Police Report: August 10 to August 16

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Skulduggery of the week: Window Pains

Between 4 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 10, a thief stole six Jeld-Wen wooden window frames, with a combined value of $7,200, from a residential construction site in the 4100 block of St. Johns Drive. Since the door was locked at the time, it’s possible a contractor committed the larceny.

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11 TUESDAY
At 12:30 p.m., a foreman reported the theft of an air compressor, two hammers, and six air hoses, with a combined value of $13,717, from a residential construction site in the 4300 block of St. Johns Drive sometime between July 7 and July 21.

12 WEDNESDAY
Between 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, a burglar broke into a blue 2007 Chevrolet Suburban in the 4500 block of Westway Avenue and stole a third-row seat. During the same time frame, a miscreant stole a third-row seat from a black 2014 Cadillac Escalade in the 4400 block of Westway.

14 FRIDAY
At 8:48 a.m., Shaniqua Quatize Watkins, 32, of Dallas was arrested in the 3900 block of Oak Lawn Avenue on a charge of possession of marijuana.


Police Report: August 3 to August 8

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Skulduggery of the week: Crash And Burned

At 8:59 p.m. on Aug. 7, the driver of a gray 2008 Mazda 323 fled after colliding with a parked black 2008 Mazda 323 in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue. The accident damaged both cars extensively. By the time the owner of the black Mazda got to the scene after hearing the crash, the driver was gone but the gray car was still running. An officer found a driver’s license on the floor and an iPhone in the console, which he answered when it rang. The teenage caller sounded confused and later hung up when asked for his name. Then the teen’s stepfather called and relayed a story from his stepson that didn’t make much sense about the car being borrowed while he was at a club with friends. The following morning, the friends and their parents came to the Highland Park Department of Public Safety to file a stolen vehicle report, but later decided against that once additional evidence revealed the truth behind what likely happened. At 9:23 p.m., Rio Raymond Alcorta, 18, of University Park was arrested in the 4900 block of Abbott on a charge of public intoxication by a minor.

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3 MONDAY
At 2 a.m., Stephen Curran III, 58, of Highland Park was arrested in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue on an assault charge.

Between 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 3, a vandal broke into a black 2008 Infiniti sedan in the 4800 block of Auburndale Avenue and caused $500 in damage, but nothing was reported stolen.


Police Report: July 27 to August 2

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Skulduggery of the week: Grounds for Eviction

At 4:13 p.m. on July 30, the owner of an office in the 5500 block of Preston Road reported the theft of a Jura coffee machine sometime on July 8-9. A tenant moved out on those days after being evicted.

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27 MONDAY
Between 5 p.m. on July 26 and 10:30 a.m. on July 27, a thief entered an unlocked red 2014 Lincoln Navigator in the 3300 block of St. Johns Drive and stole a Louis Vuitton purse containing a house key and four pairs of women’s sunglasses.

At 10:57 a.m., a resident of the 4200 block of Edmondson Avenue reported the theft of an old police scanner and a pair of sunglasses from an unlocked black 2008 GMC Acadia on July 25-26. The perpetrator also stole four checks from a checkbook and tried unsuccessfully to cash one for $1,023 before the Acadia owner closed the account.

Between 3 and 4 p.m., a thief stole a $190 Echo handheld blower from a yard in the 3300 block of Dartmouth Avenue.

29 WEDNESDAY
Between 9 p.m. on July 28 and 9 a.m. on July 29, a thief stole both side-view mirrors from a black 2012 GMC Yukon in the 4500 block of Fairway Avenue.

31 FRIDAY
Between 8:30 p.m. on July 30 and 8:30 a.m. on July 31, a thief stole a 2009 Honda motorized scooter from an apartment complex in the 3400 block of Knox Street.

1 SATURDAY
At 2 a.m., Parker Stewart Turner, 20, of University Park was arrested in the 3900 block of Lexington Avenue on a public intoxication charge.


Police Report: July 20 to July 26

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Skulduggery of the week: Two Feet Under

At 2:48 p.m. on July 20, a reckless driver in a white Nissan Versa ran over the feet of a pedestrian while speeding backward through the parking lot of Whole Foods Market in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive. After the collision, the victim slapped the car to get the perpetrator’s attention. Then the driver got out of the car to ask whether the shopper was injured, to which he replied that his feet hurt. However, the miscreant refused to give his information to the hobbled man, then fled the scene while the pedestrian went inside the store to ask if there was an off-duty police officer there. The Versa is registered to an 84-year-old Dallas man who might have been in the passenger seat.

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20 MONDAY
Between 4 p.m. on July 17 and 7 a.m. on July 20, a thief stole a bag of tools from inside a locked metal box at a residential construction site in the 3600 block of Lexington Avenue.

21 TUESDAY
At 4:04 p.m., a group of teenagers kicked and punched the passenger side of a black 2009 Audi sedan in the 5400 block of Hillcrest Avenue as it waited for a light to turn on to Mockingbird Lane. Police stopped the vandals near the intersection of Hillcrest and Beverly Drive, where they were met by a counselor for Creative Solutions, a group that helps at-risk teens and was operating a summer arts camp at SMU. The 8-10 campers, who are all black, were walking to catch a bus after the camp when they claimed a driver yelled racial slurs and spat at them. Police said they retaliated by attacking the Audi, perhaps by accident. None of the kids admitted to damaging the car, and camp counselors took them home. The damage to the Audi included smudge marks and a small dent.

22 WEDNESDAY
At 3:28 a.m., a thief stole a $325 porcelain Chinese sitting stool from a front porch in the 4200 block of Belclaire Avenue. The incident followed the theft of an identical stool from the same porch on July 15.

Between 5 p.m. on July 21 and 4:50 a.m. on July 22, a burglar broke into a black 2012 GMC Yukon in the 4300 block of Lomo Alto Drive and stole a pair of Persol sunglasses, a set of headphones, and a checkbook.

Between 10:30 p.m. on July 21 and 6:30 a.m. on July 22, a burglar broke into a white 2011 GMC Yukon in the 4500 block of Fairway Avenue and stole a third-row seat.


Angry Teens Confront Stunned HP Driver

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We can only describe this confrontation last week between a motorist and pedestrians in Highland Park as unfortunate for all involved. You can draw your own conclusions.

At 4:04 p.m. on July 21, a group of teenagers kicked and punched the passenger side of a black 2009 Audi sedan in the 5400 block of Hillcrest Avenue as it waited for a light to turn on to Mockingbird Lane.

Officers with the Highland Park Department of Public Safety stopped the vandals near the intersection of Hillcrest and Beverly Drive, where they were met by a counselor for Creative Solutions, a nonprofit group that helps at-risk teens and was operating a summer arts camp at SMU.


Police Report: July 13 to July 19

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Skulduggery of the week: Sweet Nothing

Between 7 p.m. on July 17 and 9:57 a.m. on July 18, a vandal smashed a cinnamon roll against the front window of a silver 2005 GMC Yukon in the 3600 block of Lindenwood Avenue. The vehicle’s owner suggested the incident was part of a pattern of harassment against a teenager that included a derogatory birthday card left at the house on July 5.

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14 TUESDAY
Between 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., a burglar broke into a gray 2011 GMC Yukon at the Highland Park Swimming Pool and stole a leather gym bag containing a pair of shorts and a set of Bluetooth earphones.

Between 2:30 and 3:25 p.m., a thief stole $2,295 worth of golf and hockey equipment, along with a $300 Razor scooter and a $200 bicycle helmet from an open garage in the 3400 block of Beverly Drive. The perpetrator also took a $325 pair of Oliver Peoples Jacey Mirror sunglasses, a $100 set of Lexus wireless headphones, and a $20 metallic dog collar from a silver 2015 Lexus inside the garage.

19 SUNDAY
At 5 a.m., Joshua Paul Wilson, 26, of Dallas was arrested in the 5200 block of Preston Road on a public intoxication charge.


Police Report: July 6 to July 12

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Skulduggery of the week: Late-Night Beer Run

At 2:45 a.m. on July 7, police stopped a blue 1992 Toyota Previa van for a traffic violation in the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane. Inside were seven passengers 18 and under, along with multiple open cans and bottles of beer. All of the underage occupants — including two 18-year-olds from University Park — were cited and released to their parents, and the remaining beer was poured out.

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8 WEDNESDAY
Between 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 8, a vandal cut the lock on a fence and a trailer at a construction site near the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Airline Road, but nothing was stolen.

Between noon on June 29 and 9 a.m. on July 8, a thief entered an unlocked white 2012 Toyota SUV in the 3500 block of St. Johns Drive and stole a leather change purse containing $15 in coins.

At 1:54 p.m., a resident of the 4600 block of Mockingbird Lane reported that between May 15 and June 11, a thief stole two framed documents from a house — a declaration that the home is among the 100 most significant architectural homes in Dallas, and a magazine article about the home. The house recently changed hands, and the new homeowner wasn’t there at the time, but several contractors were around.


Police Report: June 29 to July 5

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Skulduggery of the week: Tons of Ones

Between 12:40 and 12:50 p.m. on July 1, a burglar broke into a white 2014 Jeep Cherokee at Whole Foods Market in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive and stole two envelopes from the center console, each containing 100 one-dollar bills. The driver suspects that he might have been followed from a bank where he withdrew the money moments earlier.

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30 TUESDAY
Between 10 and 11:45 a.m., a vandal deliberately scratched a green 2015 Jeep Wrangler in a parking lot in the 5000 block of Holland Avenue, causing $1,000 in damage. The owner bought the Jeep the previous day and thinks a co-worker harboring a grudge might be responsible for the mischief.

Between 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., a thief stole $1,630 worth of landscaping equipment from an unlocked yellow Chevrolet van in the 4300 block of Bordeaux Avenue.


Police Report: June 24 to June 28

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Crime of the week: Armed Ambush

At 1:40 a.m. on June 22, a robber threatened a man at gunpoint as he sat on his backyard patio in the 3200 block of Cornell Avenue. The crook demanded money, which the victim said he didn’t have. So the victim drove the gunman in his Range Rover to an ATM in the 3000 block of Monticello Avenue in Dallas, so he could withdraw the maximum $500. The two men negotiated in the parking lot before returning to the house, where the victim lunged for the robber’s revolver during another tense confrontation. The homeowner was led upstairs and forced into a closet inside the master bathroom, where he tried to call police as his house was being ransacked. By the time officers arrived, the gunman and an armed accomplice had gathered three bags filled with items including six designer watches, a Louis Vuitton wallet, several pairs of Nike shoes, and various clothing and accessories. Both men tried to leave through the back door, but were forced back inside by police. They eventually left through the front instead, leaving everything behind except for the watches and the cash, and fled on foot to the alley, where they eluded police in a green Mitsubishi SUV. On June 25, Michael Glenn Watts of Duncanville was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and evading arrest.

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24 WEDNESDAY
At 3:42 p.m., a resident of the 3300 block of Beverly Drivereported the theft of three packages from the front porch of a house on June 14. The homeowner was out of town and only noticed the thefts when realizing they never received the deliveries. Stolen items included a $300 pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, a $25 pair of golf gloves, and $8 worth of toiletries.

26 FRIDAY
At 11:34 a.m., a thief stole a T-Mobile Galaxy phone from a display shelf inside the Tom Ford store at Highland Park Village.


HP Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect

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Michael Watts

Michael Watts

Highland Park police have arrested Michael Glenn Watts of Duncanville in conjunction with a harrowing ambush and armed robbery last week, and have also released more details of what sounds like a horrifying experience.

At 1:40 a.m. on June 22, a robber threatened a man at gunpoint as he sat on his backyard patio in the 3200 block of Cornell Avenue. The crook demanded money, which the victim said he didn’t have. So the victim drove the insistent gunman in his Range Rover to an ATM in the 3000 block of Monticello Avenue in Dallas, so he could withdraw the maximum $500.

The two men negotiated in the parking lot before returning to the house, where the victim lunged for the robber’s revolver during another tense confrontation. The homeowner was led upstairs and forced into a closet inside the master bathroom, where he tried to call police as his house was being ransacked.


Police Report: June 16 to June 21

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Skulduggery of the week: Ding-Dong Drunk

Between 12:45 and 1 a.m. on June 18, a vandal broke a window in the door of a house in the 4400 block of University Boulevard, causing $300 in damage. Apparently the man was intoxicated and at the wrong address.

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16 TUESDAY
Between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., a thief stole $52,750 worth of jewelry from a closet inside a house in the 4600 block of North Versailles Avenue.

Between 12:30 and 2:11 p.m., a burglar stole $5,450 worth of jewelry, $1,800 worth of Royal Crown China soup bowls, and a $300 Gold Vermeil salad fork from a house in the 5400 block of Fairfield Avenue. The perpetrator jumped a backyard fence and shot a BB gun through a double-paned window to break into the house, then ransacked a bedroom and dining room.

21 SUNDAY
At 3:13 p.m., James Hinman, 75, of Dallas was arrested at Highland Park Village on a public intoxication charge.

At 8:26 p.m., Jeffrey Charles Drapkin, 28, and Katherine Danielle Nuckolis, 28, of Dallas were each arrested in the 3400 block of Armstrong Avenue on a public intoxication charge.


Police Report: June 8 to June 13

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Skulduggery of the week: Red, Red Wine

At 5:46 p.m. on June 10, a male shoplifter stole two bottles of Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, valued at $380, from Tom Thumb in The Plaza at Preston Center.

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8 MONDAY
Between 8 p.m. on June 7 and 6:25 a.m. on June 8, a burglar broke into a white 2011 Jeep Wrangler inside a garage in the 3600 block of Crescent Avenue and stole the contents of the glove box and center console, including a garage-door opener, a lug-nut key, and a phone charger.

Between 4 p.m. on June 5 and 9:02 a.m. on June 8, a thief stole a $1,100 Hilti concrete saw from an unsecured construction trailer in the 3700 block of Normandy Avenue.

At 6:36 p.m., two 16-year-old Highland Park residents were arrested in the 4400 block of Bordeaux Avenue on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.