Tuesday, April 30, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Juvenile Checked Out of Library
An employee of the city library in the 3000 block of North Locust Street told police Monday that a juvenile who regularly visits there broke a counter off a door and stole the counter. An officer watched the surveillance video of the youth committing the vandalism and found him. He told him that he could no longer visit any library in the city.
700 block of Frame Street - A 64-year-old woman reported Monday that she received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service notifying her that someone else used her social security number and it is compromised.
600 block of North Interstate 35E - An acquaintance exposed himself and masturbated in front of a group of people staying in a motel room late Monday, according to a police report. A 40-year-old woman who was in the room reported the indecent exposure and said she was offended by the man's actions and wants to press charges.
3400 block of Avon Street - Her daughter tried to kill her in December, a 62-year-old woman told police Monday. The woman said she doesn't remember the incident but her neighbors told her that the daughter assaulted her. She said the daughter is bi-polar and has pointed a gun at her in the past.
1200 block of Egan Street - A man told police Monday that a man he knows is threatening to send the Arian Brotherhood, which is a white supremacy group, to his house to "take care of him." The two men are involved in a civil court action, according to the report.
2200 block of South Interstate 35E - Two men and a woman came into a store Monday afternoon and stole seven Michael Kors handbags worth more than $1,500, an employee reported.
Monday, April 29, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Denton Police Officer Chris Plank apprehended two scofflaws Friday who set off a burglar alarm while trying to break into their mother's house.
Lindsey DeBord, left in photo, and Krystal Land, right, were setting up a surprise birthday party for their mother, Sherry DeBorde (no that is not a typo. Lindsey DeBorde married Zack DeBord and took the "e" off her name.), and decided they needed family photos to decorate for the shindig. They knew Sherry was in Fort Worth so they sneaked into Robson Ranch and parked in front of Sherry's house.
They found the back door unlocked, so they made their illegal entrance. Lights flashed, sirens screamed and the ladies knew they were busted.
Plank roared up in his squad car with his cuffs at the ready. But the crafty ladies were able to talk their way out of trouble.
"We thought Mom never set the burglar alarm," Lindsey explained, and the officer bought the story. Plank even escorted them back into the house to find the photos.
The party was a success.
500 block of East Windsor at Bell avenue - Police responded to a hospital emergency room where a 21-year-old man was being treated for a knife wound in the neck. The victim reported that he got into a fight with a man he didn't know and the man cut him with something sharp. He had no further information.
3700 block of Pockrus Page Road - A man called police to report that he and his brother-in-law had been drinking all night when the other man assaulted him.
1100 block of East University Drive - Police are sorting out the stories of a married couple whose memories of her finding him with another woman differed early Sunday. A woman called police to a motel just after midnight, saying she had gone to the room because her husband was there with another woman. She said she was banging on the door when he suddenly opened it and hit her twice in the face. Then he shut the door again.
But the man said he never opened the door at all. He was backed up by two witnesses and the woman had no visible wounds. An investigation is continuing.
1000 block of Fulton Street - A 19-year-old man reported Saturday that someone stole his cell phone while he was in gym class at school Thursday. The phone was equipped with a backup system that allowed the information on it to show up to another phone when it was activated. When he activated the replacement phone he saw photos of a person he believes to be the thief.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Not Quite Legally Dead
A woman reported to Denton police Friday that she has now recalled what happened to her before she was taken to a hospital emergency room in December and declared legally dead. The woman said she was unconscious and unresponsive but was revived. She remained hospitalized a few days before being released. She could not recall what happened to her.
But recently it came back to her that the man who was living with her had assaulted her, causing the trauma. She kicked him out of her apartment. She checked her financial reports and realized that while she was in the hospital he charged numerous items on her credit cards. The woman said he also sold most of her electronics while she was gone.
1500 block of San Gabriel Drive - Officers responded about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to a report of family violence. The officers learned that a man there also had said he would shoot at police in order to get them to shoot back and commit "suicide by cop." The officers were able to arrest him without incident and they charged him with family violence assault and terroristic threat.
30 Highview Circle - An identification theft protection service notified a woman that someone used her identification information to open a Dish Network account, she reported Friday.
2200 Carriage Hill - A woman reported that her credit card information was used to make purchases in New Jersey and New York. She still has the credit cards, she said, and doesn't know how anyone obtained the information from them.
1700 block of Sam Bass Boulevard - An officer driving through an apartment complex parking lot about 3 a.m. Friday saw a woman walking away from a car that immediately left the area. The officer asked the woman what she was doing out so late and why she was so nervous. The woman admitted that she had outstanding arrest warrants. The officer verified the warrants and told the woman she was under arrest. The woman said "no!" and began running from the officer, who gave chase. He saw her throwing numerous narcotics from her pockets and the waistband of her pants as she ran. He caught her and charged her with evading arrest, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana and outstanding warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.
Friday, April 26, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Don't You Know Their Son Was Proud
A man and his former wife both attended their son's baseball game Thursday evening at a ball park in the 200 block of West Windsor Drive. The man started to argue with her, and the argument grew so heated and abusive that it disrupted the ball game. The game stopped, and coaches confronted the man and told him to leave. On his way out of the bleachers the man told his ex's new boyfriend that he would "put a bullet in your head." A case of assault by threat is being investigated.
1200 block of West Oak Street - A 24-year-old man told police about 2:30 a.m. Thursday that he and two friends were in his car when three men they didn't know came up to the car and began yelling at them. His friends got out of the car to confront the men, he said. Then he got out to break up the confrontation and was struck in the face.
100 block of Avenue A - A man drove his car up onto the sidewalk about 1:45 a.m. Thursday, scattering pedestrians in his wake. Police arrested him on a charge of DWI. A search turned up a quantity of marijuana and a pipe, and those charges were added as well.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Low Speed Chase
Police arrested a woman pushing a shopping cart full of stolen merchandise from a big-box store Wednesday afternoon.
Officers were sent to the area Wednesday afternoon because a store employee in the 1500 block of South Loop 288 called to report the woman left the store without paying for the basket loaded with items from the store. The employee last saw her heading down the loop pushing the cart.
The officers pulled the lady over and charged her with theft over $500. A computer check showed she had two outstanding sheriff's warrants for failure to identify as a fugitive and failure to appear. She also had two outstanding McKinney warrants for disorderly conduct and failure to appear. She was taken to jail.
4600 block of West University Drive - Officers responding to a report from an alarm company found a fence around a building cut and a window broken. An employee reported that several expensive tools were missing.
5900 block of Country Club Road - A man reported Wednesday evening that he had a shotgun missing from his house. He said he knew who took the long gun, and the offense happened two years ago but he had just discovered the theft. The suspect now lives in Washington state, he said. No arrest was made.
8100 block of Swan Park - A couple reported that they were moving out of their house Wednesday and pulled out of the driveway with the last load about 3:50 p.m. They returned about 5 p.m. and noticed that the Realtor sign in the front yard had been placed on the ground beside the house. Their outside air conditioning unit had been stolen, according to the police report.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Dill Pickle Seeds?Someone used two of a man's debit cards at three stores to buy snacks, gift cards and smokes, according to a report the victim filed Tuesday.
The man wasn't sure how his wallet came to be missing. But transactions from his banks showed purchases from one store of dill pickle seeds, gift cards, two bags of jerky and a bag of dill pickle chips.
At the second store the thief bought a carton of Marlboros and a box of Swisher Sweets cigarillos, and at the third store purchases included a gift car and a Dr. Pepper.
An investigation is continuing.
300 block of West Congress Street - A woman reported that someone broke into her 80-year-old mother's house while she was in the hospital. The woman said she left the house about noon and returned just before 3 p.m. to find the back door kicked open. There was jewelry scattered on the floor but the woman was not sure whether anything was taken from the house.
2300 block of Colorado Boulevard - A woman reported Tuesday afternoon that her purse was recently broken into in Flower Mound and her purse was taken. Her checkbook was in the purse, she said, and someone forged one of the checks and cashed it at a Denton store.
100 block of West University Drive - Someone either found or stole a cell phone recently and put it for sale on Craig's List.
The victim told police Tuesday that she was contacted by a man who told her that he bought a phone on the Internet web site and when he received it her information was still in the phone.
400 block of North Ame Drive - A 35-year-old man complained to police Tuesday that his former girlfriend is sending threatening and abusive texts to him.
Golden Oldie Report
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Not the floorboard ladies!
Putting your handbag on the floorboard of your car does not create a theft-free zone around it, a woman found out early Monday. The woman left her car in a restaurant parking lot from about 11:30 p.m. Sunday to 12:30 a.m. Monday. She placed her handbag on the floor. When she went back to her car she found that someone had smashed out a window and had taken the purse. Police advise that if a handbag absolutely must be left in a vehicle, you should lock it in the trunk.
1100 block of Dallas Drive - An officer stopped a car about 10:30 p.m. because it had a headlight burned out. The driver was carrying an occupational driver's license, but he did not have the required certified court order stating the hours he could drive with him. He was arrested and taken to jail.
100 block of West Hickory Street - A restaurant employee reported that someone stole $350 in sales and tip money Monday night.
600 block of Bradshaw Street - Police checked out a man acting suspiciously near a park about 4 a.m. Monday and noticed that he threw a backpack down on the ground when he saw them coming. They looked in the backpack and found drug paraphernalia. In the man's clothing they found 11.5 grams of methamphetamines. They charged the man with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.
Monday, April 22, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Dog Park Warning
A car burglar did his thing at the Wiggly Field Dog Park Saturday evening, smashing a car window and taking a woman's handbag. The park is a great place to let your dog run and play with other dogs the same size. There is a nice parking lot and fenced and gated areas for different sized dogs.
But the park is secluded. It is surrounded on three sides by woods, the parking lot is not visible from the fenced areas. Thieves have hidden in those woods and waited until no one was looking to steal anything of value from the vehicles parked there. Police patrol the area but officers can't be there all the time. If you take your dog there to play leave anything valuable, especially your purse, at home. Locking your car is not enough. They simply break your window and take what they want.
2500 block of Stella Street - Police responding to a call about a large number of people fighting at an apartment complex made several arrests Sunday evening. They had just cleared the call when they were sent back because a woman called and said several women returned to the area and ganged up on her. One of them kicked her in the face, she said. The other women were gone by the time the officers returned.
2700 block of University Drive - Store loss prevention officers called police for help about 4 p.m. Sunday after a woman tried to leave the large store without paying for a 55-inch-screen TV. The woman fought with them and drove away, leaving the TV and other stolen items in the parking lot. Police found the woman and arrested her for theft.
100 block of Cardinal Street - A woman reported that she left her cell phone charging at a church Sunday afternoon and when she returned for it, the phone was gone.
7500 block of Teasley Lane - A woman reported that someone stole her cell phone Saturday evening while she was participating in the Relay For Life cancer fundraiser.
1500 block of North I35 - A man got himself into trouble early Sunday after coming to the scene of where his daughter was being arrested for driving without a license. The 43-year-old man admitted that he knew his daughter was driving the vehicle without a license. The vehicle was being impounded because there was no insurance on it, and the man asked to get his work tools out before it was towed away. But when he learned that he was being arrested for allowing an unlicensed driver behind the wheel, he became angry. He broke out two windows with a trimmer and fought with officers trying to take him into custody. He was taken to jail along with his daughter on charges of public intoxication, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
700 block of Fort Worth Drive - A 22-year-old man called police about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, saying he believed his roommate was going to kill him. He admitted to taking prescription medications and drinking beer. Arriving officers found the man to be hallucinating and mentally disturbed, according to the report. There were two unloaded shotguns on the floor. The man agreed to go to a local hospital for evaluation.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Reported Aggravated Kidnapping
A muddy woman walking down Lake View Boulevard attracted the concern of a resident Friday afternoon, and he called the police. The victim, a 42-year-old Aubrey woman, said she had been forced into a car on East McKinney Street by a stranger. She reported she had been able to get away from the man and escaped by running through the woods.No further information was available, but the report was listed as an aggravated kidnapping, sexual abuse.
3500 block of Hornbeam - A woman reported Friday afternoon that someone took a $5,000 diamond ring from her jewelry box. She said she last saw it there March 31 and when she came home April 12 she discovered the lid to the box was open and the ring was gone. She described it as a three-diamond, one-and-a-half carat ring.
3700 block of South I35 East - Police responded to several calls from witnesses Friday night who reported a man beating a woman and taking a child from her. Officers found the man still sitting in a car pulled up to gas pumps. He said he and his girlfriend were only having an argument. Other officers found the woman with two children inside a store. Her face was badly swollen and she had a cut lip. The officers charged the man with family violence assault. Then they found two bags of marijuana in his car and added charges of possession of marijuana under 4 ounces.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Student Threatens Bomb
An employee of a children's home reported Thursday morning that two students threatened to make a bomb, fill it with nails in the style of a "dirty" bomb and throw it at her. The students told her they would be able to get away with that. The employee learned that the students have been researching bomb-making on the school's computers. An investigation is continuing.
1600 block of East McKinney Street - A 36-year-old woman told police Thursday that she and her cousin had a confrontation over the cousin's boyfriend, and the cousin hit her in the face.
1200 block of Cottonwood Lane - A man reported Thursday that he notified his lending company that he was no longer able to make payments on his car. Right after that the car disappeared from his residence and he assumed that it had been repossessed. Now, he said, the lending company is demanding that he return the car. He has no idea where the car is at this time.
200 block of Woodland Street - A man reported Thursday night that someone took a commercial lawnmower from his backyard. He suspects an employee, according to the report.
700 block of South Interstate 35E - An employee of a grocery store chased a man who stole a bottle of cough syrup but lost sight of him. He described him as a black teen wearing a pink backpack. Police found the teen and charged him with theft.
1200 block of West Oak Street - A Dallas man told police he parked his car in the Fry Street area Wednesday night. When he went back for it Thursday afternoon it was gone.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
THE COP SHOP
I'm sorry I'm a little late with this, my friends. I couldn't tear myself away from the news, watching the tragedy in West. No longer will we think of it as a quaint little town where you stop for Kolaches.
Cash, Checks Stolen in Burglary
Officers responding to an alarm call in the 4800 block of West University Drive Wednesday night discovered that the front door had been pried open. They checked the business and found no one inside. But a surveillance video showed two men wearing masks and gloves broke into the business, went through the offices and left with $2,600, 70 payroll checks and some credit cards. An investigation is continuing.
3800 block of Dunlavy Road - Denton police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance just before 8 p.m. Wednesday. A woman there said that her mother was drunk and had left driving a white car. The officers searched for the woman and found her. They arrested her for DWI and having an open alcohol container in the car. A subsequent search turned up several bottles of medication. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
1200 block of North Austin Street - A 55-year-old woman called for help about 2 p.m. Wednesday. She said someone beat her inside her apartment and took two cell phones. No further information was available.
300 block of West Oak Street - A 24-year-old man was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat Wednesday after threatening to kill several people in a business, according to a police report..
300 block of Smith Street - A woman told police Wednesday that she was disciplining her child with a belt when the child took the belt away from her and began beating her with it. She reported being hit in the face and legs. The officers turned the child over to juvenile authorities.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Texas Chainsaw Caper
A 77-year-old man reported to Denton police Tuesday that someone stole two chainsaws out of his car while it was parked in his driveway in the 1900 block of Nevada Street the night before. He had no suspect information.
2600 block of West University Drive - A plumber at a store under construction reported that when he arrived at work early Tuesday he discovered that someone had somehow reached a 16-foot ceiling and cut away 60 feet of copper pipe the night before.
2700 block of Colorado Boulevard - A man braved the chilly waters of an apartment complex swimming pool Tuesday night, he said, and when he got out his IPhone was missing. The man said he was attending a pool party. About 9 p.m. he left his phone on a table and jumped into the pool. It had disappeared by the time he emerged.
2500 block of Louise Street - An officer responding to a report of criminal mischief late Tuesday night found that someone had thrown a large concrete block through the back windshield through a 24-year-old man's back windshield.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
THE COP SHOP
Dazed and confused
A 26-year-old man told police Monday evening that his former wife took $1,480 from him while he was passed out in his truck.
900 block of Prairie Street - A 54-year-old woman complained to police Monday afternoon that she has learned that her sister stole two gold bracelets from her that had been left to her by her late mother. The sister also has opened six credit card or charge accounts in her late mother's name, she said.
600 block of East McKinney Street - Her estranged husband has been stealing and forging her child support checks, a woman told police Monday morning. She didn't even know she was receiving the checks because he was intercepting them.
800 block of South Interstate 35 East - A 23-year-old man reported to police Monday morning that his girlfriend him him in the head with a wall-mounted hair dryer. He was injured in the assault, he told police.
700 block of Roberts Street - Someone using her identification information has been arrested in Connecticut, a woman reported Monday morning. Now she has drug charges on her record, and it wasn't her.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Did he post his invitations on a bathroom wall?
A man reported to Denton police Saturday morning that someone at a party he threw at his house Friday night stole some of his property when they left. He had no idea who took his stuff, he said, because he didn't know anyone at the party.
400 block of Collins Street - An offer reported about 9 p.m. Sunday that he pulled a car over because it had an expired registration sticker. The driver admitted he had no driver's license. He did have a Mexican identification card, according to the report. The officer looked in his wallet and found a small bag of cocaine. The man said it didn't belong to him. But the officer decided that since she found it in his wallet that was in his pocket she could safely assume that it was the man's cocaine. She arrested Genard Hernandez, 25, for possession of a controlled substance, expired registration and no driver's license.
8000 block of Winding Stream - Officers responding to a family violence assault call found a man waiting outside a house. He said he had been beaten by two men inside the house and then locked outside. The officer knocked on the door but no one answered. The case is still under investigation.
9500 Rivercrest Drive - A 71-year-old woman reported Friday that someone claiming to be from Microsoft called her and said she had "errorr" on her account. The caller talked her into giving information about two of her credit cards before hanging up.
200 block of West Congress Street - Police and paramedics responding to an assault report about 12:30 a.m. Friday found a man lying on the ground. After being treated medically the man said that he was beaten by another man, who had then left. But the other man showed up claiming that his actions were in self defense and that he was being robbed at the time. Police charged the second man, Kevin King, 29, with aggravated assault.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Police are investigating a report from a teacher Thursday that one of her students stole her cell phone and buried it in a flower bed on campus.
The teacher said she noticed her phone was missing on Tuesday at the school in the 700 block of Congress Street. She talked to the school principal and they began an investigation and developed a suspect. They had a talk with the student, who led them to a flower bed. They dug up the cell phone, sealed in a plastic bag. The report did not mention what state the phone was in or whether the student was disciplined.
1400 block of Teasley Lane - A man reported Thursday that he parked his moped in front of his apartment three days prior and had not ridden it because it did not have an inspection sticker. When he returned with the sticker on Thursday the moped was missing.The report did not explain how the man got an inspection sticker without the moped.
Don't bring an ax to a shotgun fight
Denton police are sorting out the stories of two men who fought with an ax and a shotgun Thursday.
Officers responded to a fight call in the 6100 block of Thackery Drive about 9 p.m. They heard both sides of a story that involved one man dating another man’s former girlfriend and the trouble that ensued when they got together.
The ex boyfriend said he wanted to talk to the woman and drove up to the current boyfriend’s house. He said the current boyfriend was waiting in front and he picked up the ax and charged him with it.
He said he pulled a 12-guage shotgun out of his car and pointed it at the current boyfriend in self defense. The current boyfriend didn’t drop the ax, he said, so he pumped it to make it ready to fire.
He said the current boyfriend’s father came running out of the house and tried to take the shotgun from him. They struggled over the gun and the current boyfriend dropped the ax and tried to help his father.
The two younger men then fought with their hands, he said.
The current boyfriend said he saw the other man drive up, grab a shotgun and start toward him so he picked up the ax for self-protection. His father came to help, he said, when the intruder pumped the gun.
Both men said they were acting in self defense. An investigation is continuing.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A man told Denton police Wednesday night that two men pistol-whipped and robbed him but he did not want to press charges.
The 24-year-old victim said one man had a handgun and the other had a shotgun. They forced their way when he opened the door about 8 p.m., he said. They stole property not specified in the police report and one of them hit him in the head with the pistol before they both left. He did not name the robbers and did not want police to look for them.
2000 Parkside Street - Police arrested a 30-year-old man after responding to a disturbance report about 11 p.m. Wednesday.The man's shaken fiance reported that he fired bullets from a .45-caliber pistol into the tires of her car as she sat inside the car. Officers charged Jason Marshall with deadly conduct.
1000 block of Minor Circle - A woman reported Wednesday that she believes her brother stole her wallet. The two both live with their mother, and she said he was the only one who would have done such a thing.
2000 block of Camilla Street - A woman came to the police department to complain that someone used her credit card information to purchase $794 worth of discounted items online at Groupon.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A man walked out of a business in the 1700 block of Wilshire Street April 3, he told police Tuesday, and saw the roofing company's fork lift dragging his car across the parking lot. By the time the fork lift released the car it had been dragged to the far side of the business. He took the car to a repair shop and learned that it will cost $1,888.19 to fix the car.
1400 block of Bernard Street - Officers responded about 8:30 p.m. to an apartment complex to reports of loud yelling and screaming inside one of the apartments. They could hear the racket when they got out of their cars, they reported. They contacted a couple who lived in the apartment and soon realized they were highly intoxicated. Both people insisted they were not violent but only having an argument. The officers could see no sign of injury on either one, so they convinced the couple to sleep in separate bedrooms until they sobered up.
2500 block of Yellowstone Street - A woman reported to police Tuesday that her kindergarten student and his fourth-grade brother are being bullied, hit and called names by a fifth-grade boy.
800 block of North Interstate 35 - Police responded to a burglar alarm about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday and found the front door standing open to a business. They found no one inside, but files drawers were open and cabinets and a closet door had been forced open. A store representative arrived and could find nothing missing. The officers surmised the burglars had been looking for money and found none.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Someone had a good time using a woman's debit card, she told Denton police Monday. The 28-year-old woman discovered that someone somehow gained access to her card information and used it to join dating sites and buy flowers and rent a hotel room.
1100 block of Dallas Drive - A 50-year-old woman reported Monday that her former boyfriend has hacked into her computer from another location. He has been deleting her emails and removing resumes she sent out in pursuit of a job, she said. She doesn't know how he gained access to her computer.
3300 block of Evers Parkway - Suspects were caught on tape breaking into four portable buildings at Evers Elementary School, authorities reported Monday. They found the suspects had stolen three colors of paint from one building and squirted it all over the walls and walkways inside and outside the buildings. Police are studying the video, but no arrests have yet been made.
500 block of West University Drive - When a man was arrested Sunday carrying one of his parents' checks his father didn't want to press charges against the son. However, the father checked Monday, according to a report, and learned that his son has cashed seven of his checks for a total $2,500. Now he wants to press charges.
1200 block of Avenue A - Someone broke into a man's car in a parking Sunday and stole his wallet, he reported Monday. Then the burglar set the car on fire. His bank contacted him Monday with the news that someone was using his bank card.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Welcome to the blotter addition to my blog.
First, you must realize that I am unsupervised. I don't have to go by any special format, and I don't have to write dry, uninteresting crime reports. But I promise you that I always will write the truth as I believe it to be.
You may write to me on this site, and I will answer. I will include tidbits picked up around the cop shop and the city, but only those I have verified as truth. Hot tips are always appreciated but I will not use your names.
I am not picking on anybody, but don't you just love it that the sheriff took back $115,500 in drug seizure money that the former sheriff had allocated to constables for equipment and the commissioners court had approved? He bought himself and one of his staff new cars. He still has half a million dollars in that seizure fund fund that he could have used. Kinda greedy, don't you think?
Crime reports were a little dry today, and that's going to happen sometimes. I will do my best to entertain you as well as inform you.
So let's see what happened in Denton over the weekend:
Officers responded to a call in the 1300 block of Boyd Street Saturday and smelled the strong odor of gasoline. A man there reported that his 22-year-old son got into an argument with him about a car. The son left mad and later returned with a can of gasoline, a lighter and a tire iron. He poured gasoline over one side of the house, the man reported, and then tried to set the house on fire. The father confronted him. The son threatened him with the tire iron, he said, and they struggled over it. He called 911 and the son left. Officers found the son nearby and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted arson.
1100 block of North Bell Avenue - A man reported Saturday that his girlfriend moved out of his house while he was out of town. She took several bottles of his prescription medicine with her when she left, he said.
7800 block of Oak Creek Lane - A woman told police Friday that her boyfriend poured tequila into the gas tank of her car. The boyfriend protested that he was only pretending to pour the liquor into the tank but she jumped on him and hit and scratched him. The officer made no arrests.
1400 block of South Loop 288 - A store clerk called police Saturday after noticing a man inhaling from a spray can he picked up from one of the store shelves. An arriving officer spotted the 20-year-old man and detained him. He searched the man's clothing and turned up a bag of marijuana in his clothing. He charged the man of abuse of a volatile chemical and possession of marijuana.
Golden Crime Oldie -
A couple reported Tuesday that they lost more than $6,000 in an Internet scam.
They put up for sale a 1959 Volkswagen Beetle on an Internet site and accepted an offer from a London man for $2,900.
He mailed them a cashier’s check for $6,200, requesting that they keep their part and send the rest back to him for shipping charges. They deposited the cashier’s check and took $3,300 from their account and wired it to the man.
Then their bank notified them the cashier’s check was forged, according to the report. The bank took the cash from their account and they have a negative balance.Recently, they received another message from the man explaining he no longer wants the car and requesting they send the $2,900 back to him, minus $400 for their trouble. They did not send the man any more money, according to the police report