Vandals armed with BB guns damaged about 50 vehicles in South Central Denton early Sunday, and there were reports of broken windows in apartment buildings as well.
Police took reports of broken car and truck windows parked on the street as well as in apartment complex parking lots in the area of Meadow, Collins, Bernard, Cleveland and Inman streets and Fort Worth Drive. Officers believe the damage took place between 2 and 5:30 a.m., said Sgt. Mike Behrens, who supervises the property crimes unit investigators.
Though they have no suspects, officers heard from witnesses that they saw a red Dodge car with four occupants acting suspiciously in the area, Behrens said. Another witness reported seeing a yellow Mustang convertible, he said.
Damage was estimated at about $15,000, and suspects, if caught, could be liable for paying that amount in restitution.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Marc Sweeney at 940-349-7965. Or call Denton County Crime Stoppers, which 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).
600 block of E. Hickory Street — A man reported Monday that he learned from his bank that someone in Indonesia used his debit card information to charge $183.66 worth of merchandise.
5000 block of Teasley Lane — A property manager reported Monday that someone stole a $1,600 back flow diverter from the irrigation system. This is the second time the metal diverter has been stolen, according to the police report.
2000 block of U.S. Highway 380 East — The owner of a barbecue stand reported that a man came to his stand Monday afternoon and threatened him, saying he should not talk bad about his barbecue. The victim believes the suspect may be the owner of a competing barbecue stand.
From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:
• Denton police handled three cases of debit card abuse, eight thefts, four cases of criminal mischief, one report of harassment, one assault and one suspicious person.
• Denton County Sheriff’s dispatchers handled 665 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-nine people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one person dead on the scene, one threat, one fraud and one case of possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Denton firefighters responded to 16 medical calls, one smoke investigation, two requests to assist police, two alarms, one elevator rescue, one person in distress and one trash fire.
Argyle firefighters responded to one inspection, one structure fire, one vehicle fire, one road hazard and one medical call.
Aubrey firefighters responded to five medical calls and one request to assist a citizen.
Krum firefighters responded to one inspection and one traffic accident.
Oak Point firefighters responded to one medical call.
Ponder firefighters responded to one alarm.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one water main break.
Sanger firefighters responded to 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.