Crime briefs of the year in Warren

Warren Weekly | Published January 17, 2022

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WARREN — Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre local crime briefs from 2021:


Bubbly taken from delivery truck
WARREN — A supervisor for a commercial alcohol distributor contacted Warren police at 5:47 p.m. on Jan. 21 to report that seven cases of champagne were taken from a truck during a delivery at Family Dollar three days earlier. 

The cases of Moet Rose champagne were reportedly stolen during the delivery to the store at Van Dyke Avenue and Eight Mile Road at about 2:25 p.m. on Jan. 18.

According to a police report, the delivery supervisor was inside of the store while a trainee was standing near a case of champagne left at the entrance. The supervisor reportedly called into the store for the trainee to bring him the case, and the trainee was reportedly walking through the store with the champagne when a customer alerted them that “someone was robbing the truck.”

The supervisor and trainee returned to the truck to discover that some of the champagne was missing. The side door of the truck was reportedly found partially open. 

Several similar incidents were reported in the city of Detroit.


ATM damaged by gunfire in robbery attempt
WARREN — Police were sent to Community Choice Credit Union on Chicago Road at 6:51 p.m. on Feb. 8 to investigate an anonymous call about property damage. 

According to a police report, officers found that the ATM on the west side of the credit union was shot 16 times. Bullet holes were found on the middle and lower hinges. Several rounds of ammunition were also found.

During the course of the investigation, police learned of another call about possible shots fired three days earlier. The call came in at 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 5. An officer was dispatched to investigate the report on nearby Miller Drive, just north of the credit union. No damage was identified at the time, and the callers could not say for sure where the shots came from.

A review of the credit union’s security video from around the time the gunfire was reported showed four subjects in a silver sedan pull up near the ATM and approach it with a chain. Additional video was not available, and the investigation continued.


Rare penny stolen from residence
WARREN — An officer was dispatched to a home on Knox Avenue to investigate the alleged theft of a rare penny at 3:35 p.m. on March 10.

According to a police report, the resident stated that a rare 1969 doubled die penny was missing from a coin collection stored in a locked cabinet in his bedroom. The coin was last seen on March 5. 

The man told police that an exterior lock on the bedroom door appeared to be loosened and that the locked drawer of the cabinet where the collection was kept appeared to be damaged, “as if someone pried it open.”


Cash, necklace reportedly stolen from bedroom
WARREN — A Warren man went to the police station on March 24 to report the theft of cash and a silver necklace with a cross charm from his bedroom at a home on Maxwell Avenue. 

The theft allegedly occurred between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on March 23. The man told police he left for the day and returned to find that the rear window had been opened. 

According to the report, the man contacted his landlord who helped him secure the window. He said it appeared as if the window may have been pried open. 

A neighbor reportedly heard what sounded like someone trying to force their way into the home. Photos were taken, and it was later determined that the suspect was a “longtime friend” of the victim. 

The man told police he reached out to the suspect and decided to file a police report when he refused to return the stolen items.


Shoes reportedly stolen from home
WARREN — A resident and her mother went to the Warren Police Department at 5 p.m. May 19 to report the theft of “expensive shoes” from a room at their home on Eiffel Drive.

According to a police report, it was believed that the woman’s ex-boyfriend stole the shoes after allegedly threatening to do so on Instagram. The suspect reportedly was upset because the owner of the shoes would not speak with him. He also allegedly made threats about her new boyfriend.

The shoes were allegedly taken some time after 4:30 p.m. that day, after they had left the house to go to the store. The door was reportedly left unlocked. 


Woman caught trying to steal vacuum, flea medicine and makeup
WARREN — A Warren police officer was sent to Walmart at 12 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue at about 11 a.m. Aug. 19 to investigate a retail fraud complaint. 

According to a police report, a store loss prevention officer observed a woman attempting to steal six items from the store. He said she used the self-scanning device to ring up a lower-priced vacuum than the one she tried to leave with. Two packs of flea medicine, three eyeliner markers and a dog food bag were allegedly placed in two Walmart bags without payment. 

The woman was identified and released. Store security forwarded video and a copy of their report to Warren detectives. 


Man arrested for fleeing, resisting arrest, carrying weapon illegally
WARREN — A driver who attempted to flee police during a traffic stop at 4:20 a.m. Sept. 17 was arrested for fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing officers, and carrying a handgun illegally. 

According to a police report, an officer on patrol near Lorraine and Hudson avenues was parked with his lights off when he observed a 2006 Chevy Cobalt traveling south on Lorraine with a defective passenger headlight. The vehicle reportedly turned onto westbound Hudson and accelerated quickly before the driver turned off his lights and parked in the middle of the block and shut off the engine. 

The officer watched the vehicle for a few minutes as no one got in or out. Eventually, the driver turned the lights on again and drove off. The officer followed. 

The Cobalt went north on MacArthur Avenue and accelerated toward Nine Mile Road, where the driver turned eastbound and turned off the lights. 

The officer attempted to make a traffic stop after the vehicle again turned on Lorraine with its headlights still off and the driver quickly accelerated to speeds over the posted 25 mph limit.

The driver continued to eastbound Republic Avenue at a high speed and eventually turned into a driveway. He reportedly exited the vehicle, looked at the pursuing officer and fled into the backyard. He was eventually located in the yard and taken into custody.

A black semi-automatic handgun was allegedly located under the driver’s seat. Officers noted what appeared to be bullet holes in the passenger side of the vehicle. 

A woman at the address reportedly told police the vehicle and handgun belonged to her.

The suspect allegedly struggled with officers once in custody.


Gunshot reported
WARREN — Police sent to investigate a potential shooting on Phoenix Court at 4:11 p.m. Sept. 30 learned a man had recklessly discharged a weapon in the driveway after a day of drinking. 

According to a police report, one of the men said they started arguing for an unknown reason and that his friend pulled out a handgun and fired it into the ground. The round reportedly ricocheted off the pavement and hit the garage across the street. 

The friend was gone by the time police arrived.


Delivery driver threatened during cigarette heist
WARREN — Police were sent to the Speedway gas station on Mound Road at 11:50 p.m. Oct. 11 to investigate a robbery from a delivery truck where cigarettes were taken. 

According to a police report, police were sent to the scene where a man was seen running away, heading east. 

The delivery truck driver told police he was unloading products from the truck near the entrance to the store when he heard a noise in the back. He emerged to see the suspect running out of the open cargo area holding a box with about 30 cartons of cigarettes in assorted brands. The suspect allegedly yelled, “Don’t make me shoot you,” when confronted. No weapon was seen, nor otherwise implied.


Suspects smash display case, take watches at pawn shop
WARREN — Warren police were sent to the Motor City Pawn Shop on Van Dyke Avenue at 4:16 p.m. Oct. 13 to investigate the theft of watches from a display case.

According to a police report, two suspects smashed the display case glass. A driver of the suspect vehicle, a gray 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and another suspect were also listed in the report. 

The suspects reportedly came into the shop with their hoods up and were asked to remove them, per store policy. One of the suspects allegedly removed his, but then took a hammer from his pocket and smashed the glass. Both suspects involved in the actual theft allegedly took watches from the case and ran. 

Once outside, they were allegedly accompanied by the other described suspect, and all three reportedly ran down the street where they got in the Jeep on nearby Hudson Avenue.


Suspect steals charger from vape pen at gas station
WARREN — Police were sent to the Valero gas station on Nine Mile Road at 3:40 p.m. Oct. 27 to investigate a retail fraud complaint. 

According to a police report, a man walked into the store and asked to see a “Cookies” vape pen. An employee reportedly handed the device to the man, who allegedly removed the charger, handed the pen back to the employee and left without paying for the charger.

The owner of the gas station told police he went outside to ask the man to pay for the charger but that he was given an obscene gesture instead. 

The suspect was last seen heading north along Ryan Road on foot.


Robbery reported, suspect arrested
WARREN — A juvenile male was reportedly arrested after a robbery near Nine Mile and Beierman Avenue at 11 a.m. Nov. 24. 

According to a police summary of the incident, the suspect robbed a cab driver of his money. Responding officers reportedly arrested the juvenile and recovered a handgun.


Property damage reported
WARREN — Police were sent to an address on Hudson Avenue at 9:24 a.m. Dec. 2 to investigate a malicious destruction of property in progress complaint. 

According to a police report, a resident said his neighbor on nearby Mac Arthur Boulevard broke his fence and stole his security camera. The caller told police he watched her do it. The neighbor later told officers she took the camera because it was pointed at her house and she thought he was spying on her. She also said the fence was already broken. 

The camera was returned, but the owner said its memory card was missing. The neighbor said she knew nothing about the SD card.