Woman arrested for driving with intoxicated
While on patrol, police observed a red Dodge Nitro traveling north near Quandt Avenue, and as the vehicle was followed it began drifting side to side Dec. 7. The Dodge also was unable to maintain proper lane positioning while on the road.
A check of the license plate prompted a traffic stop. The driver provided a license plate and documentation for the Dodge.
When asked if she had been drinking, the driver said she had one beer approximately 30 minutes prior to being stopped. She agreed to roadside field sobriety tests.
The driver’s blood-alcohol level was .19, more than twice the legal .08 limit in Michigan.
She was arrested for drunken driving and transported to the Allen Park Police Department.
Counterfeit bills used at CVS Pharmacy
A manager of CVS Pharmacy, 15240 Southfield Road, called police to the store after eight counterfeit $20 bills were used Dec. 17.
The manager said that she was making a deposit from the drawers to the safe, and while counting the money she found the counterfeit bills. She then reviewed the large purchases made the day before, along with security video, where a transition stood out as suspicious to her.
On Dec. 16, a man described as light skinned, possibly Hispanic, was seen entering the store while wearing a red hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket with braided hair. He is seen selecting a bouquet of flowers near the checkout area then checking out. The flowers totaled $7.41 with tax and the man allegedly paid with one of the $20 counterfeit bills, receiving $12.59 in change.
A few minutes later, the same man is seen re-entering the store where he loaded $195 onto a pre-paid debit card, using cash. The re-load fee was $4.95. The man mixed in seven counterfeit $20 bills with three legitimate $20 bills when paying before leaving the store.
Police took, tagged and placed the eight counterfeit bills into temporary evidence.
Animal abandoned outside police station
A 5-week-old kitten was abandoned outside of the Dearborn police station, 16099 Michigan Ave., the morning of Dec. 24, in full view of surveillance cameras.
The cat, a gray male domestic shorthair, was found next to a pet carrier. It had no tags or collar, and was shivering from the cold and meowing in distress.
The kitten was taken to the animal shelter, where intake paperwork was completed and the feline’s evaluation was initiated.
Resident reports suspicious activity
Police were contacted by a resident of Eton on a suspicious activity complaint after she saw footprints leading up to her window Dec. 18.
Once on the scene, officers inspected the house where they observed an old set of footprints leading from the backyard fence to a window. The report stated that it appears someone jumped over the fence into the backyard.
Nothing of evidentiary value was found during a search of the property. Police documented the incident and informed the resident courtesy patrols would be conducted as possible.
Fraudulent DTE Energy account opened
The victim of identity fraud called police Dec. 19 to report that an additional DTE Energy account was opened in his name by an unknown suspect.
A letter was received by the victim Dec. 18 from DTE regarding the account which had a delinquent bill for $2,374.85. The account was opened in February and canceled in October.
According to the report, the victim hadn’t opened an additional account or gave anyone permission to open an additional account.
The DTE showed an address in Detroit where the account was active, with which the victim was unfamiliar.
When the victim contacted DTE regarding the fraudulent activity, he was advised to file a police report. The victim told police he would like to press charges if a suspect can be identified.
License plate stolen, replaced with out-of-state plate
A Michigan license plate was stolen from a white 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan the night of Dec. 15 at Aldi grocery store, 1200 Southfield Road, and replaced with a North Carolina plate.
Surveillance footage was requested of store management, and the plate was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Thief in the doghouse
The image of a man stealing an igloo style dog house, valued at $150, the afternoon of Dec. 19 from Feed-Rite Pet Supply, 2979 Fort St., was provided to police officers.
The thief, who was driving a gold Ford Ranger, was described as black, in his late forties to early fifties, bald, and wearing a black coat and black athletic pants with red stripes.
Noisy thieves awaken residents
Noisy thieves in the 3400 block of Elizabeth Street awoke and alerted homeowners at 1:24 a.m. Dec. 23 to the theft of a Craftsman snowblower, valued at $1,000, from their unlocked garage.
Of the two male thieves, the victim was able to describe one, whom she said was white, wearing a black hat and a black sweat shirt. She said they left the scene in a dark-colored sedan, driving toward Oakwood Boulevard.
Police checked the area for a car matching the description, but were unable to find one.
Minibike stolen from unlocked garage
A boy’s minibike, valued at $300, was reported stolen Dec. 23 from an unlocked garage in the 3600 block of Elizabeth Street.
There were no latent fingerprints or other physical evidence discovered in the garage. The residents were advised to lock the garage door and windows to prevent future thefts.
Tires slashed on work truck
The manager of O’Reilly Auto Parts, 14615 Eureka Road, reported Dec. 1 that four tires were slashed on a work truck belong to the business.
He said the truck was undamaged when he parked it the evening before. There were no witnesses, and no suspects.
Engagement ring stolen from car
An engagement ring with four black diamonds and a sapphire ruby was stolen the afternoon of Dec. 7 from a vehicle parked in an apartment complex in the 10000 block of Burlington Street.
The victim said he last saw the ring the day before, when he parked the vehicle, and that the ring was still in its original packaging. He said his driver’s side window was cracked open two inches, and that there were no signs of forced entry.
Missing license plate leads to drug discovery
A traffic stop initiated for a vehicle without a license plate led to the discovery of illegal drugs the night of Dec. 10 in the 1200 block of Fort Street.
The driver and passenger, who initially provided false names, later claimed to have ingested heroin, so that they would be taken to the hospital instead of the police station, from which it would be easier for them to escape. However, police officers accompanied the pair to the hospital to avoid them eluding custody.
During a search of the vehicle prior to it being towed and impounded, police officers found crack cocaine, methamphetamine, suboxone and a crack pipe.
The driver, in addition to lying to police officers about his name and faking an illness, will face felony charges for possession of methamphetamine and cocaine.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)