Honda Civic stolen from restaurant employee
A 1997 Honda Civic driven by a restaurant employee was stolen between 4 and 11 p.m. Oct. 18 from the parking lot at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 3125 Fairlane Drive. Restaurant management said they would turn over surveillance video to police detectives upon request. The owner of the car, the mother of the restaurant employee, said she suspects that the car might have been stolen by a relative who has a predilection for grand theft auto.
Smith and Wesson stolen from vehicle gun safe
A Smith and Wesson M&P .40 handgun and the vehicle gun safe in which it was stored was reported stolen the morning of Oct. 19 from the registered owner’s black 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. He said the theft likely occurred in the past two weeks, while the vehicle might have been unlocked.
The man said the gun safe had been installed under the driver’s seat and secured with a thick cable. He said he travels frequently with the vehicle for work, and is uncertain when the gun might have been stolen. The gun was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Altercation reported at Walmart
Police responded to Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive, Nov. 2 on a call relating to an altercation with two men inside the bathroom.
The Loss Prevention Officer said he walked into the men’s bathroom after receiving reports that there was a naked man inside. After arriving to the bathroom, the LPO observed two white men with one wearing only underwear.
According to the report, it appeared that the man was changing clothes, but the LPO was concerned because there was a boy in the bathroom as well. When the LPO told the men to put some clothes on because of the child they became upset and began cursing at him. The men throught the LPO was accusing them of stealing merchandise.
During the altercation, one of the men shoved the LPO and the LPO shoved him back. There were no injuries reported and the two men left immediately after the altercation. The LPO said he did not want to pursue charges, but wanted to document the argument.
Security video shows the men leave in a dark pickup truck. The child was not available to speak to, the report said.
Wallet missing at McDonald’s
A man called police to McDonald’s, 13158 Ford Road, Nov. 1 saying his wallet went missing in the bathroom.
About 8:30 a.m., the man entered the restaurant and went into the bathroom for approximately five minutes where he set his wallet on top of the toilet paper holder in the stall.
The man then went to his vehicle in the parking lot when he noticed his wallet wasn’t in his pocket. When he re-entered the restaurant to check the bathroom for his wallet, he discovered it was gone.
According to the report, the man said he noticed a man enter the bathroom the first time he left.
An employee provided access to security video to police who saw the victim enter and exit the bathroom followed by an unknown person entering in between. The unknown person was a heavier set white male wearing a bright blue crew neck sweatshirt, black shorts, tall white ankle socks and darker sneakers.
As he left the bathroom, he was seen putting an unknown brown item into his left pants pocket with the shape resembling a wallet. The man exited the restaurant and left in a new style Ford two-door pickup truck. The victim then entered the restaurant for a second time.
The man said the wallet contained two credit cards, a debit card and driver’s license. All of the credit and debit cards were reported stolen prior to police arrival at the restaurant.
Designer wallet, $400 stolen from vehicle
Police were dispatched to a house in the 6200 block of Campus Nov. 1 on a report of a vehicle break-in and items missing.
The victim said she locked her GMC Yukon at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, and when she returned outside the next day at 8:20 a.m. she observed the vehicle had been ransacked.
A Burberry wallet valued at $300 to $400, the victim’s Social Security card, $400 in cash, credit cards, bank cards and driver’s license were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle, and the victim was adamant that she locked the vehicle the night before, according to the report.
The house had a security video system, but it was not working at the time of the theft. Police were informed that the victim would contact the neighbors to see if any of their video systems caught the break-in.
There was no suspect information.
2 men seen entering resident’s vehicle
A resident called police to a house in the 4400 block of Detroit after two men entered her vehicle parked on the street overnight.
The two men gained access to the Ford Escape just after 6 a.m. Oct. 24 through the driver’s door that was unlocked. According to the report, the Escape was unlocked because her son left it that way when he came home at 12:30 a.m.
She noticed her Escape was ransacked at 9:45 a.m.; her gray Android car charger and green handbag were stolen. The woman reviewed security camera footage and saw one man enter through the unlocked door while the other man walked past the Escape.
One man was described as black, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 140 to 160 pounds. The other man was described as black, 16 to 25 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 120 to 150 pounds while wearing gray and white shoes.
Both men fled south on Detroit. The resident said she would provide police with a copy of the security video footage, and that she wishes to press changes against the men.
House-sitter’s truck, power tools stolen overnight
A 52-year-old Woodhaven man who was house-sitting the home of a friend in the 4000 block of Helen Avenue reported the morning of Oct. 27 that his black 2002 Silverado HD, which was locked, was stolen overnight, along with assorted hand and power tools, with an estimated $800 value. The pickup was stolen without the keys. There was no surveillance video, and no suspects. The victim was advised to check local pawn shops for his tools, and to report the circumstances of any recovered tools to police detectives.
Fraudulent out-of-state police officer gets credit card numbers from victim
A 57-year-old Lincoln Park man reported Oct. 30 that a man claiming to be with the El Paso Police Department called him and said there was a warrant in his name in El Paso, and requested credit card information and the last four digits of his Social Security card “to see if he was telling the truth” about his innocence of any crime. After the call, the victim canceled his Direct Express card, but not his Chase platinum card. He was advised to do so, and was given a report number.
Ticket trouble: Imposter in rental car uses fraudulent name
A 21-year-old Melvindale man filed a fraud complaint the afternoon of Nov. 4 after he received a mailed notice for an unpaid traffic ticket from the 36th District Court in Detroit. He said he was not in Detroit during that time, and has never received a traffic ticket. The license plate of the vehicle associated with the ticket was associated with a rental car.
Funny money fails to buy fast food
A woman attempting to pass a $20 bill labeled “motion picture purposes” was left empty-handed the evening of Nov. 2 when an employee at Burger King, 18520 Allen Road, detected the counterfeit bill. The woman, who claimed she received the money from her bank, left in a greenish-blue Chevrolet car registered to a Southgate man. The responding police officer took the counterfeit bill into evidence.
Tires slashed, deterred borrower possible suspect
A man living in the 14000 block of Shenandoah Drive reported Oct. 25 that the passenger side tires of his blue 2008 Mercury Mariner were slashed. He victim said the vandalism might be the work of a person to whom he refused to give money for gasoline two days earlier, who subsequently became upset at his refusal.
Pricey personal property stolen from minivan
A silver 2010 Chrysler Town and Country minivan was reported burglarized Oct. 25 while it was parked on the street in front of the victim’s residence in the 14000 block of Stoneham Lane. A gray Vortex backpack, valued at $200, was taken, along with eyeglasses, sunglasses, Canon binoculars valued at $900, knives, a SureFire flashlight, a Fenix flashlight and three bottles of prescription medication. He said he was unsure whether or not the vehicle was locked. There was no visible damage to the vehicle.
GMC Envoy stolen from apartment building parking lot
A black 2003 GMC Envoy was reported stolen between noon and 3 p.m. Oct. 30 from an apartment building parking lot in the 16000 block of Grace Court. The vehicle, which has an Old English “D” in the rear window, was stolen without its keys. The vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Package with tools stolen from porch
A package delivered by the U.S. Postal Service was reported stolen the morning of Oct. 29, six weeks after the delivery was likely stolen off the victim’s porch in the 13000 block of Callender Street. The package contained a Snap-On 18-volt impact drill with two rechargeable batteries and a charger, with a $155 value. He said the USPS has a record of a 1:14 p.m. Sept. 16 package delivery, but no package was at the residence when the resident arrived home from work. There were no suspects.
Ford Fusion stolen
A black 2017 Ford Fusion was reported stolen overnight the morning of Nov. 5 from the parking lot near the victim’s townhouse in the 16000 block of Weddel Street. The victim said she had both sets of keys, no one else was allowed to drive the vehicle, and it was locked. She said the leasing office confirmed that the vehicle had not been towed. It was entered in the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Multi-purpose vehicle stolen while running in driveway
A man reported that his white 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid multi-purpose vehicle was stolen from his driveway in the 26700 block of Wick Road the morning of Nov. 5 while running, when he went briefly back into his house to get something. He said he heard a noise, which he thought was a trash can falling over, while he was in the house, and then he heard the sound of his vehicle being driven away. However, he said he did not see the actual theft, and could not therefore provide a description of the driver.
There were no surveillance cameras in the vicinity, and a search of the area for the vehicle was unsuccessful. The MPV was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Chevy Silverado stolen
A tan 2003 Chevy Silverado was reported stolen Oct. 25 from the parking lot of a man’s residence on Marie Street. The victim said he first noticed the vehicle missing about 7 a.m. that morning. There was no sign of broken glass, and the vehicle was not repossessed. It was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Victim unknowingly paid installments on fraudulent iPhone purchase
A woman filed a police report for fraud Nov. 1 after she discovered an unknown person had purchased an iPhone 8+ 64 G in gray on Dec. 30 using her T-Mobile account at a T-Mobile store on Outer Drive in Detroit. The woman said that her rate plan had recently changed, so she wasn’t immediately aware that her monthly payment amount was remiss.
To date, she had paid $660 toward the cost of the iPhone, which has not been activated, and does not have a phone number associated with it. The online receipt shows two additional accessory purchases, which were purchased using a cash payment. There were no suspects, and the victim initiated a fraud claim with T-Mobile.
High-end Harley stolen
A 2011 merlot-colored Road Glide Ultra Harley Davidson motorcycle was reported stolen the night of Oct. 24 from the street in front of a residence in the 800 block of 7th Street. The motorcycle owner was still in possession of the keys, and he said he did not hear the sound of it being driven away.
The Harley had an expensive after-market stereo system, and a gold ribbon sticker on the saddle bags with the words “Chloe’s Soldiers.” The Harley, valued at $10,000, also had bright LED lights adorning it.
The motorcycle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen. Police officers checked the immediate area, to no avail. An alert was also issued to neighboring police departments. There were no surveillance cameras near the residence. The man said that while he wishes to press charges, he is primarily concerned with getting the motorcycle back.
Woman found with crack cocaine during booking
A 33-year-old Port Huron woman wanted by the Wyandotte Police Department for three outstanding warrants was delivered to the station by Detroit police officers the night of Oct. 24, after which, during the booking process, she was found to be in possession of crack cocaine. The previous warrants were for possession of a controlled substance, accosting and soliciting, and providing false information to a police officer.
During the Oct. 24 booking, a police officer noticed the woman had her left hand clenched in a fist. When asked to open her hand and reveal its contents, she placed the item in her mouth and tried to swallow it. Police officers immediately intervened, and attempted to facilitate the removal of the object from her mouth. The woman then spit the object onto the booking counter.
The item, a small zip-top bag, tested positive for crack cocaine. It was secured in an evidence bag and placed in an evidence locker. The woman was issued a new charge, for possession of a controlled substance. She was then fingerprinted, and held in a cell.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)