Blotter: Denton police warn of new telephone scam

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The Denton Police Department is warning residents to beware of someone calling to collect money on behalf of Denton Municipal Electric.

The call, police said, involves someone posing as a representative for the company to claim that the customer’s utility usage is too high and an additional deposit is required in order to avoid disconnection.

The resident, according to a news release, is directed to purchase a prepaid money card and provide the card information to the caller within a certain amount of time in order to avoid disconnection.

The city of Denton Utility Customer Service Department does send out automated calls regarding accounts that are late and/or in danger of disconnection.

Officer Ryan Grelle said to call the city of Denton Customer Service Department directly at 940-349-8700 regarding service.

Other reports

A Richardson-based homebuilder reported materials stolen from a construction site in the 2000 block of Bray Village Drive on Wednesday, according to Denton police reports.

Denton police received the call shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday and took a burglary report. Police said the caller reported copper and extension ladders had been stolen from houses that were under construction in the area.

No charges have been filed, reports show.

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday:

Denton police responded to 288 service and officer initiated calls and posted 18 reports online.

Denton firefighters responded to 16 medical calls, one water leak, one motor vehicle accident and assisted one agency.

Argyle police assisted one motorist and responded to one road block and 12 traffic calls.

Aubrey firefighters responded to four medical calls and one fire. Aubrey police assisted two agencies and 16 traffic calls.

Bartonville police assisted one agency and responded to two traffic calls.

Corinth police assisted two agencies, two motorists and responded to one forgery/fraud report, one harassment report, three suspicious vehicle calls, 35 traffic calls, one welfare concern, one traffic transport incident, one animal bite and five animal complaints.

Double Oak police responded to five traffic calls.

Hickory Creek police responded to nine traffic calls, one forgery/fraud call, one traffic transport incident and assisted one motorist.

Justin firefighters responded to one traffic transport incident. Justin police responded to six traffic calls and two traffic transport incidents.

Krum firefighters responded to one traffic transport incident and one medical call. Krum police assisted one agency and responded to one Child Protective Services call, one roadblock, one theft report, six traffic calls and one traffic transport incident.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one vehicle fire, one traffic transport incident and responded to two medical calls.

Lewisville police made 19 arrests.

Little Elm firefighters responded to four medical calls. Little Elm police responded to one assault or sexual assault, one medical call, four disturbance calls, one forgery/fraud report, one harassment report, two noise complaints, four suspicious activity calls, one terroristic threat report, one theft report, 13 traffic calls, one animal complaint and assisted one motorist.

Northeast police assisted one motorist and responded to one suspicious activity call and six traffic calls.

Northlake police assisted one agency and responded to one disturbance call, one missing person report, one suspicious activity call and one traffic call.

Oak Point firefighters responded to three medical calls. Oak Point police responded to one suspicious activity call.

Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call and one traffic transport.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one illegal burn, one structure fire, one medical call and one vehicle fire. Pilot Point police responded to one vehicle fire, one roadblock, two suspicious vehicle calls, two traffic calls and one animal complaint.

Sanger firefighters responded to seven medical calls. Sanger police assisted one agency, two motorists and responded to one suspicious activity call, nine traffic calls, one forgery/fraud report and one assault/sexual assault.

The Colony firefighters responded to nine medical calls, one public service and assisted two agencies.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to one medical call. Trophy Club police responded to one missing person report, 14 ordinance violations, one suspicious activity call, five traffic calls and assisted one agency.

— Megan Gray


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