Former resident, evicted earlier from house, arrested for unlawful entry
A 54-year-old Allen Park man was arrested for unlawful entry shortly after midnight March 25 in the 14800 block of Arlington Avenue. The man, who had formerly lived at the location with the homeowner, recently had been evicted. He also had been arrested for trespassing on Feb. 29, after he was formally evicted from the residence.
When police officers arrived, they were met on the porch by the homeowner, who said the man was lying on the living room floor, refusing to leave. When a police officer ordered him to stand up, he refused, saying, “No, this is my house.” He was then restrained and handcuffed by the police officers, and transported to the police station, where he was booked and held.
Sheets, Sexy Hair shampoo on shoplifter’s list
A 35-year-old Allen Park man was arrested the evening of March 23 after attempting to leave Target, 3100 Fairlane Drive, with a cart full of merchandise for which he had not paid. Among the items selected by the shoplifter were a $33 queen-sized bed skirt, a $43 full-sized bed sheet set, a $50 Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush, and a $25 Sexy Hair brand shampoo and conditioner set. The man was cited for retail fraud and released at the scene.
Resident reports suspicious man
Police responded to a house in the 5800 block of Williamson March 15 after a resident reported an unknown person walking into his backyard and leaving two minutes later.
According to the report, the man was seen in the backyard on surveillance camera. An officer reviewed the footage and observed that about 8:19 p.m. a dark colored GMC Terrain pulled up and parked in front the house. About 8:22 the passenger exited the vehicle, walked into the backyard and then exited about 8:25 p.m. where he fled in the GMC south on Williamson.
The resident said he did not have a camera directed into the backyard, so police were not able to review what the man did. The officer and resident checked the backyard, but nothing was missing, nor were there signs of forced entry.
Police advised the resident to contact them if the vehicle was seen in the area. The man was described as white, wearing a gray hoodie, gray pants, white shoes and glasses.
Woman impersonates medical doctor
An employee at Dearborn Pharmacy, 14715 Ford Road, contacted police March 26 to report a woman impersonating a doctor.
The employee said the impersonator entered the pharmacy to request a prescription of antibiotics March 24. She provided a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration number so the employee filled the prescription.
Two days later, the impersonator returned requesting medication for a migraine. The employee said something did not seem right about the impersonator, and when she attempted to confirm the doctor’s status, the impersonator became evasive.
According to the report, when the employee refused to fill the prescription, the woman left the pharmacy without incident. The employee said she attempted to report the incident to the DEA in accordance with procedure, but could not get an answer, most likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police were told the employee would try to contact the DEA at a later date.
Resident defrauded of over $11,000
A woman living in the 6400 block of Martha told police that $11,800 was taken electronically from her checking account.
According to the report, the woman contacted her bank immediately and put a freeze on her account when she noticed the missing $11,800 from her account March 9.
Customer Service told her that there were two transactions that were suspected to have occurred using her bank’s app. The first transaction was a withdrawal labeled for rent in the amount of $1,300 and the second was a money transfer of $10,500 from the residents checking account to an unknown account.
The woman told police that she believed her smartphone was hacked and someone obtained her bank information and passwords. The woman also said that around the same time her cellphone number changed and neither she nor her husband made the change. As a result, she called her cellphone provider to get her original phone number back.
Police provided the resident with a case number and was advised a detective would contact her. There was no suspect information in the report.
Woman scammed by caller claiming she won Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes
A 34-year-old woman was tricked out of her bank account information March 14 by a con artist who first sent her an Instagram message that claimed she had won $140 million in the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. The victim was given a phone number to call. When she called the number, she spoke to a “Kathy,” who said she needed some basic information and her bank account information to cover the basic processing fee.
Shortly afterward, however, the woman’s bank informed her that someone attempted to withdraw money from her account using the Opensky.com app, which was declined, but an early withdrawal from the app, for $325, was approved. The woman subsequently canceled her debit card and filed a police report.
Steering column package delivery stolen from porch
A FedEx package delivery containing a 32-inch-long vehicle steering column was stolen March 7 from a residential porch in the 1500 block of Cicotte Avenue. The victim, who reported the theft March 16, said the vehicle part had a $233 value. There are no suspects, and no surveillance cameras which might have captured footage of the theft.
Break-in attempted at used car lot
The manager of Nationwide Auto Sales, 18703 Dix Ave., reported at noon March 25 that someone had unsuccessfully attempted to break into the business. He showed the responding police officer the boot marks on the front door, and the damaged strike plate.
The manager said it does not appear that anyone was able to enter the building, and said nothing inside was damaged, out of place or missing. The manager said he had already touched the doorknob and other parts of the door, so the site was compromised, so an evidence tech was not called in to dust for fingerprints.
Known criminal with outstanding felony warrants arrested after foot chase
When a resident saw a man breaking into the vacant house of a senior citizen currently in an assisted living facility, the morning of March 25, he called police officers, who responded to the 2700 block of Margaret Avenue. The caller identified a 33-year-old Melvindale man, who was walking down the street, whom police knew from previous encounters, and who has outstanding felony warrants for other criminal activities.
The man attempted to outrun the police officers, and for a while, visual contact was lost. However, additional police officers were called to the area, along with a K-9 tracking team from the Dearborn Police Department. The suspect was eventually apprehended near the Moonlight Motel, 18734 Dix Road, and was handcuffed and searched, then taken to the Dearborn police station, where he was booked and held.
The door of the house broken into had been kicked in, with the door completely off its hinges. It is unknown if anything was taken from the house. The damage was photographed by a police officer, and the Department of Public Works was contacted to board up and secure the residence.
Employee Equinox keyed at Rivergate Terrace
A new employee at Rivergate Terrace Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 14141 Pennsylvania Road, reported the afternoon of March 23 that her silver 2019 Chevrolet Equinox was keyed, with scratches on the driver’s side door and the front quarter panel. She said she had just begun working at the facility recently, and could think of no one who would have a reason to damage her vehicle. There were no suspects. She was given a police report number for her insurance company.
Residential window shattered while man out shopping
A man living in the 13000 block of Strathcona reported the evening of March 26 that his bedroom window was shattered between 5 and 7 p.m., when he left his residence to shop at a nearby store. When he returned, he discovered the shattered window and called police officers, who cleared the scene.
The man said nothing appeared to be missing from the room with the broken window. He shared the name of a possible suspect with police officers, but was hesitant and did not reveal any actionable information.
Wallet stolen from grocery store shopping cart
A woman reported March 20 that her wallet went missing from her shopping cart the afternoon of March 19 at Kroger, 16705 Fort St. She said the wallet contained $200 cash, her driver’s license, and debit and credit cards, which she had already canceled. She said she notified the customer service desk of the incident.
Game of porcelain throne?
An old toilet was thrown through the window of a vehicle parked in the 5900 block of Dudley Avenue the morning of March 31, a woman reported. She suspects her ex-boyfriend, who had left the scene 20 minutes earlier, was the culprit.
License plate stolen from disabled vehicle
A Trenton man who experienced vehicle problems March 18 said he parked his vehicle at Walgreens, 17071 Fort St., in Riverview, and when he returned to the vehicle March 20, he discovered that the license plate was missing. He reported the theft, and the plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Woman stabbed during home invasion
A 21-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg with a kitchen knife during a home invasion the afternoon of March 27 in the 2200 block of First Street, and was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
When police officers arrived, they saw a fight in progress inside the apartment, then saw several people flee the scene and enter a white Dodge Charger, which was driven away at a high rate of speed. The vehicle stopped a short distance from the scene to allow another man to enter the vehicle, then sped off again. The police officers obtained the Charger’s license plate number, but were unable to maintain visual contact.
The victim said she was sitting in her living room when someone banged on her front window, then began to remove the window screen, while other individuals began to kick in her apartment door. She said that once they gained entry, she was assaulted by four people.
The victim does not know what she was stabbed with, but one of her kitchen knives was missing, and a broken kitchen knife was found outside her apartment door. The handle of the broken knife was found in the road near where the Dodge Charger had been parked.
Suspicious man repeatedly searching for a woman he met at a strip club upsets neighbors
A man who may have been given a false address by a woman he said he “met at a strip club” was reported by a resident in the 1000 block of 22nd Street the afternoon of March 30, following repeated attempts by the man to find a woman he only knew by a first name.
The man, who was sitting in his parked car, provided police officers with his identification. He was alert, and did not appear to have any mental health issues.
The complaining resident said the man had come to her house several times looking for the mysterious woman, and it was “freaking her out.” Police officers noted that other residential complaints had been filed about the man’s presence recently as well.
Police officers told the man that he may have been given a false address by the woman he met, and he was advised to stay away from the area in the future. He said he would not return to the area. It was noted that the man had a valid concealed pistol license.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)