Police Reports: March 20-26

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: FAKE DOUGH TAKES THE CAKES

Two $50 bills used to purchase four cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes on Oak Lawn Avenue turned out to be nothing but fakes. At 4:30 p.m. March 30, a woman used one counterfeit note to purchase two white chocolate cakes for $7.98 and then another to buy two more cakes, one lemon, the other carrot, also for $7.98.

HIGHLAND PARK

20 Monday
Shot: A French door. The  small caliber bullet shattered most of the glass, leaving a hole in the trim and providing entry to a home in the 4300 block of Arcady Avenue between 11:45 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Taken: $100,000 in jewelry and other items.

Removed: Three copper downspouts, two 8-foot, the other 10-foot, from town homes in the 4600 block of Abbott Avenue between noon and 3 p.m.


Theft Video Captures Views But Not a Culprit

A construction worker rides on the hood of a Buick LeSaber in a failed attempt to stop the theft of a $1,200 saw. (Matthew Mathis, YouTube.com) 0
A construction worker rides on the hood of a Buick LeSaber in a failed attempt to stop the theft of a $1,200 saw. (Matthew Mathis, YouTube.com)

Surveillance video now posted on YouTube captures the excitement: Workers give chase around 5 p.m. March 17 after a man grabs a $1,200 STIHL TS 420 concrete saw from a construction site in the 4200 block of McFarlin Boulevard in University Park.

One of the workers jumps on the hood and rides the maroon Buick LeSaber, which first reverses back down the street. The worker is still hanging onto the hood as the Buick is put in drive and races back across the screen again with other workers still giving chase on foot and in a pickup truck.

But for all their efforts to stop a theft, the construction workers didn’t help police much.

The police report put it this way: “The workers tried to stop him but were unsuccessful.”

And while the viral video of the incident has garnered more than a million views, those aren’t translating into tips.


Police Reports: March 13-19

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: JOY RIDERS

Between 11:45 p.m. March 13 and 4 a.m. March 14, a Toyota 4Runner left unlocked with the keys in the ignition was taken from the owner’s house in the 3500 block of Lindenwood Avenue. Police stopped the SUV in the 400 block of Grandview Drive in Dallas and arrested two youths.

HIGHLAND PARK

13 Monday
Between 10 a.m. March 12 and 3:30 p.m. March 13, someone stole a gas leaf blower from a house in the 4400 block of Livingston Avenue.

14 Tuesday
Between 7:15 p.m. March 13 and 12:15 p.m. March 14, one or more people took a third-row seat from a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe parked at a home in the 4500 block of Arcady Avenue.

16 Thursday
Between 9 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. March 16, someone smashed the window of a 2003 Honda CR-V parked in the 4600 block of Drexel Drive and took a black Dooney & Bourke purse.


Police Reports: March 6-12

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: STOLEN HOMEWORK?

Between 9 p.m. March 10 and 10 a.m. March 11, someone entered an unlocked 2011 Lexus GX460 parked in a doorless detached garage in the 4400 block of Westway Avenue and removed two children’s backpacks containing $150 in school books and supplies and a floral backpack containing a work ID and a $700 laptop.

HIGHLAND PARK

6 MONDAY
Between 4 and 11:30 p.m. March 6, one or more burglars shattered the window of a silver 2011 Dodge Nitro parked at the Highland Park Shopping Village and took the owner’s driver’s license. Officers said two Dallas men, ages 30 and 33, arrested in connection with an earlier burglary may have been involved.

8 WEDNESDAY
Between 10 p.m. March 7 and 4:44 a.m. March 8, one or more burglars damaged the rear hatches of a white Chevrolet Tahoe and a black Cadillac Escalade parked in front of homes in the 3200 block of St. Johns Drive and removed the third row seats.

A Highland Park resident told police at 1:06 p.m. March 8, that a $3,400 Breitling Chronomat watch stolen while he was working out at the Dallas Country Club on June 23, 2011, has shown up at a Lemmon Avenue pawn shop. The owner of the watch with a red face, brown leather strap and gold trim initially only reported its loss to country club security.

11 SATURDAY
Around 3 p.m. March 11, a woman in her 20s or early 30s stole a black leather bag with gold buckles from the Giuseppe Zanotti store at Highland Park Village. A similarly aged man, who entered the store with the woman, denied knowing her and fled the store.

At 3:45 p.m. March 11, a customer at Whole Foods on Loma Alto discovered her wallet missing. She believes one of two 20-something-year-old women who asked her about diabetic supplements must have reached into her pursue and taken it.


Police Report: Feb. 27-March 5

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: RINGING ACCUSATION

Between Feb. 11 and 5:45 p.m. Feb. 27, one or more thieves cut a lock and took three mountain bicycles – an $1,800 gray BMC, a $900 dark gray Cannondale, and a $700 lime green and gray Trek – from a rack in the underground parking garage for apartments in the 4200 block of Loma Alto Drive. The owner suggested a schoolmate of her son and other youths who frequently vandalize the building and run the halls ringing door bells could be responsible.

HIGHLAND PARK

28 TUESDAY
The owner of a 2013 GMC Yukon reported on Feb. 28 that her third row seat had been taken, likely on Feb. 19 while the SUV was parked in front of her home in the 3300 block of Drexel Drive. She noticed that day or thereabouts that her rear window was unlatched, but didn’t realize until while out of town on Feb. 25 that the seat was missing.


Police Reports: Feb. 20-26

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SKULDUGGERIES OF THE WEEK: MIRROR, MIRROR

Between the evening of Feb. 23 and 9 a.m. Feb. 24, one or more thieves took both outside rearview mirrors off a 2005 black Chevrolet Suburban parked in a driveway in the 3200 block of St. Johns Drive and both mirrors off a gray 2017 Nissan Armada parked in front of a house in the 3500 block of Cornell Avenue.

HIGHLAND PARK

21 TUESDAY
Between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 21, one or more persons entered a silver Nissan Altima rental car parked at Highland Park Village and took a $280 leather Fossil satchel containing a $400 Dell laptop computer, $130 wireless Jaybird headphones, two credit cards, a checkbook and a $75 key fob for a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

26 SUNDAY
Between 4 p.m. Feb. 25 and 8 a.m. Feb. 26, a black 2016 Cannondale mountain bicycle with 16-inch wheels was removed from the closed garage of a house in the 3600 block of Princeton Avenue.


Police Reports: Feb. 13-19

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: KEY EVIDENCE?

At 9 p.m. Feb. 13, a burglar left behind a Toyota key after damaging a rear window and breaking into a black 2007 Chevrolet Suburban in the 4400 block of Southern Avenue. Guardian locks protected the rear seat, which was down, but not removed.

HIGHLAND PARK

13 MONDAY
A black and white concrete saw attachment for a Bobcat front loader went missing from a construction site in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn between 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 6:45 a.m. Feb. 13. Scratch marks on the ground suggest the $5,000 saw may have been dragged away.

15 WEDNESDAY
At 2:50 p.m., a 32-year-old woman with a toddler attempted to exchange a stolen $1,595 backpack at Giuseppe Zanotti in Highland Park Village. Officers arrived and made an arrest. The backpack was among items reported stolen in Feb. 14 thefts involving several people possibly associated with the Fast Kash Crew. Police arrested a 19-year-old man on Feb. 14.

At 8:58 p.m., a man grabbed a $399 bottle of Opus One wine at Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village and asked, “Can I check out here?,” before bolting out the door to a waiting Toyota with a female driver.


Police Reports: Feb. 6-12

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: BAD TIMING

At 10:35 a.m. Feb. 6, a thief entered a house in the 4100 block of Emerson Avenue through the garage door, which was left open while the victim was unloading groceries, and stole an $8,500 Chanel purse.

HIGHLAND PARK

6 MONDAY
After 8:30 p.m., a burglar broke into a black 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4300 block of Westway Avenue and stole the third row seat.

7 TUESDAY
Between 9 p.m. Feb. 6 and 3 a.m. Feb. 7, a burglar broke into a silver GMC Yukon in the 4300 block of Westway Avenue and stole the third row seat. In the same time frame, the third row seat was stolen from a black 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe on the same block.

12 SUNDAY
At 12:45 a.m., a burglar stole a 15-inch MacBook Air and a Mascoma Savings Bank Check Book from a house in the 3200 block of Dartmouth Avenue.


Police Reports: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

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HIGHLAND PARK

31 TUESDAY
At 5:18 a.m., a burglar broke into a red 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup in the 4600 block of North Versailles Avenue and stole a pair of $350 Leipold binoculars, a $450 ECM controller, and a $30 pair of jumper cables.

After 5:30 p.m., a thief entered a tan 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4200 block of Potomac Avenue and stole $650 of property, including the third row seat, a wool blanket, a picnic blanket, a bag, a purple kids coat, and a purple fleece.

2 THURSDAY
At 8:13 a.m., a victim reported a theft of a $150 white Specialized kids bike from a house in the 3500 block of Lindenwood Avenue between 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 8 a.m. Jan. 26.

UNIVERSITY PARK

30 MONDAY
At 2:32 p.m., a victim reported $15,000 of Wolf and Bosch kitchen appliances stolen from a house in the 4500 block of Normandy Avenue between 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 2 p.m. Jan. 26.

31 TUESDAY
After 9 p.m., a thief stole the tailgate of a white 2016 Ford F250 in the 3500 block of University Boulevard.

1 WEDNESDAY
Between 10:45 and 11:15 a.m., a thief stole a $1,900 Louis Vuitton purse, containing a $1,000 MacBook Air, a $400 iPhone, and a $950 bracelet, at Starbucks in Snider Plaza.

At 3:05 p.m., a thief stole a purse containing credit and debit cards, a driver’s license, and $400 cash from a victim in a restaurant in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane.

3 FRIDAY
At 10:57 p.m., a shoplifter stole $19.97 of property from CVS in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane.

5 SUNDAY
At 6:15 a.m., a thief entered a white 2010 Chevrolet Suburban in the 2800 block of Westminster Avenue.