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.


Pyle Promoted to HP Police Chief

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Rick Pyle

Rick Pyle

The search for Highland Park’s new police chief would up right back where it started.

Rick Pyle was appointed as the town’s new director of public safety on Monday after serving as interim chief since the death of Chris Vinson on June 1. He will begin his new position immediately, and will be sworn in during a ceremony on July 13.

Pyle is a 28-year veteran of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, having been promoted through the ranks to become assistant chief in 2008. He also serves as the town’s fire marshal.

Vinson died following complications from heart surgery at age 53 after being the police chief for seven years.


HP Resident Robbed at Gunpoint Overnight

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Highland Park police are investigating an aggravated robbery at gunpoint that started about 1:40 a.m. this morning in the 3200 block of Cornell Avenue.

That’s when two men attacked a homeowner in their backyard after entering through an unlocked gate. One of the robbers pulled a handgun and demanded money, at which time the victim drove him to an ATM to withdraw cash. Then they return to the victim’s house, where the two perpetrators grabbed some jewelry and credit cards, and fled in a green Mitsubishi sedan.

There were no injuries, and Highland Park Department of Public Safety officials believe it’s an isolated incident based on evidence they’ve collected so far. The attackers remain at large, although investigators are pursuing some leads.


Police Report: June 1 to June 7

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Skulduggery of the week: Pain at the Pump

At 5:40 p.m., a pickpocket stole a $20 Old Navy purse containing a $40 Coach wallet and $30 in cash from the front seat of a gray 2010 Ford SUV at a gas station in the 8400 block of Preston Road.

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1 MONDAY
Between May 25 and June 1, a thief stole a $4,200 Trane air-conditioning unit and cut the copper wires to a second unit at a vacant house in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue.

2 TUESDAY
At 8:26 p.m., Dameon Devon Pearson, 29, was arrested in the 4600 block of Bowser Avenue on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

4 THURSDAY
Between 12:30 and 12:47 p.m., a thief stole $800 worth of Stihl landscaping equipment from the back of a white 2002 GMC pickup in the 3500 block of Beverly Drive.


Police Report: May 25 to May 29

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Skulduggery of the week: Pains of Glass

At 6:08 a.m. on May 25, a burglary was reported at Goo Goo Eyes in the Miracle Mile shopping center in which a miscreant broke the front window and stole more than $30,000 worth of Chanel, Miu Miu, Ray-Ban, and Prada sunglasses.

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26 TUESDAY
Between 5 p.m. on May 22 and 7 a.m. on May 26, a thief stole a $10,000 Sullair trailed-mounted air compressor from a multifamily construction site in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue. The perpetrator might have cut a lock on a fence sometime on the evening of May 22 to access the property.

27 WEDNESDAY
At 3:45 p.m., a resident of the 3400 block of Harvard Avenuereported several thefts since February for which she suspects a former housekeeper. Among the purloined items are $15,950 worth of jewelry and $1,500 in cash.

At 9:15 p.m., Adrian McLean Busby, 35, of Dallas was arrested in the 4200 block of Versailles Avenue on two drug possession charges.

28 THURSDAY
Between 9:40 and 10:08 a.m., a burglar broke into a yellow GMC van in the 3500 block of Crescent Avenue and stole a $400 Stihl weed eater.