Identity thief uses victim’s information to file for unemployment
An Allen Park man reported May 21 that an unemployment claim letter was sent in his name to his mother’s address, where he used to live.
He said he is not unemployed, and did not file for benefits. The false claim was made on May 15, and the identity thief used his Social Security number to initiate the claim. The victim said he did not know how his information might have been compromised. He was told to contact the credit bureaus regarding his identity having been compromised.
Loud nighttime parking lot argument prompts police presence
Police officers were called to the Comfort Inn Hotel, 3600 Enterprise Drive, at 2 a.m. May 23, where a 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were yelling at each other in the parking lot.
The argument had drawn the attention of multiple hotel guests, who were awakened by the shouting. Both were cited for being disorderly persons, and were strongly advised to return to their rooms and go to sleep.
Drunken driver falls asleep in roadway
A 32-year-old Redford Township man who admitted to having “a couple of shots” of alcohol was reported to police officers the night of May 24 when he fell asleep in the middle lane on Moore Avenue near Vine Avenue.
While police officers were responding, the man reportedly woke up, pulled to the side of the road, and put his vehicle in park before falling asleep again.
When a police officer approached the car and driver, the officer opened the unlocked door, turned off the car and removed the keys, then asked the driver if he was OK. The man was startled and confused. He smelled strongly of intoxicants, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He agreed to, then failed multiple field sobriety tests.
A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.144, nearly twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
The man was arrested for operating while impaired and for failing to provide proof of insurance. His vehicle was impounded and towed.
Driver stopped, cited for reckless driving
While on patrol, police observed an orange Dodge Charger turning north onto Horger from the left lane of westbound Ford Road at a high rate of speed May 16.
According to the report, the vehicle also was fishtailing and squealing its tires causing a large amount of smoke. The vehicle drove around a long line of vehicles and pedestrians who where lined up along Horger next to Fordson High School to pick up graduation items. Police further noticed the vehicle stop, spin its tires and fishtail, creating another large amount of smoke while the vehicle came dangerously close to the pedestrians and other vehicles.
A traffic stop was conducted at Horger south of Donald where the passenger and driver were identified. The driver was detained for reckless driving while police searched the vehicle. While in the police vehicle, the driver said he drives that way for fun and that’s what they do on graduation day. The Dodge was towed and the driver was cited for reckless driving.
The driver and passenger were released at the scene.
Sony PS4 stolen from Walmart
Police responded to Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive, after a purchased video game system was taken from the owner’s cart.
The victim said she had purchased a Sony PS4 console valued at $400 from the Walmart electronics counter and was given a receipt. She placed the PS4 in her shopping cart then continued shopping in other areas of the store.
According to the report, the victim said she left her cart unattended for a few minutes when she returned the PS4 was gone. The Loss Prevention officers reviewed security video.
On camera, the victim is seen on camera at 12:40 p.m. when she abandons her cart in the intersection of two aisles of the store. An unknown heavyset female walks past the abandoned cart, sees the PS4 and keeps walking before returning seconds later and removing the console and walking away.
The video quality was very poor so LPOs were unable to reacquire the thief on any other cameras to determine a better description.
Police provided the victim with a report number.
A 2019 black Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle was stolen May 7 from the intersection of Monroe and Annapolis.
The motorcycle was taken between 5 and 7 p.m., police said. Surveillance images show the thief who is approximately 5 feet tall and wearing a distinctive full face motorcycle helmet, black Mechanic gloves, blue jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information on the missing motorcycle can contact Dearborn Heights Det. Sgt. Michael Gondek 313-277-7487 or [email protected]
Riverview girl arraigned for widespread vehicle vandalism
Alexa Klimek, 17, of Riverview was arraigned online June 4 for a one count felony warrant for malicious destruction of property exceeding $20,000, by 27th District Court Judge Elizabeth DiSanto.
Police Chief Clifford Rosebohm said in a June 5 press release that the Wayne County Prosecutors Office recommended which charges should be filed.
The teen was allegedly involved in $28,000 worth of vandalism to 28 vehicles on May 28, which were gouged with a sharp object, some with obscenities scratched into them.
A 16-year-old girl also is suspected of involvement, and a petition has been submitted to the Wayne County Juvenile Prosecutors division for the same charges.
Rosebohm said both girls confessed to the vandalism.
A probable cause conference will be held June 11 for Klimek. She has been released on a $20,000 personal bond, is under house arrest and is wearing a GPS tether.
Identity thief files for unemployment benefits
A Trenton man reported May 21 that an unknown person filed for unemployment benefits using his identity information.
He said on May 20, his employer told him a $9,412 claim had been filed. The victim said he hadn’t been unemployed, and had not filed a claim.
The victim was advised to contact the credit reporting agencies and to have them attach fraud alerts to his account. He was also given a Federal Trade Commission identity theft packet.
Window broken while resident was at work
A renter filed a police report at her landlord’s behest the afternoon of May 18 after she arrived home from work and discovered the outer pane of a double-paned window had a hole and a large crack in the glass. She said she discovered the damage to the east-facing window about noon, and that the window was undamaged when she left for work earlier that day.
Erratically behaving woman found with crack cocaine
A 40-year-old Romulus woman was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and driving with a suspended license the night of May 8 after her erratic movement in the middle of a street captured the attention of a police officer on stationary patrol, who began to monitor her.
After crossing the street, the woman entered a black 2004 Honda Accord and drove away. However, when she perceived a police officer was following her, she turned into a side street, pulled over, and turned off the car.
As the police officer continued to surveil her from a distance, the woman began driving again. The police officer followed her, and detected illegal window tinting, and conducted a traffic stop.
The woman, who was rocking back and forth, and speaking fast, admitted to having a suspended driver’s license. Her agitation and uncontrolled body movement were evident. She agreed to a vehicle search.
The police officer woke up the front seat passenger, a 23-year-old Inkster man, who did not have any identification in his possession.
When the woman exited the car, she tried to concealed a small container in her hand, in which police officers found two rocks of crack cocaine. She was then arrested.
The passenger had a large amount of cash in his possession. Police officers found multiple small granules of crack cocaine on the passenger side floor board. He was subsequently arrested for loitering where drugs are used, kept or sold.
The car was impounded and towed. The woman was found to have three current license suspensions, and multiple arrest warrants out of other jurisdictions.
Both were taken to the police station, where they were booked, photographed, fingerprinted and held, and the man was bonded out shortly afterward.
Drunken driver found with an open bottle of cognac
A 37-year-old Ecorse woman was arrested May 9 for operating while impaired and for having an open container of alcohol in her vehicle.
When police officers were responding to a report of a physical domestic dispute, a woman in a gray Dodge Journey was seen leaving the location, blowing through a yield sign and nearly striking a curb with a too-wide turn.
A traffic stop was initiated, and the woman said she was leaving the nearby residence because her friend and the friend’s boyfriend had gotten into an argument, so she decided to leave.
The police officer noticed that the woman smelled of intoxicants, her speech was slurred, and her eyes were bloodshot and glossy. When asked how much she had had to drink, the woman replied, “Not enough.”
The woman was asked to exit the car to perform field sobriety tests. However, she had her father on her cell phone, and did not want to terminate the phone connection. She argued with the officer, and was given an ultimatum, after which she was arrested for obstructing an “operating while impaired” investigation.
The woman began to struggle, and resisted being handcuffed. After a brief struggle, she was handcuffed, searched and placed in the back of a police vehicle.
When her car was searched, an open bottle of cognac was found, which was three-quarters full.
Her vehicle was impounded and towed.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)