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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: OUT ON A LIMB
The driver of a work delivery truck reported at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 22 that a tree branch (weighing no less than 700 pounds) in the 4600 block of Lorraine Avenue had fallen on the roof of his vehicle and caused $2,000 worth of damage, which he wanted reimbursed to his company. Police reports say it was unlikely that the branch had fallen on its own, as it appeared to be “twisted and snapped rather violently,” and moved to the west – the direction the vehicle had been traveling. The tree is owned by the town of Highland Park.
Dallas Police Department issued two arrest warrants today for Jared Smith, 27, of Azle.
On Aug. 24, Smith was arrested for the robbery of a Whataburger. During that investigation, it was determined that Smith was responsible for both Starbucks robberies in July and August in University Park, and a robbery in August at a GameStop in Richardson.
All these cases will be submitted to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Smith is being held in the Lew Sterrett Jail on a $100,000 bond for the Starbucks robberies.
In both UP robberies, Smith brandished a handgun and demanded money from the Starbucks in Snider Plaza.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: MORNING COFFEE GONE WRONG
A 49-year-old Metairie, Louisiana, woman received a criminal trespass warning about 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at Starbucks in Highland Park Village after shouting racial epithets at an employee. The woman told officers she felt the employee was stalking and harassing her, and that she felt she was being followed by minorities elsewhere because of her family heritage and historical slave ownership.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: DEMOLITION DERBY
At 5:07 p.m. Aug. 28., the driver of a gray-green 2010 Honda ULX Accord drove away without stopping and leaving information after striking a 2015 Land Rover in the 7500 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard. Damage estimate to the Land Rover: $800. Also, a Honda matching that description left the scene after hitting a 2009 ElDorado bus at 6:01 p.m. in the 7300 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard. Damage estimate to the bus: $5,000.
Taken before 7:30 a.m.: the side mirrors [$300 value] from their housings on a 2014 GMC Yukon at a home
in the 4500 block of Arcady Avenue. A third-row seat was taken from a 2012 GMC Yukon on the same block.
Stolen before 7:30 a.m.: the tailgate off a 1998 Ford F150 pickup near homes in the 4500 block of Roland Avenue.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: CALIFORNIA CAPER?
At 11:37 a.m. Aug. 26, a 40-something-year-old woman who claimed to be from Beverly Hills left Kelly Mitchell Fine Jewelry at The Shops of Highland Park with a $7,500 men’s Rolex Submariner watch while an employee went to the back of the store to call Discover and verify an authorization number. Discover said the credit card account wasn’t valid.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: ALL TALK, NO ANSWER
A man was attempting to parallel park his 2007 Ford Edge in the 3600 block of Asbury Avenue when another driver in a 2011 Chevy Silverado struck his vehicle. The driver of the Chevy got out and confronted the man, but went into his residence and would not answer the door when the police arrived. He could be seen from the second floor looking out the window, however.
Police responded to a report at 10:59 a.m. in the 4200 block of Potomac Avenue from a man who said he had been the target of identity theft. After receiving a collection call from Home Depot for an $882 balance, and discovering that his name had been used to open Lowe’s and Wal-Mart accounts, he found a letter in his junk mail from his old dentist’s office in Austin stating they had a security breach and that some of their patient’s personal information had been compromised.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: STEALING BEAUTY
Between 3:10 and 3:25 p.m. Aug. 12, shoplifters fled with more than $220 in cosmetics from CVS Pharmacy at Snider Plaza.
Between 12:50 and 12:57 p.m., a 30-something-year-old man “reeking of marijuana” asked to see men’s bags at Saint Laurent in Highland Park Village. While an employee went to retrieve a plain black bag on top shelf to show him, the shoplifter grabbed two other bags he had been shown, a $1,390 Saint Laurent City bag and a $995 black Flamingo print bag, and fled in a black four-door Dodge. He left behind a handprint on the glass door.