Crime Reports April 16 – 22

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: WEDDING CAKE?

A Highland Park woman found one wacky surprise in her garbage on April 18 after someone identifying as "Kurtz" phoned to tell her property had been left in her trash can in the 3600 Block of Mockingbird Lane. The property was a backpack containing plastic baggies full of marijuana. Two small bags labeled "GG" were inside a large plastic baggy labeled "Jet Fuel," and another large plastic baggy was labeled "Wedding Cake." Other "gifts" left in the trash can were a large glass jar with marijuana residue and 10 12-ounce Keystone beers.


Crime Report April 9-15

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: NOT THERE FOR THE FOOD

Three patrons at Honor Bar Restaurant in the Highland Park Village had no desire to sit down for a meal during their April 13 visit. Instead, video surveillance shows the group (two women and a man) enter the restaurant around 8:02 p.m., order water at the bar, and then leave nine minutes later. During that same time, the video also shows one of the women making "furtive movements" with her hands under the bar. The woman sitting next to them later reported her pink Ralph Lauren wallet with gold zippers missing from her purse.


Crime Reports April 2 – 8

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: ONLINE YARD SALE?

There's nothing like going online and seeing items stolen from your front porch listed for sale. But, that's what one homeowner in the 3400 block of Amherst Street says happened. The 37-year-old man reported to police around 7:30 p.m. April 3, that the Nordstrom Rack jeans, Louis Garneau helmet, and road pedals delivered to his home late March were being sold online.


Crime Reports March 26 – April 1

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: UNNECESSARY DAMAGE

Instead of checking to see if the doors were unlocked, a burglar went the extra mile to break into a 2008 white Jeep Wrangler parked overnight in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue – he sliced through the vehicle's black soft top, causing about $600 in damage. The owner, who said he keeps his vehicle unlocked and free of any valuables, reported that the damage occurred sometime between 9:30 p.m. March 30 and 8:39 a.m. March 31. The thief walked away with a $30 crowbar.


Crime Reports March 19 – 25

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE

A thief went all in when it came to hatching a plan to break into an ATM machine. Step 1: Steal a telescopic forklift valued at $100,000 from a construction site in the 4100 block of Glenwick Lane; Step 2: Break into the Vista Bank money dispensary in the 6800 block of Preston Road. Police say the culprit wasn't successful in breaking into the machine but did cause a great deal of damage to it.


Crime Reports March 12 – 18

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: BROKEN FENCES

A Highland Park man got the surprise of a lifetime when he looked out the window after hearing loud banging in his backyard. Outside, a man about 6-foot tall in black overalls, no T-shirt, work boots and a receding hairline was walking around with what appeared to be a chainsaw. Around 10:40 a.m. March 18, the homeowner, who lives in the 4600 block of Mockingbird Lane, also noticed the door to his back house office was ajar. The homeowner grabbed a pistol from his safe and ran downstairs to challenge the intruder. But the burglar was gone, taking with him two Apple computers, a black iPhone 7, a Dyson vacuum, an LG cellphone, a MacBook Pro laptop, and a Dell laptop. The stranger, apparently, removed two large planks from a fence to enter the backyard. Police later arrested 34-year-old Fredrick Yeager in connection with three burglaries that Sunday.


Crime Reports March 5 – 11

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: RENTED ACCOMPLICE

Rental bikes aren't just for leisurely rides through Dallas; they also can be used as transportation to potential crime scenes. Around 2:20 p.m. March 6, a man with long hair was witnessed riding a yellow Ofo rental bike to Bradfield Elementary School where he upgraded to an orange/red Cannondale Catalyst, valued at $499, and a matching helmet, valued at $40


Crime Reports Feb. 26 – March 4

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: JEWELRY HEIST

Nearly $100,000 of jewelry was stolen between 12:45 and 4 p.m. March 4 from a home in the 4500 block of Lorraine Avenue while the homeowner was out. The jewelry was stolen from a dresser downstairs and an upstairs dressing room and included pieces such as a $20,000 platinum engagement ring with several diamonds; an $18,000 platinum cocktail watch with several diamonds; and a $10,000 gold pin with an opal setting with a center diamond. There were no signs of forced entry.


Crime Reports Feb. 19 – 25

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: LIFE ISN'T FAIR

A partygoer who chose to ride his skateboard to a friend's home instead of driving while drunk wasn't rewarded for his smart decisions. His 2006 Lexus IS 250, including a Kanye for President 2020 air freshener, was stolen sometime between 2 and 3:25 a.m. Feb. 24 from the 4300 block of Lakeside Drive.