Credit union account breached
Unauthorized transactions totaling $1,500 were withdrawn from a couple’s credit union account, an Allen Park man reported Oct. 13, with charges at Starbucks, Walmart and online stores.
Neither had given anyone else permission to use the account, and both were still in possession of their debit cards. He said the credit union had frozen the account, and had initiated an investigation.
Drunken man falls asleep in drive-through
A drunken man who fell asleep in his car in the drive-through lane of the Mr. Fresh Drive-Thru Dairy Store, 14650 Champaign Road, at 8 p.m. Oct. 11, ended up catching up on his sleep in a jail cell.
Police officers found the Lincoln Park man slumped over the console of his 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, with the engine running. When awoken, the man, who said he was tired from work, spoke with slurred speech and smelled strongly of intoxicants, while his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.
He failed multiple field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.204, Two-and-a-half times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
A check of the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed that his driver’s license was suspended. He was also driving without insurance.
He was taken to the police station, where he was booked and held, and his vehicle was impounded and towed.
Customer advised on trespassing at Wendy’s
Police were dispatched to Wendy’s 3560 Greenfield Road, Oct. 11 for an irate customer complaint. Upon arrival, the customer was asked to leave the drive-through and park his vehicle so officers could speak with him.
The customer said he was upset about his previous orders being “messed up” and wanted to be compensated.
Police spoke with the manager who said he didn’t appreciate his employees being yelled at by the customer and would like him advised of trespassing.
The customer was advised on trespassing at the Wendy’s and released with his order.
Man cited for reckless driving
While at the intersection of Cherry Hill and Telegraph Road Oct. 18, police observed a black Dodge Charger traveling north on Telegraph passing cars and weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed.
Police caught up to the Charger at Telegraph and Ford roads where a traffic stop was conducted and contact made with the driver. The man provided his driver’s license, but could not provide proof of insurance.
According to the report, police arrested the man for reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle while suspended. He was placed in the police patrol vehicle while a search was conducted. The Charger was impounded.
Police released the driver from the scene with his property from the vehicle and two misdemeanor citations for reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.
He was advised to contact the 19th District Court within 14 days.
Pickup truck damaged overnight
Police were dispatched to a house in the 27200 block of Kingswood Drive on a report of a pickup truck possibly damaged by a pellet gun.
The resident said that he last saw his truck intact was about 10 p.m. Oct. 9, and about 8:40 a.m. the next day he noticed damage. According to the report, the resident said he did not know who would’ve vandalized his truck.
He was provided a case number and police photographed the damage.
Woman defrauded of $600 in phone scam
A Dearborn Heights woman was swindled out of $600 Oct. 6 by callers claiming to be from DTE Energy saying she was behind on her bill.
The caller told woman she owed $300 so she told the caller she would go to a DTE kiosk and pay it; however, the caller said the kiosks weren’t working and that she had to get a MoneyPac card to pay the bill. According to the report, the woman went to Walgreens, 5709 S. Telegraph Road, where she put $300 on a MoneyPac card and then gave the caller the number for the payment.
A few moments later, the woman received a second call from someone using a different name than the first caller who said she owed another $300. Following the demand, the woman again got a second MoneyPac card from Walgreens and gave the caller the card number for the payment.
The woman told police she called DTE and was speaking with an employee when she was called again, so she put the caller on three-way. While the woman spoke with the employee, she was informed that she had been scammed. The woman said the caller did not speak during the call and believes he hung up. DTE’s fraud department was notified.
Police searched the Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System for the phone numbers both callers used but did not find them in the system.
Identity thief opens credit card, orders electronics
An identity thief opened a credit card Sept. 18 in a 25-year-old Lincoln Park woman’s name, who received an email indicating that an order had been placed for a high-end television and a gaming device, which were to be sent to an out-of-state address.
She was advised to contact the credit card company, close the account and cancel the order. She was given a police report number and advised to follow-up with the detective bureau.
Packages purloined from porch
Three delivery packages were reported stolen Sept. 19 from a porch in the 2100 block of Mill Street, where the recipient had left them for a day to sanitize them and neutralize any coronavirus contamination.
Stolen were a pair of children’s Converse shoes, valued at $17, Nike shoes, valued at $52, and three plush stuffed animals, with a cumulative $59 value.
There were no surveillance cameras, and no suspects.
Driver arrested for carrying a concealed weapon while intoxicated
A 29-year-old Brownstown Township man was arrested Oct. 20 and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, following a traffic stop.
The man, who earlier had a verbal altercation inside a Riverview gas station, went out to his car, a black Ford Fusion, and retrieved a 9-millimeter weapon, with a hip holster, and put it on in an intimidation attempt.
Police detectives spotted the vehicle near Fort Street and Pennsylvania Road, and followed it until a patrol officer was able to initiate a traffic stop at 15th and Vinewood streets in Wyandotte.
Host of late-night outdoor party cited for excessive noise
The host of a loud party at 12:31 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 18000 block of Marsha Street, received a citation for unreasonable noise following a drunken backyard bonfire bacchanal.
Police officers observed multiple people who were heavily intoxicated, talking loudly and blaring music outdoors in the residential area.
As police officers advised the renter of the violation, the drunken guests began to shout profanities at the police officers.
The owner of a blue Ford Explorer, which was blocking the sidewalk, also was cited.
Gas repeatedly siphoned from SUV
Repeated gas thefts from a sport utility vehicle, likely by siphoning, were reported Oct. 16 by a resident in the 11000 block of Burlington Street.
The victim said his vehicle has also been damaged with pry marks consistent with a break-in attempt.
Debit card stolen from SUV fraudulently used
A debit card stolen Oct. 15 from a parked sport utility vehicle was fraudulently used in two transactions, for $58 and $33, by the thief.
Also taken were $40 in cash, a $50 gift card and the victim’s driver’s license.
The victim said the charges were pending, and an attempt to cancel the transaction had been initiated.
Thief seen on surveillance footage stealing Halloween decorations
A Halloween yard decoration thief was captured on surveillance footage Oct. 9 while stealing a 12-foot inflatable Plague Doctor figure, valued at $139, from a front yard in the 6300 block of McGuire Avenue.
The clear footage revealed a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt removing the inflatable.
After the victim posted the video on social media, other neighbors reported having surveillance footage of the same person stealing decorations from their yards.
Police officers advised the victims to forward the videos to the police detective bureau.
Missing money returned by good Samaritan
A man who lost a coin purse containing $2,000 in cash on Sept. 30 while running errands caught a break when a good Samaritan driving on I-94 near Telegraph Road stopped to pick up an item he spotted in the road, and turned the lost money into the Taylor Police Department.
The man initially discovered his money was missing when he went to get an estimate for car repairs from a local shop. The coin purse contained 20 $100 bills.
Vehicle break-ins at Fiat Chrysler engine plant
Two victims reported vehicle break-ins and larcenies Aug. 17 from the parking lot at the Fiat Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, 2300 Van Horn Road.
A gray 2002 Chevy Tahoe was rifled through and a $400 Pioneer amplifier stolen. The victim was unsure whether the vehicle had been locked.
The owner of a black 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer reported that the driver’s side door lock was damaged, as were the steering column and dashboard. A $300 Kenwood in-dash entertainment center and navigation system was stolen. The victim said a club lock on the pedals may have prevented the vehicle from being stolen.
Vape pen thieves hit a second convenience store
A man and woman working in tandem victimized a second 7-Eleven convenience store on Oct. 12, stealing $700 in vape pens from a shop at 2822 Biddle.
A woman distracted the clerk at the counter, while the man hid vape pens in his pants and under his shirt.
The two left in a silver SUV, with the theft captured on store surveillance footage.
The woman was described as white, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, thin build and blonde, and wearing blue jeans and white shoes, with glasses on her head. The man was described as white, in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with reddish-brown hair in a “man-bun.” He was wearing ripped blue jeans, a red or orange long-sleeved T-shirt, and white shoes.
Man uses shopping cart to shoplift
A shoplifter used a shopping cart at 1 a.m. Oct. 13 to steal assorted merchandise from CVS Pharmacy, 2025 Fort St.
Among the items stolen were a $55 Beurer blood pressure wrist watch and a $20 pair of Warmies slippers.
The thief was described as a white male, wearing red pants and a blue jacket.
Police officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the man.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)