License, debit card taken from wallet while shopping
A woman shopping at Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, the afternoon of Oct. 13 said she believes that her wallet was pickpocketed from her purse, and her Michigan driver’s license and debit card were removed, after which her wallet was returned to her purse. She said she did not notice the debit card was missing until she reached the checkout register and needed it to pay for her purchases. There were no suspects.
Glass door damaged at Lion’s Pizza
Police responded to Lion’s Pizza, 15029 W. Warren Ave., on a distruction of property report due to damaged glass at the business on Oct. 26. Once at the scene, the owner said that someone wearing dark clothing threw a rock at the front door but access was not gained. The glass door was damaged from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. that day.
Security footage was reviewed by the owner who observed the perpetrator walk past the front of the building three times before throwing a rock at the glass door. The person walked by the door one more time but did not attempt to make entry. According to the report, the person was last seen walking west on Warren.
Man arrested for trespassing
An employee of Circle K, 25350 Michigan Ave., called police to the business Oct. 19 after a man was seen pacing back and forth in the parking lot possibly carrying a firearm.
The man matching a description given was seen walking east, away from the business toward Burger King next door and then illegally crossing Michigan Avenue without using the crosswalk.
Police made contact with the man who verbally identified himself. The gas station employee said the man was advised on trespassing approximately four days earlier.
He also said the man was in and out of the gas station harassing customers just minutes before officers arrived. The man was arrested for trespassing and placed under a $500 bond.
Resident reports package stolen
A Dearborn Heights man filed a report at the Dearborn Heights Justice Center, 25637 Michigan Ave., Oct. 18 after he noticed his Christian Dior cologne was missing.
The man said Amazon delivered the cologne to his house in the 6800 block of Colonial at an unknown time. He received a confirmation from Amazon stating it was delivered. According to the report, the Amazon order number showed a delivery date of Oct. 18.
There is no suspect information.
Items stolen from vehicle; credit card fraud attempted
Police were dispatched to a house in the 4400 block of Kingston Oct. 23 on a larceny from vehicle report.
The victim said she arrived home at 7 p.m. when she parked her Ford Explorer in the driveway, and about 3:45 p.m. the next day she discovered items missing from the vehicle. A brown Michael Kors purse valued at $300, a white and black wallet, Michale Kors watch valued at $200, $230 in cash, passports and security cards of her son and daughter, the victim’s driver’s license and bank card were stolen.
According to the report, the woman received an alert from her bank stating that someone attempted to use her card multiple times at a Citgo gas station and Wal-Mart in Taylor.
Police observed the several pending charges totaling over $650 at Wal-Mart and total of $35 at Citgo. The bank caught the suspicious charges and the woman confirmed them as fraudulent before they were approved. She was advised to contract the three credit bureaus for herself and on behalf of her children in order to put a freeze on their credit to prevent fraudulent accounts from being opened.
When asked if the Explorer was locked, the woman said she wasn’t sure. Police found no signs of forced entry nor security cameras at nearby houses.
Teens on bicycles suspected of stealing liquor
A loss prevention employee at Meijer, 3710 Dix, reported the night of Oct. 11 that a teen boy had stolen liquor, placing the bottle in his backpack and masking the sensor with foil to prevent the store exit alarm from activating. She said three teens were together, and all were thin black males, approximately 15 to 17 years old, with their hair worn in an Afro style. She said all three were wearing black jackets or hoodies. The employee said the teens rode away on bicycles in the direction of Gregory Park. She said they had been in the store earlier the same day, at which time she believes they stole a bottle of Crown Royal.
Former employee fails to clean up his act
A store manager of Dollar General, 3580 Oakwood Blvd., said that a former employee who was fired for stealing, entered the store the evening of Oct. 27 while wearing in-line skates, and proceeded to skate up and down the aisles while selecting cleaning supplies to steal.
After the 32-year-old Melvindale man was asked to remove his skates, he became argumentative, and said he had a right to shop in the store. After a second employee warned him to remove his skates, he became angry, and cursed her, after which she called police.
The man then placed his purchases on the store counter, bagged them, and left without paying for the items. The stolen items included laundry pods, cleaning wipes, dish cleaner and bleach. The store’s district manager indicated that he wishes to pursue charges against the former employee. Store employees advised police officers that they would download and provide surveillance video of the incident.
Laptop, software, speakers stolen from unlocked vehicle
A resident of Kings Forest Apartments, in the 19000 block of Fort Street, reported the afternoon of Oct. 23 that her unlocked gold 2008 Chevy was burglarized overnight, and a laptop, software and speaker were stolen. The laptop, a 2019 Fujitsu Lifebook T938, was valued at $1,800, and was loaded with about $1,200 worth of software. She said a JVL Bluetooth speaker, valued at $50, was also stolen. There were no suspects.
Identity theft victim said collection agency contacted her over fraudulent debt
A Southgate woman reported an identity theft after a collection agency contacted her about an unpaid $1,303 debt on a Fifth Third Bank credit card, where she said she has never had an account. The woman said her name was used, but with a different Social Security number. She said a legal affidavit was sent to her to initiate an investigation, and filing a police report was one of the first steps she needed to complete.
Cell phone account fraudulently opened in man’s name
A Taylor man reported the morning of Oct. 31 that his personal information was used to fraudulently open a Sprint account in September 2016, and it recently went into collection for a past due balance of $574, at which time he noticed it on his credit report. He said Sprint would not release any information to him, and told him to file a police report to initiate a fraud investigation. He said he carries his Social Security card in his wallet, but he does not know who might have fraudulently obtained the card number.
Halloween decoration stolen
A woman living in the 4000 block of Butler Court reported the afternoon of Oct. 22 that a Halloween sign with a cobweb motif and the words “IT’s October, WITCHES,” with the words “WELCOME” in black and white on the other side, was stolen the night of Oct. 18 from the front of her house. The sign’s anchor was left on the ground. She said the decorative sign had a $50 value.
Mustang-driving teen cited for reckless driving
An 18-year-old Taylor man was more interested in updating his Snapchat profile than the ramifications of his police stop at 12:16 a.m. Oct. 28, when he was cited for reckless driving and the red 2004 Mustang he was driving was impounded and towed.
A police officer on stationary patrol at Fort and Oak heard a vehicle at Eureka and Fort revving its engine, and heard the sound of squealing tires, then saw the vehicle traveling by at a speed of about 75 mph in a 45 mph zone on Fort Street.
Following a traffic stop, the man admitted to speeding, and produced a valid license and proof of insurance. When a police officer conducted a search of the vehicle, he noticed a working radar detector affixed to the windshield. The man was cited and released at the scene without the Mustang.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)