police arrested a 20-year-old Detroit man after fingerprint evidence from a burglary revealed his identity to investigators. Christopher David Wright was already in police custody in Detroit when Park detectives received his fingerprint identification from Michigan State Police lab technicians. Wright admitted to breaking into a home in the 1400 block of Berkshire Road June 3 and stealing luggage and two laptops. Wright made his initial appearance in court June 10. He is charged with second-degree home invasion, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Meanwhile, Park police are investigating three other burglaries. In one case, copper plumbing was stolen from a vacant home in the 1200 block of Balfour June 6. There were no signs of forced entry.
In another case, jewelry was stolen from a home in the 1400 block of Cadieux Road on May 26 and June 6. In the last case, jewelry was also stolen from a home in the 1400 block of Kensington Road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 10.
Arrests Made for Assault, Drunken Driving
Grosse Pointe Park police arrested a 20-year-old man June 7 on charges stemming from two crimes. In the first case, he is charged with assault for punching a man in the face June 2 during a disagreement near Mack Avenue and Wayburn Street. In the second, unrelated case, he is charged with felony larceny. The man made his first appearance in court last week and will have a preliminary exam next.
police arrested an 18-year-old Farms man June 12 about 3 a.m. near Harbor Hill and Lake Shore Road for drunken driving. A patrol officer spotted the man stopped at a traffic light looking at his cell phone. The man accelerated when the light changed and continued looking at his cell phone. Then he struck a curb, flattening a tire and continued driving. The man spoke loudly and with slurred speech telling the officer he struck the curb because he was texting while driving. The man was found to be intoxicated and in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
Police Investigate Petty Thefts
Grosse Pointe Park police are investigating several additional thefts of personal property from locations other than homes. On June 8, a cell phone was reported stolen from an unoccupied baby stroller in the 1000 block of Lakepointe, coins were stolen from two unlocked cars parked in the 1300 block of Buckingham and a gray mountain bike was stolen from an unlocked garage in the 500 block of Barrington between June 7-10.
Grosse Pointe Farms police are also investigating a theft in which a garage door opener, a Blackberry and gym bag with clothes were stolen from a Cadillac station wagon in the 70 block of Touraine Road. The residents of the home heard their garage door open about 11:40 p.m. June 12 and spotted a man leaving with those possessions from their car, according to the report.
Farms police are also investigating the theft of a bike, an edger and a weed trimmer from a garage in the 40 block of Fair Acres Drive. The resident reported the theft as happening some time June 7-10 when he was out of town.
Grosse Pointe Park firefighters doused a fire in the attic ceiling of a home in the 900 block of Bedford Road on June 10. The homeowner spotted smoke in the attic area of the home and told crews that workmen had been using a blowtorch earlier in the day in the attic to remove paint from a window. The fire was spreading from the window area to the attic ceiling when firefighters opened up the roof.
Grosse Pointe Park police arrested a 43-year-old man with no known address June 11 in the 15000 block of Kercheval Avenue after receiving complaints about loud music. The responding officer found the man was wanted for a parole violation.