Police Blotter: Daytime Burglar Interrupted

The following information is gathered from the Public Safety Departments of the Grosse Pointes. Arrests do not indicate conviction.

police are investigating a home invasion on Handy Road in which a resident scared the burglar away with a piece of wood. The resident was coming downstairs and threw a piece of wood down, then asked the man in her house who he was. He walked out without saying anything and drove away in a two-door red sedan. The resident did not get a good look at the man as she only saw the back of his head. He entered the home through a back door that was locked. He broke a window to enter the home and stole two watches, a gold chain, cash and other miscellaneous jewelry, according to a report. A neighbor provided a similar description to the getaway vehicle but gave a bit more detail. Detectives are investigating some leads in the case.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the burglary of a home in the 20300 block of Sunningdale Park discovered April 24 about 3:30 p.m. Two flat screen televisions, an iPod touch and an Xbox 360 were stolen from a bedroom and a game room. The victim gave police information about a potential suspect, with whom the victim previously had some problems with her stealing. The burglar broke into the house through a rear bedroom window, according to a report.

Vehicle Thefts at St. John's

Grosse Pointe Woods police recovered a stolen van April 23 in the 19200 block of Mack Avenue after it was discovered by security of . The 2005 Dodge Caravan belonging to a Woodhaven woman was found parked there shortly before 11 p.m. The ignition had been punched out and the van had been sideswiped. It was also muddy and had muddy fingerprints. The van had originally been entered as stolen by Wayne State University Police, according to a report.

A 2003 Dodge Caravan was stolen from the parking lot of St. John's Hospital April 23. The owner discovered it to be missing from where it was parked shortly after 7:15 p.m. The van belonged to an employee who had been parked in the lot since 8 a.m. It is believed the thief stole the caravan using the other stolen caravan as the drop vehicle, Detective Sgt. Ray Yonkowski said.

Grosse Pointe Woods police are investigating another theft of a vehicle from St. John's Hospital parking lot. Security officials from the hospital saw the theft happen and called Woods police April 25 about 5 p.m. The 2002 Dodge Caravan belonged to a woman who was inside recovering from a scheduled surgery, according to a report.

Fraudulent Accounts, Purchases Reported

A Grosse Pointe Farms woman reported to police April 26 that several fraudulent accounts have been opened in her name. The spellings of the name are close to her actual name but not exact. She filed the report in hopes of using it to close some of the fraudulent accounts and resolving the problem, which she told police had been going on for some time, according to a report.

A 32-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms resident reported fraudulent purchases on her American Express card to police April 24. The purchases totaled about $420. One purchase was for $1.73 and the other for $418, according to a report.

Harrassment Reported

A Grosse Pointe Farms woman reported ongoing harassment by her husband's ex-wife. The ex-wife has attempted to defame the new wife and her children from a previous marriage and filed court requests and Child Protective Services complaints against the new wife and her ex-husband related to the conditions at the home where her own daughters live, all of which have been unfounded, according to a report.

Bicycle Stolen

A 48-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms man reported a mountain bike stolen from his garage April 24. The bike had been near other bikes in the garage in the 200 block of Kerby. Nothing else appeared to be missing, according to a report.

Warrant Leads to Arrest

A 46-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms resident was arrested on Fisher Road ouside South High School April 24 on a driving while on a suspended license warrant. An officer spotted the man driving at a high speed on Moross Road and recognized him as having a warrant. The officer followed him and arrested him after he parked his car on Fisher Road and exited his vehicle, according to a report.

$15K Engagement Ring Missing

An 84-year-old Shelby Township woman reported her gold engagement ring stolen April 24 to Grosse Pointe Farms police. The woman was at the , took off her ring and sat it on a shelf while washing her hands in the restroom. When she turned back around, she told police the ring was gone. Three other women were in the restroom with her. She checked with War Memorial officials but the ring has not been turned in. It had a 1.24 carat diamond with eight smaller diamonds lining each side of it. The ring is valued at $15,000, according to a report.

Man Steals Tip Jar, Runs

police are investigating the theft of the tip jar from in the Village. The man, who was described as being about 5-foot-5 with a medium build, sandy hair, about 19 years old with multiple tattoos on his neck, arm, hand and chest, ran from the front door April 20 after being instructed by an employee to bring it back. The man had been hanging out in the coffee shop for some time and finally asked for tea. When the employee turned around to make the tea, the man stole the tip jar containing about $20 and ran. Officers searched the area but did not find the man, according to a report.

Resident's Catalytic Converter Stolen Again

A 65-year-old City of Grosse Pointe woman reported the theft of her catalytic converter from her Ford Escape. This is the second time the woman's catalytic converter was stolen from her SUV. A few weeks ago the original was stolen and then the replacement was stolen overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, according to police.


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