Police Reports: May 15-21

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: THIEF TO STORE, CALL ME

A woman wearing a black wig with blonde tips stole a $150 generic evening purse by placing it on her shoulder as if it belonged to her. Before the shoplifter left Deno’s in Highland Park Village after 3:50 p.m. May 17, she dropped off a Versace belt for repairs and left a last name and her phone number.

HIGHLAND PARK

15 Monday
Taken overnight before 8 a.m.: an insurance card from an unlocked 2015 BMW X5 parked at a home in the 3100 block of St. John’s Drive.

17 Wednesday
A woman in a black shirt and dark jeans visited Tory Burch at Highland Park Village at 1:44 p.m. and stuffed three $250 Kiri envelope clutch purses – one black, one blue, one yellow – into her big tan purse and left.

Did the man in the black sedan follow a Garland man’s 2010 Toyota Tundra from Bank of America to The UPS Store on Lemmon Avenue? Police think so. Surveillance video shows the burglar breaking a window a little before 2:05 p.m. and reaching into the back seat to take $2,603 in cash, plus checks and money bags. Dallas Bears, a nonprofit social and charitable organization for gay men, planned to use much of the cash while hosting the four-day Texas Bear Round-Up 22 Boot Camp beginning May 18 at Hyatt Regency Hotel - Downtown Dallas.


Police Reports: May 8-14

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: TUNES TOO HOT TO HANDLE?

What did the black hoody-and floral pants-clad woman in a white SUV get by snatching two packages at noon May 6 from the front of a home in the 4500 block of Rheims Place? Pot holders and music tapes, according to a report made at 10:45 a.m. May 8.

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9 Tuesday
Taken overnight before 8:05 a.m.: $240 Ray-Ban sunglasses from a 2008 Mercedes GL450 at a home in the 3200 block of Drexel Drive.

Reported at 3:30 p.m.: A man identifying himself as “Sgt. Jackson” made harassing calls to a resident in the 4400 block of Lorraine Avenue and claimed to have an arrest warrant for her son, who attends college in North Carolina. The caller threatened to blow her “… brains out” after she called him a con artist and told him to stop phoning.


Police Reports: May 1-7

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: SADDLE UP AND GONE

The resident of a home in the 4900 block of North Versailles Avenue checked for the first time in about a month on a saddle she’d owned since 1963, still valued at $350, despite its water-damaged poor condition. She discovered it missing from an unlocked, leaky shed after roofers left at 5 p.m. May 7. Part of another saddle was on the ground nearby.

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3 Wednesday
Two town-owned red oak trees in the parkway on the east side of the 5000 block of Abbott Avenue lost chunks of bark [damage estimated at $500] around 10:40 p.m. when a University Park man’s 2007 Honda Odyssey van wrecked. The driver was taken to the hospital.

6 Saturday
Missing before 10:41 a.m.: the license plate of a 2016 BMW. X5 that had been in a wreck on April 14. The owner, a resident in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue, was uncertain whether the plate was stolen or fell off.


OnStar Helps Officers Make Arrest in HP Burglary Cases

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Coredarius Douglas (Dallas County Jail)

Tablet tracking software and the OnStar vehicle tracking service helped lead to the arrest of a 23-year-old Glenn Heights man accused of two April 30 burglaries in Highland Park.

During the investigation officers recovered all property stolen from homes in the 3200 block of Beverly Drive and 5000 block of Airline Drive in Highland Park, plus an AR15 assault-style rifle taken during the burglary of a gun store in Forney.

“The combination of our burglary offenses and the recovered rifle may lead to federal charges to the suspect,” said Lt. Lance Koppa of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety.


Police Reports: April 24-30

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: EASY ENTRY

Surveillance video shows an armed man in the backyard approaching a house in the 3200 block of Beverly Drive. Unlocked home and vehicle doors and a deactivated alarm system awaited him at 3:47 a.m. April 30. Taken: two iPad minis, a Macbook Air laptop computer, two Razor hoverboards, an iPhone 6, a North Face backpack, a car phone charger [from the 2017 Mercedes in the garage], and a 2016 Chevrolet pickup with the keys in the ignition. OnStar tracking service located the pickup on Glencoe Drive in Glenn Heights, and tracking software located an iPad there. Officers recovered the pickup with the hoverboards still in it. A Glenn Heights man was arrested in Ellis County.

HIGHLAND PARK

29 Saturday
Officers say at least 10 vehicles were targeted overnight on the west side of town with items taken and/or rummaged through around 3 a.m. Stolen property included: a $719 Ruger 357 magnum revolver and two $22 boxes of ammunition from an unlocked 2013 GMC Yukon Denali and a $200 Garmin GPS with two chargers from a 2013 Honda CRV at homes in the 4400 block of Southern Avenue; a $1,200 silver Microsoft Surface Book and $900 in recently-purchased clothing still tagged and in its LuLu Lemon shopping bag from an unlocked 2017 Ranger Rover at a home in the 4500 block of Edmondson Avenue; a black backpack containing a $1,200 Dell laptop computer and a $600 Apple iPad Air 2 from a 2017 Acura ILX in an apartment complex parking garage in the 4200 block of Lomo Alto Drive. Scratch marks suggest a wire contraption was used to break in.


Police Reports: April 17-23

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: GIVE AND TAKE?

Taken overnight before 8 a.m. April 20: 12 boxes of Monker Porcelanosa Marmol Antara Blanco tile valued at $1,800 from a residential construction site in the 4200 block of Westway Avenue. Left behind in a formerly empty construction debris container: siding, insulation, and tiles that appeared to have come from an older home.

HIGHLAND PARK

17 Monday
A Tulsa man left behind a $500 Lora Piana white linen shirt still in its shopping bag with tags and receipt after visiting Honor Bar in Highland Park Village between 2 and 4 p.m. Contacted later, bar employees had not found the shirt.

19 Wednesday
Security video shows a thief entering an unlocked 2007 Cadillac Escalade at a home in the 4500 block of Arcady Avenue at 3:08 a.m. and taking two pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses valued at $500. Other vehicles in the area also were targeted in overnight crimes: $500 in damage done to the center console of an unlocked 2011 Infiniti QX56 in the 4400 block of Arcady; contents of an unlocked 2009 Ford F150 pickup in the 4500 block of Arcady rifled through; $50, six to eight country music compact discs, and $750 Prada prescription glasses taken from a 2007 GMC Yukon in the 4500 block of South Versailles Avenue; $200 headphones, $800 Ray-Ban sunglasses, and spare change taken from an unlocked 2010 Jeep in the 4500 block of South Versailles. Two other residents declined to make reports.


Police Report: April 10-16

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: NOT WHAT SANDPAPER IS FOR

Vandalized overnight before 8 a.m. April 12 and again before 8 a.m. April 16: a blue 2012 Mercedes E350 parked at a home in the 4400 block of Fairfax Avenue. Sandpaper-like scratches were left on the trunk the first time and then on the hood. The trunk damage was estimated $1,050.

HIGHLAND PARK

10 Monday
Reported on April 10: owner of Celebrity Bakery in the Shops at Highland Park is accusing a former employee of stealing $379.82 in food – $263.82 on Dec. 12 and $116 on Feb. 8 – by creating false invoices and trading the food for gift cards from Mini Luxe Nail Salon. The salon manager was under the impression legitimate transactions were occurring.

11 Tuesday
Damaged between noon April 9 and 9 a.m. April 11: the steering column, ignition and driver-side door of a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado parked in front of a home in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue. Taken: Nothing.


Police Reports: April 3-9

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: COULDN’T GET A TEE TIME?

Damaged: an 8-foot gate which witnesses say was struck at 5:13 p.m. April 3 by a black Chevrolet Tahoe that ran a stop sign at Fairfield Avenue while westbound on Maplewood Drive. The SUV created 2-inch ruts in the fairway at the Dallas Country Club and left the scene. Officers are investigating a 17-year-old Highland Park boy.

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3 Monday
An Irving woman didn’t buy the Volkswagen and so wants her $2,000 back. She went to police for help on April 3. Her story: During a Dec. 31 meet up at Christian Dior in Highland Park Village, where she worked at the time, she gave the cash to a “friend,” a Frisco man who was arranging the purchase. After his mechanic looked at the car, the deal didn’t go through.

4 Tuesday
A heated group text got physical about 11:30 p.m. in front of a home in the 3600 block of Crescent Avenue. The home’s resident said he was knocked unconscious by a Dallas man, who drove over after the exchange by text and punched him in the face. During the texting, the Dallas man was “talking smack” so the Highland Park man poked back.