Drunken driver seen straddling north and southbound lanes of Reeck Road
A 26-year-old Allen Park man was arrested for drunken driving at 2 a.m. Sept. 12 after a police officer saw him driving south on Reeck Road while straddling both the north and southbound lanes.
The driver, who said he had been at a friend’s house, admitted to having had “a little” to drink. The police officer noticed he smelled of intoxicants, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.
The man failed multiple field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.143, nearly twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
He was arrested for operating while impaired and cited for failing to provide proof of insurance. He was taken to the police station, where he was booked and held, and his vehicle was impounded and towed.
Theft of tape measure and energy drink prompts arrest
A 51-year-old Detroit man was arrested for retail fraud at Home Depot, 3163 Fairlane Drive, the afternoon of Sept. 8, after he attempted to leave the store without paying for a Milwaukee tape measure, which he had hidden in his pocket.
He was also was seen consuming a Monster energy drink while inside the store, and disposing of the can without paying for the product.
He was detained by loss prevention personnel, the taken to the Allen Park police station, where he was processed and lodged, pending a court appearance or posting bond.
Multiple thefts reported at Target
An employee of Target, 15901 Ford Road, told police that two men have been committing several larcenies at the store.
According to the Sept. 7 report, one man enters the store, selects items, conceals them and exits the store where he gives the stolen items to another man.
The second man takes the same items into the store for a refund and receives a merchandise card for the stolen items. He then leaves the store, enters a vehicle where the other man is waiting and leaves the parking lot.
Stolen items have included DVDs, batteries and popsockets.
A review of the records showed the two men have committed a similar larceny at least three other times at Target. The employee was given report numbers and security video was provided to police.
Resident calls police for suspicious person
Police were dispatched to a house in the 3600 block of Polk Sept. 3 on a report of a suspicious person working on the cable lines.
The resident said that she, neither she nor her neighbors have the service WOW! for Internet or phone service, but that the man working had a WOW! truck. She also said she didn’t know why the man was working on the cable lines along the easement in the backyards. According to the report, the resident called the 800 phone number for WOW! and learned there were no techs in the area.
When the resident confronted the man, he fled in his vehicle.
Officers advised that though she doesn’t have WOW! the tech could be working on the lines for other WOW! customers in the neighborhood.
A check of the area by police resulted in finding the tech around the corner in his WOW! truck. The man was advised of the situation, laughed and said he knew of the caller and stated that he received her permission to enter her backyard prior to entering and even showed his credentials.
Work in the area was completed by tech and he finished up paperwork.
Police advised the resident that the tech was valid.
Victim reports stolen rental vehicle
Police were informed that a black 2019 Toyota Camry was stolen Aug. 29 near Burger Shack, 8606 Telegraph Road.
The victim said the Toyota was a rental from his insurance company while his vehicle was in the shop being repaired. He said the vehicle was locked and that he had the keys when the Toyota went missing from Van Buren. Officers confirmed that the Toyota was not towed.
The vehicle was entered as stolen into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Window of vehicle shattered overnight
Police received a report of a shattered vehicle window Aug. 29 by a resident living in the 5100 block of Harding.
The resident said that about 2 a.m. he heard a cracking noise but thought it was thunder. That afternoon, he went outside to do some lawn work when he discovered a decorative rock was missing. The resident then observed that the rear windshield of his 2015 Chevy Malibu was broken.
In the report, the resident told police that he had his daughter hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation recently and believes her boyfriend was possibly convinced to damage the Malibu as retaliation for the hospitalization.
When asked for information on the boyfriend such as name, phone number, address or photo the resident couldn’t provide anything to police.
The security camera at a neighbor’s house did not catch the incident since it did not record the spot where the Malibu was parked.
Police closed the case as a result of lack of evidence.
In-vehicle camera may identify tool thief
A thief shattered the passenger side door window of a work van in the early morning hours of Aug. 18, stealing more than $1,300 in tools from a residential driveway in the 1700 block of Austin Avenue.
The victim, a 28-year-old Lincoln Park man, said an in-vehicle camera may have captured images of the theft, and he will contact his employer for surveillance footage.
Stolen were a Black and Decker circular saw, a Yellow Jacket vacuum pump, two Ridgid Sawzalls, four small Ridgid batteries, two large Ridgid batteries, two Ridgid impact drivers, a UEi electrical meter, an HVAC temperature pipe clamp and a Husky bag with assorted hand tools.
Purchases stolen from parked vehicle
The passenger side window of a black 2011 Chevy Traverse was shattered the afternoon of Sept. 1, near the rear employee entrance door of CSL Plasma, 2625 Dix Hwy., with purchases for a girl’s bedroom, valued at $225, stolen from the vehicle.
The victim said a nearby security camera may have captured footage of the theft, and she will forward any relevant footage her manager is able to download to police detectives.
Stolen vehicle recovered following witness tip
A blue Ford F-350 pickup stolen from a man staying at the Southgate Holiday Inn was recovered in a Melvindale trailer park, in the 18600 block of Dix Highway, at 2:40 a.m. Sept. 4, which was abandoned after a witness saw two men transferring items from the pickup to a van.
Police officers discovered that the pickup’s ignition had been punched out, and the vehicle had been rifled.
The pickup owner, who filed a stolen vehicle report with Southgate police, said he had left two handguns in cases inside the vehicle, which Melvindale police officers determined were missing.
Cigarettes stolen from pharmacy
Fifteen cartons of cigarettes, valued at more than $1,100, were stolen the afternoon of Sept. 9 from Rite Aid Pharmacy, 4016 Oakwood Blvd.
The manager said two men entered the store together, and an older man asked the manager for help finding some medication for his wife. When the manager led the older man toward the back of the store, the younger man went behind the store counter and grabbed 15 cartons of cigarettes, then fled the store.
The manager said both men were black, about 30 and 60 years old, respectively. He said they left in a newer model silver or gray Chrysler 200 sedan with a paper plate in the rear windshield.
The manager of the store provided police detectives with surveillance footage, which showed the younger man did not touch any surfaces upon which he might have left fingerprints.
Computer malware used to defraud man of $3,000 in gift cards
A Riverview man was tricked into paying $3,000 in gift cards Sept. 3 to a fraudulent tech support provider after a malware attack froze his computer and instructed him to call a toll-free number for help fixing his computer, directed by the con artist. After providing the gift card numbers, his computer function was restored. When the man realized he may have been victimized, and contacted police officers to file a report.
Women questioned after attempt to tamper with campaign sign
Two women who appeared to be tampering with a Trump 2020 campaign sign in a yard in the 20000 block of Grange Road in Riverview the night of Sept. 5 fled on foot into Trenton when they noticed the occupant of a truck paying attention to them and placing a call on a cell phone.
Trenton police officers later located and questioned the two, who said they had planned to cover up the Trump sign, which was not damaged, with a rainbow flag and a Black Lives Matter flag to make a political statement.
Identity thief runs up $4,000 credit card bill
A Southgate woman reported Sept. 9 that an identity thief obtained a credit card in her name on July 31, and incurred $4,000 in charges in two separate transactions, which were incurred in Redford Township and Taylor.
The victim said the credit card was canceled, and she needed a police report number for the financial institution to launch an investigation.
Pickup with tools stolen from driveway
A red 2003 Dodge Ram pickup was reported stolen overnight on the morning of Sept. 8, from a driveway in the 18000 block of Walnut Street.
The victim said $300 worth of hand tools were stolen along with the vehicle.
He said the pickup has a loud exhaust, and he did not hear the sound of it being driven away during the night. He was also still in possession of the vehicle keys.
The pickup was listed in the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Bud trimmers stolen from marijuana processor
Two marijuana bud trimmer apparatus, valued at $7,000 each, were stolen about 3 a.m. Sept. 8 from My Hydro Depot, 24559 Van Born Road.
Police officers who responded to an alarm found a door on the east side of the north garage to be ajar, and discovered the chain link fence near the rolling garage door to be cut open, with pry marks and other damage to the garage door.
The business owner reviewed surveillance footage, which showed an older model Ford Ranger entering the parking lot east of the building. A man exited the vehicle, cut the lock on the chain fence gate, and opened it.
The vehicle then was driven in reverse to ram the garage door, after which two men exited the vehicle and entered the building for a short time, before driving off westbound on Van Born Road.
Furnace stolen from vacant house
A vacant house in the 5900 block of Cherokee Street was broken into between 3 and 4 a.m. Sept. 3, with the back door broken and the furnace removed.
Surveillance footage from neighbors show a silver sport utility vehicle parked in the driveway during the time of the theft, but did not capture images of either the thieves or the license plate.
Computer hackers scam woman for $5,000
A woman reported Sept. 9 that she paid $5,000 via gift cards on Sept. 8 to computer hackers who convinced her that Russian cyber criminals had stolen $12,000 from her bank account, and the only way to recoup her loss was to pay them $5,000 for restorative services.
The victim said she was instructed to purchase Target and eBay gift cards from a local store, and to then read the card numbers to them over the phone.
Identity thief targets retiree
A man reported Sept. 9 that he received an email from the state of Michigan approving his claim for unemployment benefits, for which he never applied. He said he is retired and receives a pension. He said he has been unable to reach any state offices for more information.
Bar patron steals waitress’ wallet
A waitress’ wallet and server booklet were stolen the evening of Aug. 30 by a customer at Whiskey’s on the Water, 2903 Biddle Avenue.
The victim said her items were stored with other employees’ belongings.
Surveillance footage shows an overweight, bearded white male in a baseball cap, blue shirt and dark shorts stealing the items.
Drunken man arrested after driving the wrong way without headlights on
A 26-year-old Flat Rock man was arrested at 2 a.m. Sept. 13 in the 2700 block of Biddle Avenue after a police officer saw him driving north in the southbound lanes of Biddle without his vehicle headlights on.
The man, who said he had been drinking earlier, admitted that he did not know his current location. He smelled strongly of intoxicants, and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot.
The man failed multiple field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19, more than twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
He was arrested for operating while intoxicated and taken to the police station, where he was booked and held, and his vehicle was impounded and towed.
The entire incident was recorded by the police officer’s body cam.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)