Unresponsive hotel guest feared dead
An unresponsive hotel guest prompted a worried call the afternoon of Oct. 20 from an employee at Holiday Inn Express, 9000 Enterprise Drive, who feared a 51-year-old Livonia man was dead.
However, when police officers arrived, they found the man very much alive and irate, yelling, “the f—king firefighters broke in” as he tried to sweep a bag of suspected crack cocaine off the night stand.
The man then ran from the room, wearing only his unzipped jeans, and encountered a police officer, who escorted him back to his room to get dressed. The man insisted the clothes were not his, and claimed that the first responders “were framing him.”
He was placed under arrest and taken to the police station for processing, where he was charged with violation of the Controlled Substance Act and disorderly conduct.
His vehicle, which had an improper plate and was uninsured, was impounded and towed.
Victim attacked and robbed by 3 men on Buckingham
Three men jumped out of a car and attacked and robbed a man on foot the afternoon of Oct. 25 in the 6800 block of Buckingham Avenue.
The victim said he was walking home from his girlfriend’s house when he noticed that he was being followed by a black Chrysler 300, from which three men in hooded sweatshirts emerged and jumped him.
The men, who were wearing red, black and gray hoodies, tried to grab his backpack, but could not pull it off his back. One of the men then struck the victim on the side of his head with a handgun, causing him to fall. The other two men then reached into his pockets and stole his wallet, with his driver’s license and debit card, and his Apple iPhone X.
The victim was able to give the police officers a partial license plate number, and police officers located surveillance cameras about half a block from the scene of the attack.
The victim went to the police station to provide a statement and to have his injuries photographed.
Man causes disturbance, asked not to return to gas station
Police were dispatched to BP, 10001 Michigan Ave., Oct. 21 for a customer outside causing an issue. The man was located at Wyoming and Ford Road where officers asked to speak with him; however, he continued walking and did not stop.
Once police caught up to the man in a nearby gas station, he cooperated and provided his name. He was advised not to return to the BP gas station. The BP employee said the man was in the parking lot yelling at customers. Customers did not get out of their vehicle and instead drove away. The employee said the man then entered the gas station and started yelling.
He told police that he didn’t want the man to return to the gas station.
Police arrest driver on warrant
While on patrol in the area of Michigan Avenue and Military, police observed a 2013 Chevy Malibu with dark tinted front windows driving east on Michigan Avenue.
A traffic stop was conducted Oct. 25 on Michigan Avenue and Mason where police made contact with both the driver and passenger. Police arrested the driver for a warrant from another agency. Details of the warrant were not provided in the report.
The vehicle was searched and released to the passenger with the driver’s approval.
According to the report, the driver was transported to the Dearborn police station where he was issued a citation for obstructed vision.
About 10:58 a.m., Michigan State Police responded to the station and took the driver into custody without incident.
MacBook reported missing
A resident called police Oct. 13 to file a report after her Apple MacBook was stolen after it was delivered to her house. According to the report, the 13-inch laptop was ordered from Amazon and is valued at $1,801.
Police were told that the laptop was scheduled to be delivered to her house in the 26700 block of Kingswood Oct. 8. When the resident got home at 3:30 p.m. she noticed the package was not on her porch. The resident said she called Amazon who advised her the package was delivered and to file a larceny report. She didn’t have a working security system.
There was no suspect information.
Catalytic converter stolen off truck
Police were dispatched to Budget Truck Rental, 24101 W. Warren Ave., Oct. 19 for a missing catalytic converter from a vehicle.
The victim said that he last saw his white 2020 Ford Box rental truck about 1 p.m. Oct. 17 in the parking lot of the business. When he returned about 11:20 a.m. Oct. 19, he attempted to start his truck but it failed. According to the report, the victim observed the catalytic converter had been taken from underneath the vehicle over the weekend.
The vehicle was locked and no items were missing from inside. There was no security cameras posted at the scene.
Senior defrauded in phone scam
A caller claiming to be with a Georgia police department convinced a 69-year-old Lincoln Park woman that a car registered in her name was found as part of a drug investigation, and her bank accounts would be frozen if she did not purchase gift cards and read the account numbers to them over the phone.
The woman complied, and purchased gift cards at Target and Sam’s Club, then provided the caller with the gift card numbers and codes.
Later, when she realized that she was likely a victim of fraud, she filed a police report. She was given a report number and advised about similar frauds with which people are being scammed.
Truck window shattered to steal tools
A Ford F-250 pickup passenger window was shattered and $1,570 in tools were reported stolen the morning of Oct. 9 from the 1300 block of Washington Avenue.
Among the items stolen were a tool belt with tin snips, a hammer and square, a Paslode nail gun, four Ridgid impact drills with batteries and a charger, a Milwaukee hammer drill, a Ridgid circular saw and a Dewalt Sawzall.
There were no surveillance cameras in the area. A K-9 track was attempted, but there was no trail to follow.
A similar theft occurred two blocks east of the victim, where a neighbor’s surveillance camera may have captured footage of a suspect.
Is Santa having a rough year?
A least half a dozen bottles of vodka were stolen from Rite Aid Pharmacy, 4016 Oakwood Blvd., the night of Oct. 22 by a heavy set, middle-aged white man with a beard.
A store employee said the man entered the store, grabbed a hand basket and walked straight to the liquor aisle. Within a minute, he walked by the employee, told her to “call the police,” and walked out of the store with the liquor. She believes he was on foot.
The clerk said the man was wearing a heavy brown Carhart jacket, dark baggy pants and a camo baseball cap, with a mandated mask covering his face.
She said the vodka stolen included at least two $30 bottles of Ciroc, two $28 bottles of Grey Goose and two $20 bottles of Tito’s.
The responding police officers reviewed store security camera footage of the theft and copied it to a flash drive, which was forwarded to the detective bureau.
Thief fails to hotwire city vehicle
A thief tried unsuccessfully to hotwire the Melvindale Housing Commission’s white Ford F-150 pickup on Oct. 21 from the parking lot at Coogan Terrace, 3501 Oakwood Blvd.
There were pry marks on the driver’s side door, and the door lock showed signs of tampering. Inside the cab, the ignition was punched out, and the plastic sleeve had been removed from the steering column.
The complex has surveillance cameras, which may have captured footage of the thwarted thief.
Credit card, driver’s license stolen from unlocked SUV
A credit card and driver’s license were reported stolen the morning of Oct. 15 from an unlocked company vehicle, a gray 2018 Jeep Cherokee, in the 17000 block of Kennebec.
The vehicle was secure as of 5 p.m. the evening before.
The victim said she was able to cancel the credit card before any charges were posted to the account.
A neighbor reviewed their security camera feed, but did not find any footage of the theft.
The victim was given an identity theft packet and advised to monitor her credit report to prevent the use of her missing identification to open new accounts.
Mountain bike stolen from apartment storage area
A gray 26-inch Kent mountain bicycle was reported stolen Oct. 17 from a basement storage unit of an apartment in the 20000 block of Fort Street. There were no surveillance cameras in the area, and no suspects.
Victim unable to close fraudulent account
Despite repeated attempts over the past month, a resident reported to a police officer Oct. 27 that he has been unable to cancel a fraudulent account opened in his name.
He provided letters from the account provider, and said he has been unable to reach anyone to cancel it. He said he has no idea who might have opened the account using his information.
Vehicle windows damaged, outerwear stolen from pickup at hotel
Two windows were damaged on a dark blue Ford F-250 pickup the night of Oct. 25 at Holiday Inn Express, 17201 Northline Road, and cold weather clothing stolen.
Missing were a dark blue parka, a winter vest, a hat and two pairs of gloves, with a $300 collective value. It was estimated that it would cost $1,100 to replace the two damaged windows.
Locks damaged on construction trailer
Two locks were reported damaged on a storage trailer the morning of Oct. 19 at a construction site at the northeast corner of the intersection of Fort Street and Vreeland Road.
The trailer was last known to be secure Oct. 8, the victim said, adding that no items were missing.
Pickup window damaged by pellet gun
The rear window of a white Ford F-150 pickup was reported shattered the morning of Oct. 19 after it was parked overnight in a driveway on Westfield Road. The victim said he discovered a pellet in the truck bed, which he showed to the responding police officers. There were no suspects.
Gas station clerk threatened by irate gunman
An unknown gunman threatened a clerk about 2 a.m. Oct. 3 at Citgo, 1166 Eureka Road, before fleeing in a blue Dodge Charger.
The clerk said the man, who was black, and wearing a dark shirt, was acting irate during his initial visit. He then returned a few minutes later, pointing a black handgun at the clerk and shouting profanities at him before fleeing as a passenger in the Dodge Charger, which traveled west on Eureka Road.
Police officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect or the Dodge Charger.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)