By Dan Koller
I’m in the midst of a move, so I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to transport all of your possessions and knickknacks from one house to another. Still, I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the victim in this week’s highlighted crime.
Between 3:30 p.m. on May 12 and 10 a.m. on May 13, burglars entered a house in the 7300 block of Craigshire Avenue in Lake Highlands through the garage door and took a bevy of items. The owner is in the process of moving to a new house, where she won’t have to worry about unpacking any of this:
- Four flat-screen TVs with a combined value of $4,200
- A $1,000 set of crystal wine glasses and $300 worth of alcohol
- $1,000 worth of vintage American currency and $100 worth of European currency
- $525 worth of antique comic books, $320 worth of school yearbooks, and $300 worth of other books
- A $3,500 John Hardy amethyst bracelet, a $1,500 John Hardy amethyst necklace, and a $300 James Avery silver bracelet
- A $300 Nintendo Wii and a $300 Sony PlayStation
- A $300 cabinet, a $150 Halloween figurine, and two silver candlestick holders with a combined value of $140
- Three Dallas Stars jerseys with a combined value of $180
The police report notes that the victim has had numerous repair and cleaning crews in her house over the past month as she prepares to move. The implication there is that someone on those crews was doing plenty of scouting before the big heist.
Here a few more notable crimes reported last week in Dallas’ most desirable neighborhoods:
LAKEWOOD: At 10 a.m. on May 13, a burglar used a brick to bust through a window on a detached garage in the 2500 block of Loving Avenue. Twenty minutes later, the burglar rode away on a turquoise Trek mountain bike valued at $1,200. We know the exact times because of a game/trail camera mounted above the garage. The victim later found the bike’s valve caps on the garage floor and noticed that a pump had been moved, indicating that the burglar may have aired up the tires before enjoying his new ride.
HIGHLAND PARK: Copper downspouts were stolen from at least three houses – in the 3600 block of Euclid Avenue, the 3500 block of Lexington Avenue, and the 3700 block of Miramar Avenue – between May 9 and May 17. One victim asked an officer where thieves might have taken the copper, because she wanted to buy her downspouts back. The officer informed her they were probably already chopped up.
GREENWAY PARKS: Between 8 and 11:15 a.m. on May 15, a burglar used a brick to smash a kitchen window in the 5300 block of Nakoma Drive. Once inside the house, the burglar stole $10,000 worth of jewelry, a $3,500 Apple computer, a $2,200 Mac laptop, and a $700 iPad.
M STREETS: Between 5:30 p.m. on May 15 and 1 p.m. on May 16, a burglar pried his way into a garage apartment in the 5900 block of Mercedes Avenue and stole $1,000 worth of records, a $500 cello, $300 worth of tools, and an Apple Cube computer valued at $100.
LAKE HIGHLANDS: Shortly before 8 a.m. on May 16, a burglar entered a house in the 9400 block of Whitehurst Drive through an unlocked patio door. The victim was home at the time, taking a shower after working in his yard. The burglar stole a $500 HP laptop and a $100 iPhone, then hopped the fence into the alley. A witness saw him come over the fence, with the laptop under his arm, and was understandably concerned. The burglar said, “It’s mine,” before running away, presumably with his pants on fire.