Vandals struck Denton’s north side late Wednesday or early Thursday, and victims said they believed the damage was at the hands of some teenagers who hang out in a nearby drainage ditch.
A woman in the 700 block of Hercules Street called about 9:25 a.m. to report graffiti spray-painted on her house. She believed there was other damage in the neighborhood.
An arriving officer walked around Hercules and Sun Valley streets and discovered eight other instances of damage.
One woman said someone poured gasoline on her Mustang. A convenience store had spray paint on walls and on a window. A nearby church was damaged with spray paint, and the officer found a Cadillac that also had words and symbols painted on it.
Two pickups and a mailbox were marked with paint and someone smashed out the front windshield of a Jeep.
The officer found spray cans discarded around the neighborhood, including the drainage ditch.
300 block of West McKinney Street — A woman told police that on Tuesday her boyfriend smashed the battery for her electric wheelchair against the concrete, ruining it. She said it is the second time recently that he has damaged her wheelchair so that it won’t run.
She said he is accusing her of cheating on him, according to the report. The pair are homeless and she was given permission from a church to stay in a breezeway, where the crime occurred.
Unincorporated Denton County — Vandals struck in several areas, property owners reported Thursday.
A man who lives on Egan Road near Krum reported that someone drove a vehicle through his wooden fence. A woman on Castle Creek Drive in the Paloma Creek area reported that she went for a walk at about 9 a.m. and when she returned she discovered all four tires on her vehicle had been flattened with punctures.
In the Savannah area, in the 1200 block of Hayden Drive, an owner reported that someone punctured two tires on one vehicle and one tire on another.
And in the 1900 block of Lake View in eastern Denton County, an owner reported that passenger-side tires on both the front and back of a vehicle were cut.
From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:
■ Denton police handled 430 service and officer-initiated calls, including seven thefts, 10 reports of criminal mischief, one case of possession of marijuana, one assault, one burglary, two vehicle burglaries, one report of indecency with a child and one disturbance.
■ Denton County dispatchers handled 713 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Fifty-four people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of six criminal mischief instances, one vehicle burglary, two burglaries and one disturbance.
■ Denton firefighters responded to 13 medical calls, one grass fire and one cooking fire.
Argyle firefighters responded to two requests to assist a citizen, two grass fires, one medical call and one missing person.
Aubrey firefighters responded to one alarm, six medical calls and one animal bite.
Krum firefighters responded to one grass fire and one medical call.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to one alarm, two medical calls, one structure fire and two traffic accidents.
Oak Point firefighters responded to two medical calls.
Ponder firefighters responded to one alarm.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one medical call, one grass fire, one overdose and one request to unlock a vehicle.
Sanger firefighters responded to one disturbance, two grass fires, one suicide attempt and two medical calls.
— Donna Fielder
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.