Photo by Tony Webster, via Flickr

Photo by Tony Webster, via Flickr

We haven’t been writing about crime much lately for two reasons:

1. The Dallas Police Department continues to withhold the juicy narratives from its incident reports. Emily Toman and Rachel Stone of Advocate Magazines recently did a great job of explaining why this is frustrating to people besides us perennially complaining journalists.

2. Lately, the incident reports from the Park Cities police departments have been little more than identity thefts or purses being snatched from unlocked vehicles.

However, one recent incident report from University Park did catch our eye. A Realtor with a home address in Plano told police that $5,200 worth of her signs were stolen from eight different properties between Jan. 7 and Feb. 8.

First of all, is the going rate for a yard sign these days really $650? Wow.

Secondly, why would this particular Realtor’s signs have been targeted? We reached out to her via email in an attempt to get more details, but she hasn’t responded.

Meanwhile, University Park Officer Lita Snellgrove clarified that the brokerage in question is a family business.

“There could be a family dispute among the owners,” she said. “The victim does not suspect rival Realtors of taking the signs.”

Have any agents reading this ever had their yard signs stolen — by family members, partners, or anyone else? If so, did you bring the cops into it?

Several homes on Beverly Drive in Highland Park were targeted by a gunman in a drive-by shooting. More details regarding the damage have emerged.

Several homes on Beverly Drive in Highland Park were targeted by a gunman in a drive-by shooting. More details regarding the damage have emerged.

We have a few more details regarding the Jan. 9 drive-by shooting on Beverly Drive in Highland Park. They don’t pertain to a suspect or a motive, but they are details.

When police returned to the scene of the crime on Jan. 10, they found bullet holes at two homes in the 3300 block of Beverly Drive. At one of them, the bullet entered the house through a front window and came to rest in a bookcase. The owner told police that he assumed the noises he’d heard the previous evening were related to Irving’s spate of earthquakes.

At the other house, police noticed a hole on the exterior wall behind the fireplace. It was about a half-inch in diameter and approximately 4 inches off the ground. An interior investigation was not possible because the owners were out of town. But they returned home on Jan. 13 and found no interior damage, so it appears the bullet is lodged between the wall and the fireplace.

Most of the crimes reported in the Park Cities last week involved shoplifting or identity theft. Only a few incidents happened on residential streets:

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Mother-of-the-Year

It was a pretty random post-Christmas week in the Park Cities, and while it appears that more residents are locking their cars to prevent thefts, burglars are still targeting vehicles. It’s worth repeating that firearms shouldn’t be left inside unoccupied vehicles unless in a locked compartment.

Read all the way through this week’s crime report after the jump for a very special “Great Moment in Parenting,” where we are sure you’ll agree that we already have one person in the running for Mother of the Year.

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Photo: VinTech Blog

(Photo: VinTech Blog)

We all are sometimes awoken by strange noises at night. But those noises are rarely caused by strange men trying to break into our house.

At 12:50 a.m. on Dec. 24, a resident of the 4400 block of Bordeaux Avenue was awakened by a thumping sound. When she got downstairs, she saw two men kicking the glass on her back door.

Understandably, she immediately ran back upstairs to wake her husband. But the two burglars soon fled the scene, having accomplished nothing but breaking the door’s outer glass pane. When police arrived, they found a claw hammer and a grinder near the base of the door. What a scary start to one family’s Christmas.

Only a few other crimes were reported in the Park Cities last week:

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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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After the Grand Jury declined to indict the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Michael Brown, riots erupted in the St. Louis suburb yesterday evening. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After the St. Louis County Grand Jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Michael Brown, riots erupted in the St. Louis suburb yesterday evening, leaving police officers such as this one to respond. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Last week’s police activity was fairly light, even by the Park Cities’ standards. But the incidents detailed below seem even more inconsequential because I compiled them last night, as I was monitoring the chaos erupting in Ferguson, Mo.

Jump for news on property crime in the Park Cities:

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Park Cities residents have an awful time remembering to lock their car doors, which is a boon for thieves.

Park Cities residents have an awful time remembering to lock their car doors, which is a boon for thieves.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but police in the Park Cities largely filled their time last week with two types of incidents: burglars breaking into SUVs to steal third-row seats, and thieves helping themselves to all of the loot that Parkies leave inside their unlocked vehicles.

The 3900 and 4000 blocks of Miramar Avenue were ripe for the picking on the evening on Oct. 27. At one house, a thief stole a $3,500 diamond-and-gold bracelet and a credit card after rummaging through a purse left inside a silver 2007 Lincoln Navigator. The victim said this was the second time her vehicle has been burglarized at her home; she admitted that she’d left it unlocked both times.

Such behavior is common in her ’hood. That same night, thieves stole two packages of Apple software and a pair of women’s running shoes from a silver 2014 Land Rover, and $12 in cash from a white 2013 Mercedes. Neither vehicle was locked.

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

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Small Car Door Key Lock

An act as simple as locking a car could prevent a tremendous amount of theft in the Park Cities. Though there’s no accounting for whether thieves are clever enough to take the real valuables.

Let’s play a game called “Who Was Stupider?” Your choices are the victim and the perpetrator in a crime that happened between 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 22.

Here’s the case for the victim, a resident of the 4000 block of Miramar Avenue: Not only did she leave her gray 2007 Lincoln Navigator unlocked overnight, but she left the key to the vehicle in the console. She also left her $3,500 Chanel purse in the car, which contained a $1,200 diamond bracelet and her $500 Prada wallet.

Here’s the case for the perp: He stole the wallet – which held three credit cards, two debit cards, a health insurance card, and a driver’s license – but he left behind the much-more-valuable purse and bracelet. He also passed up the opportunity to steal the Navigator.

Of course, he had plenty of other opportunities that night in Highland Park. The following incidents all happened that same evening, and all of them involved unlocked vehicles:

  • Between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., a thief stole an $800 black Trek bicycle from a driveway in the 4700 block of Drexel Drive. The thief also rifled through a white 2008 Mercedes in the same driveway.
  • Between 9:30 p.m. and 7:15 a.m., a burglar entered a black 2014 Cadillac Escalade in a driveway in the 3600 block of Crescent Avenue and stole a $300 pair of DGBG sunglasses, $150 worth of Gap girls’ clothing, and a $100 bottle of Romance cologne. The burglar also entered an unlocked side door on the house and tried to remove a wall-mounted 40-inch Panasonic television. The door was left ajar.
  • Between 6 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., a burglar entered a 2008 Lexus LS460 beneath a porte-cochere in the 4000 block of Miramar Avenue and stole a $5,000 ostrich briefcase that held a $600 iPad.
  • Between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., a burglar entered a black 2014 GMC Sierra in the 3500 block of Euclid Avenue and stole a Sony laptop, a Tenba computer bag, and $50 in quarters. Because the police were at his house, the victim also reported that his white Trek bicycle was stolen from his garage between May 11 and Aug. 10.
  • Between 10 p.m. and 11 a.m., a burglar entered a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban in the 3900 block of Euclid Avenue and stole a $350 gold cocktail dress that had been purchased from Neiman Marcus so recently that it was still in a plastic bag and bearing a price tag.

Click through for last week’s other residential crimes in the Park Cities:

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