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Blotter: Man claims burglars stole "magic playing cards," tools

A 31-year-old man told police someone broke into his house Tuesday and stole $8,000 worth of "magic playing cards," according to a police report.

The man told officers he returned to his home in the 200 block of Sanders Road about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to find the front door open, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said. When he went inside, the man noticed his laptop was missing along with a backpack full of "magic playing cards," Kizer said.

Police couldn't specify what type of cards were in the backpack, but several shops around Denton sell trading cards for a popular game called "Magic: The Gathering." According to people who play the game, rare cards can cost thousands of dollars apiece.

The 77-year-old landlord, who also lives on the property, returned home at approximately 7 p.m. and reported some of his items stolen, Kizer said. The man said someone stole two saws, a welding torch and various tools. 

Police still searching for suspect in Corinth homicide

Corinth police officers said they were still pursuing leads in the death of University of North Texas student Amanda Clairmont, who was shot in Corinth early last week.

Officers found the 21-year-old's body during a patrol about 6 a.m. Nov. 19 in a vacant parking lot in the 5700 block of South Interstate 35E. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office ruled her death a homicide.

Police still haven't released the type of vehicle she was found in, saying it's a critical piece of the ongoing criminal investigation. They cited similar reasons for not releasing the number of gunshot wounds.

The suspect is still at-large as Corinth police continue the investigation with assistance from the Denton County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers. This is the first reported homicide in Corinth since 2001, according to the FBI uniform crime reporting system.

Other reports

1800 block of Shady Oaks Drive — A 50-year-old woman from Washington state reported several items stolen from her storage unit Tuesday.

The woman called police about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when she went to her storage unit at U.S. Storage Center. She noted that things seemed "out of order" and a few of her items were missing.

This is the third burglary report at the the Shady Oaks U.S. Storage Center location in a week. A 63-year-old Ponder man reported his medication stolen from his unit on Nov. 22 while a 38-year-old Sanger woman called police Monday and said someone broke into her unit.

1100 block of Davis Street — Officers detained a 15-year-old boy Wednesday morning after he tried to rip a license plate off a police car, police spokesman Kizer said.

He said the assistant principal at the Davis School, Denton ISD's disciplinary alternative campus, radioed the school resource officer when the boy refused to leave the hallway and threatened to pull the fire alarm.

 After speaking with the boy, the officer told him to go to a classroom, Kizer said. The boy refused and the officer told him to go outside and sit on a bench until his parents arrived to pick him up, Kizer said.

When the boy went outside, Kizer said he went up to the officer's car and tried to pry off a license plate. The officer told the boy to stop, but he refused, Kizer said. The officer detained the boy on a  criminal mischief complaint and took him to the juvenile detention center, where he was released to his mother.

1700 block of Georgetown Drive — Four homeless people were given criminal trespassing notices for camping on private property.

Officers were called to a vacant lot north of a Taco Bell restaurant on West University Drive about 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and found three men and a woman camping in the area. The lot is owned by a Dallas man, who gave Denton police enforcement authority over the area, Kizer said.

In addition to tents, the campers left bicycles and other miscellaneous items around the lot, Kizer said. Police recognized some of the campers as local transients and told them to leave the area.


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 891 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 41 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 175 calls for service and made five arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 26 medical calls, three vehicle crashes and one gas leak.