Man arrested for trying to kick in motel room door
A 20-year-old River Rouge man was arrested for disorderly conduct the night of Sept. 25 after he tried to kick in a motel room door, then vandalized several cars by spraying them with a fire extinguisher, at Holiday Inn Express, 9000 Enterprise Drive.
Because the person in the targeted motel room said, during a 911 call, that the man was known to carry a gun, the police officers approached the suspect, a young black male in a red Ford Escape, at gunpoint.
He was ordered to show his hands, and then to slowly exit the vehicle, after which he was handcuffed and taken into custody.
His vehicle was searched, and no firearm was found. It was impounded and towed, and he was taken to the police station for booking, after which he was released on a cash bond.
Two vehicles broken into at restaurant
Two vehicles were broken into the night of Oct. 3 at Wheat and Rye Steak House, 7721 Allen Road, while the vehicle owners were inside dining.
The first victim, who had locked her vehicle, found a vehicle window broken and an Apple MacBook stolen.
The other victim had left a window rolled down on his Jeep Cherokee, which enabled the thief to steal $20 in cash and a credit union debit card from the vehicle.
Both vehicles were on the north side of the restaurant. The restaurant’s surveillance cameras were not in operation at the time of thefts. There were no suspects.
Welding trailer stolen from construction site
Police responded to the southbound Southfield Service Drive and Michigan Avenue Oct. 1 for a report of a missing custom built welding trailer.
The site manager, who also works for Black Swamp Steel, said he arrived to work at 6:30 a.m. that morning and discovered the company’s welding trailer missing. He last saw the trailer, worth between $50,000 and $60,000, about 5 p.m. Sept. 30.
According to the report, the site manager did not have any legal documentation or identification numbers for the welding trailer because it was custom built.
The manager said the trailer was a singe axel, built with a diamond plate steel and was black in color. It also had an attached blue welding machine and chrome cabinets.
There is no suspect information.
Two customers asked not to trespass at hotel
Police were called to Red Roof Inn, 24130 Michigan Ave., Oct. 6 for a customer trouble situation after a customer who was unhappy with her charges refused to leave.
Police made contact with two customers sitting in a black sedan in front of the office. They told officers that the hotel manager was trying to charge them too much for a pillow case and a bed sheet. One of the customers said she was attempting to speak to corporate to resolve the issue.
The hotel manager informed police that he was just acting off the hotel’s policy and that the two customers became very irate when he charged them for the pillow case and bed sheet. According to the report, the customers began swearing and yelling.
The manager said he could not have such customers in his hotel and would like them advised on trespassing there. When police spoke with the two customers on trespassing, they said they do not want to return to the hotel and left the scene without incident.
Unemployment benefits filed fraudulently
Police were contacted by a resident who filed an identity theft report Oct. 1 after his name and Social Security number were used to file unemployment benefits.
The resident said his chief financial officer emailed him about the benefit’s claim. He advised that a claim hadn’t been filed and that he was not losing or leaving his job.
Officers were informed that the claim was not approved and no funds were disbursed.
The resident was advised to file a police report and also made a report with the Michigan Unemployment Fraud Department online.
Repeat shoplifter steals nail polish from Walgreens
An employee of Walgreens, 5709 S. Telegraph Road, called police to the store Oct. 12 regarding a shoplifter who fled the store.
Dispatch advised that the female thief was last seen running west on Van Born Road. Police checked the area of Van Born between Gulley and Telegraph roads and Banner between Van Born and Hanover with negative results.
The store manager described the woman as approximately 20 to 25 years old, with black hair, 5 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build and wearing all black with a large star symbol on her face written with marker.
According to the report, the manger observed the woman select two bottles of nail polish and walk toward the back of the store, lift her sweatshirt and place the items inside her shirt. The woman then walked past the cash registers toward the exit without paying.
Police were told that the woman was a repeat shoplifter, who stole two Kiss Gel Fantasy Nail Polish bottles valued at $19.98 during the most recent theft.
The manger provided police with security video. She was given a case number and stated she did not wish to follow through with prosecution.
Customer bicycle stolen at restaurant
A blue, 10-speed Huffy Mountain bike, valued at $150, was stolen the night of Sept. 15 from outside Dix Coney Island, 1362 Dix Hwy, while the victim was picking up a carryout food order. The bike was unsecured at the time.
A man who was sitting on a nearby porch said he witnessed the theft, and described the suspect as a black male in his early 30s, about 6 feet tall, with a slight build.
The manager said the restaurant’s surveillance cameras were not operational.
Police officers checked the surrounding area, but were unable to locate the suspect or the bicycle.
Senior’s pickup repeatedly vandalized
Vandalism to a blue 2018 Ford F-150 pickup was reported the afternoon of Sept. 29 by the owner, a 72-year-old man living in 1700 block of Rose Avenue.
The vehicle was scratched along a 10-foot section, from the front door to the rear quarter panel. A similar act of vandalism on Sept. 7 cost the victim $2,290 to have repaired.
A nearby surveillance camera may have capture footage of the vandalism, but the resident was not home at the time of the report. The victim was advised to follow up with his neighbor and forward any relevant footage to the detective bureau.
Catalytic converter stolen
A catalytic converter was reported stolen Oct. 5 from a 2002 sedan, which was parked near an apartment building in the 17200 block of Raupp Avenue. The victim said she discovered the theft four days earlier.
The investigating police officer observed fresh cut marks on the car’s exhaust pipe. There were no suspects, and no surveillance footage. The victim was given a police report number for insurance purposes.
Neighbor gets cursed out for reporting stranger near car
An apartment resident in the 17000 block of Raupp Avenue, who thought a suspicious man was tampering with her neighbor’s car Sept. 26, was cursed out and chased down the stairs by the woman, who discouraged her from future interactions with a profanity-laden response.
The angry woman then drove off in the car with the suspicious man and a third individual.
The responding police office told the victim that he is familiar with the angry resident, and advised her to keep her distance and obtain a personal protective order against her.
The woman did not press charges, and stated she wanted to document the incident.
Traffic stop leads to felony arrest of Allen Park man
An Oct. 7 traffic stop of a 30-year-old Allen Park man, who was making excessive vehicle noise, including squealing his tires, resulted in his arrest on multiple charges.
The man, who did not have a valid driver’s license, resisted arrest, and became combative. He then deliberately coughed on the arresting Riverview police officers, falsely claiming he was infected with COVID-19, which resulted in two felony charges, for which he could face up to five years in prison.
Vehicle window shattered overnight at apartment complex
The rear window of a recently purchased Jeep Compass was shattered between 2 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Greentrees Apartment complex, in the 19000 block of Fort Street.
Nothing was taken from the vehicle, and there were no suspects. The victim was provided with a police report number for insurance purposes.
Air compressor stolen from residential garage
A 30-gallon Craftsman air compressor was reported stolen Oct. 13 from a residential garage in the 13000 block of Helen Street.
The victim, who said the theft occurred between July 1 and Oct. 11, went into his garage that day and discovered multiple items in disarray.
There were no suspects. The victim was given a police report number for insurance purposes.
Loan request submitted by identity thief
A resident reported Oct. 12 that he learned three days earlier that a loan request had been fraudulently submitted using his name and email address.
He said the financial institution advised him to file a police report, then contact the credit reporting agencies and to flag his accounts for suspicious activity.
He was advised to report any additional findings to police officers.
Cash stolen from pizza delivery driver’s car
A delivery driver for Benito’s Pizza, 22267 Goddard Road, reported the night of Oct.13 that about $120 in cash was stolen from the center console of his unlocked car while it was parked in front of the restaurant for a five-minute period.
He said there were no surveillance cameras, and no suspects. He was given a police report number and advised to forward any further information to police officers.
A black Harley-Davidson motorcycle was stolen between noon Oct. 12 and noon Oct. 13, from an apartment building parking lot in the 10600 block of Pine Street.
The victim said the apartment complex management did not have it towed, and he was up-to-date on payments. He said he has the only set of keys, and no one else had permission to ride it or move it.
The motorcycle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Resident reports fraudulent unemployment application
A Trenton resident reported to local police officers on Oct. 6 that an identity thief applied for unemployment benefits with the Ohio Department of Jobs in his name.
The claim was flagged because the identity thief did not have the victim’s Social Security number. The victim was given a police report number to enable the reporting agency to proceed with its investigation.
Harley stolen from residential garage
A red and gray 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle was stolen between Sept. 30 and Oct. 4 from inside a residential garage on Sherwood Street.
The victim said he was still in possession of both sets of keys. He said there were no unique stickers or identifying markings on the motorcycle. There were no suspects.
Political sign stolen
A Trump campaign sign was reported stolen the afternoon of Sept. 28 from a residence in the 1100 block of 17th Street.
The victim said the sign, valued at $20, was stolen between noon and 4 p.m. from her front yard.
Woman taken into custody after fleeing fight
A 25-year-old Wyandotte woman was taken into custody and charged with assault and battery the night of Sept. 28 after she instigated a fight with three other women in an apartment building in the 2700 block of 6th Street.
The three victims, who were treated for cuts and bruises by paramedics on scene, said the woman had been pacing agitatedly inside the apartment when she said she was frustrated, and needed to release her anger. She then initiated a physical altercation with each of the three women in the apartment, and shattered a glass coffee table before fleeing on foot.
Police found a suspect matching her description nearby and arrested her.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)