Denton police are investigating whether a suspect who has been posing as an inspector and then stealing items from local businesses this week is the same man who was arrested Thursday in Arkansas.
Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for the department, said that while he can’t say for sure whether a man arrested Thursday night by the U.S. Marshals Service is the same man wanted in Denton, local officials were excited enough to post on their Facebook page Friday morning that it could be the same man.
Ginna Anthony, owner of a dog grooming business, said a man walked into her shop Tuesday morning and said he was there to inspect the fire extinguisher.
“I then asked if he was with DFD [Denton Fire Department] and he said no he was with an independent company,” Anthony said.
She said that’s when she knew he wasn’t supposed to be at her business since she was aware the fire department does all the inspections. Anthony said she asked for identification and began walking him out when he didn’t have any.
“He was then gone, and I called police,” she said.
The man, reports show, has been going to area businesses acting as an inspector for fire extinguishers and then using the opportunity to take items from the businesses once he gets in.
“People need to be diligent and know who’s who,” Anthony said.
In order to link the recent thefts, Grelle said the Denton detective working the case must speak with the man arrested. He would face theft charges in Denton, officials said.
When the man will be brought back to the state is unknown, police said.
4400 block of West Lois Road — Two Western saddles were reported stolen from a horse barn Thursday. Denton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a barn at about 6:30 p.m. when the property owner reported the two saddles were taken out of a tack room. The value of the saddles was not listed.
800 block of Highridge Drive — A vehicle was burglarized in Lakewood Village early Thursday morning, sheriff’s officials said.
Reports show someone took a laptop computer from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway overnight.
From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:
Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 763 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Fifty-four people were booked into Denton County Jail.
Denton police handled 269 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 25 reports online.
Denton firefighters responded to 27 medical calls, one gas leak, one grass fire and two good intent calls and assisted two agencies.
Argyle firefighters responded to one medical call and one traffic incident. Argyle police assisted one agency and one motorist and responded to one domestic disturbance, one animal complaint and one traffic call.
Aubrey police responded to one assault, one suspicious vehicle and seven traffic calls and assisted one motorist.
Corinth police assisted one agency and one motorist and responded to one Child Protective Services call, one criminal mischief report, two disturbance calls, one prowler, two road blockages, four suspicious activity calls, 52 traffic calls and two welfare concerns.
Double Oak firefighters responded to one medical call. Double Oak police responded to one burglary and one traffic call and assisted one agency.
Hickory Creek police responded to one medical call, 17 traffic calls and two suspicious activity calls and assisted three agencies.
Justin firefighters responded to one medical call. Justin police responded to one complaint and two traffic calls.
Krum firefighters responded to three medical calls and one traffic incident. Krum police responded to one theft, one traffic call and one harassment report.
Krugerville police assisted one agency and one motorist and responded to one road blockage, one suspicious vehicle and two traffic calls.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to five medical calls and three traffic incidents.
Little Elm firefighters responded to seven medical calls, one carbon monoxide or hazardous materials call and one traffic incident. Little Elm police assisted one agency and one motorist and responded to one assault, one auto theft, two burglaries, one criminal mischief, two disturbance calls, one intoxicated person, one noise complaint, two reckless drivers, one road blockage, six suspicious activity calls, one theft, 10 traffic calls, two welfare concerns, one animal complaint and one traffic incident.
Northlake police assisted one agency and responded to one criminal trespass, one reckless driver, one theft report, 27 traffic calls and one welfare concern.
Oak Point firefighters responded to one water main break. Oak Point police responded to one burglary, two ordinance violations and five traffic calls.
Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call. Ponder police responded to one welfare concern.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one medical call. Pilot Point police responded to 11 ordinance violations, one reckless driver, two suspicious activity calls and one animal complaint.
Sanger firefighters responded to one medical call. Sanger police responded to one burglary, one harassment call, three suspicious activity calls, two traffic calls, one traffic complaint, one welfare concern and one animal complaint.
The Colony firefighters responded to three medical calls.
— Megan Gray