Late night drunken driver operating without headlights
A 26-year-old Detroit woman who never acquired a driver’s license was arrested for operating while impaired at 12:50 a.m. Sept. 25 on Ecorse Road, near Kolb Avenue, when a police officer spotted her driving without headlights on, and hitting a curb while making a U-turn.
The woman, who smelled strongly of intoxicants, said she had consumed “a couple” of drinks. Her eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and her speech was slurred.
She failed numerous field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.093, higher than the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
The license plate on her car was registered to another vehicle, and she had no proof of insurance. Her vehicle was impounded and towed, and she was taken to the Allen Park police station for booking and was held.
Portable generator theft averted by proactive employee
An employee of Great Lakes Ace Hardware, 15819 Southfield Road, averted the theft of an $800 portable generator the evening of Sept. 28 by following a 42-year-old Flat Rock man into the parking lot and grabbing the generator out of his car trunk before he and his accomplice sped away.
The employee, who originally heard a commotion in the generator aisle, said she saw a white male in a gray hooded sweatshirt and black jeans removing a generator from a shelf. He claimed that he was returning the item.
However, his next move was to attempt to leave the store with the merchandise without paying for it. The employee followed him, and took photos of him and his car, a 2011 white Chevy Malibu, and his license plate, with their cell phone.
Police ascertained that the employee’s photos of the thief matched the photos of the registered owner of the car. The case was turned over to the police detective bureau for further investigation.
Intoxicated customer asked to leave Walmart
Police officers were flagged down by Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive, Sept. 26 on a report of a disorderly customer refusing to leave the business. The customer was intoxicated and bothering other customers, according to security.
When police entered the store, security pointed out the customer causing trouble. After making contact with the customer, police were able to tell he was obviously intoxicated and advised him that he had to leave the store.
He voluntarily walked out with police who transported him home. Upon arrival, police were met by a woman who said she and the customer lived at the house. Police explained the situation to the woman and turned the customer over to her.
Security did not ask officers to advise the customer on trespassing at the store.
Man arrested on misdemeanor warrant
While on patrol Sept. 29, police responded to a house in the 3200 block of Grindley Park for family trouble. Dispatch said they received a phone call from a third party who stated that while on the phone with his girlfriend, he overheard a verbal argument in the background.
Once at the house, police heard two men yelling back and forth. As officers stood in the driveway near the side entry door, they observed a woman looking through a window at them.
Police gestured for her to come toward the door, which she did and then was asked her age before officers asked if they could enter the house. After gaining permission, officers were led into the kitchen where they met one of the men arguing. He verbally confirmed his identity and date of birth.
The man’s father told officers that the argument between his son and him was verbal only. Police then arrested him for a misdemeanor warrant, placed him into their patrol vehicle and transported him to the police station where booking procedures were completed.
UPS package missing from apartment complex
The victim of a UPS package theft told police Oct. 1 that her box spring mattress was missing. According to the report, the Winus Walter box spring mattress was ordered Sept. 19 from Amazon to an apartment complex in the 5900 block of Evergreen.
Police were informed that the mattress was valued at $137.50. The victim was notified that the package would be delivered on Sept. 30 by UPS. Two days prior, the victim contacted UPS to track her package but found out it was delivered about 8 p.m. Sept. 26.
The victim checked the south side door of the apartment complex where the package was delivered but found nothing. When the victim checked with the apartment’s management office, she was told no packages were delivered and that no cameras face the south side door.
In order to be sent a replacement box or receive a refund, the victim was told to file a police report. There was no suspect information.
Resident reports identify theft
A resident living at a house in the 5700 block of Huron told police that he received an email about 5:15 a.m. Oct. 1 regarding unemployment benefits opened using his name and Social Security number Sept. 23.
Police were informed that the resident works for SMART and that his office supervisor emailed him regarding the benefits filed. He was also not losing or leaving his job.
The resident told his human resources department that he hadn’t filed for the unemployment benefits. He was advised to make a police report and said that he wanted to press charges if a suspect could be identified.
Police provided the resident with an identify theft packet.
Cell phone delivery stolen from inside apartment building
An Android OnePlus 8 cell phone delivery, valued at $756, was stolen Oct. 3 from inside an apartment building in the 1500 block of Fort Street.
The victim, a 61-year-old woman, said that people must be buzzed into the building to enter it. She said the apartment building does not have surveillance cameras. There were no suspects.
Truck window shattered by late night vandal
The back window of a black 2020 Dodge 1500 pickup was shattered Oct. 3 in the 1300 block of Cleveland Avenue.
The vehicle owner said he heard his dog barking about 1 a.m., but he did not hear or see anything suspicious at the time. The window, which has a $500 estimated replacement cost, appears to have been damaged by a BB gun pellet.
There were no nearby surveillance cameras, and no suspects.
Vehicle targeted over parking space spat
A resident at an apartment building in the 17200 block of Raupp Road reported Oct. 5 that her vehicle is being targeted because she parked in a spot that another resident was trying to reserve for themselves with a stolen traffic cone.
The victim said three gas caps and a hubcap have been stolen from her car on separate occasions in the past three weeks, and she is worried that it might escalate into more extensive and expensive vandalism. She said the perpetrator knows how to stay out of the range of the surveillance cameras.
The police officer taking the report said additional patrols in the area would occur during the afternoon and midnight shifts.
City hall employee harassed by angry bicyclist
A city hall employee was verbally harassed and intimidated the morning of Oct. 6 by a bicyclist who was angry that she switched into a traffic lane in front of him to turn into the city hall employee parking lot. The employee said she was aware of the bicyclist and passed him at a safe distance. However, the bicyclist, a white male wearing a camouflage jacket and large black headphones, proceeded to make an obscene gesture and curse at her.
She said he doubled back and confronted her at the employee entrance, intimidating her with shouted obscenities.
She then went to the police department, which is inside city hall, and reported the incident to the officer at the front desk. However, when they checked the employee entrance, the man had already left the area.
Identity thief compromises credit card, opens wireless account
A woman reported Sept. 25 that an identity thief compromised her Mastercard and opened an AT&T account in her name, running up a $400 bill.
She said the credit card was compromised in March, and the AT&T account was opened in September. Both accounts were closed, with no monetary loss to the victim.
She turned in a notarized identity theft packet, and placed a fraud alert on her credit reports.
Inexperienced, unlicensed driver crashes into gas pump
An experienced, unlicensed driver confused the accelerator pedal with the brake, causing her to drive into a gas pump the afternoon of Sept. 29 at RP Fuel, 18215 Fort St.
The passenger, whose father owned the car, confessed that she allowed her unlicensed companion to drive the vehicle.
The driver was charged with reckless and unlicensed driving, while the passenger was cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle. The two were transported to the police station for booking, after which they were released, and the vehicle, which incurred extensive front end damage, was towed.
Mattress delivery stolen
A mattress, which was delivered Sept. 29 to an apartment building in the 16000 block of Barberry Street before its scheduled October delivery date, disappeared, leaving the purchaser, whose lease begins in October, without his bed.
The man said Gardner-White delivered the mattress to his future apartment before his scheduled move-in date, and that the current residents did not respond to inquiries about the delivery’s whereabouts. No one responded at the apartment when a police officer knocked on the door, identifying themselves as law enforcement.
The victim was advised to contact Gardner-White to see if paperwork showing a delivery signature is available, and to forward any additional information he receives to police detectives.
Impala stolen from Village on the Park
A gray 2008 Chevy Impala was reported stolen the morning of Sept. 29 from Village on the Park Apartments.
The victim said no one else has access to the vehicle, nor is authorized to drive it. There were no witnesses to the theft, and it was unknown whether there was any surveillance camera footage. There was no broken glass near where the vehicle had been parked.
The car was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Con artist tries to exhort $5,000 from elderly man
A con artist tried to exhort $5,000 on Oct. 1 from an 81-year-old man by claiming his Social Security payments would be stopped until a cash payment was made. The caller said he would come to his residence the next day to take receipt of the money.
The man went to his bank and withdrew $5,000 in cash, but the man’s wife arrived home from a doctor’s appointment and intercepted the call, stopping the con.
However, the criminal tried once more to salvage the con, calling again, this time impersonating a Taylor police officer, in an unsuccessful attempt to scare the resident into paying the demanded cash.
Catalytic converter theft may have been caught on camera
The overnight theft of a catalytic converter from an employee’s white 2020 Ford F-250 pickup, which was parked at AMC Express, 8501 Inkster Road, may have been captured on company surveillance camera footage.
The theft occurred between 3 p.m. Oct. 5 and 2:20 a.m. Oct 6, the victim said, adding that he would request the footage during daytime business hours and forward it to the investigating police officers.
Multiple package thefts reported from residence
Multiple package thefts, including a FedEx delivery of Nike Air Max shoes, valued at $125, and a U.S. Postal Service delivery of hair extensions, valued at $100, were reported Sept. 16 by a Trenton woman.
Both deliveries were confirmed by the respective carriers. There was no surveillance camera footage or suspects. The victim was given a case number for followup.
Debit card account fraudulently opened in man’s name
A Bank of America debit card was received by mail Aug. 17 by a man who said he had not applied for the card.
He said his full name was on the card. Bank of America cancelled the card per his request. He was advised to watch his bank accounts regularly and to report any suspicious activity immediately.
Man arrested after threatening girlfriend’s mother
Police officers arrested a 33-year-old Ecorse man Oct. 5 after he threatened harm to his girlfriend’s mother because she would not drive him and her daughter home.
Shortly after, police officers found the man and woman at a nearby pizzeria, where the man attempted to abandon the brass knuckle weapon he was carrying. He also initially provided a fraudulent name to the police officers.
He was arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon and fraudulent schemes, and was handcuffed and searched.
The woman with him said she was pregnant and experiencing contractions. She was treated on the scene by Wyandotte Fire Department personnel.
The man was taken into custody, and transported to the police station. During the ride, he reportedly said to the police officers, “I hope you m— f— get shot tonight.” At the station, he was booked, fingerprinted, photographed and held.
Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton said the man voiced additional threats the next day, threatening to kill a police officer, and stalk and harm the children of several police officers.
“Although all threats are taken seriously, it is a well-known fact that people who bully or threaten others usually do so because of a lack of self-confidence,” Hamilton said. “Hopefully, this man can solve his own inadequacies and become a better person in the future.”
Southgate teen on motorcycle leads police officers on high speed chase
A 17-year-old Southgate teen was arrested the night of Oct. 3 after leading police officers on a high-speed motorcycle chase that at times exceeded 100 mph.
The motorcyclist was first spotted traveling west on Ford Avenue near 12th Street, driving in the center turn lane at a high rate of speed, shooting through the red light.
The police officers pursued him, with emergency lights and siren engaged. The teen turned north onto Fort Street, again speeding through a red light, reaching 100 mph.
After passing Moran and Emmons, the man turned east into a residential neighborhood, heading east on Mayflower, driving 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.
The teen then lost control of the motorcycle in the middle of Mayflower, and abandoned it and took off on foot. Officers pursued him across multiple blocks, and finally found him hiding behind a detached garage on Detroit Street. He took off running again, until a police officer took him to the ground on a nearby lawn.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)