Identity thief falsely files for unemployment compensation
A man reported to police officers on June 3 that his employer, Carhartt of Dearborn, received paperwork indicating that an application for unemployment compensation had been filed in his name. The claim was not paid, but it was noted that the identity thief had access to the man’s personal identity information and his Social Security number.
Customer advised on trespassing at gas station
Police responded to BP, 22096 Michigan Ave., May 26 on a report of customer trouble that became physical. The customer informed officers that one of the gas station employees had pushed him for no reason.
While viewing the security video footage, police saw the customer pass by the United Tow Company call center several times and make aggressive or provoking gestures to the employees seated there. The employees made no attempt to engage the customer, but they instead responded to the rear alley of the gas station where the owner was informed of the customer’s behavior.
According to the report, the owner asked the customer to leave the store multiple times, and each time the customer stepped closer to the owner before taking an aggressive posture. The customer then cursed at the owner, after which the owner pushed the customer and held him. During the altercation, the customer attempted to punch the owner. Another employee called police.
Neither the owner nor customer said they wanted to press charges, and the customer was advised to never return to the gas station or he would be arrested for trespassing.
Purse stolen from vehicle
Police received a phone call June 4 from a resident living in the 27100 block of Rochelle to report her Coach purse was missing from her Nissan Rogue.
The vehicle was parked in the driveway about 10 p.m. May 31, and about 8 a.m. June 1 she discovered someone ransacked her Nissan and took her purse. According to the report, the vehicle was unlocked but there had been no damage to it. Inside her purse was a black wallet containing her driver’s license, $20 cash, multiple credit cards and her debit card.
The victim did not have security cameras at her house, but her neighbor across the street did. Police visited the neighbor’s house to find that one of the cameras was pointing to the side of the victim’s house and the other was pointing to the driveway of the neighbor’s house.
Resident harassed by unknown man
A Dearborn Heights man contacted police to inform them that he received a phone call from a Hispanic man asking if he spoke Spanish. The resident said he did not, so the man said to text him instead.
According to the report, the resident received a text message stating, “this is the pimp house and you wasted my girls time,” in which the resident replied that he had no idea what he was talking about. More text messages were sent by the man saying, “you give me $1,500 in two hours or I will kill you and your family.”
The man then texted the resident his address and full name, then said that he wasn’t “playing around.” When the resident continued to tell the man he had no idea what he was talking about, the man sent photos of dead bodies.
The resident told the man that he was contacting the FBI and to not contact him anymore and that’s when the man stopped contacting him.
A report was filed by the resident because he has a family, who he was worried about and that the man had his address.
Would-be burglar loosens motion detector light bulb
A would-be burglar loosened a bulb in a backyard motion detector about 2:20 a.m. June 4, at a residence in the 2100 block of Garfield Avenue, but their noisy approach alerted the resident, who turned on the porch light and saw the unknown person, who had been jiggling the back door knob, flee the scene.
The resident was unable to provide police with a description of the intruder. There was no damage to the property, and no latent prints were found on the back door.
Police officers canvassed the neighborhood, but did not see anyone in the area. There were no nearby surveillance cameras which might have captured footage of the attempted break-in.
Flirting stranger steals woman’s iPhone
A man who stopped to flirt with a woman who was walking near the Park Motel, 1727 Dix Highway, at 7:30 a.m. June 7, said he asked to use her cell phone, then drove off with the $600 Apple iPhone XR.
The woman said the thief, who was driving a red Toyota Highlander, was a dark-complexed Yemeni man, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a black hoodie, gray sweat pants and a black hat.
The woman said she was unable to obtain his license plate number, and she was unsure if the motel’s surveillance cameras captured footage of the incident.
Strangers on a power trip
A clerk at Mobil, 2625 Schaefer Road, reported at 1:34 a.m. June 3 that two men were charging their cell phones at a power receptacle on the outside of the building.
He said one man was wearing a white shirt, and the other was wearing a pink shirt. The men left the area before the police officers arrived. They then walked around the gas station and found the premises to be secure.
Late night fireworks cause concern
Police officers responded to the area of Gough and Wood avenues shortly after 10:30 p.m. June 2, following a fireworks noise complaint.
The responding police officers said the individuals lighting off the fireworks said the activity was part of a child’s birthday celebration. They were advised that they were in violation of a city ordinance, and they respectfully discontinued the pyrotechnic demonstration. There were no further complaints were received that night.
Identity thief tries to apply for credit card in victim’s name
The victim of an identity thief reported May 30 that four days earlier, an unknown person used her personal information to apply for a Lowe’s credit card, upon which her bank sent her a credit alert.
She told police officers that she did not apply for the credit card, and did not authorize anyone to do so on her behalf. Lowe’s canceled the credit card before any transactions had occurred. The victim filled out an identity theft packet, which was filed with the police report.
Three flats of flowers awaiting planting were reported stolen May 27, out of a yard in the 18000 block of Mulberry Street.
The victim, who said she had spent $150 on the flats the day before, said two of the flats were in her front yard, and one flat was near her garage. Other unplanted flats of flowers purchased at the same time were undisturbed.
She said miscellaneous items have been stolen out of her garage in the past, but none of the items were of significant value or worth reporting. There were no suspects.
Package with zesty pink portable DVD player purloined
An Amazon package with a zesty pink portable DVD player, valued at $80 and a $10 pair of pink headphones were stolen May 30 following the package’s delivery to the front door of a residence in the 16500 block of Quarry Road. There were no nearby surveillance cameras, and no suspects.
Bicycle stolen from apartment storage area
A blue and black Giant brand bicycle, valued at $400, was stolen between May 29 and June 3 from the shared storage area of an apartment building in the 15600 block of Garrison Lane.
The victim said the bicycle was secured with a lock to the outside of a storage cage. He said his property inside the storage cage was undisturbed. There were no suspects.
Car keyed by vandal
A maroon 1998 Ford Contour was keyed May 31 while it was parked in front of a residence in the 26000 block of Lori Street.
The victim said that when he was walking home from a friend’s house, he saw a man standing next to his car with a key in his hand, who offered him a familiar digital salute before running away. He then discovered that his car had been scratched extensively on the passenger side of the hood.
The owner of the damaged car said the suspected vandal was a white male in his mid-30s, with blue eyes and facial hair, who may live in a brown trailer on nearby Gary Street.
The responding police officer documented the damage with his department-issued body cam. The area was searched for the suspect, to no avail.
Rock used to shatter SUV window
A rock was used to shatter the back window of a black 2010 Chevrolet Traverse between 1 and 10 a.m. May 26, while it was parked near a residence on Fifth Street.
Photos were taken of the damage, and uploaded to the case file.
Employer alerts victim of fraudulent unemployment claim
A woman, who is not unemployed, reported on May 27 that a fraudulent unemployment compensation claim was filed by an identity thief, using her information and Social Security number, which the human resources department of her employer discovered.
Because the con was caught in time, no money was paid to the identity thief.
Gunshots from fought-over firearm trigger police presence
A 36-year-old Wyandotte woman was charged with filing a false police report, and with fraudulent schemes and disguises, after she spun a web of deceit in the early morning hours of June 3, following a struggle with her boyfriend over a firearm.
The sound of the early morning accidental gunshots, in turn, triggered the police presence.
The woman, who was later determined to be under the influence of crack cocaine, gave a false name, and spun a facetious story about a felonious assault and kidnapping involving the black Chrysler 300 automobile.
However, patrol officers found no such vehicle on the roads surrounding the report area.
The homeowner, who was inside the residence, identified the woman by her legal name, and filled officers in on the details of the struggle over the firearm.
The woman, when faced with the facts, confessed to her elaborate fiction. She was arrested and taken to the police station, where she was held.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)