The following are among recent reports to Monroe County law enforcement agencies.
The following are among recent reports to Monroe County law enforcement agencies. You’ll find other police and fire news at this link.
Woman steals $1,400 in items from Walmart
An Ypsilanti woman was arrested after she attempted to leave the Walmart store in Frenchtown Township without paying for about $1,400 in merchandise Monday night.
The incident happened about 8 p.m. Monday at the store, 2150 N. Telegraph Rd., the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.
A loss prevention officer for the store watched the woman, 37, as she loaded up a cart with clothing, cosmetics and other items and put some of the items in her jacket, a deputy’s report said. She also put on overalls and a black coat while concealing the tags, the report said.
The officer told deputies the suspect went through one self-checkout lane and began scanning some items and “free bagging” other items.
When she and another female attempted to leave the store with the cart, the officer stopped her and called 911.
Deputies and the officer questioned the woman, who was taken into custody and lodged in the county jail without incident.
Authorities are checking a surveillance camera for evidence in the case.
Ram pickup stolen, recovered in LaSalle
A multi- colored 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup that was rebuilt “from the ground up,” but with little gas in its tank, was stolen from a home in LaSalle Township Sunday night and then found later abandoned in Monroe Township.
The pickup was taken about 10:50 p.m. from the 3700 block of First St., a deputy’s report said.
The owner told deputies his roommate alerted him about the theft. While responding to the call, a deputy was diverted by Central Dispatch to the intersection of S. Telegraph and Albain Rds. where the pickup was left partially in the road with no one around it.
The owner told deputies he may have left the keys in the pickup, which had sat in his driveway for about a year and was low on gas. The pickup was returned to his home by A-1 Towing.
Deputies are checking a surveillance camera at Kachar’s Used Cars for clues to identify the thief.
Man dumps soil on woman’s yard
Deputies want to question a Temperance man, 55, who allegedly dumped a load of household potting soil Thursday afternoon in the front yard of a Whiteford Township woman who had posted a sign “Fill Dirt Wanted.”
The woman told deputies she confronted the man after he pulled into her driveway in the 8000 block of Sylvania- Petersburg Rd. about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and dumped the soil in her yard without her permission.
The suspect became “confrontational with her” and cursed at her, a deputy’s report said.
The man gathered some of the dirt and left the scene. The woman got his license plate number and gave it to authorities, who traced the number to a woman who lived on Rauch Rd.
When deputies went to the home to question the man, neither he nor the vehicle were there.