Drunken man looking for Vicodin taken into custody
A domestic disturbance escalated into a 24-year-old drunken man being taken into custody at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 20 in the 9800 block of Becker Avenue. A woman said her drunken husband was rummaging through the kitchen for Vicodin which he was not supposed to have. She said she grabbed the pills away from him, and went to the bathroom with the intent of flushing them down the drain, but he grabbed the pills back from her.
She said he then went into the kitchen, and angrily started breaking glassware. She became angry as well, and also smashed some glassware. Both were reportedly yelling and standing barefoot in broken glass prior to the arrival of police officers.
Before police officers arrived, the man left the house to hide his pills at his parents’ house a block away. He returned while the officers were talking to his wife, and he stood in the front yard, loudly yelling profanities, and ignoring police officer orders to quiet down.
The police officers tried to get the man to agree to spend the night at his parents’ house, while his sober wife stayed in the home with their children, who were sleeping in their bedrooms. The man continued to argue, and wouldn’t gather his personal items and agree to leave the residence. He was then arrested for disorderly conduct, and was handcuffed, searched, and taken to the police station for booking, where he was held. The man is currently on probation for an unrelated offense.
Unlicensed driver gives officers fake name to avoid warrant arrest
A 28-year-old unlicensed Pontiac man speeding on the Southfield Freeway the night of Oct. 25 was taken into custody for driving without a license and lying to police about his identity to try to avoid arrest for outstanding warrants.
The man was driving 74 mph in a 55 mph zone. He initially claimed to have left his driver’s license at home, and could not produce a vehicle registration or proof of insurance. He then tried to pass off the front seat passenger’s driver’s license as his own. He then tried to verbally pass himself off as his brother. He finally admitted to his actual identity, and said he was afraid of being arrested for active warrants for his arrest out of Oakland County.
A third man, 29, also of Pontiac, was lying on the third-row seat, trying unsuccessfully to look inconspicuous. His Michigan identification card revealed that there were active warrants for his arrest with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.
The two men with active warrants were taken into custody, while the front seat passenger was released at the scene. The vehicle was then impounded and towed.
Woman cited for trespassing
Police were dispatched to Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Ave. Nov. 8 on a report of a customer refusing to pay her bill at a nail salon.
Once on the scene, officers spoke with security who said the customer was previously advised by police on trespassing. The security officer showed paperwork with the customer’s signature which stated she was banned from the mall for one year.
According to the report, the customer ultimately agreed to pay her bill and was issued a citation for trespassing. She also was advised again not to return to the mall for a two-year period.
Passenger removed from train for smoking marijuana
An Amtrak conductor called police to John D. Dingell Transit Center, 21201 Michigan Ave., Nov. 9 after a passenger started smoking marijuana on a train while it was in transit.
The conductor said she observed the passenger and wanted him off the train following its arrival at the station. She was unsure when the passenger got on the train and when he began smoking, according to the report.
Police made contact with the passenger and advised him that he needed to get off the train, as requested by the conductor. The passenger did not speak much English, the report said, but complied with officers to exit the train.
According to the report, the passenger told police he lives in Chicago and that is where he was going when he got on the train. Police transported the passenger to the Detroit bus station where he was able purchase a bus ticket to Chicago.
AirPods, MacBook, iPhone stolen from vehicle
Police responded to a house in the 20500 block of Williamsburg after a resident reported multiple Apple products missing from his vehicle overnight.
The resident said that at 10 p.m. Nov. 9 he parked his vehicle in front of his house and left it unlocked. About 2 a.m. Nov. 10 he observed the interior was rummaged through with items thrown around the vehicle.
A black iPhone 10, MacBook with an orange case and one pair of white AirPods were stolen. There were no security cameras nearby and also no suspect information.
Woman finds vehicle door ajar, purse missing
A woman called police to her house in the 20500 block of Fairview Nov. 8 after her orange Louis Vuitton purse was stolen.
Police were informed that the victim’s vehicle was parked in her driveway about 6:45 p.m., and when she returned at 7:30 p.m. the driver’s door was partially ajar. According to the report, the victim observed her purse missing which contained $500 in cash, her driver’s license, about five credit cards and two women’s gold bracelets.
The victim said she had a security camera, but that the camera doesn’t activate until 10 p.m. so possible footage of the robbery was not available.
The woman cancelled all the credit cards and no fraudulent charges were made.
There was no evidence or suspect information.
Residential door kicked in during night; nothing taken
A 32-year-old man living in the 4000 block of Agnes Avenue discovered the morning of Nov. 4 that the side door of his residence had been kicked in overnight. His girlfriend, a 31-year-old woman who also lives in the house, said she heard a loud noise in the middle of the night, but did not know what it was at the time, so did not investigate. The residents said nothing was missing from the house.
The man said he has no enemies who would want to break into his residence. A neighbor’s surveillance camera may have captured footage of a suspect, but no one responded when police attempted to contact them. The resident was given a police report number to submit to his insurance company for the door repair.
New homeowner wakes up to window broken with chunk of concrete
A 38-year-old man who recently purchased a house in the 1600 block of Grant Avenue had a rude awakening at 1:05 a.m. Nov. 2 when someone threw a 2-inch-by-2-inch chunk of concrete through a 2-foot-by-2-foot double paned living room window with an estimated $200 replacement cost. The man said he had fallen asleep on the couch about 12:30 a.m., and was awoken by the sound of breaking glass. The homeowner said he could think of no one who would want to damage his house. The man was given a police report number for his insurance company.
Man stealing cough syrup from dollar store banned from business
A 29-year-old Detroit man was banned from Dollar General, 3580 Oakwood Blvd., the afternoon of Oct. 24 after he shoplifted two bottles of cough syrup from the store. An employee provided police with a description of the man, a black male wearing a blue jacket with gray sleeves, who was walking east on Oakwood Boulevard.
Police officers stopped and questioned the man, who said he took the cough syrup because he was sick. The store employee said he did not wish to press charges, but he asked the police officers to advise the man that he may not enter the store again without being arrested for trespassing. The employee said the man had a history of shoplifting at the store and the Lincoln Park location. The shoplifter was advised of his banning, and was given a courtesy ride to a nearby bus stop.
Ecorse man stuffs jacket full of food at dollar store
A 57-year-old Ecorse man with a history of shoplifting was banned from Dollar General, 3580 Oakwood Blvd., the morning of Oct. 24 after he attempted to steal 16 food items by concealing them inside his jacket.
The man, a black male, wearing dark clothes and a black hat, was stopped by police officers as he walked east on Oakwood Boulevard. He was taken to the store to have his identity verified by the employee, who declined to press charges, but who asked the police officers to advise the man that he was permanently banned from the store. The stolen items were returned to the business.
The man was taken to the Dearborn police station for booking, where he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court for a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.
Vehicle blocking sidewalk keyed
A vehicle was extensively scratched the morning of Oct. 26 in the 18000 block of Valleyview, where the owner of a blue 2016 Ford Flex, who was visiting his father, said the vehicle had been partially blocking the sidewalk.
The vehicle was keyed on the passenger side fender, doors and rear quarter panel, an estimated $1,000 in damage.
The victim’s father said he saw a dark-colored SUV or minivan drive away from the area at a high rate of speed during his son’s visit, but he did not know if the two incidents were related.
The investigating police officer found no paint residue in the scratches or on the ground near the vehicle, indicating that the damage might have occurred elsewhere.
iPod stolen from locked vehicle
A woman reported that an Apple iPod belonging to her employer, which she left charging in her locked car between 11:17 a.m. and 12:13 p.m. Oct. 19, was stolen from her white 2019 Nissan, which she said was locked, while it was parked in a lot in the 15000 block of Brookview Drive.
She said she had the iPod charging, but she had hidden it under a bag on the front seat. She said when she returned to the car, the back-rear door was ajar, and the iPod was missing. There was no sign of forced entry. The iPod, valued at $400, was white, with a black case and a brown strap. There were no suspects.
Con artist tricks woman into providing credit card information, tries to order gift cards
A fake online “Geek Squad” advisor conned a woman into providing her credit card information on Nov. 2, after which he attempted to order $3,300 in Best Buy and Game Stop gift cards. The woman’s bank notified her of the purchase attempt and put a hold on it, and said her money would be refunded to her account.
On Nov. 3, the woman received three Amazon packages containing fraudulently acquired gift cards. She said Amazon’s fraud department told her to keep them until they provide instructions on how and where to return them.
Past purse theft results in ongoing identity fraud
A woman whose purse was stolen several years ago, along with her identification and her Social Security card, reported to police officers the morning of Nov. 11 that several credit cards have been opened in her name, with outstanding lines of credit. She said she needed a police report to dispute the charges.
Car window broken overnight
A man living in the 6500 block of Pine Avenue reported the afternoon of Oct. 30 that the rear driver’s side window of his black 2010 Ford Focus was broken between 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and 11 a.m. Oct. 30, while the vehicle was parked in front of his house. He said a neighbor alerted him to the damage.
The man said he did not see or hear anything suspicious, and nothing was stolen from the interior of his car. He said he did not know what was used to break the window. He said his surveillance camera did not record the damage to his vehicle. There were no suspects.
Vehicle mirror damaged while parked in front of residence
A man living on Margarette Court reported the morning of Nov. 8 that the driver’s side mirror of his 2018 GMC Terrain was damaged between 5 p.m. Nov. 7 and 7 a.m. Nov. 8 while the vehicle was parked on the street in front of his residence. The incident was documented for insurance purposes.
Credit union warns customer of fraudulent purchase attempts
A woman filed a police report the evening of Nov. 5 after her credit union notified her that a Western Union location in San Francisco had charged $225 to her account. She was also advised that an attempted $769 charge to Dell Corp. had been blocked. The woman said she closed her debit card account, and had initiated a fraud investigation.
The woman said she had received a voice mail message from Western Union, but had ignored it, thinking it was a fraud. She said she also received a call from an unknown man, and hung up, thinking that it was also a possible scam. She said that none of her other accounts had been compromised. She was given a police report number, and advised to monitor her credit for the next 90 days.
Lyft driver stuck on railroad tracks claims GPS caused him to make wrong turn
A Lyft driver who was stuck on the railroad tracks the morning on Nov. 4 west of Biddle Avenue and north of Alkali Street said he was following his GPS to pick up a customer, and he mistakenly turned onto the tracks, thinking it was Alkali Street, and became stuck.
A passing police officer saw the white 2018 Chevy Cruze stuck on the tracks, and called a tow truck, which was able to free the vehicle from the railroad tracks. The vehicle was not damaged, and was drivable. The man paid the tow truck and left without incident.
Unsuccessful break-in at liquor store captured on surveillance video
A man tried unsuccessfully to break into Cahalan Liquor and Party Store, 1266 Eureka, about 3:20 a.m. Nov. 2, first by trying to pry open the door, and then by trying to break the door glass. Surveillance video shows a vehicle parking in the alley, and then a white male, wearing a black jacket, black hat and tan pants approach the front doors. After the man was unsuccessful in an attempt to pry open the door, he threw his left shoulder against the door glass, breaking it, but failing to gain entry. He is then seen leaving the area. The case was turned over to the detective bureau.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)