Expired license plate tab leads to arrest for drug paraphernalia
A 41-year-old Royal Oak man who was subject to a traffic stop on the northbound Southfield Freeway near Outer Drive the morning of Nov. 21, for driving with an expired license plate tab, received additional citations for driving with a suspended license and for possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
His 2016 Dodge Charger was impounded and towed, and he was released at the scene. However, his passenger, a 42-year-old Detroit woman, wasn’t as fortunate: She had active warrants for her arrest from Dearborn’s 19th District Court. She was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, and transported to the Dearborn police station, where she was taken into custody.
Traffic stop leads to foot chase for man with multiple warrants
A driver who repeatedly drifted onto the lane marker the night of Nov. 22 while driving south on the Southfield Freeway tried to flee the scene of a traffic stop on foot because he was driving on a suspended license and had outstanding warrants with multiple municipalities.
As the freeway ended and became Southfield Road, the police officer initiated a traffic stop, and the driver pulled into the Premier MRI parking lot near Southfield Road and Quandt Avenue. The driver, a 53-year-old Detroit man, exited his vehicle, and started walking toward the police car while yelling. He was told to go back and sit in his car. He appeared as if he were going to comply, then he broke out in a run, traveling southeast toward the alley behind Beaumont Urgent Care.
The man ignored orders to stop as he hoisted himself over a cinderblock wall and entered the backyard of a residence in the 15600 block of Beatrice Avenue. The man started to run in a westerly direction through another back yard, and when he stumbled, the police officer was able to gain control over him, handcuffing and searching him. The police officer then walked the man back to the scene of the traffic stop.
The passenger, a Lincoln Park woman, who was the owner of the vehicle, was intoxicated and unable to drive, so her vehicle was impounded and towed. There was an open can of apple ale in the cupholder, which neither the man or woman was willing to claim as their own. The police officer then dumped the contents at the scene.
The man was taken to the Allen Park police station, where he was booked and held. In addition to driving with a suspended license, and obstructing police, he was cited for improper lane usage, no proof of insurance, having an open intoxicant, and defective equipment for the non-functional license plate lamp.
Man discovers flat tire following verbal altercation
The victim of a flat tire called police to Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Ave., Nov. 22 to report the damage on his vehicle following an altercation.
While on the scene in parking lot, the victim told police a young man stood in front of a parking spot which the victim wished to park. When the victim asked the man to move, he did but then another man started to yell at the victim, saying he took his parking spot.
The victim said the parking wasn’t assigned and that he’s free to park where he wants. In response, the second man said that his tires would be flat when he came out.
When the victim returned from his movie, his left rear tire was punctured and flat so he spoke to security. After security reviewed video footage he stated that a man exited his brown vehicle and started “stabbing” the tire.
The victim described the suspect as a heavy set black man.
Police issue reckless driving citation
While at the intersection of Diversey east of Greenfield, facing west Nov. 20, police observed a 2010 black Volkswagen traveling at least 75 mph in a 35 mph zone north on Greenfield through Diversey.
Police caught up with the vehicle at Tireman and Greenfield where a traffic stop was initiated. The driver identified himself with his driver’s license. He was searched and placed in the rear of the police patrol vehicle for reckless driving.
The vehicle was searched and then impounded. Police issued a reckless driving citation and the driver was advised to contact the 19th District Court. He was released at the scene.
Man leaves IHOP without paying
Police were dispatched to IHOP, 24140 Ford Road, Nov. 18 after a man left the restaurant with his carryout order without paying.
The manager informed officers that about 10:45 a.m. a black male wearing a read hat and black hoodie walked up to the register for his carryout breakfast order. When the man asked if he could have extra ketchup, the manager left the front counter. The man then took his food and left the restaurant in an unknown direction without paying.
A receipt with the items taken and phone number the man called from were provided to police. The man was not located after police conducted a search of the area.
According to the report, the manager said he would contact police when he was able to get a copy of the security video.
Resident defrauded of $5,606 after scam call
A Dearborn Heights man living at a house in the 24600 block of Annapolis filed a police report Nov. 22 following a scam phone call.
The man said he received a phone call Nov. 21 from an unknown person claiming his business fixed the resident’s computer this past summer and was due a refund of $300. The resident believed the caller since he did have his computer fixed for $300 in the summer.
According to the report, the man was told that in order to receive the refund he needed to go online and give access to his computer. The caller then brought up the man’s bank information while he logged into the man’s bank account, but when the man was asked to type in $300, the suspect transferred $3,000 instead.
The caller next said he would lose his job if this did not get straightened out so the resident was told to go to Walmart and purchase $2,700 in gift cards. The resident purchased six gift cards from Walmart in Southgate totaling $2,700 and then provided the card information to the caller.
After contacting his daughter about the phone call, the man was advised it was a scam and that $2,900 was missing from his bank account.
In total, the man was defrauded of $5,606 as a result of the scam. He told police the caller had an Indian accent and provided a phone number.
Man pulled out of vehicle as three men steal his pickup
A 44-year-old Lincoln Park man who was sitting in his brown 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the early morning hours of Dec. 2, in front of his residence in the 19000 block of Markese Avenue, with the engine running, said three men approached, pulled him out of the vehicle, and fled with his pickup, traveling south on Dix Highway. He was unable to describe the men to police officers, but confirmed that no one had permission to take his vehicle. It was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Fake DEA agent defrauds man of savings
A 58-year-old Lincoln Park man was defrauded by a fake Drug Enforcement Agent, who convinced the man through a phone call Nov. 29 that his identify had been stolen by a person who had opened fraudulent bank accounts, and who had been arrested for drug trafficking. He was told if he did not pay back the money, a warrant would be issued for his arrest.
He was instructed to withdraw cash from his bank accounts, and was given specific instructions on how to ship the cash in different envelopes to multiple addresses. He was warned that his cell phone was “bugged,” and the alleged DEA agent would know if he talked to anyone about the situation. The caller blocked his phone number between Nov. 29 and Dec. 2 whenever he called his victim.
When the victim finally told a friend about the situation, he convinced him he was being scammed, and urged him to report the crime to local police officers. The victim showed all of his cash withdrawal and shipping receipts, and was instructed to follow up with the detective bureau.
Woman’s residence broken into while in process of moving out
A 34-year-old woman living in the 3100 block of Patricia Drive reported the morning of Nov. 27 that her residence, from which she was in the process of moving, had been broken into, with the kitchen window screen removed, and access apparently gained through the window. She said nothing was stolen or out of place. She voiced her suspicion of who may have forced their way into her residence, but said she had no proof to back up her assertion.
Multiple license plate larcenies
Two license plates were reported stolen from residents living on side streets near the Dix Road corridor.
On Nov. 30, A 38-year-old man living in the 17300 block of Palmer Street reported that the plate was stolen from his 2012 Dodge Journey. He said he last recalled seeing the plate a day earlier, in the afternoon.
On Nov. 28, a 54-year-old man living in the 2500 block of Bloomfield Street said the plate was missing from the truck he drives, which is registered in his 81-year-old mother’s name. He said he last remembers seeing the plate the day before.
Both plates were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Stolen Jaguar which nearly hit Wyandotte police officer abandoned in Riverview
A gray 2013 Jaguar XF was found abandoned in the driveway of a house in the 1700 block of Reno Street in Riverview about 7 a.m. the morning of Nov. 21, three hours after a similar sports car nearly hit a police officer in Wyandotte, who was investigating a 4 a.m. report of someone attempting to break into cars.
The Jaguar fled to Riverview, near Pennsylvania Road and Matthews Street, which is three blocks from Reno Street, where the car was abandoned, with the lights on and the keys in the ignition. The Jaguar was stolen out of Romulus, and had a license plate registered to a Chevrolet Malibu.
Polaris four-wheelers and trailer stolen
Two Polaris four-wheelers and a borrowed trailer were reported stolen the night of Nov. 21 from residents in the 18000 block of Valleyview Drive, a couple who said they were in the process of moving. They said they had last seen the trailer and vehicles early that morning. The victims said the trailer was not locked.
There were no surveillance cameras in the area, and they still had the keys to the vehicles, which were paid off. There were no suspects. The vehicles were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen. They had not told their friend about the theft of the trailer, and there was not enough information at that time to enter it into LEIN.
A black and dark gray 2003 Ford F-350, which had been loaned to a friend, was stolen Nov. 29 from the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 13000 block of Village Park Drive. The borrower said the vehicle was legally parked and locked before it was stolen, and that they were still in possession of the vehicle keys. The truck was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
High winds bring down tree limbs, damaging car
A Ford 500 sedan was damaged the morning of Nov. 27, when tree limbs fell on the vehicle, which was parked in the 14000 block of Fordline Street. The car roof was damaged, the windshield shattered, the passenger door dented and the passenger door windows were shattered. There were strong winds in the area at the time the branches fell. The tree was on the resident’s property, not the city easement.
4 men smash way into Sprint store
A passerby called police about 5 a.m. Dec. 4 when they drove by the Sprint store, 21215 Eureka, and saw four men breaking into the store. The caller said there was a sport utility vehicle parked nearby.
Police officers responded to the location, for which an alarm also was triggered, and found the store’s west glass window broken. A ball peen hammer was on the ground outside of the broken window.
Police officers cleared the building, and found broken glass showcases, open drawers and scattered glass on the floor. There were also several bricks strewn across the floor.
Police were unable to notify the keyholders of record. The store window was boarded up, and a note left inside the store. The extent of the theft was unknown at the time of the initial report.
Electronics stolen from car parked at Southland Mall
A man reported on Nov. 29 that purchases he recently had made at Best Buy at Southland Mall were stolen from his car. The victim said he had purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro and a Dre Beats model 3 headphones, and he placed the items in his 2009 Dodge Charger before going back into the mall to talk to a friend.
He said when he returned a half hour later, the passenger side window of his vehicle had been broken, and the electronics were missing. There was no evidence or suspects.
Identity thief orders, picks up woman’s prescriptions, thwarts refills
A woman who was having difficulty refilling prescriptions reported on Nov. 26 that someone was using her identify to reroute her prescriptions out-of-state, and she has had trouble getting her doctor to refill her stolen prescriptions. She said she was in a nursing facility during the month of August, after which she was unable to refill any of her prescriptions. She was provided with a police report, and advised to contact the credit bureaus to mitigate any further identity theft.
License plate larceny on Lakewood
A license plate was reported stolen Nov. 26 from a white 2007 Chevy Silverado parked in the driveway of a condo on Lakewood Drive. The victim said he had last seen the license plate the day before, in the afternoon. The plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Armed robbery at Dollar General
A masked thief with a pistol robbed Dollar General, 3901 Fort St., on Nov. 30, leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.
The assistant manager said the thief was a white male, wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hoodie, white athletic shoes, a black hat and gloves. She said he also had a black mask concealing his face. She said she was hanging signs in an aisle when he approached her, brandishing his gun, and demanded she open a cash register. When she did, he reached over, grabbed cash from the drawer, and ran out of the store. The employee said he ran south on Grove Street.
The store surveillance system recorded the theft, and showed that the man was in the store for about 45 seconds. Police officers used a K-9 asset to attempt to track the suspect.
Man steals kitten from animal shelter
A 54-year-old man who was in the process of adopting a dog from Shelter to Home, 266 Oak St., left with a kitten after he inadvertently entered the building the afternoon of Nov. 30 when it was supposed to be closed but was accidentally left unlocked.
The man’s actions were recorded on surveillance video, and police officers went to his apartment to retrieve the kitten. Shelter representatives said they wished to press charges. A ticket for larceny was written and mailed to the man.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)