Two women went to jail early Wednesday on several charges after an alert police officer who had made a routine traffic stop noticed property in the car that didn’t seem to belong to them.
It started just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, when a woman who had been watching a movie at a theater in the 900 block of West University Drive returned to her car and realized that it had been burglarized. Her front window had been smashed and her red handbag was missing, along with her iPad, its charger, a wallet containing credit cards and cash, and an expensive bottle of perfume. An officer took a report.
About three hours later, another officer noticed a car traveling on Fort Worth Drive with a defective taillight. The car was displaying paper dealer’s tags. The officer stopped the car and was told by the driver that she was test-driving the car.
She had no insurance documentation on the car and no driver’s license, and the officer noticed that the interior was messy, which was not usual in a car for sale by a dealer, the report states.
The woman said she had been driving the car for two weeks, which also seemed unlike a test-drive situation, the officer noted.
He asked the two women to exit the car and told them it would be impounded. He told them to take their personal property with them and then noticed that a red purse remained. Both women denied the handbag was theirs.
The officer searched the car before impounding it.
He found that the red bag contained a driver’s license that belonged to the woman who earlier had made the vehicle burglary report and that the bag matched the one she reported missing, the report states. Under the front seat, the officer found a punch tool with glass sticking to it, and a pair of gloves.
He also found two backpacks, credit cards belonging to two different women, a credit card issued to a man and a Social Security card belonging to yet another man, the report states. He also reported finding a small bag of marijuana in the car.
Also inside the car were numerous items commonly taken in vehicle burglaries, such as radar detectors, GPS units, stereos, speakers and amplifiers, the report states.
The women face numerous charges, and an investigation is continuing.
1400 block of Dallas Drive — A store clerk reported being robbed Tuesday. A man came into the store and handed over a note that read, “I’m armed so give me all the money.”
The clerk gave the man $240, and he left in an older model Ford truck, according to the police report.
Northern Denton — Vandals struck several residences Tuesday night, smashing car windows and damaging mailboxes.
Owners at five addresses on Sheraton, Redstone, Imperial and Buckingham streets reported the vandalism.
The car windows showed signs of being struck with a baseball bat, according to the reports.
Some witnesses reported hearing a truck with a loud exhaust in the area at the times the criminal mischief occurred.
From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:
• Denton police handled 273 service and officer-initiated calls, including one case of possession of drug paraphernalia, one runaway, six thefts, four reports of domestic violence, five cases of criminal mischief, one burglary, one vehicle burglary, one case of possession of marijuana, one sexual assault and one robbery.
• Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 641 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Fifty-one people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one theft, one criminal mischief and one burglary.
• Denton firefighters responded to 18 medical calls, one gas leak, two traffic accidents, one brush fire, one smoke investigation, one false call, one request for public service and one alarm.
Argyle firefighters responded to two grass fires, two structure fires and one traffic accident.
Aubrey firefighters responded to three medical calls, one electrical fire, two grass fires, one smoke investigation, one suicide attempt, one traffic accident and one request to unlock a vehicle.
Double Oak firefighters responded to one alarm and two structure fires.
Krum firefighters responded to two medical calls, one heat exposure and one request to unlock a vehicle.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to six medical calls, one alarm and three structure fires.
Oak Point firefighters responded to one medical call and one water main break.
Ponder firefighters responded to one heat exposure.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one alarm, four medical calls, one grass fire, one overdose and a road hazard.
Sanger firefighters responded to three medical calls, one grass fire and one suicide attempt.
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Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.