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Blotter: Phone scammer claims to be woman’s son

The caller sounded like her son, a woman told a Denton County sheriff’s deputy Monday. He told her he had been arrested in Peru and needed $1,700 to get out of jail.

The woman reported that she knew her son was in Hawaii and thought he might have gone on to Peru. The caller gave her no reason to suspect that she was not speaking to her son, she said. He instructed her to wire the money, and she did.

Later that day the man called back. He said he had struck a parked car and the damage was $1,700. Police would not let him leave Peru before paying for it, he said, and he asked that she again wire money to get him out of the situation. Again, she did as he asked.

But later that day she began to have questions. She called her son’s cellphone and left a message on his voice mail.

On Monday he returned her call. He said he had not been in Peru, he was not in trouble and he had not asked for money.


Other reports

5300 block of East McKinney Street — A woman reported that someone has apparently used her identifying information to apply for numerous loans online.

She said she received one e-mail offering a loan. She ignored it. But the next day she received 16 more offers from lenders. She called one and learned that someone had placed an application for the loan using her identity.

1500 block of South Loop 288 — A man rode his motorcycle to work Monday and later he discovered it was missing. A police officer watched surveillance video from the parking lot. The video showed that two minutes after he parked the motorcycle and went inside, a white Chevrolet truck backed up to it and two men loaded it into the bed of the truck. Two kayaks already were in the bed, the video showed, and they covered the motorcycle up with a piece of plywood before driving away.

The officer noticed that the truck matched the description of one used in another theft. He went to the address where the truck was registered but could find no one there. An investigation is continuing.

2400 block of Stockbridge — A 70-year-old woman called police Monday after her daughter threatened her with a kitchen knife, a report states.

The woman said her daughter has been acting irrationally recently. About 1:15 p.m. the victim was sitting in the living room of the apartment where she lives with the daughter and the daughter’s son.

The daughter accused her of knowing that her other son, who lives with his father, was making sex tapes and selling them on the Internet. She was angry and threatened to kill her with the knife, the report states.

The woman told her daughter she had no idea what she was talking about and the woman became even angrier and approached her. She called 911.

Officers arrested the daughter on a charge of making a threat.



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

•  Denton police handled 314 service and officer-initiated calls, including one vehicle burglary, three domestic disturbances, two forgeries, one identification theft, two cases of criminal mischief, 10 thefts, one fraud and one assault.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 737 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Fifty-three people were booked into county jail.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 25 medical calls, two alarms, two traffic accidents, one request to assist an invalid, one chemical reaction and one smoke investigation.

Argyle firefighters responded to one hazardous materials incident, two medical calls and one follow-up investigation.

Aubrey firefighters responded to nine medical calls.

Double Oak firefighters responded to one medical call.

Krum firefighters responded to five medical calls.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one hazardous materials incident, three medical calls and two traffic accidents.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one medical call.

Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one odor investigation and one traffic accident.

Sanger firefighters responded to four medical calls, one traffic accident and one request to unlock a vehicle.

— 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.