Crime Tape 1

“The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague” – Napoleon

“The infectiousness of crime reporting is like that of the plague” – Me

Crime or rather the perception of crime is of importance to all homebuyers and tenants.  Earlier this week, I wrote about crime and security in high-rises.  To ensure the rest of you don’t feel left out, here’s the bigger picture … and if surveys are right, the majority of you are about to be surprised.

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You wonder, given that we are down the number of police available to chase down criminals or respond to emergencies. We are lacking about 600 officers in Dallas. As a general rule of thumb, a city needs about 3 officers per 1,000 people to keep peace and safety. Last year Dallas had 2.94 per 1000, and this year we have 2.5. How does that compare to Plano, Frisco and McKinney? Good question, I’ll dig. Our response times are also up, too. This in a city where police have been violently attacked for three consecutive years, beginning with the attack on the Jack Evans Police headquarters in 2015, and the downtown shootings of July 7, 2016.

And then, this weekend, someone was trying to, yet again, attack our police. There was targeted gunfire aimed at the South Central Substation. Nine rounds of gunfire were shot, likely from a high power rifle, and one narrowly missed an officer’s head.

Unfortunately, the station is missing the ballistic glass, fencing and other security measures police were promised more than a year ago… and after all these deadly attacks.

City Councilman Phillip Kingston was the lone voice from City Hall calling for more security for these police stations.  (more…)

Martha Teran

Martha Alice Teran, a Dallas Realtor with Dallas-based Gilchrist & Company, was shot to death in the parking lot of Medieval Times Sunday night. Teran, age 42, was apparently helping her daughter sell an iPhone 7 though the “OfferUp” exchange ap:

Teran’s family said Monday there were likely three suspects and when they contacted Teran through the app, they initially wanted to meet at another location. She refused and instead met them in the parking lot outside of Medieval Times just off of Interstate 35. According to the victim’s family, the shooting happened within seconds and Teran’s daughter was a witness. They say there was little-to-no communication before shots were fired.

Teran had worked with Gilchrist & Company for almost two years. Shot at about 6p.m, Teran was transported to a hospital where she later died. Her daughter witnessed the horrific event:

According to the victim’s family, the shooting happened within seconds and Teran’s daughter was a witness. They say there was little-to-no communication before shots were fired.

According to reports, the suspects tore off after the shooting, and DPD has released no information as of yet. They do ask that anyone with any information about the crime call Det. Scott Sayers at 214-671-3647, or email scott.sayers@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us.

Crime Stoppers offers awards up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

Teran’s broker, Tom Gilchrist, like most of the Dallas real estate community,is in shock.

“She had good people skills, always happy,” Gilchrist said. “Just a smart gal, and eager to please.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Teran’s family, which has already pulled in almost $4500. We will keep you posted on further developments in this story.Martha Teran RE shot

4311 Brookview Beltre House

Aidrian Beltre’s Bowling Greenwood home. (Photo: Google Maps)

Of all the things to take from Adrian Beltre’s Bowling Greenwood mansion, the burglars who burgled the Rangers third-baseman’s home took tickets to his Globe Life Ballpark suite and his American League Championship ring according to this SportsDay post.

No untraceable electronics. No silver. No artwork. And no one was caught.

Sounds kind of personal, doesn’t it?

According to City of Dallas police reports, Beltre’s home was burglarized last Thursday morning shortly after he left for the Rangers’ homestand finale against Oakland. Nobody was in the house at the time. Beltre’s family is still in Southern California.

The police report cites the theft of precious metals and jewelry. Beltre, who only briefly returned home before the Rangers’ flight to Toronto last Thursday evening, said among the items taken was his 2011 AL Championship ring. Beltre also said the thieves made off with tickets to his suite at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

“I’d like to see them show up there,” Beltre said. “I’m just glad nobody was home.”

Adrian Beltre (Photo: Wikipedia)

Adrian Beltre (Photo: Wikipedia)

I am truly baffled by this break-in, not just because of the items taken from Beltre’s stone-clad two-story at 4311 Brookview Drive, but over how someone could get away with such a crime. This area has so very little crime thanks to the off-duty Dallas Police patrols in the area and the overall watchfulness of neighbors, so I have to wonder if this doesn’t send some homeowners scrambling to update their security systems. Some say biometric security is becoming more common …

Adrian and Sandra Beltre’s 8,204-square-foot home has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, three fireplaces, and a backyard pool all on a 3/4 of an acre. DCAD says it’s worth more than $3 million.

 

3500 Beverly

Beverly Drive is home to some of the most distinctive — and expensive — real estate in Dallas. It’s one of the last places you’d expect a drive-by shooting to happen.

If someone were to ask you which street in Dallas County would be the least likely site of a drive-by shooting, Highland Park’s Beverly Drive would be near the top of the list. Strait Lane in Preston Hollow might be the only street that could nudge it from the No. 1 position.

Nonetheless, random gunfire was reported on Highland Park’s toniest thoroughfare last Friday night. At about 9:25 p.m., multiple residents near the intersection of Beverly and Hillcrest Avenue heard anywhere from four to nine shots. Officers responded to the area, but they didn’t hear any shooting, nor did they locate any suspects.

While searching the area, officers found out that a resident of the 3300 block of Beverly, who had been woken by a loud noise, discovered that a large storm window on the front of her house had been shattered. Officers located a bullet-size hole in the window and determined that the projectile passed through a interior window, a curtain, and two sides of a lamp shade before coming to rest in the binding of a Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The book was booked as evidence.

Further investigation revealed another bullet hole in a second window at the same house. Officers were able to trace that bullet’s path through a curtain and across the keys of a Gulbransen piano before finding it lodged in the musical instrument. Given the piano’s size, the officers decided to leave it at the scene of the crime.

A neighbor told police he not only heard the gunshots, he saw “muzzle flashes from a gun” coming from an eastbound vehicle. But he was not able to see the make or model of the moving car. The resident of the bullet-riddled house, a woman in her 80s, told police she knows of no one who is upset with her at this time — at least, no one upset enough to use her home for target practice.

The next day, officers returned to the 3300 block of Beverly and noticed bullet holes on two other houses. They were able to make contact with only one home’s owner. He told police he was home and awake at the time of the shooting, but he assumed the noises were related to another earthquake.

By comparison, last week’s other residential crimes in the Park Cities were positively tame:

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Some thieves took a brief break from burglarizing vehicles in the Park Cities during Thanksgiving Day.

Thieves took a brief break from burglarizing vehicles in the Park Cities during Thanksgiving Day.

For the most part, the criminals who target the Park Cities took a Thanksgiving break like the rest of us. But a few filled their pockets with loot before filling their bellies with turkey and dressing.

A week ago today, residents of the 4400 block of Lorraine Avenue woke up to find that their vehicles had been violated by bad guys, including one who is apparently averse to debt.

  • Between 10:30 p.m. and 5:45 a.m., a thief stole a black 2012 Ford F150 that was parked on the street.
  • Between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., a burglar broke into a black 2011 Toyota 4Runner and stole a $200 pair of Oakley sunglasses and a $150 iPod.
  • Between midnight and 11:30 a.m., a burglar broke into a black 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe and stole a $200 radar detector as well as a wallet that contained $20 in cash and a Colorado driver’s license. Credit cards that had been in the wallet were tossed in the back seat.

Click through for a roundup of last week’s other residential crimes in the Park Cities.

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University Park Police released this sketch, which is a likeness of the rapist accused of attacking an SMU student.

University Park Police released this sketch, which is a likeness of the rapist accused of attacking an SMU student.

Is the “bubble” all that safe anymore?

University Park Police have released a sketch of a man that is wanted in connection to the rape of an SMU student, according to this report from Channel 5 (KXAS). The attack, which happened at around 11 p.m. Sept. 7 in UP’s Walt Humann Park, was hidden by a small planter in the 6700 block of Willard Dr.

The (extremely brave) victim described her assailant as a 6-foot-tall black man with the build of a “football player,” who was wearing a Los Angeles baseball jersey. The attacker also had a crown tattoo on his neck with some script or lettering below it. I am amazed at her presence of mind to absorb all of these details.

UPPD spokesperson Lita Snellgrove said that with all of the details the victim was able to give, “We’re hoping that we’re gonna get calls on who this suspect is.”

Still, it makes you wonder that the illusion of safety is a dangerous part of life in the Park Cities. While attacks like this seem rare in University Park and Highland Park, when it does happen it definitely bursts the “bubble.” Still, it looks like city crews are trying to increase visibility in the park, trimming bushes and trees to remove blind spots.

Until we live in a society where some men no longer feel entitled to women’s bodies, perhaps we should take some measures to ensure our personal safety. I know I’m considering one of these. What about you?

copper pipe theft

Unless their clients want to shell out even more money, home builders can’t secure their work sites 24 hours a day. Criminals know this, and that’s why a combined $15,000 worth of copper pipes were stolen from two University Park construction sites during the weekend of Sept. 6-7. The crimes happened in the 4000 block of Glenwick Lane ($10,000) and the 4000 block of Lovers Lane ($5,000). Here are some tips to stop thieves from stealing your copper pipes.

A few days later, between 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 10, thieves stole $920 worth of hardware and materials from a construction site in the 3400 block of Purdue Street.

Of course, unfinished homes present opportunities for more than just theft. At 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 13, a juvenile was apprehended with less than 2 ounces of marijuana in a vacant house in the 3500 block of Westminster Avenue. Police also confiscated two glass pipes, two glass bongs, and six lighters. That’s a lot of paraphernalia for just one kid; something tells us he has a few buddies who were on a munchies run when the police showed up.

Click through for a roundup of other residential crimes in the Park Cities.

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