Phone Scammers: Coming to a ZIP Code Near You

Ginny Sillers, 88, received a threatening phone call from a scam artist who had gotten her information from her husband's obituary. (Photo: Imani Lytle) 0
Ginny Sillers, 88, received a threatening phone call from a scam artist who had gotten her information from her husband's obituary. (Photo: Imani Lytle)

In March, a phone call from a man identifying himself as Milton Schwarz, a lawyer for the U.S. Consulate in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, woke up Park Cities resident Ginny Sillers, 88.

“Your grandson Scott was in an accident on spring break,” the man told her. “The police have him in custody for DWI. And you know what Mexican jails are like.”

Sillers was so upset he almost handed over $15,000, stuffed into a magazine and posted to an address in Georgia for her grandson’s bail.

“Of course, I don’t know what Mexican jails are like,” she said. “But I figured from his tone they weren’t nice.”

Only, her grandson wasn’t in prison. He wasn’t even in Mexico. He certainly wasn’t on spring break, since he had graduated from college four years ago.


Police Reports: May 16-22

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Skulduggery of the week: OH, WHAT A WATERFUL WORLD

At 3:28 p.m. on May 20, assailants threw water balloons at students and adults at McCulloch Intermediate School, causing one victim discomfort and pain on impact.

HIGHLAND PARK

18 WEDNESDAY
At 4:18 a.m., Warren Nicholas Whitlow Jr., of Highland Park, was arrested in the 5200 block of Edmondson Avenue on a charge of interfering with public duties.

At 8:05 p.m., Patrick Charles Gomez, 27, of Austin, was arrested in the 5400 block of Sewanee Avenue on a charge of possession of marijuana. 

22 SUNDAY
At 11 p.m., Roosevelt Thompson was arrested in the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane on a charge of littering.


Police Reports: May 9-15

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Skulduggery of the week: PICKING UP SPEED … LIMIT SIGNS

At 4:43 p.m. on May 11, a vandal caused $200 in damage to a speed limit pole in the 3700 block of Mockingbird Lane. The pole was broken in half and pulled partially out of the ground; and the sign was detached from the pole.

HIGHLAND PARK

10 TUESDAY
Between 2 p.m. on May 8 and 8 a.m. on May 10, a vandal caused $140 in damage to the gate of a house in the 4300 block of Westway Avenue.

11 WEDNESDAY

At 5:30 a.m., a thief entered a gray 2008 Toyota Scion from the 4500 block of Westway Avenue, found the ignition key in the center console, and stole the vehicle.


Police Reports: May 2-6

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Skulduggery of the week: HE LIKES HIS MARTINIS ON THE ROCKS

Between 8 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. on May 4, a thief stole a silver martini pitcher and ice bucket from a house in the 5600 block of Fairfield Avenue.

HIGHLAND PARK

2 MONDAY
At 3:40 p.m., a shoplifter stole a $1,395 and a $2,095 backpack from Giuseppe Zanotti in Highland Park Village.

3 TUESDAY
 At 12:40 p.m., two shoplifters stole a $385 belt from Jimmy Choo in Highland Park Village.

6 FRIDAY
At 1:43 p.m., the owner of a bicycle reported a thief had stolen parts, valued at $500, in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue.

UNIVERSITY PARK

2 MONDAY
Between 3:55 and 4:05 p.m., a thief stole $3,800 from a victim at SMU in the 6400 block of Hillcrest Avenue.

3 TUESDAY
Between 3 p.m. on April 29 and 10:41 a.m. on April 3, a burglar broke into a garage in the 4200 block of Emerson Avenue and stole a $1,195 bicycle.

4 WEDNESDAY
Between 9:15 and 10:56 a.m., a burglar broke into a black 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 7800 block of Pickwick Lane and stole a $55 purse, a $100 wallet, and $300 in cash.

5 THURSDAY
At 9:55 a.m., a thief stole four $700 chairs from the patio of a house in the 4400 block of Mockingbird Parkway.

6 FRIDAY
At 3:40 p.m., John Edward Cahill, 54, of Dallas was arrested in the 2800 block of University Boulevard on a charge of criminal trespassing.


Johnny Manziel Turns Himself in to HP Police

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F3642_001-4ormer Texas A&M and Cleveland quarterback Jonathan “Johnny” Paul Manziel, 23, surrendered himself and was booked by Highland Park Department of Public Safety around 2 p.m. Wednesday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, HP police said.

It is not uncommon when someone has a charge against them for them to come in to the HP station and turn themselves in, said Lt. Lance Koppa. “It’s convenient … if you have to make an appearance in Dallas County anyway,” he said. “We’re a very small agency.”

Koppa did said Manziel was one of the more interesting people to have come in during his tenure.

Manziel posted $1,500 bond yesterday and appeared in a Dallas County Criminal Court this morning. ESPN reported that Judge Roberto Canas told Manziel that he is to have “no contact whatsoever” with his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley, who had filed the complaint against him.

He faces up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted.


Police Reports: April 25-May 1

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Skulduggery of the week: Bang Bang Into The Room

After 10:15 p.m. on April 25, a resident of an apartment in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue reported a visitor was drunk and would not leave. The visitor damaged a door with a hammer when the resident locked himself in the bedroom. At 11:08 p.m., Bettina Montalvo, 55, of Dallas, was arrested in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue on a charge of criminal mischief.

HIGHLAND PARK

30 SATURDAY
Between 6 p.m. on April 26 and 10 p.m. on April 30, a vandal caused $3,000 in damage to a blue 1995 Porsche in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue.

At 11:34 p.m., Marvin Alonzo Martinez, 28, of Dallas, was arrested on Beverly Drive and St. Johns Drive on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

 

UNIVERSITY PARK

25 MONDAY
Between 5 p.m. on April 21 and 8:19 a.m. on April 25, a vandal threw eggs at a vehicle in the 3500 block of Rosedale Avenue.

26 TUESDAY
At 12:36 p.m., an armed robber stole money from Bank of Texas in the 6700 block of Preston Road.

At 1:21 p.m., the owner of a blue 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee reported a thief had entered the vehicle between 7 p.m. on April 22 and 2:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Dyer Street on April 24 and stole a $20 hand tool, a $30 sculpture, $80 in Apple Software, three $100 paintings, and a $1,100 Samsung television.

27 WEDNESDAY
Between 4:30 p.m. on April 26 and 8:45 a.m. on April 27, a burglar broke into a house in the 3400 block of Stanford Avenue and stole a $4,500 kitchen appliance.

Between 8 a.m. on April 22 and 1:40 p.m. on April 27, a burglar broke into a gray 2011 GMC Yukon in the 6700 block of Westchester Drive and stole the third-row seat.


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.