Arguing woman jailed after smashing sister’s car window
A 19-year-old Allen Park woman was taken into custody the afternoon of Feb. 17 after she smashed the window of her sister’s 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser following a heated argument.
The victim, the older sister, said she had driven her younger sister to Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, to fill a prescription at the pharmacy drive-through lane, when the younger sister allegedly criticized how loudly her sibling was speaking to the pharmacist. The older sister allegedly said she would stop driving her around if she continued to criticize her.
The younger sister then became enraged, and threated to “pop the tires,” and the older sister said she would file a police report if that happened. The younger sister then threatened to kill the older sister.
The older sister said she then put her vehicle in park and flagged down a nearby Allen Park police officer in a patrol vehicle, who was at the store for a separate call. When the woman returned to her vehicle, the passenger side window had been broken, and the younger sister offered a taunting remark before leaving the area on foot.
The police officer later went to the family home, where the younger sister confessed to breaking the window, and said, in a profanity-laced statement, that the older sister deserved the vandalism, and that she would rather be jailed than pay for the broken car window.
Her wish was granted, and she was handcuffed and taken into custody, where she was booked for damage of property and held. Per the detective bureau, no citation was issued.
Drunken driver arrested after trying to use his car to get his truck out of a snow bank
A 25-year-old Allen Park man was arrested for operating while impaired in the early morning hours on Feb. 15 after he tried to use his car to free his pickup from a snow bank in a business parking lot in the 7600 block of Allen Road. The pickup had been associated with reckless driving reports earlier in the evening.
When police officers spotted the man, he tried to flee in his gray 2007 Ford Taurus, but responded to a police officer’s lights and siren and responded to the traffic stop. The police officer noted that the man smelled strongly of intoxicants, his speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. He admitted to drinking earlier in the evening. Multiple field sobriety tests were administered, which he failed.
A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood alcohol content of 0.16, twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
Both the car and the truck were impounded and towed. He was handcuffed and taken to the police station, where he was booked, cited for operating while impaired, and held.
Copper wiring stolen from former Burger King
Police responded to a vacant, former Burger King building, 7021 Wyoming Ave., Feb. 18 on a report of missing copper wiring from the transformer.
The owner said he called DTE Energy and asked why he was not getting power inside the building when they insisted there was power and visited the building for an inspection. According to the report, later on it was found that the copper wiring from the transformer to the building had been removed between Feb. 11 and 18.
There were no signs of forced entry or a broken lock at the location. The owner showed police the circuit box attached to the building that was missing wiring that would have been connected to the box from the transformer.
Man advised on trespassing at business
The manager of Dearborn Carpet Co., 7557 Schaefer Road, called police to the business Feb. 22 for a man causing trouble.
Officers were informed that the man walked into the store and shoved one of the customers as he left the business. The manager said the man was walking around the store aimlessly and disrupting the flow of business.
According to the report, the man on another occasion had entered the store and caused a disturbance, and the manager asked police to advise him on trespassing. Police made contact with the man in the area of Maple and Tireman where they explained he was no longer allowed on the property, and if he returned he would be arrested. The man said he understood and left the area without incident.
Residents report man tampering with vehicles
A call to the 26300 block of Pennie was made by a resident Feb. 13 who said a suspicious man was tampering with vehicle door handles.
Dispatch advised police that the white man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt was last seen walking south on Bayham from Pennie. When officers arrived, they checked the surrounding area for the man but were unable to locate him.
The resident told police he saw the man get into a gray Chrysler 300 that was parked in the road in front of his house. He also saw the man exit the driver’s side door and walk east on Pennie. According to the report, the owner of the Chrysler 300 was unsure if his vehicle was locked but that nothing was missing or tampered with.
Another resident said he saw the man carrying a black backpack going through his neighbor’s blue Ford Escape that was parked in the road facing west in the 26300 block of Pennie. The resident said he yelled at the man, who took off south on Bayhan, and followed him until losing sight go him at Powers and Fellrath.
Police spoke with the owner of the Ford Escape who said she was unsure whether her vehicle was locked. She also said nothing was missing or tampered with.
A check of the area for security cameras was done by officers but none were located that may have captured the incident or suspect.
Heat press stolen after delivery
A resident told police Feb. 18 that her heat press was missing.
The resident said she ordered a heat press online for $642.27 which was set to be delivered to her house in the 25400 block of Hopkins. According to the report, the woman repeatedly checked the mail, but did not see the item delivered. The confirmation email said the heat press was delivered by FedEx at 11:56 a.m. Jan. 21. She also said that an email stating the item was delivered had not been received.
There is security camera at the woman’s house, but the video footage is saved for seven days so she didn’t have suspect information.
Man discovers identity theft when unexplained W-2 tax forms arrive
A 51-year-old Lincoln Park man filed a fraud report Feb. 24 after he received two different 2019 W-2 tax forms from companies for jobs he never held. One W-2 was from a Michigan temporary employment services company he worked for in 2018, and the other was for a staffing company in Minnesota. He said he was unsure how his information was compromised. He said the Internal Revenue Service advised him to file a police report. The police officer advised him to contact the Social Security Administration as well.
Funny money no laughing matter
A woman fled Family Dollar, 2027 McKinley St., the afternoon of Feb. 22 following an unsuccessful attempt to pay for a purchase with a fraudulent $100 bill. When the clerk told the woman the bill was counterfeit, she asked for it back, and when the clerk refused, she hurriedly left in an unknown direction. The woman was described as black, in her early 20s, 5 feet to 5 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build. The incident was captured on store surveillance video.
School bus vandalized
A school bus belonging to the Academy for Business and Technology, 19625 Wood St., was vandalized between 6 p.m. Feb. 18 and 6 a.m. Feb. 19, with damage to the bi-fold doors. There were no suspects. A representative from the school initiated a police report for the school’s files.
Medical equipment stolen from unlocked car later found abandoned
Boxes containing a medical vascular machine and foam shoe inserts were stolen about 3 a.m. Feb. 24 from a 62-year-old woman’s unlocked car in the 18900 block of Wall Street. A neighbor said he saw someone carrying boxes at that time. The boxes, with the items still in them, were later recovered further down the street and returned to the woman.
Con artist posing as handyman arrested
A 52-year-old man posing as a handyman, who took deposits from at least two area residents but never completed the work, was arrested Jan. 22 and charged with misdemeanor larceny. He was bound over to 27th District Court in Wyandotte.
Man tricked into providing Social Security number, name via email scam
A man was tricked through an email scam into providing his name and Social Security number, which he thought was a legitimate request, because he had done business with the company named in the correspondence in the past. However, when he called the actual customer service center for the business, he learned he had been the victim of fraud. The man was advised to contact the Social Security administration, and to monitor his credit reports.
Wallet stolen at Planet Fitness returned without credit card, driver’s license
A woman whose wallet went missing the evening of Feb. 19 at Planet Fitness, 13591 Eureka Road, retrieved her empty wallet the next day at the front desk, less her driver’s license, a credit card and other items.
She said the credit card was used that night between 11 and 11:30 p.m. at a local gas station and for a DoorDash food delivery order.
The woman was advised to contact the Secretary of State office and the Social Security Administration to flag her accounts, and to report the fraudulent use to her credit card company.
Gibson guitars stolen from man in mobile home park
A man living in Robbinwood Villa Mobile Home Park was the victim of a burglary between 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 26, when a thief pried and damaged his door jam and broke his main door lock.
Stolen were two Gibson guitars, valued at $2,500; $1,100 in cash in a Kevlar bag, $100 in rolled quarters, two dozen silver dollars and a collectible breast cancer coin.
A neighbor saw a silver sport utility vehicle parked near his resident about noon, but did not see anyone in or around his residence. There were no suspects. It was estimated that it would cost $200 to fix the door frame.
Motorist takes tools he saw fall off a pickup to police station
A motorist who saw tools fall off the back of a silver Ford F-150 pickup on Van Horn Road near Lathrop Street the afternoon of Feb. 10, stopped to pick up the tools from the road, but was unable to catch up with the motorist to return them, so he took them to the police station. The good Samaritan said the pickup’s tailgate was down, so he was unable to get the vehicle’s license plate number. Retrieved were a portable light, 4.5 gallons of joint compound and a Stanley toolbox with assorted tools.
Illegally tinted car windows lead to drug arrest
A vehicle with illegally tinted windows and an inoperable license plate light landed the driver’s nephew, a 29-year-old Detroit man, in jail the night of Feb. 20 for violation of the Controlled Substances Act.
The driver, a 58-year-old Detroit man, said he had been visiting with friends in Ecorse, and got turned around and went south instead of north on Jefferson to head back to Detroit.
A check of the white Pontiac G6 in the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed that the vehicle’s insurance was expired; however, the man’s driving record was clear.
The passenger, who provided his state of Michigan identification card, was found to have an active warrant out of Redford Township.
The passenger was then asked to exit the vehicle for a pat-down search, and as he did so, a pill fell out of his pant leg. It was later determined to be a schedule 2 controlled substance.
The driver then gave his permission for the police officers to search his car. During the search, assorted baggies, which later tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and Fentanyl, were found on the passenger side of the car, along with a duffle bag containing an electronic scale, and a note pad with phone numbers, many without names.
The passenger was then arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and was taken to the police station, where he was fingerprinted, photographed, searched and held.
The driver was cited for no proof of insurance, illegal window tint and a defective license plate light, and was verbally warned to repair his cracked windshield.
Distracted driver loses temper, arrested for resisting, obstructing
A 38-year-old Wyandotte man whom a police officer pulled over for operating a cell phone while driving on Fort Street the afternoon of Feb. 25, ended up losing his temper and landing in jail.
When the man pulled over for the traffic stop, he claimed he was using his phone for GPS directions, but the police officer noticed that a messaging screen, not GPS, was visible on his cell phone screen.
The man then provided his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. While running the man’s name through the Law Enforcement Information Network, he was found to have a child support warrant out of Wayne County, which indicated that he was more than $10,000 in arrears. Wayne County officials verified the warrant.
When the police officer returned to the man, his car window was rolled up, and his car doors were locked. He said he was on the phone with his lawyer, and refused the police officer’s order to exit the vehicle. The police officer called for backup, and another police officer arrived in time to use his car to block the vehicle and prevent the man from driving away.
The man, who continued to refuse to exit his vehicle, was told a window would be broken to access the inside of his vehicle if he continued to fail to comply.
The man finally exited the vehicle, but would not cooperate with police officers, refused to assume a position for a search, and resisted being handcuffed. A spritz of chemical deterrent spray had no impact on him, as he continued to struggle with the police officers, until he was finally subdued and handcuffed. The vehicle was impounded and towed.
On the way to the police station, the man said he would fake a seizure during booking, and he made violent threats to a police officer. He also said he did not pay child support because “I’m not paying for something I don’t see.”
When he finally arrived at the police station, he was searched, booked, fingerprinted and held.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)