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Courtesy Fox4 News Dallas

The tragic gunning down of a woman in an Uptown parking garage last evening, a garage residents say was accessible only with a fob key, has now garnered a bit of national attention via the New York Daily News. 

The murder has the luxury apartment community (and a lot of single women in Uptown) on edge. Witnesses said the killer was wearing a mask and drove away in a black Jeep Cherokee —

“We saw the lady laying down next to her car on the floor, and then the cops showed up,” said a man who did not want to be identified. “My son, he was telling me that a black Jeep Cherokee drove by… a guy with a mask put a bullet in her and just drove off.”

It will be interesting to see how well the building’s security cameras help police find the killer, and how quickly. One more homicide to add to the City’s tally.

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Photo by: Ann Marie Marthens

Photo by: Ann Marie Marthens

Ann Marie Marthens has a two bedroom charmer in Highland Park she is leasing for $3,000 a month. Nestled on Abbott Avenue, it’s close to Armstrong Elementary and within walking distance to all the fun on Knox/Henderson and the Katy Trail.

As the property owner, she listed it on Trulia, as well as mentioned its availability on the Park Cities Online Yard Sale group on Facebook a few days ago – and then something weird happened. (more…)

Photo: Dallas Police Department

Note to would-be thieves: Pretty much everyone has at least one camera aimed at the entry points for their home nowadays. They’re not that expensive, and are easy to install. Armed with that knowledge, maybe try a new line of work?

That being said, the alleged porch parcel thieves that were targeting holiday packages left by delivery trucks have been caught. At least, one set of them, any way. Meet Priscilla Castaneda and Jessie Dominguez. According to Dallas police, several people called in to say they recognized Castaneda from the videos plastered all over social media, local news stations and the newspaper. From there, police were able to find a pawn shop she had done business with, who in turn reportedly told police that she had been in that day trying to pawn the very smoker (still in the box) that she was allegedly seen carrying off in one video. She was even reportedly wearing the same outfit (btw, Roger Staubach probably doesn’t approve, lady). Today she got a rather unwanted birthday present – her arrest.

Dominguez was caught today as well, allegedly smoking a joint in plain sight, and with a whole lot of property for the police to catalog sitting in the back of the Ford Explorer that also starred in the videos, police said. Dominguez also reportedly confessed to some thefts in Highland Park, as well.

Both suspects are now at Lew Sterrett.

However, they are not the only Christmas grinches out there. The same homeowner who took the video of Castaneda, Missy Clinchy, also found that another theft occurred earlier this month, by a different individual – this time the perp is a bald man driving a light colored sedan.

Dallas police offer the following tips for avoiding the theft of your packages:

  • Request from the seller or shipper that a signature is required for delivery so that your package is not left at your front door unattended.
  • Request that the seller or shipper ship your package to an alternate address such as your office.
  • Request that the shipper hold your package at their distribution center for your pick-up.

Amazon now offers Amazon Locker, which allows you to ship to a specific, secure site for pick up, and it looks like there are plenty throughout the city. Many major retailers also offer ship to store, which allows you to pick up at the customer service counter of the store, as well.

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Thanks to inexpensive security cameras, we now have some video of at least one of the thieves that is hitting homes in Midway Hollow and Preston Hollow, stealing Christmas packages right off the front porch. In this video, Ken and Missy Clinchy recorded a thief stealing Christmas gifts off their front porch in the 3900 block of Lively Lane.

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Maj. Max Geron @MaxDPD

The Dallas Morning News has an update — that far North Dallas shooter will be charged with seven counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and also threatened a babysitter! (more…)

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Maj. Max Geron @MaxDPD

The Dallas Morning News has updated the strange and getting-stranger-by-the-minute report about that shooter up at the North Dallas Forty off Frankfort Road. Apparently, contrary to earlier reports, the shooter DID open fire on the fire engine. Here are some police photo Tweets depicting the mess the guy made at someone’s home trying to shoot tanks of propane.

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We had reports this afternoon of a gunman up near the North Dallas Forty, at 5500 North Forty Place, who kept DPD and SWAT teams busy this afternoon while he apparently shot at propane tanks. Police tell me the man lived in the area: not sure if he lives right in the North Dallas Forty or nearby. Here’s what Robert Wilonsky reported over at the Dallas Morning News

The man — who Geron says is wearing a blue shirt and a white bandana or towel around his head — appears to be armed with an AK-47, he set off a smoke bomb and, according to a police report, he’s “shooting off propane tanks.” Police say he called 911 to say he was part of the sovereign citizen movement.

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