Police Blotter: Attempted Car Thefts Reported
The following information is gathered from the Departments of Public Safety of the Grosse Pointes. Arrests do not indicate conviction.
Grosse Pointe Woods police are investigating the attempted theft of a vehicle parked in the 2300 block of Stanhope. The vehicle's owner parked it about 8 p.m. Aug. 29 and discovered damage to her ignition when she returned to it about 2:50 a.m. Aug. 30. She told police she did not hear or see anything and was surprised her car alarm did not sound. She said the vehicle was locked. Officers discovered that the would-be thief entered through the driver's side door but could not punch out the ignition to steal the vehicle, according to a report.
While responding to that call, officers also discovered another vehicle that had been damaged near the driver's side door. In that case, the would-be thief did not get into the vehicle, but the owner confirmed that it was new damage to his car, according to another report.
Father Under Investigation for Battering Daughter, 15
Grosse Pointe Woods police are investigating a battery reported by a 15-year-old girl who said her father struck her in the head with his fist and hand Aug. 26 for not providing a verbal response to his observation while in the car. Upon arriving home, the girl told police she was denied dinner and forced to go to her bedroom. Her cell phone and other things were taken away. When her father confronted her in her bedroom and tried to hit her but she ducked to avoid being struck, she called her mother and reported that her and her brother were leaving the house out of fear. Her mother drove to Grosse Pointe Woods from her own community to pick up the children and brought the teenager to the police department to file the report. The mother said there is a history of domestic violence and that the pair are divorced. She noted at least one previous report with Grosse Pointe Woods police exists, according to a report.
Grosse Pointe Woods police are investigating a burglary that is believed to have happened between Aug. 9 to 25 in the 1800 block of Allard Ave. The homeowner found a kitchen window was damaged and that a decorative item outside had been moved. Officers documented the damage and the resident is trying to determine whether anything was taken, according to a report.
Lost Dog Turned into Police
A Grosse Pointe Shores man brought a medium sized brown dog to the Grosse Pointe Woods police station Aug. 28 shortly before 2 a.m. after finding her wandering on Vernier Road near Mason Elementary School. The man told officers he tried to find an owner before coming to the police department but was not successful. The dog did have a tag from Harvey Animal Hospital on it but no other identifying information, according to a report.
Fraudulent Check Ends in Arrest
Grosse Pointe Woods police arrested a 32-year-old Detroit man for fraud Aug. 27 after he attempted to cash a fraudulent check at Charter One Bank. The man presented the check to a teller and said he did not have an account. The teller was checking the authorization signature on the check and discovered it did not match the signature on the archived payroll checks. Bank employees called police and the man left but was found on Mack Avenue and arrested, according to a report.
Street Painting Documents, Resident Required to Clean
Grosse Pointe Woods police told a 59-year-old resident to remove paint he put on the street in front of his home in the 1600 block of Fair Court. He was given 24 hours to remove the paint, which he said was a work of art and did not bother anyone. The paint covers the street from curb to curb and at least two cars had paint splattered on them as a result. When a public safety officer came to document the situation, the resident came outside and spoke at him, questioning why it was such a big deal and whether he would be going to "grafitti jail," according to a report.