Denton police recovered an orange Harley-Davidson motorcycle a few hours after it was reported stolen on Tuesday.
A witness in the 1200 block of Austin Street called about noon after confronting a man who appeared to be showing interest in the motorcycle, which belonged to the witness’s neighbor, according to a report. The witness asked the man what he was doing and the suspect replied that he had been hired by the neighbor to fix the motorcycle but had forgotten to bring the ignition key.
The witness went back into his home and called the owner, who said there was nothing wrong with his motorcycle, he had hired no one to fix it and no one should be near it. He asked the neighbor to call 911.
By the time the neighbor and an officer arrived, the Harley was gone. A worker nearby reported seeing a man pushing it away from the area.
At 6:41 p.m., a woman called to report that her neighbor was trying to pry open her back door. She said she confronted the man and he calmly walked away.
An arriving officer noticed a trailer in the neighbor’s yard carrying an orange Harley Sportster. He recalled the earlier theft and believed it could be the same motorcycle. Someone had cut the wiring on the motorcycle and removed the license plate.
The suspect was not at home, but the officer impounded the motorcycle. An investigation is continuing.
1400 block of Teasley Lane — A man notified police about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday that someone tried to steal his motorcycle. He said he was awakened by the sound of the motorcycle starting and the motor revving.
He went outside to investigate and noticed that his ignition had been punched out, his windshield had been broken off and there were wires dangling from the motor.
The motorcycle could not be moved, he said, because he had installed a rotor lock and a chain through his back wheel.
3400 block of Joyce Lane — Firefighters called to an illegal burn in a drainage ditch behind an apartment complex reported to police that the heavy smoke came from an old barbecue grill that had a quantity of rubber-coated wire inside.
The officer knew that copper thieves often burned the rubber coating off stolen wire in order to sell it, so he concealed himself to wait for someone to approach the grill.
About 9 p.m., he saw a man climb the fence behind the apartment complex and enter the ditch. The man returned to the complex carrying the lid to the grill, which was piled with half-burned wire. Two other men walked up to the suspect, and the officer confronted them.
The men gave different stories about the fire and the wire but did not admit to stealing the wire. The officer confiscated the wire and is continuing an investigation.
One of the men had outstanding warrants and was taken to jail on the outstanding warrants.
From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:
• Denton police handled 325 service and officer-initiated calls, including three attempted thefts, seven thefts, three burglaries, four cases of fraud, one vehicle burglary, one report of credit card abuse and one identification theft.
• Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 670 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Fifty-eight people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one theft and one sexual assault.
• Denton firefighters responded to nine medical calls, one car fire, two traffic accidents, one request to assist an invalid, one grass fire, one rubbish fire and one request to assist police.
Argyle firefighters responded to one medical call and one structure fire.
Aubrey firefighters responded to one sexual assault and two medical calls.
Double Oak firefighters responded to one structure fire.
Krum firefighters responded to one alarm and one medical call.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to one alarm, one request to assist a citizen, five medical calls and one traffic accident.
Oak Point firefighters responded to one grass fire and one medical call.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one request to assist a citizen.
Sanger firefighters responded to one grass fire, one structure fire and two medical calls.
DONNA FIELDER can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.