Denton police said a woman somehow escaped from of the back of a squad car Friday afternoon.
According to police reports, the 21-year-old woman was taken into custody after she was picked up at a big-box store for allegedly stealing more than $50 worth of merchandise.
While she was being interviewed, police said she also gave a fictitious name and was placed in double handcuffs.
While she was being taken to jail, the officer stopped to check on the suspect’s child in the 2400 block of Louise Street. Reports show the officer secured his squad car and walked away to knock at an apartment door, and when he returned, he found the woman had escaped from the back seat.
The woman was found and charged with escape from custody, theft of property more than $50, less than $500, and failure to identify, giving false or fictitious info, police said.
1500 block of Loop 288 — Two teenage girls were charged with theft recently after they were caught shoplifting at a big-box store, police said.
The incident occurred around 7 p.m. Friday, and police said one of the teens was also found to be in possession of dangerous drugs. Both were taken into custody.
1500 block of Willowwood Street — A 44-year-old woman reported someone called from Austin claiming she had to pay $1,000 to avoid her arrest.
According to reports, the caller was “portraying” themselves as “The Office of Pretrial Call Processing” and demanded she send them $1,000 to avoid being arrested and/or detained for an outstanding warrant.
The call came from Austin, police said.
From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday:
* A total of 39 people were booked into Denton County Jail.
* Denton police posted 12 reports online.
From Sunday, June 13, through Saturday:
Texas Woman’s University police responded to 61 calls for service, one report, 12 moving violations and two arrests.
From Sunday, July 13, through Tuesday:
University of North Texas police responded to one arson call, one criminal trespass call, three thefts and one medical call, assisted two agencies, and made one arrest for possession of marijuana, one outside agency warrant arrest, one criminal trespass warning and one arrest for driving while intoxicated.
— Megan Gray-Hatfield