Man steals 4 portable air conditioning units from Lowe’s
Loss prevention personnel at Lowe’s, 23111 Outer Drive, reported the afternoon of July 3 that a previously known shoplifter entered the store and walked out through the garden center exit with a flat cart containing four portable air conditioners, valued at $369 each.
Store personnel said the man, a 23-year-old Detroit resident, has a documented pattern of selling the merchandise online using the Facebook Marketplace application. His shoplifting was captured on surveillance footage. The case was turned over to the detective bureau.
Speeding Toledo driver arrested for drunken driving
A 39-year-old Toledo man was arrested for operating while impaired and driving with a suspended license the evening of July 8 after a police officer conducted a traffic stop after observing him driving 90 mph in a 45 mph construction zone on the Southfield Freeway near Oakwood Boulevard.
The driver, who said he was trying to pass another vehicle for an exit which was several miles away, had slurred speech and smelled of intoxicants, and his eyes were bloodshot and glossy. He admitted to drinking earlier at the Hard Rock Café in Toledo.
The man failed multiple field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13, which is higher than the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
The man was arrested, handcuffed and taken to the police station, where he was booked and held, while his vehicle was towed to the city impound lot, where it was seized through forfeiture proceedings. The man was found to have a past operating while impaired conviction in the state of Florida.
Package containing shoes reported missing
A resident told police June 29 that a UPS package containing five pairs of shoes, valued at $155, was missing.
She received a notification that the package had been delivered to her house in the 7200 block of Jonathan about 4:45 p.m. June 23. When the resident checked if the package was outside, she did not find it. According to the report, the resident checked her suite cameras and noticed the package was never delivered to her house. She also did not see the package or a UPS delivery person in any of her cameras.
The resident contacted UPS to report the package missing when she was told that the theft could have been an internal matter and asked her to make a police report.
Man arrested for damaging vehicle at hospital
While in the area of Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn, 18101 Oakwood Boulevard, an officer was flagged down by a man who said his truck was damaged as he left the emergency room.
The man was driving out of the ER area July 7 when someone struck his window with an unknown object causing it to shatter, but he didn’t know why. Police observed the passenger rear side window of the GMC Terrain to be shattered with a hole indicating where it was possibly struck.
Hospital security said that the same person attempted to throw a rock at their vehicle earlier that same afternoon. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Dearborn police station. He was placed under a $500 bond for malicious destruction of property.
Medication bottle stolen during estate sale
Police received a phone call from a resident who reported that one of her medication bottles was stolen from her bathroom June 25. The resident was hosting an estate sale at her house in the 5600 block of Williams where there were about 10 people at the house throughout the day.
About 4 p.m., the resident noticed her medicine was missing from a blue basket in her bathroom where she always leaves it. She said the last time she saw the medication was at noon.
According to the report, the resident contacted her doctor and pharmacy who advised her to file a police report for the stolen medication if she wanted to get it replaced.
There are no security cameras at the house.
Resident defrauded out of $600
Officers were dispatched to a house in the 4400 block of Westpoint where a resident said $600 was stolen from her through Cash App June 27.
According to the report, the resident received a phone call about 4 p.m. from a man who stated he worked for Cash App and that he observed fraudulent acuity on her account. The man said she needed to download the Cash App quick support app so she could change her account information. When the resident downloaded the app, the man was able to control her phone giving him access to the account information.
The resident was then informed she would be able to log onto her account in three to four hours. After she attempted to log back into her account, the resident received a messaged stating her information was longer on file.
Police provided the resident with a case number and advised her to contact Cash App regarding the incident. The resident said she wishes to press charges against the man.
Harley license plate stolen
A license plate was reported stolen from a black 2003 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle on July 2 after it was parked overnight in the 1300 block of Pingree Avenue.
There were no surveillance cameras in the area, and no suspects. The license plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Catalytic converters stolen
Catalytic converters were reported stolen July 3 from a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier in the 1300 block of Electric Avenue, and from a 2003 Honda Element in the 1000 block of Goddard Road. Neither vehicle theft was within range of surveillance cameras, which might have captured footage of the thieves. Both victims were given report numbers to follow up with their insurance companies.
Catalytic converters are sought after by thieves because of the high scrap value of the palladium within, which is used to remove pollutants from vehicle exhaust and is more expensive than gold.
Teens disturbing the peace flee before police officers arrive
Police officers were dispatched to the area of Oakwood Boulevard and Flint Avenue the night of June 15 after they received reports of teens playing basketball in the street and verbally accosting passing vehicles which were trying to drive by. The errant hoopsters disappeared before law enforcement arrived on the scene.
Cops from nearby city drop off man in hotel lobby
Lincoln Park police officers dropped off an older a man with a white beard in the lobby of the Red Roof Inn and Suites in Melvindale in the early morning hours of June 27, after which the man fell asleep on a lobby couch.
The clerk told Melvindale police officers she was hesitant to kick the older man out of the lobby because she felt sorry for him. The Melvindale police officers told the man to try to find a room in another local motel after the noon checkout period.
Cell phone disappears while man waits to donate blood
A man reported July 5 that his cell phone, a black Samsung Galaxy J2, valued at $150, went missing when he was waiting in the American Red Cross lobby, 14301 Pennsylvania Road, to donate blood. There were no suspects.
Pharmacy receives 7 counterfeit $100 bills
The Walgreens Pharmacy, 17071 Fort St., reported July 1 that it received seven counterfeit $100 bills from a man who used them to purchase six $100 gifts cards, plus a purchase fee, receiving $88 in change.
The clerk questioned the feel of the bills, but her manager approved the transaction because the customer was becoming angry. Police officers later confirmed that the bills were counterfeit.
The suspect tried to pull off the same con at a Wyandotte Walgreens, but the transaction was declined.
The man was described as black, wearing a gray and white Adidas shirt, black pants and a black hat. He left the store as a passenger in a silver Jeep Compass. Police officers were provided with footage of the man from store surveillance cameras.
Money stolen from woman’s bank account via Cash App con
A con artist stole $200 from a woman’s bank account on July 4 when he called her and said her Cash App account had been hacked, and that he needed her personal banking information to correct the situation.
Cash App is a mobile payment service which allows users to transfer money to each other using a mobile phone application.
The woman gave him an unknown person’s account.
She said she cancelled the bank debit card associated with the online app, but was unable to reach anyone at Cash App for help.
Purse stolen from grocery store shopping cart
A woman reported that her purse, containing her car keys, $100 in cash and a $100 gift card, were stolen from her shopping cart the afternoon of July 8 at Kroger, 16705 Fort St.
She said she noticed her purse was missing when she attempted to pay for her purchases at a self-scan checkout register. She retraced her steps, but failed to locate her purse.
A Kroger representative said surveillance footage would not be unavailable until the next day, when the loss prevention manager was on duty.
A family member drove to the store with an extra set of car keys so she could drive home.
Gym ticketed multiple times for defying closure order
Crunch Fitness, 21604 Ecorse Road, was issued three tickets for opening the gym in violation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s closure mandate, Police Chief John Blair said. He said that, despite his conversations with the owner, the closure ruling has been defied. Blair said each fine is a $1,000 penalty, and he hopes the gym will remain in compliance with the pandemic precautions.
Wheelchair stolen from group home
The manager of a group home on Harrison reported the afternoon of June 17 that a spare wheelchair and an artificial Christmas tree were stolen from a basement storage unit. She said the padlock was missing, the original latch was missing and the current latch was a new one.
The manager said the wheelchair was backup equipment for a special needs resident who is non-verbal.
There were no suspects.
Drunken man threatens boss in dispute over pay
A drunken 37-year-old Lincoln Park man was taken into custody the afternoon of July 9, after threatening his boss for failing to pay him money he believed he was owed.
Police officers responded to the 1300 block of Fort Street, where they found the man, who was unsteady on his feet, whose speech was slurred and who smelled of intoxicants.
A record search revealed that the man had multiple warrants, including felony warrants, from other Michigan counties.
The drunken man, who refused to back off, continued to threaten his boss, so he was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Obstruction charges were later added after the man refused to cooperate with the booking process once in custody. He was taken to the police station, where he was held.
Drunken man lying in roadway charged with disorderly conduct
A 49-year-old Wyandotte man was taken into custody the night of July 11 after police officers found him lying in a traffic lane in the 2000 block of Ford Road. The man, who was highly intoxicated, had several scrapes on his elbows and knees as a result of recent falls.
Police officers guided the man out of the road, searched him for weapons, and tried to help him. He refused help, provided a false name and continued to fall over in the grassy area where he was seated.
He was taken into custody for public intoxication, and the man’s bicycle was secured in a police storage area. During booking, his wallet was recovered, revealing his actual identity.
The man, who declined to take a preliminary breath test, was then placed in a detox cell.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)