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Blotter: SUV stolen along with debit card, personal data

As a man was leaving his house in the 6900 block of Alderbrook Drive to go to work at 7 a.m. Friday, he found the rear driver’s side door open on his pickup and his wife’s vehicle missing, according to a Denton police report.

He said he contacted OnStar to locate the missing Chevrolet Suburban, but the security company wouldn’t give him any information until his story was verified with police. The officer reported calling the company, but it wouldn’t release information to him until it could verify he was an officer.

The man told police the thief took the Suburban key from his pickup to open the other vehicle and steal it.

His wife told police the couple had just closed on their house, so the stolen vehicle contained papers with personal information — including Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and credit card information.

A neighbor reported seeing someone in the man’s truck around 5 a.m. when he went out to pick up his newspaper. He didn’t call police but told the man later that morning, according to the crime report.

Later in the day, police received a call from the wife who said someone had used her debit card, which apparently had been among the mail left in the car. The total spent at locations in Saginaw, Fort Worth and White Settlement was more than $2,000, the report stated.

A dispatcher called OnStar and found out the company couldn’t activate the vehicle’s navigation system to locate it, according to the police report. 

Other reports

1000 South Mayhill Road — An employee of an electric company reported to police that someone stole 100 to 150 feet of copper wiring from a transformer Friday night.

Whoever took the wiring had to have had some knowledge of the workings of the transformer, the employee reported. He told police he believes it was someone who worked for the electric company or a contractor.

1100 block of North Locust Street — A woman came out of her apartment early Saturday morning to find a man in the passenger seat of her car trying to steal her radio, according to a police report.

The woman said she shouted at the man, who jumped into a vehicle waiting for him in the alley. Her stereo had been removed from the dash but was still there.

She told police her car had been locked but the driver’s side window had been partially open.

Police believe the man used a tool to reach into the window and pop the lock because there was no sign of forced entry.

— Rachel Mehlhaff

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.