Police Reports: April 19-24

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Skulduggery of the week: Now You See It … Now You Don’t

Between 5 and 5:35 p.m. on April 19, the owner of an $18,000 platinum wedding ring reported it stolen after setting it on a shelf in a store in the 6900 block of Preston Road. When the owner returned, the ring was gone.

HIGHLAND PARK

19 TUESDAY

Between 9 a.m. on April 15 and 3 p.m. on April 19, a burglar broke into a house in the 4600 block of Beverly Drive causing $440 in damages, and stole a $150 Makita cordless drill, a $175 Makita corded drill, and a dishwasher, oven and stovetop, and a microwave.

At 11:21 p.m., the owner of a purse reported it and its contents, including $300 cash, stolen after leaving it at Mi Cocina at Highland Park Village between 6:30 p.m. on April 15 and 10 a.m. on April 16.


Suspect Arrested for Robbery at SMU

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Demarcus Cortez Brown

Demarcus Cortez Brown

On April 22, Demarcus Cortez Brown was arrested by Dallas Police at a residence in East Dallas for the aggravated robbery at SMU in the 2900 block of SMU Boulevard.

On April 17, Brown robbed a group of students and a parent at gunpoint.

According to UPPD spokesperson Lita Snellgrove, UPPD recovered evidence at the arrest location that connected Brown with more robberies in other jurisdictions.

Detectives from Dallas, SMU, and Richardson PD assisted in the investigation.


Police Reports: April 11-17

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Skulduggery of the week: Hang Up Your Hat, You’re Drunk

At 6:57 p.m. on April 12, a shoplifter stole a straw hat from Whole Foods in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive, and then proceeded to urinate on the building. The hat was returned, but Frank Ramirez, 55, of Dallas, was arrested on charges of public intoxication and theft.

HIGHLAND PARK

11 MONDAY
Between 4 p.m. on April 8 and 8 a.m. on April 11, a vandal caused $1,000 in damage to playground equipment at Bradfield Elementary.

12 TUESDAY
At 1:40 p.m., the owner of a $3,000 Rolex DateJust reported it lost between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 2 at the Dallas Country Club.


Stranger Danger at HPV

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Around 8:20 p.m. on April 15, a parent reported their 10-year-old daughter and three friends were approached by a male in the parking lot at Highland Park Village.

According to Highland Park Police Department spokesperson Lt. Lance Koppa, the male complimented one of the kids T-shirts they were wearing, then tried to convince them to show to shirt to a friend who in a nearby parked van. The children immediately left the area to notify a parent.

The message Stranger Danger is still important to share with your kids. HPPD recommends you trust your instincts to determine if “something’s not right.” Also, it is recommended to report suspicious activity to the authorities immediately.


Police Reports: April 5-10

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Skulduggery of the week: A Galaxy (That’s Now) Far, Far Away

Between 7:43 and 8 a.m. on April 7, a thief stole a $400 Samsung Galaxy Tablet from an Uber driver while being transported from the Nylo Hotel in the 1300 block of South Lamar Street to a house in Willow Wood Circle.

HIGHLAND PARK

5 TUESDAY
At 3:37 p.m., Isiah Kevon Griffin, 19, of Dallas, was arrested in Highland Park Village on charges of carrying a weapon without a license and possession of marijuana.

8 FRIDAY
At 10:15 a.m., a thief stole two $450 Stihl hedge trimmers from the bed of a Ford F150 truck in the 3800 block of Beverly Drive.


Police Report: March 28 – April 3

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Skulduggery of the week: Car Hop Car Swap

At 1:36 p.m. on April 2, a thief abandoned a $40,000 white 2006 Isuzu in the 5800 block of Armstrong Parkway and stole a $55,000 2006 white GMC.

HIGHLAND PARK

29 TUESDAY
At 2:39 a.m., two miscreants tried to break into TJ’s Seafood in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn.

30 WEDNESDAY
At 4:15 p.m., Herman Ellis, 66, of Dallas, was arrested at Highland Park Village on a charge of theft.

31 THURSDAY
At 3 a.m., Matthew C. Mueller, 19, of Dallas; Grant M. Geiser, 18, of Dallas; and a minor were arrested in the 3200 block of Beverly Drive on a charge of burglary of a vehicle.


Shots Fired in NorthPark Parking Lot

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At 3:15 p.m. on April 3, an assailant shot at a person multiple times in the Dillard’s parking lot at NorthPark Center.

According to NBCDFW, two men were arguing on the North Central Expressway and pulled into the parking lot. One of the men pulled out a handgun and began firing. The victim was sent to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

If you have information about the shooting, call DPD at 214-671-3584.


Scam Jam: Fear the Phonies

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Our office recently received a phone call from an almost-victim of a $25,000 phone scam. Apart from common sense, it’s always important to be cautious when you receive a call with a sudden demand for money.

And as tax day approaches, the IRS warns taxpayers of criminals impersonating their agents in an attempt to receive payment for a false bill.

According to the IRS, there are five signs to tell the difference between a scammer and the IRS:

  • The IRS will never demand immediate payment, nor call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill.
  •  The IRS won’t demand payment without providing the opportunity to question or appeal the amount quoted.
  •  The IRS doesn’t require you to use a specific form of payment, i.e. a prepaid debit card.
  •  The IRS will never ask for credit or debit card numbers via phone.
  •  The IRS won’t threaten to bring in police to have you arrested for not paying.

If you believe you are being targeted by a scammer, it is recommended to call 1 800-829-1040, and real IRS workers will help you.


Police Report: March 21-27

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Skulduggery of the Week: Pallbearer Purloiners

At 2:16 p.m. on March 21, two shoplifters pretending to be looking for funeral attire stole $5,580 in jackets from Jos. A. Bank in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue.

HIGHLAND PARK

21 MONDAY
At 4:28 p.m., Bruce Wallace Mooney, 60, of Dallas was arrested in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive on the charge of theft.

22 TUESDAY
At 11:50 a.m., a thief entered a house in the 4400 block of Westway Avenue and stole $2,000 in cash.