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Blotter: Hotel guest reports debit card scam to police

A woman staying in a hotel in the 4000 block of Mesa Drive told police that she was tricked into giving her debit card information over the phone to someone posing as the front desk clerk.

The person posing as the clerk said the hotel computer wasn’t working Thursday and needed her to verify her debit card number over the phone, the woman told police.

The woman gave the person her information but became suspicious after getting off the phone and sent her husband to the front desk, she reported.

Her husband was told by the real front desk clerk that there was no computer problem and she hadn’t called any guests.

The woman canceled her card after she learned two fraudulent purchases had been made, she told police.

The hotel reported the incident to other guests.

Other reports

2500 block of Charlotte Street — A woman reported to Denton police that she was sexually assaulted by her upstairs neighbor about a month ago.

The woman told police she invited her neighbor, who she thought she could trust but had only known a short time, over to watch TV.

Later she fell asleep on the couch and woke up when her neighbor tried to pull her pants down and began to assault her, the woman reported.

She told police she jumped up and told him to leave and texted him the next day to tell him never to contact her again.

She said she has since seen several women go into the man’s apartment with him and became concerned for their safety, so she decided to report the incident to police on Thurs­day.

2700 block of Trophy Park Drive — A woman reported that she loaned her car to her brother and later found that someone had put sugar into the gas tank.

The car was fine at midnight on Sept. 29, the woman told Denton County sheriff’s dep­uties, but when she went to her car at noon on Sept. 30, the gas tank had sugar in it. 

The woman told deputies her brother had borrowed the car the week before to drive to school.

During the week, another student accused her brother of stealing his tablet com­puter, and she thinks the student had something to do with the sugar in her gas tank, she reported.



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

- Denton police handled 430 service and officer-initiated calls including a harassment case, an overdose, four thefts, an identification theft, two burglaries of a motor vehicle, a residential burglary, a stolen debit card and a domestic disturbance.

- Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 617 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Forty-two people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one domestic disturbance, two criminal mischief cases, three thefts, three fraud cases, a burglary of a vehicle, one forgery and one terroristic threat.

- Denton firefighters re­sponded to 18 medical calls, two accidents, one public service call, one hazardous condition call and one building fire.

Argyle firefighters responded to three medical calls.

Aubrey firefighters responded to two medical calls and one accident.

Lake Cities firefighters re­sponded to one fire alarm, four medical calls, one fire and two accidents.

Little Elm firefighters re­sponded to three medical calls, one carbon monoxide alarm and one accident.

Oak Point firefighters re­sponded to one structure fire and one intoxicated person call.

Pilot Point firefighters re­sponded to two medical alarms and one fire.

Sanger firefighters responded to two medical calls, one citizen assist and one accident.


— 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.