The short length of Potomac was a hotbed of criminal activity last week. Several property crimes occurred on this street and to the north on Milton.
The evening of Sept. 14 was a busy one for criminal activity on Potomac Avenue in Highland Park and Milton Avenue in University Park. And there was one particular set of incidents that linked those two streets.
After 9:30 p.m., a burglar rummaged through two vehicles – a black 2012 Mercedes GL450 and a blue 1999 Ford Explorer – that had been left unlocked outside a house in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue. Nothing was reported stolen from the Explorer, but the burglar took a case of Winchester shotgun shells from the Mercedes, as well as a key to a blue 2010 Volvo S90 that had been parked outside the same house.
The Volvo was found in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue, where it had been backed into a detached garage. A silver 2011 Jeep Wrangler that had been parked in that same garage was stolen, as were a $1,600 set of Taylor Made golf clubs, two $200 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses, and a $200 Husky compressor.
These were just two of several crimes reported that night on Potomac and Milton:
After 4 p.m., a burglar stole $4,768 worth of property from a black 2007 BMW X3 in the 3200 block of Milton Avenue, including a $900 pair of boots, a $400 jacket, and a $600 stroller.
After 4:30 p.m., a burglar opened a black 2002 Lexus SUV that had been left unlocked in the 3600 block of Potomac Avenue and removed a beige bag. The bag contained nothing but DVDs of children’s movies, and we assume that the burglar was disappointed by its contents, because the bag and DVDs were found in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue at 6 a.m. on Sept. 15.
After 9 p.m., a burglar rummaged through a white 2011 Volkswagen Jetta in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue. Nothing was reported stolen. The victim believes she had locked her car, but there were no signs of forced entry.
After 9 p.m., a burglar stole $300 worth of tools and a $200 iPod Nano from a black 2009 GMC Yukon that had been left unlocked in the 3000 block of Milton Avenue.
At 9:28 a.m. on Sept. 15, a woman wearing nurse’s scrubs knocked on a door in the 3600 block of Potomac Avenue and told the homeowner that she’d found a rolling file case in the driveway. The case contained documents related to a North Dallas couple’s divorce. Police contacted the law firm responsible for the documents, and a staffer was dispatched to retrieve them. No one with the law firm could explain how the case got to the driveway on Potomac, and the identity of the medically garbed Good Samaritan remains a mystery.
Click through for last week’s Park Cities burglaries that didn’t happen on Milton or Potomac: