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Blotter: Recent bank robberies linked, police say

Two recent bank robberies in Carrollton are believed to be linked, police said Tuesday.

The first occurred in the 2000 block of East Belt Line Road at Bank of the West on Feb. 20, when a male suspect, wearing a black mask and gloves, displayed a handgun and demanded money shortly after 3:30 p.m., police said.

The suspect was described as having a dark complexion, and was 6 feet tall, weighing 170 to 180 pounds, and wearing a blue-hooded sweatshirt and black pants with a white stripe down each leg during the time of the robbery.

The second robbery, in the 1800 block of Keller Springs Road at Viewpoint Bank, occurred at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken from each bank and no injuries were reported from either incident, said Officer Jon Stovall, a spokesman for the department.

Stovall said police believe the two robberies were not only done by the same man but are possibly linked to other robberies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A joint investigation by the Carrollton Police Department and the FBI Dallas field office is ongoing to capture the suspect involved.

Anyone with information should contact Carrollton police at 972-466-3333 or the Dallas FBI office at 972-559-5000.


Other reports

11400 block of Cactus Court — More than $1,500 worth of tools and saddles were taken from a shed recently, according to reports.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, a deputy responded to a burglary or a building call after a complainant stated an unknown person entered his shed and took property without his consent.



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

•  Denton County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers handled 605 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-six people were booked into the Denton County Jail.

•  Denton police responded to 229 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 22 reports online.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 19 medical calls, one grass fire, one vehicle fire, one vehicle accident with injuries and two service calls.

•  Lewisville police made seven arrests.

•  The Colony Fire Department responded to two medical calls.

From Feb. 18 through Sunday:

•  Carrollton police responded to 128 incidents and processed 135 arrests.

Argyle firefighters responded to one traffic transport, one medical call and one odor investigation. Argyle police officers responded to two roadblocks, assisted one motorist, and responded to two theft reports, six traffic calls and three audible alarm calls.

Aubrey firefighters responded to three medical calls and one grass fire. Aubrey police officers responded to one abandoned vehicle, assisted two agencies, made one arrest and responded to one assault, one disturbance call and one animal complaint.

Bartonville police assisted one agency and responded to one follow-up investigation and one traffic transport.

Double Oak police responded to seven traffic calls and assisted one agency.

Hickory Creek police responded to one criminal mischief report, two suspicious activity calls, nine traffic calls, two welfare concerns, two traffic transports and assisted one agency and one motorist.

Justin firefighters responded to one grass fire and one medical call. Justin police responded to one suspicious activity call and one vehicle complaint.

Krum firefighters responded to one medical call. Krum police responded to one follow-up investigation, four traffic calls, one animal bite report, two animal complaints and assisted one agency.

Krugerville police assisted one agency and responded to one abandoned vehicle, one follow-up investigation, two traffic calls and two vehicle complaints.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to four medical calls, one citizen assist and one traffic transport.

Little Elm firefighters responded to seven medical calls, one grass fire and one traffic transport. Little Elm police responded to three burglary reports, one criminal mischief report, one disturbance call, two Child Protective Services referrals, one follow-up agency, one motorist assist, two reckless driver calls, two roadblocks, two suspicious activity calls, two traffic calls and one traffic transport.

Oak Point firefighters responded to two medical calls. Oak Point police responded to one medical call, one theft report and four traffic calls.

Ponder police officers responded to one traffic call.

Pilot Point police responded to on follow-up investigation, three traffic calls, one traffic transport and assisted one agency.

Sanger firefighters responded to one electrical fire, one medical call and assisted one citizen. Sanger police responded to one burglary report, one criminal trespass in progress call, one electrical fire, one follow-up investigation, one road block, one traffic call and one traffic transport.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to one medical call, one electrical fire and one citizen assist. Trophy Club police responded to one criminal mischief report, one fraud report, one ordinance violation, two roadblocks, one theft report, one traffic call, one animal bite report and three animal complaints.

— Megan Gray

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.