Category: Crime

Police Report: March 9 to March 14

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Skulduggery of the week: Running on Empty

At 3:59 p.m. on March 9, a traffic accident at the intersection of Preston Road and Beverly Drive led to the driver of a red 2008 Honda Civic fleeing on foot toward Dallas Country Club. He was caught near Shenandoah Drive and returned to the scene, where he tried to give officers a false name. He was later taken to Parkland Hospital and given citations for driving without a license, following too closely, and a registration violation. The driver of a beige Mini Cooper that was rear-ended in the collision complained of back pain and a headache, but refused medical treatment. The incident shut down the intersection to traffic for more than an hour.

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9 MONDAY
At 2:36 p.m., a thief tried to use a fraudulent credit card to buy a dress and two T-shirts at James Perse at Highland Park Village. When officers arrived, the perpetrator apparently sped away by bouncing over a curb in a silver 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe with Maryland license plates and tinted windows. Police stopped the Tahoe on Douglas Avenue near Mockingbird Lane, and found a man and two women inside who all have criminal histories. They insisted that the man inside the store was someone who was with them earlier, but left in a Honda with someone else. Since officers couldn’t positively identify the thief, they released all three of the detainees.

10 TUESDAY
At 2:40 a.m., Eileen Renie Howard, 29, of Dallas was arrested in the 4700 block of Bowser Avenue on a public intoxication charge.

At 8 p.m., Carolanne Treadwell, 25, of Highland Park was arrested in the 3200 block of Mockingbird Lane on a charge of driving while intoxicated.


Police Report: March 2 to March 7

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Skulduggery of the week: Alley Oops

At 11:03 p.m. on Feb. 8, a resident of the 4400 block of Beverly Drive reported two suspicious teenagers running through the alley. Officers traced the commotion to an apartment above a garage at a house where some teens were having an impromptu party while the owner was out of town. A peek inside revealed multiple beer bottles and cigarettes strewn around. Some of the teens still inside were cited for consumption by a minor and released to their parents. When reached by phone, the homeowner said the apartment should have been locked, and although they knew at least one of the kids, none of them had permission to be there.

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5 THURSDAY
Between 6 p.m. on March 4 and 1:20 p.m. on March 5, a vandal tossed a wine bottle through a window of a 2002 Jeep Cherokee in the 4500 block of Westside Drive.

6 FRIDAY
At 2:45 a.m., Donald Hines, 41, of Dallas was arrested in the 3700 block of Lemmon Avenue on a charge of driving while intoxicated.


Police Report: February 25 to March 1

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Skulduggery of the week: Given A Long Lease

At 4:30 p.m., a resident of the 4600 block of Fairfax Avenue reported the theft of a 2013 Mercedes sedan, valued at $130,000, which was leased by his company in December 2012. Two years later, he tried to sublease the car to a third party, and wound up being scammed by someone who produced counterfeit paperwork. He didn’t realize that or suspect theft until Jan. 29, when he wasn’t able to reach the broker about payment. Police later tracked the car to Charlotte, N.C., where it was recovered while in the process of being repossessed.

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25 WEDNESDAY
At 4:51 a.m., Kyle Ryan McCleland, 34, of Dallas was arrested in the 4100 block of Oak Lawn Avenue on two drug possession charges following a traffic stop.

26 THURSDAY
At 9:59 a.m., a resident of the 3600 block of Harvard Avenuereported that a temporary worker from a dinner party the prior weekend altered a $40 check given to them as a tip to read $24,000. The bank did not release the funds after contacting the victim. Three other $40 checks given to temp workers from the same party cleared without incident.


Police Report: February 16 to February 22

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Skulduggery of the week: He’s Got The Beef

At 12:04 p.m. on Feb. 22, a shoplifter stole some packages of hot dogs, ground beef, and pine nuts from Whole Foods Market in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive. When an employee confronted the thief in the parking lot, he fled on foot, and eventually was caught by police outside a 7-Eleven store in the 4400 block of Lemmon Avenue. He refused to give officers consent to search his gold Mercedes sedan in the Whole Foods parking lot, so the car was impounded. The perpetrator — who has a history of theft, assault, and robbery — was released pending future charges.

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16 MONDAY
At 5:27 p.m., Elisabeth Jean Luquette, 49, of Dallas was arrested in the 4300 block of Lakeside Drive on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

17 TUESDAY
At 9:41 a.m., Brian L. Gilliam, 35, of Taylor was arrested atHighland Park Village on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

19 THURSDAY
At 6 a.m., Clara Montanez Perez, 19, of Corinth was arrested in the 4300 block of Edmondson Avenue on a charge of theft of a firearm.

Between 9:10 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 10:07 a.m. on Feb. 19, a thief entered an unlocked black 2014 Audi sedan in an alley in the 4000 block of Miramar Avenue and stole a $900 iPad with keyboard case, a $800 pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, and a couple of personal documents.


Study: UP Among Safest Cities in Texas

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A company known as ValuePenguin recently did a study of the safest cities in Texas, and found that University Park ranks third on its list of mid-sized cities (20,000 to 50,000 population) in the state.

The study included 210 cities and towns (not Highland Park, however), with big cities generally faring worse than their suburban counterparts. Its criteria included an analysis of FBI crime report data from 2013, including violent crimes and property crimes.

Anyway, UP came in ninth overall in the survey, just behind the Houston suburb of Friendswood and just ahead of Keller. At the top of the list was Murphy, located in Collin County. Dallas was No. 199, and Houston was last. Here is the full report.


HPDPS Stops Prowlers Spying on Cars

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Here’s another reminder to use common sense with regard to suspicious activity and being aware of your surroundings.

At 4:40 a.m. today, someone on an early-morning walk noticed a man peering into cars in the 4300 block of Edmondson Avenue. After a call to police, Highland Park Department of Public Safety officers searched the area and found that the man had entered an unlocked SUV, climbed over the back seat, and hidden in the cargo area.

During an inspection of each vehicle on the block, police found a woman passed out in the passenger seat of a car, and she had a stolen handgun. The car was connected to the man, who was arrested for criminal trespass, and the woman was detained for the firearm possession. That car also contained an iPad that didn’t belong to either suspect.

UPDATE: It turned out the iPad was stolen from a car in the 4000 block of Miramar, and was returned to its owner.


Police Report: February 9 to February 14

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Skulduggery of the week: Alley Attack

At 2:30 p.m., two robbers stole $132 in cash from a wallet after confronting a woman in an alley in the 4100 block of University Boulevard and asking for money.

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12 THURSDAY
At 2:30 a.m., Christian Kade Salerno, 18, of The Woodlands was arrested in the 3100 block of Cornell Avenue on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 12:23 p.m., the owner of the UPS store in the 4800 block of Lemmon Avenue reported the systematic theft of more than $3,633 in cash by an employee between Aug. 29 and Feb. 4. The employee admitted the larceny when confronted, and was fired.

14 SATURDAY
At 1:31 a.m., an officer noticed that a vandal had intentionally pushed over a stop sign in the 4400 block of St. Johns Drive, at the intersection of Armstrong Avenue.


Police Report: February 3 to February 8

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Skulduggery of the week: Pepperoni and Handcuffs

At 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, a pizza-delivery man got into a heated exchange with a security guard at the student entrance at Highland Park High School after being told that he couldn’t leave the pizza at the front desk due to school policy. When asked to wait while the source of the delivery request was located, the driver became agitated, and began yelling and cursing as a school resource officer instructed him to leave the campus. Instead, he pushed the officer as he was being escorted out of the building. Jacob Long, 19, of Dallas, was arrested on charges of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass. His delivery vehicle, a tan 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, was towed. It’s unknown what happened to the pizza.

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3 TUESDAY
At 2:46 a.m., Jeremy Neubauer, 31, was arrested in the 4000 block of Beverly Drive on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Between 10 p.m. on Feb. 2 and 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 3, a thief stole a gray 2002 Lexus sedan, valued at $8,500, from a driveway in the3400 block of Mockingbird Lane.

4 WEDNESDAY
At 2 p.m., Renne Ava Shreibman, 54, of Dallas was arrested atHighland Park Village on drug possession charge.


Pizza Delivery Guy Gets Heated at HPHS

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Somebody never got their lunch on Friday at Highland Park High School, and things got a bit spicy during the fallout.

At 12:30 p.m., a pizza-delivery man got into a heated exchange with a security guard at the student entrance after being told that he couldn’t leave the pizza at the front desk due to school policy.

When asked to wait while the source of the delivery request was located, the driver became agitated, and began yelling and cursing as a school resource officer instructed him to leave the campus. Instead, he pushed the officer as he was being escorted out of the building, according to a report from the University Park Police Department.

Jacob Long, 19, of Dallas, was arrested on charges of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass. His delivery vehicle, a tan 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, was towed. It’s unknown what happened to the pizza.


Why Did a Helicopter Wake Me Up Last Night?

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Those propeller sounds overhead this morning were coming from the Dallas Police Department helicopter — known as Air One — which was searching for a theft suspect that fled into Highland Park.

According to the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, shortly after 2:30 a.m., a fleeing larcenist driving a black Lexus was spotted heading east in the 3100 block of Beverly Drive.

While HPDPS officers were first on the scene, DPD subsequently responded and made the arrest.


Details Emerge About Tennis Instructor Arrest

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Stoyan Anastassov

Stoyan Anastassov

This week, we included an item in our Park Cities Police Report newsletter (subscribe here for free) about Stoyan Anastassov, a University Park resident who was arrested last week on a felony charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

The Dallas Morning News has more details about the allegations against Anastassov, who has taught private tennis lessons in the Dallas area for several years and was arrested after a complaint lodged by a teenage student involving incidents 2010 and 2011.

Anastassov, a native of Bulgaria, has a criminal history that includes a DWI arrest in 2008, while he lived and worked in Colleyville.


Police Report: January 26 to February 1

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Skulduggery of the week: Running With The Bull

At 9:34 a.m. on Jan. 26, a resident of the 4100 block of Hyer Street reported that an ex-boyfriend came to her apartment intoxicated at 9 p.m. on Jan. 24 and stole a 24-pack of Red Bull from the living room.

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29 THURSDAY
Between 2 p.m. on Jan. 27 and 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 29, a thief entered an unlocked black 2010 Land Rover in the 3600 block of Harvard Avenue and stole the keys from the console and a $300 gate opener.

1 SUNDAY
At 1:46 a.m., Peter Anthony Cortez, 27, of Dallas was arrested in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

At 10 p.m., Jennifer Doolan Petty, 39, of University Park was arrested in the 5400 block of Douglas Avenue on a charge of driving while intoxicated.