s Salon, 23031 Outer Drive, while the driver was at a salon appointment.
Police officers found no broken glass to indicate a vehicle window was broken to gain access. The owner said the Silverado was a four-door, with rear tinted windows and a noticeable scratch on the rear passenger door. The truck also had oversized tires, a black tonneau cover over the truck bed, the Z71 factory badging on the side of the vehicle and a bluish light on the license plate frame. The owner reported having both sets of keys and that the vehicle was paid off.
Surveillance cameras at the nearby businesses may have captured footage of the theft. The vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Woman arrested for retail fraud at Target
Police were dispatched to Target, 15901 Ford Road, Oct. 6 on a report of a woman in custody by Loss Prevention for retail fraud totaling $54.34.
The LPO told officers the woman was seen on security cameras selecting various merchandise, concealing it and attempting to leave the store without paying. She passed several working cash registers without making an attempt to pay and was confronted by the LPO as she attempted to leave the store.
The woman was placed under arrested by police and all merchandise was retained by Target employees. She was placed under a $400 bond for retail fraud. A few hours later, the woman posted bond and was advised to contact the 19th District Court within three to 14 days.
Police arrest intoxicated man at BT’s
Employees at BT’s, 14417 Michigan Ave., called police to the establishment Oct. 3 for a disorderly man who assaulted customers inside.
Police spoke to the man who smelled of intoxicants, had red watery eyes and spoke with slurred speech, according to the report. The man complained that he was cut off from drinking inside the bar and wanted to drive home. He refused to cooperate by contacting a friend or family member to drive him home.
As police spoke with the man, he attempted to walk toward his car and made demands to have his keys returned. The man was also throwing his arms making violent gestures, causing people to gather and watch, and traffic to slow down in the street.
Police arrested the man for disorderly intoxication and he was placed under a $200 bond. As the man arrived to the police station, he was too intoxicated and angry to cooperate with booking, the report said. The man posted bond later that night.
Resident reports vehicle break-in
Police responded to a house in the 4700 block of South John Daly Oct. 2 after a resident reported approximately $3 worth of miscellaneous change was stolen from the front cup holder overnight.
The resident said he parked his Ford Fusion in his driveway at 9 p.m. Oct. 1, and at 7:30 a.m. the next morning, he noticed the vehicle was rummaged through. According to the report, all of the man’s belongings he had in his glove box and center console were spread out on the floor of the passenger seat. The man said he was unsure whether he locked the vehicle.
There were no security cameras facing the vehicle.
Storm door broken; culprit unknown
A resident in the 8400 block of Lochdale called police Oct. 2 after someone broke the glass in his storm door.
Once on the scene, police were told that someone broke out the door on the north side of the house overnight. The man said he had been home since 7 p.m. Oct. 1, and noticed the glass the next morning. According to the report, the man did not see or hear anything in the middle of the night and did not known who broke the glass.
Police did not find anything that could have broken the glass, so it is unknown what caused the damage.
There were no security cameras or suspect information.
Catalytic converter stolen from Chevy Cavalier
A 59-year-old man living in the 1600 block of River Bank Avenue had a rude awaking Sept. 17 when he discovered the catalytic converter, valued at $200, had been stolen overnight from his silver 2002 Chevy Cavalier, which had been parked on the street in front of his residence. There were no suspects, and no nearby surveillance cameras.
Mountain bike stolen from backyard
A mountain bike was reported stolen the morning of Sept. 18 from the backyard of a residence in the 1600 block of Liberty Avenue. The owner, a 58-year-old woman, said the teal, 10-speed mountain bicycle, which had black handlebars and thin tires, was in poor condition.
Tagger with spelling issues vandalizes house, vehicle
The misspelled word “theif” was discovered spray-painted on a house and minivan at noon Oct. 9, at a residence in the 17500 block of Dora Avenue. The incident was captured on surveillance video, a copy of which was given to police detectives.
A teen living in the house said that several days earlier, she received a Facebook message from a former classmate warning her that the vandalism had been planned.
GMC Envoy stolen
A Blue 2007 GMC Envoy was reported stolen overnight the morning of Oct. 2, from a residence in the 1400 block of Shenandoah. No signs of forced entry, like broken glass, were visible. The owner said he was in possession of the keys, and no money was owed on the vehicle. The Envoy was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
A white 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, with a stylized Detroit “D” sticker and a “LOVE” sticker with weapon silhouettes on the rear window, was reported stolen the morning of Sept. 28 from where it was parked on the street in front of a residence in the 11000 block of Garfield Street.
The vehicle owner said she had last seen the SUV about 10 p.m. the night before. She said she still had the keys, was up-to-date on payments and had not given anyone permission to use the vehicle. Stolen with the SUV were $500 to $600 worth of tools and $200 worth of clothing. There were no suspects.
Purse and contents found in neighbor’s driveway
A woman living in the 15000 block of Mulberry Street said her purse, which she last saw on her kitchen counter the night before, ended up in the driveway of a neighbor, who returned it intact the morning of Sept. 27, with none of the purse content missing.
The house had no signs of forced entry, and the woman said nothing else appeared to be missing from her residence. She said she had heard no noises during the night, and said she and her child are the only people with access to the house.
Google account hacked; con tries to buy security cameras
A man reported to police officers on Oct. 3 that he received a text alert the afternoon of Oct. 2 that his Google account had been accessed by an unknown party. Google tech support said they could not access his account, because the hacker kept changing the password. The victim’s bank statement, which he had accessed on his phone, then showed a transaction for $316.94, which had a “pending” status, to which bank officials said they were unable to respond.
On Oct. 3, the man said he went to his financial institution in person to have his account cancelled. Upon further conversation with Google, the man learned that the unauthorized user was attempting to use the account to purchase a security camera system.
Airport ID stolen from ransacked vehicle
A Wayne County Airport Fire Department identification card was reported stolen overnight on Sept. 25, from an unlocked 2003 Dodge Ram pickup parked in the 23200 block of Sunset Road. The worker whose ID was stolen reported its loss, and had the swipe immediately deactivated. No other items were taken from the truck. An alert was sent to surrounding jurisdictions in reference to the stolen airport identification.
IRS scammer tricks man into buying Home Depot gift cards
A man reported to police officers the morning of Sept. 25 that a caller claiming to be from the IRS said he owed $8,000 in back taxes, and told the man to purchase gift cards from Home Depot to pay the debt. However, the Home Depot clerk limited the man’s purchase to $1,000 in gift cards, the numbers from which the victim provided to the faux IRS representative, after which they hung up on him, which aroused his suspicion.
The victim was given a case number, and advised that no government agency will ever request gift cards as a means of settling a debt.
Woman conned by fake country music star
A woman who thought she was holding text conversations with country music singer and songwriter Chris Young was asked to deposit a check to her bank account, which would allow her to buy Google play cards for him to spend while visiting her at the end of his current “tour.”
The victim said she bought two $100 Google play cards, and texted the numbers to her faux Chris Young, but after she saw that the check bounced, she changed her bank account password. The con artist then upped his game, and a person claiming to be with the military accused her of defrauding a member of the armed forces. The woman then opened a new bank account.
Police officers advised the woman to block all phone numbers and email addresses connected to the fraud, and provided her with an identity theft packet.
A woman reported to police the morning of Sept. 28 that a package from Amazon, containing $80 worth of supplements, was stolen from outside of her apartment door while she was away. She said a text alert from Amazon provided a photo of the physical delivery. She said none of her neighbors had taken in the package for safekeeping, and she could think of no possible suspects.
Police terminate high-speed chase
The driver of an uninsured 2010 Buick Lacrosse with an invalid license plate led police officers on a high-speed chase that began on Biddle Avenue near North Drive the night of Oct. 3, which the pursuing officers eventually abandoned after the driver started running red lights on major roads at a high rate of speed.
When the vehicle crossed the bridge into Ecorse, it accelerated rapidly, changing lanes erratically, driving in the center turn lane to pass cars and even on the wrong side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
The driver ran a red light at Jefferson and Southfield Road, then made a left onto Outer Drive, drove west, and ran two more red lights. Due to the suspect’s dangerous driving and reckless disregard, the police officers opted to terminate the chase.
Invalid license plate leads to drug arrests
Two Wyandotte men — a 46-year-old driver with an expired license plate due to lack of insurance, and his 21-year-old passenger— were arrested Oct. 3 and the silver Acura forfeited when crack cocaine was discovered in the vehicle.
The traffic stop, at Goddard and 13th Street, initially identified the passenger as having an active warrant for his arrest. The passenger was subsequently handcuffed, searched and placed in the back of a police car.
The driver was asked to exit the vehicle, and he gave the police officers permission to search his vehicle, which resulted in the discovery of a folded paper containing crack cocaine, which was in the
cupholder between the driver and passenger seats.
Both men denied the cocaine belonged to them. The search also uncovered a glass pipe and other drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
The driver was searched and handcuffed, and both were arrested for possession of crack cocaine. The vehicle was forfeited and towed, and the men were taken to the police department for booking, after which they were held.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)