Police Reports: June 19 – 25

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vandalismSKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: #BIRD #GRAFFITI #UNWANTED

Painted with a stencil before 9:45 a.m. June 20: an approximately 1-foot-square pink bird, similar to Twitter’s logo, on a cream stucco fence in the 3800 block of Beverly Drive.


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19 Monday
A gold 1994 Acura Legend, stopped around 11:21 p.m. in the 4500 block of Byron Avenue after the driver twice failed to use his turn signal, smelled of burning marijuana and freshly sprayed air freshener. Police issued a possession of drug paraphernalia citation after finding a warm glass pipe and a grinder inside.

20 Tuesday
A drowsy 16-year-old driver said he had dozed off shortly after midnight while driving his parents’ 2011 Lexus RX 450h. The SUV jumped a curb, struck a 14-inch diameter tree, and flipped on its side in the 3800 block of Mockingbird Lane. The youth crawled out the open sun roof.


Police Reports: June 12 – 18

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jailtimeSKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: GUN GONE MOVED AWAY

Stolen before 6 p.m. June 14: a 9 mm Beretta PX Storm semi-automatic pistol from the kitchen table of a backhouse in the backyard of a home in the 3700 block of Lexington Drive. Employees for a moving company potentially had access, the gun’s owner said.


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17 Saturday
Broken before 4:15 a.m.: side window of an Austin man’s 2004 Volkswagen Jetta at a home in the 4600 block of Abbott Avenue.2004-Volkswagen-Jetta

18 Sunday
Taken before 5 p.m.: $1,300 in stereo equipment, including a speaker, Pioneer AV receiver, Pioneer tuner, and Pioneer 100-disc CD changer, from the entertainment room of a home 4300 block of Westway Avenue. Left behind in the dusty floor at the house, which is undergoing renovation: footprints from some kind of sandals.


Police Reports June 5 – 11

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vandalismSKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: TAKEN FROM THE CLEANERS?

Shattered between 4 and 8 a.m. June 11: the glass on a side door at D.D. French Cleaners on Loma Alto Drive. An interior door was kicked in, but the business manager did not know what, if anything, had been stolen.


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6 Tuesday
At 3 p.m., a bald man took a package of Bento Ball dog treats ($7 value) off the front porch of a home in the 3200 block of Princeton Avenue and fled in a dark gray Nissan sedan.

At 11:30 p.m., thief took a black Kenneth Cole computer bag, a Lenovo laptop computer, a black wallet, $200 in pesos, $200 in U.S. cash, an MEC duffle bag containing clothing, and identification including a Canadian passport from an unlocked 2017 Dodge Durango at home in the 4600 block of Livingston Avenue.


UP Police Seeking Burglary Suspect

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Courtesy University Park PD

The University Park Police Department is asking the public to help identify a suspect who burglarized two businesses on Preston Road.

According to police, a man broke into the Vintage Car Wash and Preston Road Pharmacy in the early morning hours of May 30.

No money or merchandise was taken from Vintage Car Wash, but prescription drugs were reported stolen from Preston Road Pharmacy.


Police Reports: May 29 – June 4

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carbreakinSKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: LOSING YOUR STUFF 101

Who finished unloading a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe? Not its driver, a college student who arrived home in the 3700 block of Potomac Avenue on May 27. Taken from the unlocked SUV before noon on May 29: Remmington 700 rifle ($1,000 value), golf clubs with bag ($4,000 value), and Harman Kardon speakers ($500 value).


Police Reports: May 22 – 28

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: CONSPIRACY RING

Reported at 1:37 p.m. May 24: theft of a Highland Park woman’s wedding ring, a size 5 platinum band encircled by emerald cut diamonds and valued at $14,000. The owner recalled securing it on May 9 or 10 but was unsure which of her two Northern Trust Bank safety deposit boxes she left it in. Bank employees said she last accessed a safety deposit box on May 2. Her boxes cannot be opened without her keys, they added.

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23 Tuesday
Taken before 5 p.m.: two 10-foot-long, 3-inch diameter copper downspouts off a home in the 4500 block of South Versailles Avenue.

24 Wednesday
Stolen overnight before 8:30 a.m.: $800 Bulgari prescription sunglasses from a 2016 BMW at a home in the 3500 block of Potomac Avenue. 


Identity Theft Crisis Comes to Amherst Street

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Call 214-363-3000 to report non-emergency crimes to the University Park Police Department.

Among the large houses and lush trees of Amherst Street, identity theft victims abound.

University Park police are investigating more than a half dozen recent identity theft cases where the victims have similar addresses.

On May 9, residents from five houses in the 3100 block reported discovering unauthorized credit cards opened in their names. On May 11 and 12, two more reports came in with the residents living at a home in the 3000 block and another in the 2800 block.

“We are working on the assumption that the cases that you have mentioned on Amherst are related,” said Lt. John L. Ball of the Criminal Investigations Division.


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.

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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.