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Police Blotter: Motorist Strikes Restaurant

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

A 48-year-old Beverly Hills woman reported to police that she was injured early Aug. 15 after a car struck the while she was eating inside with a friend from Grosse Pointe Park. The pair were eating when a silver Dodge Stratus drove into a parking spot, up the curb and hit the building hard enough to shake it. The driver, who was described as a teenage woman, backed up and eventually the restaurant manager, according to the victim, went outside to check on the crash. The woman told officers her arm was resting on the ledge at the wall and was hurt by the impact. She and her friend stopped at the police department to file the report after no one at the restaurant checked on her to see if she was ok or obtained the license plate number of the vehicle involved. She and her friend intended to go to the hospital after stopping at the police department, according to a report.

Theft Reported Believed to be Related to Craigslist Ad

A 59-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods woman preparing to move who offered several lawn care items up to anyone wishing to have them on Craigslist reported that several additional items were taken following the couple's visit to her house. The woman was offering specific items and a woman called requesting to get them. After they left her home Aug. 16, the woman received another call from the woman inquiring about whether they could take some of the other things at the woman's house. She declined. Upon returning home, the woman discovered several other lawn equipment and decorations missing from her yard. She told police she believes the couple that took the things she offered on Craigslist returned while she wasn't home and took them without her permission, according to a report.

Pandering Man Arrested

Grosse Pointe Woods police arrested a man Aug. 16 for operating a vehicle while on drugs after employees of the Mack Avenue called to report he was harassing customers for money. The responding officer found the man trying to leave the parking lot in a car and ordered him out of the car. The man said he was trying to sell his $19 Starbucks gift card for $10 so he could buy gas for it. The officer asked him whether he'd ingested any drugs, which he initially declined. After some field testing, the man said he had used heroin and Vicodin before coming to Starbucks and that he may have had methamphetamine still left in his system from the last usage. He was charged with operating while under influence of drugs, false informing of police officers for giving two fake names and on a parole violation, according to a report.

Resident Finds Bicycle Before Knowing It was Stolen

A 46-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods resident retrieved his own bicycle after it was stolen from his detached garage after he found it resting against a wall at the Mobil station at Mack and Vernier. The owner called police after finding his bicycle at the gas station and making his wife run to their house to confirm his bicycle was missing from the garage. The owner explained the officer he recently retired from a bicycle shop and offered details about how the bike had been altered after he purchased it, showing that it belonged to him. The owner wanted officers to record that he was riding his own bicycle home from the gas station. An attendant said the bicycle had been sitting there since he opened that day, according to a report.

Spray-Painted Lawn Reported to Police

A 79-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods woman reported finding letters spray-painted on her backyard Aug. 11. The letters were red and read NOG NO OE. Police are investigating the meaning of the letters and why they were written on her lawn in the 21500 block of Van K Drive, according to a report.

Drunk Driver Arrested

Grosse Pointe Woods police arrested a 72-year-old resident Aug. 11 for drunk driving after he struck a parked car on Mack Avenue near Anita. The man had a 0.12 percent blood alcohol content. No one was injured during the crash. He said he was looking for an ice cream store when he struck the car. The officer responded to the crash and discovered the man to be intoxicated, according to a report.

Lawn Equipment Stolen from Garage

Grosse Pointe Woods police are investigating the theft of several pieces of lawn equipment from a garage in the 1800 block of Oxford. The homeowner discovered the items missing early in the morning Aug. 12. The owner said after coming home the night before from work, the garage door was left open, according to a report.

Bradley Coopersmith August 23, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Sara, When you are getting the police reports are they providing descriptions of the people? The police should be doing this for us. The craigslist theft mentioned above should have a description so that other people can be aware of what these people look like. I understand not every crime has an eye witness but in a case where the person spoke with the individuals you would think that police would give a description so we can help our neighbors and protect ourselves. For future reports please request descriptions if they are available. Thank you.
Robert Sfire August 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Good idea. we all need to be more aware of our environment.
Lynn La Rue August 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Regarding the spray painted back lawn: did this woman recently hire a contractor to perform work involving digging in the rear yard? It's not at all unusual for the utility locators to spray paint the lawn when no underground utilities are present, and red paint identifies electric under the current system. Perhaps the was simply "no gas, no underground electric" cable present as most of this area is served electricity overhead and gas through the front of the home.

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