Drunken driver blocks gas station entrance
A 44-year-old Kentucky woman who was blocking an entrance to a gas station the night of Dec. 8 was arrested for operating while under the influence of liquor, with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.
Police officers initially responded to a wellness check of a woman reportedly slumped over in her vehicle and blocking the Hamilton Avenue entrance to Shell, 23000 Outer Drive. When they arrived, they discovered that the woman was looking down at the GPS on her cell phone, with the car in drive. She said she was lost, and was trying to rejoin her friends.
However, the woman smelled of intoxicants, her speech was slurred, and her eyes were glassy and bloodshot. She agreed to take field sobriety tests, but began to fall as she exited her vehicle, and needed assistance to stand upright. She subsequently failed the field sobriety tests administered.
A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.267, more than three times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. She was arrested and held, and her vehicle was impounded and towed.
Property manager finds house damaged
Police responded to a house in the 21500 block of Edna Dec. 12 on a report of damage to a vacant house.
The property manager said that on Dec. 4 he discovered some of the windows had been broken out and graffiti sprayed on the interior walls on the lower level. According to the report, police were told that the house is normally left unlocked. The property manager said he last saw the former resident of the house in June and does not suspect him of causing the damage.
The property manager said he was last at the house in August so the damage must have taken place between then and Dec. 4.
There is no suspect information.
Woman reports suspicious situation with neighbor
A woman reported a missing package and dispute with her neighbor Dec. 15.
She showed a video from her Ring doorbell app where her neighbor removed a package which was placed next to the common entranced shared by both. The neighbor put the package under her arm, opened the door and then entered the building.
According to the report, the woman believed the package was hers due to the placement of it but did not have any evidence, including tracking information.
The woman provided police with a separate video of her neighbor looking into her mailbox which is separate from her mailbox, but nothing was removed from it.
Police advised the woman to contact her landlord to settle the dispute.
Customer steals e-cigarette pack from gas station
Police spoke to the owner of Citgo, 5157 S. Telegraph Road, who advised them that about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 an unknown customer entered and stole a pack of e-cigarettes.
According to the report, each e-cigarette in the eight-pack was valued at $7.99.
The customer was described as a heavy set black male about 17 years old, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, ripped blue jeans and black shoes.
While at the gas station, the customer asked for something from the back while he was cashing out at the window, and when the owner walked away, the customer reached through the window and took the e-cigarettes from behind the counter. The customer did not pay for the items and left the gas station on foot. Video and photos of he customer were pulled by the owner from security footage and given to police.
Over $1,000 in tools missing from truck
The victim of a vehicle latency called police to his house in the 5600 block of Polk Dec. 15 after he discovered multiple tools stolen from his Dodge Ram.
According to the report, the theft took place between 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 9:50 a.m. Dec. 15 when someone gained entry into his truck parked in the driveway. He noticed the truck had been ransacked and the driver side passenger window broken.
Missing from the truck were three silver Hitachi nail guns valued at $450, a silver Senco nail gun worth $150, two Ridgid circular saws valued at $240, a Ridgid drill gun with $100, a Ridgid impact driver worth $100, and a Ridgid Sawzall valued at $150.
The victim said the last time he was in his the truck was 8 p.m. Dec. 14, and that the truck was locked at the time of the theft.
Police observed that access was gained into the vehicle by breaking out the driver side passenger window with an unknown object. There was no suspect information or further evidence.
An unknown number of LG 49-inch televisions, valued at $500 apiece, were reported stolen the morning of Dec. 3 from a storage room at Royal Choice Inn and Suites, 1805 John A. Papalas Drive. A construction worker detected a breach at the rear of the building, with cut plastic, an open window, and two televisions on the ground near the open window.
Police officers discovered two more televisions nearby, adjacent to the railroad tracks, where they also found fresh tire tracks.
Two detectives arrived to process the room where the theft occurred. The building has video surveillance cameras, and the owner said he would provide footage to the police detectives.
Victim provides police officers with hit-and-run license plate number
A man whose 2020 Buick Envision was sideswiped by a white work pickup truck the night of Dec. 16, on eastbound Outer Drive west of Allen Road, while trying to avoid a disabled school bus, was able to provide police with the hit-and-run vehicle’s license plate number and a description of the driver.
The victim said the other driver stopped, exited his truck, argued with the reporting party, then left the scene, driving south on Allen Road. The man was described as a tall white male with a thin build, in his late 20s or early 30s.
The license plate of the pickup is associated with a 37-year-old Lincoln Park man and a Ford 2008 Super Duty truck.
The Buick had minor paint scratches on the left side of the vehicle near the front driver’s side tire and mirror.
Work truck stolen, later found in neighboring city
A white 2011 Ford F350 truck with a flatbed and salter in the truck bed was stolen at 5:27 a.m. Dec. 9 from Riverview Auto Wash and Storage, 18584 Fort St. Surveillance video shows an unknown man, wearing a black hoodie, and dark clothes, enter and drive away with the truck.
A work cell phone left in the truck for employee use was tracked to Wyandotte, but later tossed into the road, where it was found by a pedestrian and taken to the police station.
The vehicle, which the victim’s employees use, was ultimately found later that day at Meijer in Lincoln Park, where a credit card left in the truck for the employees was used.
The vehicle was towed to the Riverview Police Department so detectives could check it for evidence which could lead to the identification of the thief, prior to returning it to the owner.
GMC Terrain taken
A blue GMC Terrain was reported stolen the night of Dec. 8 from the T.J. Maxx parking lot, 15200 Dix Toledo. The victim said he ate at the nearby Dragon Buffet at 7:30 p.m., then went into T.J. Maxx to do some shopping. At 9 p.m., he returned to the parking lot to find his vehicle missing. He said he had his vehicle key in his possession. He said his Social Security card was in the vehicle, and he is concerned that it might be used for identity theft. The vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
A resident in the 13000 block of Kerr is likely hoping for mild weather, since his snowblower was reported stolen the morning of Dec. 8 from his garage. He said he noticed at 6:45 a.m. that the garage door was open and the lights were on. There were no pry marks on the garage door. The victim said he will search for the snowblower serial number and forward it to the police officer. There were no suspects nor surveillance video.
Package with Dell laptop stolen
A Dell laptop which was supposed to require a signature upon delivery by FedEx was mistakenly left outside of a residence in the 13000 block of Torry Pines Court Dec. 6, unattended, and was stolen. Dell agreed to ship a new laptop, with signature required upon delivery, as soon as the intended recipient filed a police report. There were no suspects for further information about the possible package theft.
Vehicle broken into at BJ’s, with car radio, cash, gold medallion stolen
A man shopping at BJ’s Wholesale, 15523 Racho Road, reported the evening of Dec. 16 that the front passenger window of his 2002 Ford Explorer was shattered, and his car radio stolen, along with a gold medallion and $65 in cash.
The investigating police officer asked the store manager for surveillance footage, but she said no one at the store at the time had the ability to access it. She said she would talk to the store’s loss prevention personnel later and forward any relevant surveillance footage to the police department.
Wedding ring lost at Christmas parade
A woman who lost her wedding band at the Dec. 7 Christmas Parade along Jefferson Avenue, near West Road, thinks the ring may have fallen off her finger when she removed her winter gloves. She said she checked along Jefferson Avenue, where she watched the parade, and near where she was parked, to no avail. She said the ring was a wide, white gold band, with a $3,000 value.
Cosco account hacked; fraudster tries to order Apple iPad Pro
A woman reported Dec. 6 that her Cosco account was hacked and an attempt was made to charge an Apple IPod Pro A12X, with a bionic chip with 256 GB, in silver, to her bank debit card, for $1,166, and an attempt was made to ship it to an address in Wayland.
The woman said she was able to cancel the order and had the money reimbursed to her bank account. She said she subsequently changed the password on her Cosco account.
Burglar held at gunpoint by homeowner until police arrive
A 39-year-old Lincoln Park man may be regretting his decision to break into a garage in the 1200 block of Sixth Street the afternoon of Dec. 5, as the resident held him at gunpoint until police officers arrived to take him into custody.
A woman said she was running errands, and when she pulled into her driveway and opened the garage door, she saw the suspect sitting inside her garage. She immediately went into her house to tell her husband.
He grabbed his gun, for which he is licensed, and went outside to the garage, where he detained the suspect at gunpoint while his wife called police. The intruder was taken into custody by the police officers, booked and held.
Unresponsive man found to be in possession of narcotics
A 23-year-old Lincoln Park man who fell asleep the afternoon of Dec. 8 while talking to a companion in a vehicle ended up in police custody for an active warrant and for possession of narcotics.
Police officers were dispatched to Circle K, 540 Goddard, based on reports of a man passed out behind the wheel of his parked vehicle. Bystanders said they had tapped on the glass, but were unable to awaken the man.
A police officer was able to awaken the man, who appeared confused. He said he fell asleep because he worked nights, and was tired. He was asked to step out of the vehicle. The officer asked for permission to search him, and he complied.
His wallet contained a Michigan identification card. He initially denied that he had been driving on a suspended license, then relented when he realized the store security cameras would reveal the truth.
Fire Department medics then checked out the man at the scene, but he refused transport to a medical facility. It was then discovered that the man had an active warrant out of Wyandotte, so he was taken into custody.
The woman who originally had been with the man said he was driving with her because he was going to help her change her vehicle tires. However, she said he inexplicably pulled into the store parking lot, talked with her a while, then fell asleep.
The woman passed the man’s jacket to the police officers, who found a pill bottle with narcotics in the pocket.
His vehicle was subsequently impounded and towed. He was then arrested for possession of narcotics and his outstanding warrant. He was taken to the police station, where he was booked and held.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)