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.

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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.

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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.


Police Reports: March 27-April 2

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: PAYROLL FRIDAY BLUES?

The $7,881 picked up by cashing a check around 1:30 p.m. March 31 at a Preston Road bank didn’t last long. Within 10 minutes of returning to a construction site in the 4300 block of Overhill Drive, the Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck the money was left in had a broken window, and the envelope with the money was gone. Officers are working to determine whether the pickup was followed from the nearby bank.

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27 Monday
Taken: four packages between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. from the front porch of a home in the 3200 block of St. Johns Drive. A balding man was seen fleeing in a white car. One of the packages contained a $20 blue Nike T-shirt with a caricature of Roger Federer on it.

28 Tuesday
Missing: a rear tailgate with backup camera from a black Ford F150 that was parked from 7 p.m. March 27 until 7 a.m. March 28 in front of a home in the 4400 block of Southern Ave.

29 Wednesday
Damaged: the dash and an aftermarket stereo during an unsuccessful attempt to pry the stereo from a 1998 silver Mercedes parked at a home in the 4300 block of Loma Alto Drive between 7 a.m. March 28 and 1:45 p.m. March 29. Taken: Less than $1 in loose change.


Police Reports: March 20-26

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: FAKE DOUGH TAKES THE CAKES

Two $50 bills used to purchase four cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes on Oak Lawn Avenue turned out to be nothing but fakes. At 4:30 p.m. March 30, a woman used one counterfeit note to purchase two white chocolate cakes for $7.98 and then another to buy two more cakes, one lemon, the other carrot, also for $7.98.

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20 Monday
Shot: A French door. The  small caliber bullet shattered most of the glass, leaving a hole in the trim and providing entry to a home in the 4300 block of Arcady Avenue between 11:45 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Taken: $100,000 in jewelry and other items.

Removed: Three copper downspouts, two 8-foot, the other 10-foot, from town homes in the 4600 block of Abbott Avenue between noon and 3 p.m.


Theft Video Captures Views But Not a Culprit

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A construction worker rides on the hood of a Buick LeSaber in a failed attempt to stop the theft of a $1,200 saw. (Matthew Mathis, YouTube.com)

Surveillance video now posted on YouTube captures the excitement: Workers give chase around 5 p.m. March 17 after a man grabs a $1,200 STIHL TS 420 concrete saw from a construction site in the 4200 block of McFarlin Boulevard in University Park.

One of the workers jumps on the hood and rides the maroon Buick LeSaber, which first reverses back down the street. The worker is still hanging onto the hood as the Buick is put in drive and races back across the screen again with other workers still giving chase on foot and in a pickup truck.

But for all their efforts to stop a theft, the construction workers didn’t help police much.

The police report put it this way: “The workers tried to stop him but were unsuccessful.”

And while the viral video of the incident has garnered more than a million views, those aren’t translating into tips.